Camps for K-12 Students

COVID-19 Health and Safety Precautions

Know the rules regarding: Vaccinations, Face Coverings, Testing, Quarantine and Isolation.

The health and safety of our campers and their families is extremely important to us. To keep campers, chaperones, parents and UB staff safe, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is taking the following precautions in addition to abiding by UB's Health & Safety Guidelines:

Physical Distancing

  • All chaperones, campers and UB staff are required to wear face masks while on campus and adhere by social distancing guidelines. 
  • Groups will be limited to 15 campers. Groups will only interact when deemed essential.
  • Laboratories and classrooms will be limited to 50% capacity
  • Non-essential visitors on site will be prohibited to the greatest extent possible.
  • Pick-up and drop-off times will be staggered with temperature checks.
  • Travel during camps will be minimized.
  • Signage will be inside and outside of the facility to remind individuals to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

Protective Equipment

  • A standardized UB face covering will be gifted to each camper. Acceptable alternative face coverings include but are not limited to cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana) or surgical masks.
  • Employees will wear face coverings at all times when interacting with children/campers.
  • Sharing of objects will be limited (e.g. electronic equipment, arts and crafts materials, touch screens) and touching of shared surfaces will be discouraged; or, when in contact with shared objects or frequently touched areas, employees will wear gloves (trade-appropriate or medical); and/or,  employees and children/campers will practice hand hygiene before and after contact.

Food Services (for camps that include meals)

  • Boxed meals will be provided.
  • Mealtimes will be staggered between groups to reduce occupancy/congregation.
  • Separate tables with seating at least 6 ft. apart.
  • Meals may be held outside under suitable weather conditions and only after sanitizing picnic tables.

Hygiene Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • All participants will adhere to hygiene, cleaning and disinfection requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH).
  • UB will provide and maintain hand hygiene stations: handwashing with soap, running warm water, and disposable paper towels.
  • Campers will be gifted with travel sized refillable alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where handwashing is not available/practical.
  • UB staff will regularly clean and disinfect equipment and toys using the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) list of products identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective against COVID-19.
  • Campers will be limited from using supplies that can’t be easily cleaned/sanitized (e.g. dress-up clothes, puppets).

UB staff and children will practice good hygiene in the following instances:

  • Upon arrival to the first program activity;
  • Between all program activities;
  • After using the restroom;
  • Before eating; and
  • Before departing the last program activity.

Health Screening

  • Mandatory health screening assessments will be implemented (e.g. questionnaire, temperature check) for employees, visitors (e.g. contractors, vendors), and children/campers, either directly or through their parent/guardian.
  • In the event that a parent/guardian of a child/camper must be isolated because they have tested positive for, or exhibited symptoms of, COVID-19, the parent/guardian must be advised that they cannot enter the site for any reason, including picking up their child.
  • If the parent/guardian –who is a member of the same household as the child/camper –is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or has been tested and is positive for the virus, utilize an emergency contact authorized by the parent to come pick up the child. As a “close contact,” the child/camper must not return to camp for the duration of the quarantine.
  • If the parent/guardian–who is a member of the same household as the child/camper –is being quarantined as a precautionary measure, without symptoms or a positive test, staff should walk out or deliver the child/camper to the parent/guardian at the boundary of, or outside, the premises. As a “contact of a contact” the child/camper may return to camp during the duration of the quarantine.
  • If a child/camper or their household member becomes symptomatic for COVID-19 and/or tests positive, the child must quarantine and may not return to camp until after quarantine is complete. 

*COVID Safety policies may be subject to change as new requirements and best practices are provided by the CDC, Erie County and UB's Department of Environment, Health and Safety.