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Take a look at our COVID-19 Protocol

  |   WAWA News

In an effort to continue to connect people to greenspaces while also preventing the spread of COVID-19, WAWA developed a detailed protocol to follow while hosting in-person events in response to COVID-19. The protocol includes completing health checks for each person upon arrival, spending most of our time outdoors, prohibiting the sharing of tools, and other practices for maintaining a safe and healthy environment.

We reviewed the recommendations of city, state and national officials, we met with WAWA community members for input, and we are confident that we can provide in-person events that will keep visitors healthy and safe. 

 

In addition to WAWA’s general protocols for hosting events, we will be taking the following precautions to prevent exposure to COVID-19. The following precautions have been informed by the CDC’s “Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps” and “Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open”.

 

Preparation/ Pre-Screening

  • We recommend that attendees planning to participate in in-person programming review the CDC’s “Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps” and “Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open”.
  • In the weeks leading up to the event, we ask that attendees conduct pre-screening practices to prevent the exposure of COVID-19. There are a few things you can do prior to camp week. 
    • Monitor your youth and household’s health conditions. Check for fevers,  coughs, fatigue and other signals of below average health.
    • Limit travel and social interactions with people outside of your household to limit variables that may increase the possibility of exposure. 
    • Only sign up youth that are local to the Atlanta Metropolitan area.
  • Prior to arriving to the event, the attendee should complete a temperature check. If their temperature is higher than 99, he or she should remain at home and not return prior to consulting with a doctor AND 10 days after the fevers and symptoms have subsided.
  • Attendees should not come to the event if they (or a family member) has become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or a confirmed/suspected case. Staff will follow the same protocol if they become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or a confirmed/suspected case.
  • Pack the necessary items. In addition to the general required items for the event (e.g.- packed lunch, snack, bug spray, reusable water bottle, and sunscreen), attendees will also need to bring a personal bottle of hand sanitizer and a face covering. Face coverings will be used in most essential times such as indoors when physical distancing is difficult. 

 

Drop off /Pick Up

  • Upon arrival onsite, WAWA will greet families on the porch and conduct a no-touch temperature check and a verbal health screening with each family prior to signing in. If the attendee is experiencing any of the following, they will not be admitted into the event and will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test or have been fever and fever medication free for 72 hours, other symptoms have improved, and/or it has been 10 days since the symptoms first appeared. 
    • Attendees with symptoms including: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell will not be admitted into the event. 

 

Group Dynamics

  • Attendees will be reminded verbally and via signage that we are still in a health pandemic, and are executing safe practices. This will be shared when using the bathroom, preparing to eat, and playing among each other. Attendees will be reminded to wash their hands thoroughly, keep their hands off of their face, and refrain from touching others.
  • Activities will be limited to the outdoors as much as feasible. We will have an outdoor canopy set up for activities when light rain occurs, and we will limit the time spent indoors to thunderstorms and heavy rain.
  • Bathroom breaks will be conducted with one youth at a time. 
  • We will limit individual time spent indoors to the bathroom, first aid, and emergencies. 
  • There will be no sharing of objects. We will provide enough supplies for each attendee to have their own supplies for activities, and following the use of the object, we will sanitize the items before another use. 
  • Lunch will take place outside at the large picnic tables. Attendees are required to bring their own lunch, snacks, and reusable water bottles daily, with all such food items being in a sealed lunch bag marked with the attendee’s name. Attendees will not be allowed to share food. 
  • All attendees will be provided a separate designated space to store personal belongings throughout the duration of the event.

 

Sanitizing/ Disinfecting

  • In addition to cleaning surfaces and objects as needed, WAWA will have two designated times during the day to sanitize and disinfect.
  • Signage will be placed within the building and outdoors to remind youth to wash their hands thoroughly, keep their hands off of their face, and refrain from touching others.
  • A hand-sanitizing station will be placed in the outdoor canopy space and another in the multipurpose room for easy access to disinfecting supplies.
  • Handwashing will be required between events especially, when eating or using supplies.. 
  • Educators will sanitize frequently touched surfaces throughout the day including a designated AM and PM sanitizing

 

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS/SIGNS OF ILLNESS

  • If an attendee or a staff member shows signs of COVID-19, they will be separated from the group immediately and will be required to leave the Outdoor Activity Center as soon as possible. We will put the person showing signs of COVID-19 in a designated area until they leave the premises. Areas used by the person will be closed and properly cleaned based on the CDC guidelines. Local health officials, staff, and families will be notified immediately while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • We will isolate those who become sick. Consistent with applicable law and privacy policies, we request that  staff and families self-report to the WAWA staff if they have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days in accordance with health information sharing regulations for COVID-19.
  • We will immediately separate staff and attendees with COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath) in a designated space until they can leave the premises. Individuals who are sick should be cared for following CDC guidance for caring for yourself or others who are sick.
  • We will  assist local public health agencies with their contact tracing monitoring systems to assist in the case of investigations of youth. We will Implement data management and technology tools to assist in case investigations.