YOWOCHAS LEARNING ACADEMY FAQ

With many families choosing distance learning this school year, Camp Yowochas is excited to offer a unique opportunity to support students with their online school work while also providing a beautiful outdoor setting with a myriad of activities to break up screen time, stay active, and learn and grow in a safe and supportive community. We will be offering a limited number of spaces in this program with a single cohort of students.

Safety is our top priority. We are taking every precaution to keep our staff and campers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review some of the frequently asked questions below to better understand the specific measures we have in place, as well as more information about our program.

WHO CAN REGISTER FOR THIS PROGRAM?

This program is designed for school-aged children participating in distance learning. This program is not designed for homeschooled students.

WHAT ARE THE REGISTRATION OPTIONS?

Families can choose to register for 5, 3 (Mon, Wed, Fri), or 2 (Tue, Thurs) days a week. We will be hosting a single cohort, which means that families will be required to register for an entire education block (Term 1: September 8* – Nov 6). We will be accepting a maximum of 10 campers per day for each term.

*Please note that the first day of our program will be September 8th, not September 3rd when most students return to school.

HOW WILL CAMP YOWOCHAS STAFF SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH DISTANCE LEARNING?

Camp Yowochas will not be responsible for planning any educational programming. It will remain the parent’s responsibility to work with the school division to provide their children with all the necessary tools for classroom portions of the day, and relay that information to us. We will support campers by ensuring they stay on track with required work, communicating with parents regarding their progress, and being available to answer camper’s questions to the best of our ability.

HOW WILL CAMP YOWOCHAS STAFF SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH DISTANCE LEARNING?

School work will always remain first priority. However, when time allows we can offer lots of different outdoor activities such as canoeing, archery, high ropes, nature based activities, community service projects, and wood crafting, to name just a few.

DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BRING THEIR OWN LAPTOP/TABLET?

Yes, campers should arrive with all the materials and technology they will need to complete their school work each day. They will have access to our Wi-Fi for school-related work.

WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR CHILDREN USING DEVICES DURING NON-CLASSROOM TIME?

While we benefit from and appreciate all that technology does for us, we also value unplugged time spent in nature connecting with others. During non-classroom time, campers will be asked to leave all technology (including phones!) behind.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS WILL CAMP YOWOCHAS BE TAKING TO REDUCE THE RISK OF TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19?

Illness Screening – Parents are required to assess their child’s health each morning using the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire.

Hand Washing – Our staff will ensure campers wash their hands frequently throughout the day, including before and after using equipment, and before and after any food is consumed.

Cleaning Standards – High traffic areas, high touch surfaces, and shared spaces will be cleaned and disinfected frequently. Program equipment will be sanitized between uses by different cohorts. Soft materials where sanitization is not possible will be rested for 24 hours between uses.

Physical Distancing – Camp Yowochas is situated on 60 acres of land and large indoor spaces. This gives us plenty of space to spread out and remain physically distanced at all times. Staff will be diligent about keeping at least 2m between them and campers, and will enforce distancing between children from different cohorts.

Masks – Face coverings and masks have been shown as an effective way to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. In indoor settings, we will adhere to the same masking rules as Parkland School Division: Masks are mandatory for campers in grade 4 and above, and optional for campers in grades 1-3; however, they are highly encouraged if your child is physically and developmentally able to wear one. Campers will not be required to wear masks when outside.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD EXPERIENCES COVID-19 SYMPTOMS WHILE AT CAMP YOWOCHAS?

They will be isolated in a quarantine zone. We will then call you and require you to pick up your child. At home, you should use the Alberta Health Services COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool and follow the provided guidance to determine when your child is able to return to camp.

If you have any questions about our Virtual Learning Day Camp beyond what is covered in this FAQ, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by either phone (780-892-2660) or email (yowochas@ywcaedm.org).