Urban Wild’s COVID-19 Relaunch Plan Updated: July, 2021
Introduction: The safety and wellbeing of participants is of primary importance during our nature programs and continues to be as part of Urban Wild’s COVID-19 Relaunch Plan (the “Plan”). Current information related to COVID-19 can be found at: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-information.aspx
Background: The Plan will address the current orders of the Chief Medial Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, which require operations to:
implement practices to minimize risk of transmission of infection among attendees;
provide procedures for rapid response if an attendee develops symptoms of illness (operators must have a plan of how to isolate attendees if required);
ensure that attendees maintain high levels of sanitation and hygiene; and
Implementation of the Plan: All Urban Wild Family Nature Programs operating on or after July 1, 2021will operate according to the precautions outlined in the Plan to safely continue activities. Specific details may change as public health guidelines evolve, and parents/guardians will be kept informed of any such changes. Waiver: A COVID-19 Addendum to the program Liability Waiver will be provided to families who register for programs commencing on or after July 1, 2021. The Addendum is attached at Appendix “A”.
Urban Wild’s COVID-19 Relaunch Plan:
1. Healthy Families:
a. There shall be zero tolerance for sick children or caregivers attending the program. b. Caregivers are asked to review the most current Alberta Covid-19 Health Screening Check list for attending members PRIOR to arriving onsite for programming. c. Staff will ask each attending household a health checklist upon arrival. This checklist is attached in Appendix “B”. d. If an attendee, child or caregiver, develops symptoms of COVID-19 during the program, they will be asked to isolate away from other families and immediately depart the program with their family. e. Staff shall not deliver a program if they are displaying symptoms of COVID- 19. Parents/guardians will be informed immediately of program cancellation and program will be rescheduled or credit will be provided. f. Any participants who test positive for COVID-19 during the length of the program series shall immediately communicate to the Program Staff. All participants attending any sessions with the positive shall be notified while maintaining privacy considerations. g.If a case that COVID-19 is detected at a program, programs will be cancelled until further notice.
2. Physical Distancing a. Families are asked to only have one adult participant per family to help in reducing our total cohort number. b. During the program Welcome to Participants and during the Snack Break, families will be encouraged to spread out from each other and respect 2m physical distancing. Families are asked to bring their own blanket to designate their family space and “home base” during the Welcome to Participants, Snack Break, and Free Play times. c. Adults are asked to maintain 2m physical distancing at all times. We recognize that it is very challenging for young children to maintain physical distancing during free play. There will be enough outdoor space at program sites to move and play. However, please note that Program Staff will not interrupt play to enforce physical distancing between children.
3. Hand Hygiene, Food, Crafts and Washrooms a. Hand sanitizer will be available at all times during the program. Families are encouraged to also bring their own. b. No group snack shall be provided during program. Families will be asked to not share snacks with other families. c. Program craft supplies will be packaged for each family to minimize contact between families. d. Program site will have public washrooms available where wash stations and/or hand sanitizer is provided. Masks are required in public washrooms.
4. Use of Personal Protective Equipment, PPE a.Families may choose to wear masks but it is not required. b. Staff will wear a mask if in close contact with participants or if administering first aid. c. Staff will have a PPE kit with mask, gloves and sanitizing wipes at all times.
5. Sanitizing Equipment a. Supplies will be cleaned with approved bleach wipes following each program.
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Appendix A: Urban Wild COVID-19 Addendum
All Urban Wild programs operating as of July 1, 2021 will operate according to current restrictions for outdoor social gatherings and guidelines for the safe operation of businesses set out by the Alberta government in relation to COVID-19 pandemic. Please read and sign the form below to demonstrate your understanding of the assumption of risk.
Please read and check all boxes below then sign. *
I recognize that Urban Wild will be operating within current outdoor social gathering restrictions and general workplace guidelines provided by the provincial government.
I understand that I must review the current Covid- 19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist for any attending member in my household prior to arriving onsite to a program.
I am aware of the COVID-19 symptoms and will stay home if my child or I is displaying any of the symptoms.
I will answer the health checklist from Urban Wild staff honestly and accurately prior to each program.
I understand that if classes are cancelled in relation to Covid-19 that prevent Urban Wild from delivering a minimum of 65% of the program refunds will be provided. Refunds are subject to a 10% administration fee.
I freely and voluntarily agree to assume the risk with respect to COVID-19, including the risk of death, bodily injury, or property damage, regardless of severity, that I, or my child, may sustain as a result of my participation in the program activities however arising, including, but not limited to, the active or passive negligence of Urban Wild.