Please note that our risk assessment is still in process in terms of making a decision as to whether we think it is safe to open the summer programme (this is looking promising at the moment but we must all understand this can change at any point). We will make a final decision once we have heard nearer the time from the Government what the updated position is on wider opening and also regarding the science behind the safety for children and coaches.
However, please note that as a holiday club we are not experts in the science behind COVID-19. Our risk assessment relates to whether we are able to follow the guidance from the Government. In terms of the risk the virus presents to coaches and children who attend, I believe it is for the Government to make a decision. I would ask parents to bear this in mind when considering whether you wish to send your child to the programme.
What will wider opening at Boom Active Summer Programme look like?
Children will be based in their group bubbles and we will do everything we can to maintain these.
- Coaches will attempt to remain at a distance from pupils but two metres will not always be possible when supporting children with their skills, especially the younger ones.
- We will attempt to train/guide children to keep at a 2m distance from one another during the day.
- Hygiene and cleaning will continue to be of the utmost importance. Children will wash or use alcohol gel on arrival to Boom, before and after activities and lunchtime, before eating, after using the toilets. Frequently touched surfaces such as door handles will be cleaned throughout the day. Coaches will be cleaning equipment as well.
- It goes without saying that no one should come to Boom if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. If children appear to have symptoms during the day, we will call you and ask you to collect your child and any siblings, take them home and seek medical advice, including seeking a test. Government guidance on isolation should then follow i.e. the child will need to self-isolate for 7 days and the rest of the household for 14 days.
- If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your household, please phone us immediately. We will then contact East Sussex and Public Health England and follow their advice.
- If your child is ill for any reason, please ensure you let us know by phone.
- If there is anyone in your household who has been classed clinically as extremely vulnerable and instructed to shield, by either letter or advice from a clinician, please speak to us as the advice is that children should only attend if stringent social distancing can be adhered to.
- We will keep rooms / halls well ventilated by opening windows / doors etc where possible.
- Guidance on protective equipment from the Government indicates that facemasks should not be needed or worn in Primary schools other than in exceptional circumstances. We do not anticipate staff wearing them routinely and we would not advocate pupils doing so either.
- Use of toilets will be limited to two child entering the block at a time.
- Parents should drop children at the gate and not enter the main Boom entrance/building. Children will then be directed to their designated coach via prescribed routes and entry points.
- To minimise congestion we would ask that only one parent accompanies children and that those in cars wait for space before joining the line.
- Drop off times: (Provisional and will be reviewed after the first day)
- For collection, this will be at the same check in point. We ask you to wait in the line at 2m intervals and your child will then be sent to you, ONLY ONE ADULT SHOULD COME TO COLLECT A CHILD.
- Government guidance is that there is no need for anything other than normal personal hygiene when children return home I.e. clothes don’t need to be washed after each day, but it is obviously up to you as to what you decide to do in your own home.
- Groups of 12 will have a designated play space / halls. This will prevent the use of the side passage ways.
- If parents need to collect early during this time please phone ahead to ensure this is appropriate.
We are very lucky to have children who behave so well. There will however be COVID specific rules that will need to be followed e.g.
- Arrival and departure routines
- Instructions regarding hygiene
- Who children can socialize with at Boom
- Following instructions regarding the Boom site e.g. areas out of bounds, following one-way systems
- Expectations around sneezing, coughing, tissues and disposal (catch it, bin it, kill it) / if no tissue available to use crook of elbow
- Telling an adult if they feel ill
- Rules about not sharing equipment
- NO SPITTING
I thank you all for your co-operation, patience and understanding in this matter. I am sure that you will appreciate, this is the most difficult situation any of us have had to cope with. As you have no doubt discovered for yourselves during these unprecedented times, doing different things in a different way has been very difficult, tiring and stressful. The coaches have continued to work behind the scenes to support vulnerable children and families as well as key worker children in the school setting.
The Boom Active Team