COVID-19

Update - May 25

 

Phase 2 Modifications to our Standard Operating Procedures.
 
  • Our regular business hours starting June 1 and going through the remainder of Phase 2 are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30.
  • We will not be open to the general public for sales or questions during business hours -- only staff, campers, and family members may be in our facility during Phase 2.
  • All of our staff will be wearing face masks for Phase 2.
  • We have expanded the "lobby" area of our store to allow easier social distancing during check-in/check-out times. 
  • We request that no more than 2 families be in the lobby during check-in/check-out.
  • Family members will not be allowed in the "classroom area" -- only campers and staff.
  • Family members will not be allowed to use the restroom -- only campers and staff.
  • We request that people picking-up and dropping-off wear face masks in our lobby area.
  • We will not require campers to wear face masks, however, it is recommended.
  • While we normally have allowed early drop-off at 8am and late pick-up until 5pm, we will not be able to do that during Phase 2. However, to accommodate a reasonable amount of time for drop-off and pick-up that accommodates social distancing, we have expanded the drop-off periods from 8:30-9:15 and 12:30-1:15 and pick-up periods from 11:30-12:15 and 3:30-4:15.
  • Upon arrival, campers will have their temperatures taken with a non-contact thermometer. Temperature must be below 100.4 and camper must have no COVID-19 symptoms and no recent exposure to someone known to have COVID-19 to be dropped off.
  • Each child will be assigned materials to use for the week as much as reasonably possible.
  • Snacks will be pre-packaged.
  • Only children scheduled for both the morning and afternoon camp may be on site during the lunch hour.
  • As always, children will be asked to use hand sanitizer or soap & water upon arrival, and at regular intervals throughout the camp period.
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Update - May 21
 
On Tuesday, May 19, the CDC published recommendations for summer camps that take into account extremes in all regions of the US. On Wednesday, May 20, the Knox County Health Department announced that, locally, we will move to Phase 2 on Tuesday, May 26. KCHD also announced that summer day camps will be allowed in Phase 2 with restrictions, but is not publishing those restrictions until Friday, May 22.

Based on these announcements, we anticipate that we will open camps on Monday, June 1st, with restrictions. Based on what KCHD announces Friday, we will post our restrictions policy by Monday, May 25.
 
We did already publish a Wellness Policy and will take non-contact temperatures of staff and campers upon arrival. We have also limited Phase 2 camps to 50% capacity and limited registration to full-week campers only.

Cancelling or Postponing?
If you have already decided that you need to cancel your reservation or postpone one that is in Phase 2 -- please let us know as soon as possible. 
 
Ready to register?
Conversely, many families have indicated they were only waiting for Knox County to open Phase 2 -- go for it, the summer camps registration is here:
https://myknoxbrix.com/classes.aspx?sem=33682#sem
 
If you would like to wait for our next update to make a decision ... expect to see that by email and on Facebook by Monday.
 
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Update - May 2
 
Thank you for your understanding as we work alongside Knox County, the City of Knoxville, and the various governing agencies to ensure the health and safety of our staff and our constituents as we come out of this uncertain time.
 
Closures So Far and Alternatives
In early March we took steps to address the growing concern over COVID-19. We first published our Wellness Policy, but after the President limited gatherings of 10 or more on Monday, March 16, we needed to close the remainder of Spring Break camp. Through the subsequent local and state "Safer at Home" policies, we have stayed closed to the public for the camp and class side of things, but have made contactless and curbside pickup available for retail purchases made through our online store at duckingham.store and have continued to offer virtual classes and camps through our Camp Camp Brick Brick program.
 
Plan to Re-Open in Phases
On April 30, Knox County and the City of Knoxville published "A Community Strategy for Phased Re-Opening" which begins outlining 3 Phases toward a full re-open. Phase 1 began on Friday May 1. Each phase will last a minimum of 4 weeks, but any phase could be extended, if it is deemed necessary by Knox/Knoxville. 
 
  • Phase 1 -- Friday, May 1 - Thursday, May 29^
  • Phase 2 -- Saturday, May 30 - Friday, June 26^
  • Phase 3 -- Saturday, June 27- Friday, July 24^
 
^ - these dates are subject to extention. If Phase 1 or Phase 2 are extended, Phase 2 or Phase 3, respectively, will be pushed out to maintain a minimum of 4 weeks each.
 
Best Case Scenario
The "best case scenario" indicates that we will be "back to normal" Saturday, July 25. We are cautiously optimistic that the gradual transition will allow us this return. However, the health and well-being of our staff and constituents are of utmost importance, and we will strictly adhere to the policies put in place by Knox/Knoxville and the various governing agencies.
 
Services Provided through our Activity Center
The following are the specifics that affect our various customer groups and programs offered through our facility.
 
Retail -- Phase 1
  • Retail products are available through our Shopify store at duckingham.store.
  • Initially we are providing curbside pickup, and are preparing to allow physical in-store shopping with social distancing, but are not ready for that yet.
  • You may purchase online, and then call or text (865) 250-8560 for curbside pickup.
  • Initial pick up hours this week are: Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3rd Open 1-5. Monday-Friday, May 4-8 open 10-5.
 
Social Gatherings (birthday parties, etc.) -- (page 26) Phase 1
  • "10 people maximum"
  • "Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet between people not in one's household. Wear a cloth face covering when unable to consistently maintain physical distancing."
  • Since most parties have more than 10 people, and since it is difficult to expect children to wear cloth masks, and since it is very difficult to provide isolated activities in which children have no close contact, we will not offer birthday parties during phase 1, except for very small groups that can be 10 or fewer, plus our two party hosts.
  • We do not yet know the restrictions for Phase 2 or 3, but will update our plans as soon as we do.
 
Kidz Night Out
  • This activity is similar enough to "Social Gatherings" and "Summer Camps" that we have pro-actively postponed any scheduled May Kidz Night Out events, as we had already done for late March and April KNOs. We expect to resume in Phase 2, though we anticipate these to be at 50% capacity, so we have pro-actively updated the maximum registration for KNOs falling during the current known Phase 2 (the 4 weeks beginning May 29).
  • We do not yet know the restrictions for Phase 2 or 3, but will update our plans as soon as we do. 
 
Summer Camps - Phase 1
  • "Not open in Phase One" (22)
  • The minimum end of Phase 1 is May 29, which coincidentally falls at the end of our first scheduled week of summer camp, which we are now not allowed to have.
  • We have notified families already affected by Phase 1 and are working with them on alternate plans
 
Summer Camps - Phase 2
  • Phase 2 might begin May 29, or it might be pushed out later.
  • If Phase 2 begins on time, it will run through Friday, June 26.
  • As of this writing, Phase 2 business specifics have not been published, so we have made some minimal decisions to help whether Phase 1 is extended, or if Phase 2 includes restrictions on the number of campers we're allowed to have.
  • Maximum number of campers is set to 50%.
  • Daily registrations will not be allowed, only full-week registrations to maintain limited person to person contact.
 
Summer Camps - Phase 3
  • Phase 3 might begin June 26, or it might be pushed out later.
  • If Phase 3 begins on time, it will run through Friday, July 24.
  • As of this writing, Phase 3 business specifics have not been published, so we have made some minimal decisions to help whether Phase 1 is extended, or if Phase 2 includes restrictions on the number of campers we're allowed to have.
  • Maximum number of campers is set to 75%.
  • Daily registrations will not be allowed, only full-week registrations.
 
Alternates to Summer Camp Enrollment
  • Knox/Knoxville have cancelled our first scheduled  week of camp. While we hope that additional camps will not be cancelled, we recognize this as a possibility, or that additional restrictions may be made on summer camp programs.
  • For families affected by the initial Phase 1 closures or any additional closures that may occur, we will work with families toward one of the following:
    • a) select a later week of camp at no extra charge
    • b) receive credited enrollment in an equivalent value to our "Virtual Camp" program at CampCampBrickBrick.com,
    • c) plan to use payments applied as credit for future programs with Bricks 4 Kidz