YBS Summer Camp May Update

Please be warned! This is a lengthy post about our summer camp, and if you are scheduled to come, please read through the whole thing!

Since the "Safer at Home" mandate began, we knew that whether or not to offer an in-person versus a virtual summer camp was going to be a big decision, so we took our time. After hours of discussion (and many sleepless nights), listening to you, listening to the experts, weighing all the information about the virus itself, and examining our ability to provide a safe yet fun experience, we have decided to move forward and provide summer camp at our studio.

The ultimate deciding factor that tipped us in that direction is something that pediatricians and mental health experts are now voicing concern about: that our children's mental health, both social and emotional, is as important as their physical health (and may even make them more resilient). Being around their peers, talking to each other, and especially having the ability to use art as a self-therapeutic way of processing feelings and stress, is like taking a vitamin for the mind and spirit.

So for us, this is our way of providing children with a place they can do this in a way that is as safe and controlled as we can make it.

We have been working in schools for a combined 55+ years. We have been on the front line of virtually every community/childhood communicable disease you can name! We understand better than most the importance of good hygiene among the people in the environment and keeping the environment as hygienic as possible.

Below are the regular practices we will be implementing to keep the children as safe as possible. It is your responsibility as their parent to do your own research and weigh the risks you either are or are not willing to take based on our protocols which we feel are reasonable. Keep in mind that you may want more precautions to be put in place, but at some point what is reasonable for us or for others to do crosses a line of what we can do or promise. Please read through each point and let us know if you have any questions via email.

1. Group Size/Management:

*We are trying to limit the number of campers to 10, plus the two of us. Normally, our group size is 12, but as some people have decided to stay home, the number of some camps has dropped to 10, which is where we want to keep the total. However, if a week had 12 enrolled and no one drops out, we will move forward with 12 plus the two of us. To compare to restaurant guidelines, we are below 25% capacity.

*We are dividing the group into two smaller groups of 5-6 children plus one adult for instruction, where they will each occupy one of the two large rooms. We have the ability to provide 6' of personal space between children as they do their work. We are not gathering on the rug for group time as we have done in the past.

*The playroom will be closed.

2. Masks and Sanitation:

* Morning session is still from 9 to 12. The afternoon session will be pushed to 1:30-4:30 to provide more time to sanitize between sessions.

*We have three sinks where children will wash their hands upon arrival, departure, during transitions, after using the restroom, after touching their face and and whenever they wish. We will use social distancing while the children wait their turn for the facilities.