COVID-19 Safety

At Upstage, we take your children’s safety very seriously, and have developed a COVID‑19 prevention and management plan after carefully reviewing the relevant CDC, Los Angeles and Ventura County guidelines, as well as consulting with a public health specialist at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

All staff members are trained on COVID‑19 protocols to ensure full understanding and compliance, and what to do in the event someone becomes ill, coordinating with our COVID Safety Officer Dr. Kay Hooshmand.

Indoor mask mandates will be followed as specified by each school facility or venue.

Staff:

  • All staff members will be screened prior to entering a venue as appropriate, including a symptom screening.
  • They will distance at least six feet at all times, and wear a mask unless they are eating or drinking, which will occur away from students.
  • Most of our staff have been vaccinated, adding an extra layer of protection. Staff members who are not vaccinated are required to submit a weekly negative COVID‑19 test.

Students:

  • Upon arrival, all students will be screened, including a symptom screening to check if they have a fever over 100.4 F, new cough from baseline, vomiting or diarrhea. We will also be asking if anyone in their household has travelled to an area or country with a high COVID‑19 rate.
  • We ask that you help us protect the health of our students and staff. Anyone who is sick or was sick with COVID-19 (or recently in contact with someone with COVID‑19) in the last 14 days, should not come to class. Be on the lookout for symptoms, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick. Everyone will be asked symptom monitoring questions before being allowed to enter.
  • All students will follow indoor mask mandates as specified by each school facility or venue, unless they are eating or drinking, which will happen outside and distanced from each other.
  • After entering the building all campers will be directed to wash their hands before joining their group. Promoting healthy hygiene practices by teaching campers the importance of washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, monitoring campers to make sure they are washing their hands, providing campers with hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when they don’t have easy access to soap and water, and encouraging children to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow.
  • We will be keeping campers 3 feet physically distanced and the staff will be 6 feet physically distanced from the kids. All eating will take place outdoors.
  • If a child does get sick at camp, we have identified an area where they can rest, be watched after, and safely isolated from others. They will remain in the isolation room until they can be transported home or to a healthcare facility, as soon as practicable. We will communicate with parents or caretakers directly and, if necessary, arrange for the child to be taken to a healthcare facility for care. We are registered with the Los Angeles County Department of Health and the Ventura County Department of Health, which will actively guide us if a child should become ill while attending camp. We will notify families that a child has tested positive, but this will not prompt closure of a camp as no other campers will be exposed.

Facility:

  • We will be intensifying cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities and premises by using disinfecting wipes on highly touched surfaces such as door handles and cleaning on a frequent basis.
  • Ventilation of the areas will be maximized and occupancy of the rooms kept low to prevent crowding.

For more information on the guidelines we are following, please click on this link below:
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening_DayCamps.pdf

Thank you for your help making our classes and programs safe, fun, and memorable for everyone!