COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 Safety Procedures and Guidelines

    New Summer Camp COVID-19 Prevention Measures
  • We are pleased to report that we have received confirmation from Governor Inslee’s office and will be open for our full Summer Camp season this year, barring a few modifications and safety measure that we had already been planning for. Safety remains our number one concern for students, staff and the greater whole of our community. The following information will address how ILS will provide increased safety measures this summer and how we have adjusted our refund policies for the 2020 Summer Camp season. All safety measures are subject to change based on future health authority and government recommendations.

    Update 6/10: Summer Camps at Illumination Learning Studio have been approved by the Governor’s office with modifications made for COVID-19 Safety Measures.

    We are looking forward to another fun-filled summer together, so we can get our student’s back together for socialization, learning and most of all – fun with friends this summer!

  • Increased Camp Safety Measures for Summer 2020 Season

  • Limited Access to ILS Studios

    Pick-Up and Drop-Off will occur outside of our studios, where an ILS Staff member will meet families to sign in and health check each student before they are allowed inside. To limit the number of people coming and going from our studios, no parents or adults, other than ILS Staff will be allowed inside.

    Specific daily drop-off times will be recommended for our families, so that we can minimize lines on the sidewalk during our check-in process. Additionally, it is recommended, whenever possible, for the same parent to drop-off and pick-up each day. Pick-up will also occur outside of our studios, as parents will not be admitted inside.

    Camp Enrollment Limit

    Camps will be limited to 32 students per studio at Greenwood and Locks locations and 18 students at our Ballard location. We will be utilizing our space differently to maintain separation of smaller groups of students whenever possible.

    Small Group Design and Group Distancing

    Update 6/23: Student group sizes have been increased from a 9 student maximum to 22 student maximum.

    Students attending camp will be split into groups of 22, or fewer students. Our student to instructor ratio will remain 10:1. Students will be in these same groups throughout the week with limited physical interaction with students in other groups.

    Since our Summer Adventure Camps are themed each week, we will be modifying daily lesson plans throughout the summer in order to allow for separation of groups. When large group activities occur, students will be partitioned from each other with a minimum of 6-foot distances as prescribed by the Dept. of Health’s guidelines. Each summer camp student will be assigned to a new group of students each week lead by one consistent Camp Lead. We will remain in our small groups when traveling outside to nearby parks and playfields. Since our vans will not be transporting for the first three weeks of camp, kids will be walking to nearby parks for outside time.

    Note: For parents who wish to have their students placed with other students attending your camp week, please contact the ILS Business Office at: info@ilskids.com and we will try our best to accommodate.

    Daily Facility Cleaning

    In addition to nightly sanitation and cleaning, when students are offsite, our studio’s high-traffic areas (including bathrooms, surfaces, door knobs, tables, supplies, cubbies, etc.) will be cleaned and sanitized.

    ILS Van Transport Safety Procedures

    No ILS van transportation will be used during our summer camp season, except for small last minute trips (I.e. emergency bathroom needs, etc.) All park visits will be within walking distance of the camp’s studio.

    If vans are used, the following procedure will be followed:
    • Van surfaces, seatbelts and booster seats will be cleaned and sanitized daily.
    • Students and team members will thoroughly hand-sanitize prior to entering the vans.
    • Students and team members will travel in the same groups, in the same Van each time they travel to and from our studios.
    • A protective barrier will be placed between the driver and passengers.
    • Student will wear a face covering at all times.

  • New Health Checks (Drop-off Procedure)

    An ILS Staff Member will greet students at the entrance of our Studios. If multiple students arrive at once, families will be instructed to form a line outside, maintaining the recommended 6-foot distancing. Masks worn outside are also encouraged. Our new student health checks will include the following:

    1. No-Touch Temperature Check: Any student with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will not be admitted to camp.
    2. No Known Exposure Attestation: Students and parents will verbally attest to having no known exposure to any persons exhibiting symptoms of illness within the past 14 days. This does not apply to essential workers who have used proper PPE.
    3. Symptom Check: With the parent present, verbal confirmation will be given each day by students at the time of entry that they have not had a fever, cough, chills, sore throat, loss of taste, muscle/body aches, nausea/vomiting, congestion, unusual tiredness or shortness of breath in past 3-days.
    4. Sanitization: Students will thoroughly hand-sanitize before entering the studio with spray sanitizer provided by our staff.
    5. Student Health Log: Student’s temperature readings and parent/student attestation to non-exposure to illness will be recorded in the student’s health log maintained by our team each day.

    Note: Without exception, any child exhibiting symptoms or complaining of not feeling well, will not be allowed entry to camp. If at any point in the day a child complains of or exhibits symptoms listed in our student health check, they will be isolated from the camp and parents will be notified to pick-up immediately.

    No Last Minute Enrollments

    Since staffing and grouping our students will be a big part of how our camps operate, we will not be admitting any last minute enrollments like in years past. Campers must be enrolled a minimum of 6-days prior to the start of camp.

    Mid-Day and At Pick-up Temperature Check

    Students will have their temperatures checked and recorded mid-day and again at pick up.

    Daily Staff Health Checks & Required Masks

    The same no-contact temperature check and attestation of exposure and symptoms will be recorded for each ILS staff member on a daily basis. All ILS Staff will be required to wear masks during instances involving human-to-human interaction.

    Student Face Coverings Required

    All students will be required to wear a face covering while they are at camp. This requirement has been mandated by the Governor’s office and will go into effect on Friday, June 26th for all ILS camps. ILS will not be providing masks (except in emergency situations) and ask that families provide their student a mask from home.

  • Updated Reapplication and Refund Policies

    • New Camp Fee Process Dates: If you have not paid in full for ILS Summer Camp, all remaining charges will be processed 5-days prior to your camp start date. The original agreement stated remaining charges would be processed 14-days prior to camp. 
    • Cancellation Due to ILS COVID-19 Closure: ILS Summer Camp weeks are subject to cancellation due to WA State COVID-19 mandates in King County. We will notify all camp registrants 1-week prior to the camp start date. ALL camp charges will be directly refunded for the week canceled. 
    • Cancellation Due to Illness/ Exposure: If a student or family member begins to exhibit signs of illness, or your family has been exposed to COVID-19, you may reapply camp charges to ANY future ILS Camp Week or other ILS program, provided the family has isolated and can attest to quarantining and has shown no signs of symptoms for a minimum of 2-weeks. Reapplication of camp tuition is allowed even after the week of camp has started; refunds will be considered on a case by case basis.
    • Camp Changes or Cancellations for other Reasons: Camp enrollment may be changed or cancelled up to 6-days prior to the start of camp; if cancelled all tuition excluding the non-refundable deposit will be refunded. Changes to camp enrollment or cancellation requests made 5 or fewer days before the camp’s start date will have camp tuition reapplied to a future 2020 season camp week, with a $25.00 last minute change fee.

    In accordance with our policies, the non-refundable deposit will remain non-refundable in all cases, except when ILS cancels a camp due to COVID-19 closures. The non-refundable deposit remains due to the limited number of spots we have available in our camps and our need to coordinate enrollments and adequate staffing of our camps.

  • Parent Q&A for COVID-19 Measures

    Should I Send My Kids to Camp this Summer?

    Safety remains our number one concern for students, staff and the greater whole of our community. General guidance is that if you can keep your child home this summer to do so, and that each family must weigh the risk/benefits of allowing their children to participate in summer programs. Families with high-risk individuals living in the home should continue to act cautiously to minimize their family’s exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

    With the guidelines we will be following, we believe that our kids can safely participate in summer programs at ILS. The safety measures and protocols we will be following mirror Seattle and King County Public Health information to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Between daily health screenings of staff and camp participants, having smaller consistent groups of campers and staff throughout the week, frequent handwashing, sanitizing/disinfecting our space and following all of the CDC and WA State Department of Health guidance, we can get our student’s back together for socialization, learning and most of all – fun with friends this summer! Feelings of isolation and lack of social normalcy have greatly impacted our children’s sense of belonging and well-being. However safely possible, they need to be able to re-establish routines, engage socially with their peers and be able to be creative and express themselves positively while enjoying the summer.

    Will Children Be Playing on Public Park Play Equipment?

    Campers will spend lots of time outside walking to nearby parks with play fields; outdoor play equipment will not be utilized unless rules change in Phase 1-4 guidance. When outdoors, we will be utilizing wide open spaces offering fresh air and space for us to move freely, play group games and have fun together. In order to minimize exposure, we will not be playing on playground equipment until State officials reopen these spaces for public use. Once it has been determined it is safe to utilize playground equipment, we will allow camp students to use playground equipment, with diligent hand sanitizing before and after play and before and after snacks or meals.

    Will Planned Field Trips Occur?

    All field trips to museums or other destinations have been cancelled for the entire 2020 camp season. All field trip funds will be reallocated to other camp activities. We will ensure that plenty of time is spent outside of our studios each day, utilizing local parks and areas where we can maintain distance from others not in our camps.

    What happens if someone is exposed to COVID-19?

    If at any point we experience COVID-19 exposure at one of our camp locations, ILS will close for 2-days to disinfect and sanitize, and families will be notified.

    Does my student need to wear a mask?

    All students will be required to wear a face covering while they are at camp. This requirement has been mandated by the Governor’s office and will go into effect on Friday, June 26th for all ILS camps. ILS will not be providing masks (except in emergency situations) and ask that families provide their student a mask from home.

    For questions, comments or concerns, please email info@ilskids.com.

  • Enroll my student in ILS Summer Camp 2020!