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Classic Debate Camp at Miami University

Covid Safety Plan - Updated July 11, 2022


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

  1. 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.

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

  3. VACCINATION: All camp instructors and administrators will be fully vaccinated and boosted at least two weeks prior to the start of camp. All campers will be strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated and boosted at least two weeks prior to the start of camp. 

  4. RAPID TESTING: Students who are not fully vaccinated due to a medical or religious exemption will be required to take a rapid Covid test upon arrival at camp. Students who develop any Covid symptoms during camp will also be given a rapid Covid test. 

  5. MASKS: Campers and staff members who wish to wear masks are welcome and encouraged to do so. Campers and staff members will NOT be required to wear masks during camp.  

  6. DISTANCING: Campers and staff members who wish to maintain social distancing are welcome and encouraged to do so. Campers and staff members will NOT be required to maintain social distancing. 

  7. DAILY HEALTH CHECKS: During camp, campers will be NOT be required to complete an online health check questionnaire every morning, but will be encouraged to monitor their own health continuously throughout the time of camp and promptly report to the nurse if they develop any Covid symptoms. 

  8. 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 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).

  9. QUARANTINES: Campers who test positive for COVID-19 during the time of camp will be quarantined in their dorm rooms until they are picked up by their parents.

  10. BEFORE CAMP: During the two weeks prior to camp, all students should monitor their health. 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 two alternatives: (1) Postpone participation in Classic Debate Camp to 2024. (2) Receive a refund of camp tuition.

  11. 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, students who have not been fully vaccinated and boosted and have not provided proof of vaccination will be given a rapid Covid test and quarantined temporarily until the test is complete and the result is negative. At the end of camp, departure times will be staggered as well.

  12. CURBSIDE DROP OFF AND PICKUP: At drop off, parents will say goodbye to their campers at the curb and not enter the dorm building. Staff members will be on hand to help campers move in. At pickup, similarly, parents will meet their campers at the curb. 

  13. CLEANING AND DISINFECTING: Miami University Physical Facilities Department will thoroughly clean and disinfect all dorm rooms prior to the start of camp. Miami University Physical Facilities Department will clean and disinfect all bathrooms in the dormitory daily. 

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. CONTACT TRACING AND TESTING: If a camper develops symptoms and tests positive, all campers and staff members who had close contact with the infected camper will be given a rapid test. Close contact is defined as within 3 feet of distance for 15 minutes or more. 


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

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