Richmond SPCA Critter Camp and Humane Education COVID-19 Policies & Precautions

Updated May 28, 2022

Given the ever-changing nature of the pandemic, the Richmond SPCA may update these policies in response to updated guidance from public health experts at any time and with limited notice. The safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors, clients, campers and the general public remains our priority. Currently, we expect our COVID-19 related policies for camp this summer to include:

  • Counselors will disinfect shared surfaces, such as chairs and tables, prior to the start of each camp.
  • All bathrooms will be stocked with hand soap, and hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility.
  • Camp counselors and campers will be asked to routinely wash their hands.
  • Counselors and campers experiencing acute respiratory illnesses or who test positive for COVID-19 must stay home.
  • Counselors and campers will receive temperature checks upon arrival to camp each day. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4+ degrees will not be allowed to stay for camp.
  • Everyone will practice physical distancing whenever feasible.

During camp, campers are expected to:

  • Bring and use their own water bottles
  • Wash or sanitize their hands throughout the day
  • Stay home if they are experiencing acute respiratory illness
  • Notify us if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days

Campers will not attend camp at the Richmond SPCA if they have any of the following:

  • A new dry cough unattributed to another health condition
  • A newly identified shortness of breath or difficulty breathing unattributed to another health condition
  • A fever (above 100.4°F)
  • Used fever-reducing medication in the last 24 hours to treat a fever
  • Chills or chills with repeated shaking unattributed to another health condition
  • A headache (unattributed to another health condition) accompanied by another symptom in this list
  • Tiredness/fatigue (unattributed to another health condition) accompanied by another symptom in this list
  • A new sore throat unattributed to another health condition
  • New muscle aches unrelated to physical activity and unattributed to another health condition
  • A new loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose unattributed to another health condition
  • Nausea or vomiting un-attributable to another health condition
  • Diarrhea un-attributable to another health condition
  • Been living with someone who is experiencing any of the symptoms on this list
  • A positive test within the past 5 days for the virus that causes COVID-19 (provided symptoms have largely resolved and the camper has a negative rapid antigen test result the day of camp)

Covid Refund Policy

If a camp must be cancelled due to counselor illness, quarantine or isolation, the Richmond SPCA will offer full refunds to enrolled students for the cancelled camps. If a student is forced to miss a camp or leave a class early due to his/her/their own quarantine or isolation, he/she/they will not be eligible for a refund for camps missed. However, if we receive notice 7 days or more in advance that the camper will need to drop a camp in its entirety due to quarantine or isolation, we will issue a full refund.

The Richmond SPCA reserves the right to modify safety procedures as necessary and in keeping with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health.

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