Program Health & Safety Protocols:
• All participants and staff must wear masks on arrival and throughout the day. There may be times during outdoor/physical activities that staff may allow participants to remove masks when social distancing is in effect.
• Pre-check-in screening and temperature checks will be required for everyone (participants and staff) prior to entering the program site.
• Limited capacities for each location have been determined to allow for appropriate social distancing.
• Participants will be assigned to small groups
• On arrival and throughout the day, participants will be reminded to practice frequent hand-washing and use of hand sanitizer.
• All program sites are deep cleaning every night and each weekend.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Y Campus Connection?
- The Y is here to help families in need of support for virtual learning for the 2020/2021 school year! At Y Campus Connection, students in Kindergarten through sixth grade will be supported in completing their remote learning while also staying active and enjoying fun activities throughout the day, and after their virtual school day is complete. Y Campus Connection begins at 7:00 am and ends at 6:00 pm.
- Y Campus Connection staff will assist students in logging on and connecting to their school programs using their own laptop or device, assist with questions during remote learning, and help to keep students on track as they connect with their teachers online. During class breaks and after schoolwork is completed, the Y team will get students up and moving in fun and creative ways to keep them engaged and active.
How will virtual learning work?
- We will oversee your child’s remote learning, including assisting logging in and out of all platforms, turning in assignments online, and helping with schoolwork if time allows. Our staff are NOT classroom teachers and we are not a substitute for your child’s education. Instead, we are here to help and support your child with their remote learning.
Who is eligible to enroll?
Boys and girls must be in Kindergarten- 8th grade during the 2020-2021 school year to be eligible for enrollment.
What are the registration rates for Y Campus Connection?
Y Campus Connection offers daily registration to best accommodate the needs of many families. You may register your child every day of the week, or simply register for the days that fit your
Rates are as follows:
$25 per/day or $85 per/week
Is Financial Assistance Available?
Financial assistance is available. We believe every child and family should have the opportunity to participate in any Y program. Those not able to pay the full fee may be awarded partial financial
assistance based on their ability to pay and the Y’s ability to fund the subsidy. If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please contact the location you plan to attend for more information
and to reserve your child’s place at camp while the application process is completed.
If you would like to donate to help send a child to camp, visit our giving page:
What is the cancellation and refund policy?
A written request must be submitted at least one week prior to the date to be canceled. The account must be in good standing for a refund to be issued. The YMCA reserves the
right to apply refund/credit to any outstanding balances.
Will my child need to wear a mask?
All participants and staff must wear masks on arrival and throughout the day. There may be times during outdoor/physical activities that staff may allow participants to remove masks when social
distancing is in effect.
What size groups will kids be working in?
Participants will be assigned to small groups. Small groups will engage with each other, but not with other groups, unless social distancing can be maintained.
What should my child bring to Y Campus Connection?
• Lunch & Snacks: Children need to bring at least three snacks. In order to observe all dietary, allergy, and health issues, children are not permitted to share food brought from home
• Refillable Water Bottle: Children are strongly encouraged to drink water throughout the day. Bottle re-fill stations will be available, and staff will require their group to take water breaks in-between activity periods. For safety reasons, the fountains will only be able to fill up water bottles and not be used for children to drink directly from.
• Laptop or Chromebook to access your school’s online learning. Students must bring in their own devices for this program. Devices should be fully charged prior to arrival and a charger and other
needed accessories should be brought in as well. If you are in need of a device to facilitate remote learning, please contact the program director.
• Headphones with a microphone to allow students to independently engage with their virtual programs.
• Any usernames and passwords for that your child could need to access devices, emails, portals, websites and other learning platforms. You will also be required to fill out a schedule of their online meeting times and classes so that we can support their time management.
• Any school supplies specifically requested by your child’s school or teacher.
• A book to read.
• Bug Spray if needed.
Please make sure ALL items coming in with your child are labeled.
Is there a lost and found?
We will not keep a lost and found. Any item found that is labeled with your child’s name will be returned to your child’s group. Found items that are not labeled will be donated to charity.
Will lunch or snacks be provided each day?
Breakfast/Lunch: Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Tuscaloosa City Schools, however, children may bring a non-perishable lunch daily. We do not mandate what individuals bring in their own lunches, however, in order to observe all dietary, allergy, and health issues, children are not permitted to share food brought from home.
Snack: Children should bring snacks from home to be eaten during snack periods. We recommend at least three snacks.
Are visitors allowed during the day?
For the safety of your child, the Y does not allow visitors to during Y Campus Connection.
How will Y Campus Connection staff communicate with parents?
Our Directors are always there for any parent questions/concerns. All communication will be shared electronically to the email addresses provided by the family at the time of registration. It is
the responsibility of the family to let Y staff know of any email address changes.
How far in advance can I register for Y Campus Connection?
Currently, registration is available in our online system. Because we do not know when face-to-face learning will resume at schools, we are keeping the registration on a rolling basis.
Will there be daily health screening?
Yes. Per CDC guidelines, all children will have their temperatures taken and logged upon arrival daily. Staff taking temperatures at carpool will be wearing PPE. Any child who presents with
a fever at or greater than 100.4 will not be allowed to attend. In accordance with our local health mandate, children will not be permitted to return until they have either had a negative COVID-19
test or have been free of fever and fever medication for 24 hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. We are putting into place as many safety measures as possible to help minimize the risk to all campers and staff as recommended by local health officials.
What happens if a child gets sick while at Y Campus Connection?
If a child presents symptoms while at Y Campus Connection related to COVID-19 (fever at or greater than 100.4°F, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, and/or vomiting), the child will be separated from the group until a parent/guardian can pick them up. They will be supervised by an adult from 6 feet away.
In accordance with our local health mandate, children will not be permitted to return until they have either had a negative COVID-19 test or have been free of fever and fever medication for 24
hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
What are the procedures and protocols if there is a positive case of COVID among staff and participants?
In order to provide transparency and inform parents of what you can expect if there is a case of COVID identified at your child’s day camp, the following are our notification and closure protocols:
If a person in the program (staff or child) shows symptoms of COVID-19 while at Y Campus Connection, we will follow CDC guidelines for isolation until that person leaves the location.
o When the Y is made aware that a camper or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19:
o Parents and staff will be notified by email on the same day we are made aware (if we are notified prior to 6:00 p.m. If later, notification will be provided the following day).
o The notification will include the dates the camper or staff was present at camp over the
previous 10 days for your reference.
o The camper or staff member will be asked to self-quarantine and will not be permitted to return to camp until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and a
doctor’s note or a negative COVID test has been provided. If there are two or more positive COVID cases at the same location within a 7-day period, the
location will be closed for 10 days from the date of the second identified case.
Will my child be able to receive medication?
Yes. A Director will administer any over-the-counter medication deemed necessary. Y staff can administer prescription medication when we receive all appropriate medical forms. All prescription
medication must be in the original container with the pharmacy label. All over-the-counter medication must be in the original packaging and clearly marked with your child’s name. After
registration you will be provided with additional information in case your child needs to receive medication during camp.
Will my child be encouraged to wash their hands throughout the day?
Yes. Children and staff will sanitize their hands immediately upon arrival. Children and staff will sanitize their hands between activities. Staff will carry cleaning products with them to each activity to sanitize all equipment after use. Bathrooms will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day.
What activities will my child be participating in?
Activities will be scheduled around virtual learning schedules. To the extent possible, activities will take place outdoors. Children will participate in engaging and fun games and physical activities to
keep them moving and active throughout the day.
Do you have any behavior guidelines?
Yes. The YMCA’s philosophy of a discipline program is that discipline is a continuous, daily process of love and logic during which the following will be steps implemented to resolve an issue:
1. Child will be redirected and given a verbal warning.
2. Child will be asked to take a personal time-out.
3. Child will lose some/all of a privilege of participating in a special activity.
4. Camper will talk with Camp Leadership and parent will be called to discuss a positive plan for change.
Parents will be called to pick up child early if the behavior is causing a disruption to camp and other campers. In some instances, if issue continues or is of a severe nature, removal from camp for 1-5 days or the rest of the summer may be necessary. Occasionally, it becomes necessary to inform parents of disruptive behavior that is above and beyond the typically expected range. In an event such as this, a behavior report (Parent Communication) is written and submitted to the Camp Director. A copy is given to the parent along with discussion from the staff regarding the child’s behavior. In cases where a child receives two behavior reports, a conference will be scheduled to discuss the child’s continued participation in the program. In some cases, it becomes necessary to remove the child from the day camp program. If this occurs, parents will be asked to find alternative care immediately. No child will be dismissed without the benefit of a conference between parent and staff first. Physical violence to another camper or staff will result in immediate removal from camp and no return until a conference is held between the Director, parent and camper. Due to the program modifications made this year as the result of COVID-19, we want all parents to acknowledge that it may not be the best fit for every child. We are unable to tolerate any behavioral issues of any kind for the safety and well-being of all children and staff.
Will staff receive additional safety training?
All Y staff are required to attend training sessions to review all new safety protocols related to COVID-19, how to follow measures for greater health and safety, and to understand the most up-to-date CDC guidelines.
Will I need to sign a waiver?
Yes. In order to ensure that every participant in our program understands the protocols, procedures, and risks of participation, each camper’s parent will need a waiver signed prior to their first day. Signing the waiver will be part of your registration process.