COVID-19 Guidelines FAQ
What Procedures will STEAM be taking to keep my child safe?
- Temperatures of all children and staff will be taken each day (must be below 100.4).
- Children and staff will be asked to wash their hands between each activity and before program ends.
- All staff and participants will be required to wear a face mask.
- Social distancing will be practiced at all times.
- Groups will be limited to up to 12 children.
- Groups will not interact with each other throughout the day.
- Staff will be assigned to groups and will not interact with other groups to the best of our ability.
- Parents must pick up their child if their child is not feeling well.
- All activities and games will be done following social distancing rules.
- Staff will monitor health by doing visual health checks of children and staff throughout the day.
- There will be no travel off site.
What Sanitation procedures will STEAM be following?
- We will wipe down surfaces throughout the day before the program, between activities, and after the program.
- We will try to minimize shared equipment as much as possible. When sharing is necessary, equipment will be cleaned between each use.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided
- Gloves will be worn during cleaning
What COVID-19 Prevention Procedures will STEAM be following?
- Staff will not work in program if they have a fever or are feeling ill.
- Staff will be trained be trained on all related procedures, including COVID Safety.
- Staff and Children will be required to wear a face mask throughout the program
- We will supply a face mask for those who have forgotten their face covering.
- If any staff or children have a baseline or pre-existing condition that results in symptoms, a doctor’s note is required to participate in programming.
- Staff and students will be asked the following questions before entering the program:
- Travel restriction- STEAM will follow current County and State restrictions regarding travel
- Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days?
- Have you come into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days?
- Do you feel or recently felt feverish?
- Have you had any COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, chills, headaches, muscle/body aches, confusion, or loss of taste/smell?
- Staff and students with COVID symptoms will not be allowed into program.
- Staff and Parents are required to inform STEAM if someone in their house old or a close contact test positive for COVID19
- Parent guardian agrees to pick up their child if any symptoms are exhibited during program hours.
- If a student exhibits symptoms on site, the student will be isolated in a defined area and parents called to pick up.
How will grouping and cohorts work?
- Stable groups that do not mix
- Each group will be assigned to their own space.
- Each group will have materials of their own throughout the program
- Social distancing during activities and groups will be followed
- Staff will remain with their group and will not switch between groups.
- Rooms will be set up to ensure students are 6ft apart indoors
What will be the protocol if a COVID-19 case is confirmed?
- Immediate contract tracing to determine who has been in close contact with the infected individual.
- Alerting all staff and/or students who may have been in close contact with the infected individual.
- Infected individual will quarantine at home for at least 10 days.
- Fully cleaning all places the infected person has been
United States Center for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fschools-childcare%2Fguidance-for-schools.html#print
What will be done at each session?
At each session, we will be helping kids develop their interests in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Art through fun and engaging activities, discussions, and experiments. Each class is taught using a curriculum that has been fact-checked by adult high school teachers and updated every year.
Why did we create this program?
For students who are unable to afford paid summer camps, we wanted to provide a program that was free and accessible for all. All children deserve a chance to have a STEM and arts education!
Am I (the parent) allowed to attend?
Yes, if you are uncomfortable with leaving your child alone, you are welcome to attend.
How much does this cost?
All of our programs and classes are completely free of cost. We believe that students of all socioeconomic backgrounds deserve to explore and be inspired in areas of STEAM. Financial factors should not limit any child from having an education in these valuable fields.
Who are we?
STEAM is a youth-led organization whose goal is to bring learning opportunities and resources to the children of underserved communities in the Bay Area.
What do we do?
Our team creates programs, classes, and activities that allow students to have fun and be challenged at the same time. Each week, we will focus on one or more of the STEAM principles to create engaging hands-on activities for our students.
Why STEAm vs STEM?
While the STEM movement has been a rapidly progressing initiative in schools throughout the Bay Area, STEM is limited to only science, technology, engineering and math. STEAM takes STEM to the next level by building a bridge between learning and creativity. There are no more limitations and STEAM allows students to connect their learning in critical areas together with arts practices, elements, design principles, and standards to provide the whole pallet of learning at their disposal.
Where are our classes located?
Our organization is based in Mountain View and run by Bay Area students. The location of our programs vary depending on the program--we have held both virtual and in-person programs in the past.