Classic Debate Camp at Miami University

Covid Safety Plan - Updated 6/18/21

 

Our highest priority continues to be protecting the health and safety of our campers and staff members.

 

Recent developments have been encouraging. On May 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it was relaxing its guidance related to masks and social distancing for everyone who is fully vaccinated. But people who are not fully vaccinated should still continue wearing masks. And people must still abide by all state and local regulations. On June 2, the state of Ohio lifted all statewide health and safety restrictions related to Covid, but encouraged organizations and individuals to implement their own measures as they see fit. On June 8, we were informed that Miami University was no longer requiring people to wear masks indoors or outdoors, as long as people are vaccinated. Anyone who is unvaccinated must continue wearing masks and social distancing while on the Miami campus. Additionally, in large indoor gatherings where it is not known who is or is not vaccinated, Miami is encouraging everyone to wear masks. 

 

The state of Ohio and Miami University have essentially left it to us to determine how we ought to revise and adjust the Covid Safety Plan for our own campers and staff members. Please keep in mind that as circumstances develop, further changes to our Covid Safety Plan may become necessary, and we will do our best to inform everyone as soon as possible.

RECENT MODIFICATIONS:

  1. MASKS: Campers who are fully vaccinated and who have submitted documentation showing their vaccination status shall not be required to wear masks out of doors or indoors except in large gatherings and in labs where masks are still needed but may, at their option, wear a mask at any time. Campers who are not fully vaccinated or who did not submit documentation showing vaccination status shall not be required to wear masks out of doors but shall be required to wear masks indoors except when in their own dorm rooms. Staff members (all of whom are fully vaccinated) shall not be required to wear masks indoors or out of doors but may, at their option, wear a mask at any time.

  2. DISTANCING: Campers who are fully vaccinated and who have submitted documentation showing their vaccination status shall not be required to maintain social distance with staff  members or other campers who are also fully vaccinated. Campers who are not fully vaccinated or who did not submit documentation showing vaccination status shall be required to maintain a social distance of six feet both indoors and out of doors.

  3. LAB GROUPS: All lab groups in which all campers and staff members are fully vaccinated will be allowed to meet and work together in their lab classrooms without masks and without social distancing. In lab groups in which one or more campers are unvaccinated, campers and staff members will be required to wear masks and to socially distance when they are together in the lab classroom. When those lab groups are meeting outside, they may remove their masks, but must maintain six feet of social distance between all participants.

  4. ASSEMBLIES: Large gatherings such as Morning Assemblies and Division Meetings will be conducted in-person in large rooms that will enable all participants to be appropriately distanced from others. During large gatherings all audience members will be required to wear a mask, but speakers may choose to speak without a mask, as long as they maintain at least ten feet of distance away from the audience.

  5. DAILY HEALTH CHECKS: During camp, campers will be required to respond to a short health check questionnaire every morning. 

  6. ILLNESS: If a camper develops one or more of the following symptoms - headache, nausea/vomiting, fatigue, or muscle aches, fever (100.0 degrees or higher), chills, diarrhea, sore throat, new onset cough, chest pain, difficulty breathing, loss of taste, loss of smell, new onset worsening of nasal congestions not associated with a known allergy - during the camp, the camper will be subject to temporary quarantine and given a rapid-results Covid test. He/she may return to camp activities if the Covid test is negative. If the Covid test is positive, the camper will need to be picked-up as soon as possible by the camper’s parent(s).

  7. QUARANTINES: Campers who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days and have fully recovered or who are fully vaccinated at least two weeks before camp will not be subject to quarantine if exposed to a confirmed positive COVID-19 case through close contact during the camp, unless they develop new symptoms or the exposed camper was not following the safety measures in this plan at the time of exposure.  If a camper has been a close contact to a confirmed positive COVID-19 case during camp and is not fully vaccinated or has not had COVID-19 within 90 days, the camper will be subject to immediate quarantine and will need to be picked-up as soon as possible by the camper’s parent(s). Those campers subject to quarantine will be eligible for a prorated refund of camp tuition or tuition-free participation in Classic Debate Camp-Virtual in 2021.

UNCHANGED ITEMS:

  1. VACCINATION: All camp instructors and administrators will be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the start of camp. All campers who are old enough will be strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the start of camp.

  2. BEFORE CAMP: During the two weeks prior to camp, students will conduct daily health checks. Any prospective camper who develops symptoms of Covid-19 will be required to stay home and not attend Classic Debate Camp at Miami this summer. Those students will be given several alternatives: (1) Switch to Classic Debate Camp-Virtual in 2021. (2) Postpone participation in Classic Debate Camp to 2022. (3) Receive a full refund of camp tuition.

  3. ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE: At the very start of camp, campers will be given staggered arrival times to minimize congestion and waiting in line as they arrive and move into their dorm rooms. Upon arrival, each student will have their temperature taken and respond to a short health check questionnaire. At the end of camp, departure times will be staggered as well.

  4. NURSE: There will be a camp nurse on duty every morning and every evening and on call throughout the time of camp.

  5. OUTDOORS: When the weather permits, labs will be encouraged to meet outside, and practice debate rounds may also be held outside. Social events such as ice cream night and pizza night will be held outside as well.

  6. RECREATION: The Miami University Recreational Sports Center will be open and available for camper and staff use during afternoon free time. Of course, campers and staff members will follow all the health and safety policies of the Sports Center.

  7. SINGLE DORM ROOMS: Each camper will be housed in a single dorm room without a roommate. In order to keep their dorm rooms clean and safe, students will not be permitted to enter each other’s dorm rooms at any time. Instead, they can meet in the common areas of the dormitory as well as outside.

  8. MEALS: Information about how meals will be handled will be shared once we receive that information from Miami University’s Food Service.

  9. CLEANING AND DISINFECTING: Miami University Physical Facilities Department will thoroughly clean and disinfect all dorm rooms and common areas prior to the start of camp. Miami University Physical Facilities Department will clean and disinfect classrooms daily.

  10. HAND SANITIZER: Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the dorm and classroom buildings.

  11. HAND WASHING: All campers and staff members will be reminded to wash their hands frequently.

  12. CLOSE CONTACTS: Any other campers who had close contact with the student who has become ill will be quarantined in their dorm rooms and monitored closely. To the extent possible, those campers may continue to participate in their lab’s instructional activities from their dorm rooms via Zoom. If they also develop symptoms of Covid-19, they will be picked up by a parent as soon as possible.

  13. CONFIRMED CASES: The camp will notify and cooperate with the local department of health in the event of a confirmed case of Covid-19 among campers, instructors, or administrators.

 

If you have any concerns or questions, you are invited to share them with Camp Director Peter Paik through the camp email address classicdebatecamp@gmail.com

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