The ministry of Harrisburg Christian Performing Arts Center (HCPAC) recognizes the need for specific protocols as we reopen. By following this COVID-19 Summer Camp Health & Safety plan we are dedicated to important communication between staff, volunteers, parents and

It is important to note, that as long as there are cases of COVID-19 in our communities, there are no strategies that can completely eliminate transmission risk. Our goal at HCPAC is to keep the transmission risk as low as possible while supporting the emotional and social wellbeing of our students.

Student, Volunteer and Staff Health

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Student health screening will be conducted daily by each parent at home prior to the student arriving at camp.

No student with symptoms will be allowed to attend camp.

Each volunteer and staff member will perform a health screening prior to arriving at camp each day.

Volunteers or staff members with symptoms will not be allowed to attend camp.

COVID-19 Symptoms will be posted in the building.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting

Camp volunteers and staff will clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces on our campus at the end of each day of camp and at least once during the camp hours.

Camp volunteers and staff will sanitize props, materials used, etc., after each use.

Social Distancing and Safety

To the extent feasible, students should socially distance six feet apart from each other.

Student groups will remain with the same leader as much as possible.

Students will enjoy the camp day in our large auditorium or outside space.

Students will be required to wash their hands once each hour.

Theatrical makeup will not be used during our summer camps.

Microphones will not be used during our summer camps.

All personal items (bags, water bottles, lunch boxes, etc.) must be labeled to avoid multiple contacts.

Each student will be asked to bring a tote to store their personal belongings. This tote needs to have a lid and be large enough to hold their personal belongings, packed lunch and costume pieces.

Students will be asked to avoid sharing items, including, but not limited to cell phones, electronics and personal items, such as hairbrushes.

Items that increase risk of saliva contamination are banned. This includes gum, lollipops, balloons (inflated or deflated), bubbles, whistles, and other trinkets or toys that promote aerosolization of droplets.

Signs will be posted throughout the facility to remind students of social distancing and handwashing.

HCPAC will ensure that adequate supplies are provided to support healthy proper handwashing.

Sanitizing stations will be located in the following places:

  • Check-in Counter
  • Ticket counter
  • Concessions stand
  • Merchandise table
  • Each classroom/dressing room
  • Both backstage wings
  • Makeup room

Lunches and Snacks

The student dining areas will be thoroughly cleansed after each lunch period.

Students will pack their lunches in an insulated container with an ice pack. Lunches will be stored in the student’s personal storage tote.

Facial Coverings

Students, volunteers and staff will be asked to wear face masks at any time that social distancing is not feasible, unless the individual meets the following criteria for an exemption:

  • Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, including those with respiratory issues that impede breathing, mental health conditions or disability.
  • Individuals who are communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

Parents, volunteers and staff simply need to let us know that they or their student meets the exemption requirement. No medical verification will be required in order to protect the privacy of our community.

Student Drop-off and Pick-up

Parents will drop students off in the HCPAC foyer.

Parents will sign each student in and affirm that they have conducted a health screening at home prior to arriving at camp.

Social distancing during pick up and drop off will be requested.

Students will be asked to stay in the assigned seat until pick-up. No congregating in the foyer will be permitted.

An assigned staff member or volunteer will wait at the auditorium doors to call individual children, upon the arrival of parents or guardians.

Safety Measures

All volunteers and staff will be trained in safety protocols.

Signs will be prominently posted to remind of social distancing and hand-washing.

Waiver of liability will be included in registration paperwork.

If a child gets sick while at summer camp, the following measures will be taken.

  • Child will be isolated until pick-up.
  • Parents will be contacted to pick up their child.
  • Staff will wear masks and gloves while assisting the child, all of which are disposed of immediately.
  • The isolation area will be deep cleaned before it is used again.

If a confirmed case is detected in the building, the following measures will be taken.

  • Families will be informed of possible exposure right away.
  • The building will be deep cleaned before being used again.

Bathroom policies.

  • Backstage bathrooms will be disinfected according to protocols.
  • Only 2 individuals are permitted in each backstage restroom at a time.
  • Students, Volunteers and Staff will be required to wash hands well with soap before exiting.
Coronavirus Update July 1, 2020