Ever wonder how to keep young minds engaged during virtual school?
Registration is rolling and closes the Wednesday before the week of camp. Refunds are also available if cancelled at least 2 weeks prior to the start of camp, or if schools resume in-person learning.
At School Camp, children in grades K-5 can attend school virtually from Discovery Place Science. In quiet spaces, under the supervision of our dedicated and experienced team, students will participate in their classroom lessons and work on their daily assignments.
Weekly Camps run 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., beginning with the virtual school day. When live lessons are over, science takes center stage with a grade-appropriate enrichment program featuring engaging activities that align with Charlotte-Mecklenburg School curriculum. Students will also have the chance to explore the Museum from time to time under supervision and in accordance with safety protocols. The day will end with independent learning time.
The program aims to ensure kids remain focused and on task throughout the virtual school day as well as providing them with basic educational assistance when needed. Please note that we consider your child’s teacher to have primary responsibility for their educational needs. Our educators are science specialists who can provide basic support but are not tutors or classroom educators.
Health and Safety
We have implemented health and safety procedures and protocols as it relates to COVID-19. These protocols, which were tested during our Summer Camp season, primarily fall into the categories of intensified cleaning, health and hygiene best practices and social distancing efforts.
Will my child come into contact with other children? With visitors to the Museum? Are you following social distancing recommendations?
We are limiting contact between student groups and employing social distancing strategies. Additionally, we are limiting access to student areas from non-essential personnel like non-School Camp staff and vendors. As of the start of school, our Museums are all closed to the public. It is possible that our Museums may open back up to the general public during the School Camp semester. Should that be the case, Discovery Place is committed to continuing to keep students as safe as possible through all CDC-recommended guidelines.
Will my child be required to wear a mask?
Yes, both students and staff will be required to wear face coverings (gator style or bandana). Discovery Place will not provide masks to those who forget to bring one.
What are your cleaning practices? What about hand washing?
In addition to daily deep cleanings, classrooms will be cleaned regularly, including before students arrive, after each activity, and before and after snack times and lunch. Among other things, cleaning will include disinfecting of surfaces such as door handles, tables and sinks within each classroom. Students are asked to disinfect their electronic devices and other supplies before arrival each day.
Students will be required to wash their hands upon entering their classrooms, before and after consuming food, before and after activities, as part of all bathroom breaks and upon re-entering the classroom from another area of the Museum. All classrooms will have sinks within the room.
What can I do to prepare my child for camp?
.Just like you might prepare your child for any new experience, we recommend talking to them beforehand about why they, and their friends in Camp, need to wear face coverings and regularly wash their hands. We also recommend speaking with your child about their virtual school experience and what their school expects of them.
How are you screening staff and campers?
.Daily health screenings will be required for both students and staff. These screenings include a temperature check and health questions as well as an Emergency & Medical Release Form required prior to the week of Camp.
My child has a compromised immune system or other health issue. Is it safe to send them to Camp?
.While our goal is to make School Camp safe and enjoyable for all, we realize you may have specific health concerns. Please contact us to discuss any specific concerns.
How will you communicate policy changes?
Updates to our policy will be communicated via our website and pre-Camp email from Camp leaders.
What about cancellations? Are you updating your cancelation policy?
Two-week notice is required to cancel. You must notify us of cancellation by Monday at 5:00 p.m., two weeks prior to start date. A $35 administration fee applies. Changes to the week of your School Camp are not subject to the administration fee but still require a two-week notice and are subject to availability. Should schools go back to some form of in-person learning during the first semester, we will work with families to refund or reschedule booked weeks of Camp. For additional questions, please call 704.372.6261 x300 or KSinclair@discoveryplace.org.
What are the class sizes? Will all the kids in my child’s class be in the same grade?
There will be a maximum of 16 kids per classroom to allow for proper social distancing and other COVID-19 related guidelines and recommendations.
Classes will be divided by grade bands. So, for instance, we might have kindergarteners and first graders in one group and second and third graders in another. We will base the exact grade bands on what our enrollment looks like.
How many staff will be in each class?
We will have two science specialists assigned to each room. They will both be with the class for the core portion of the day.
What if I need to drop of child off late or pick up early?
Any need for a late drop-off or early pick-up must be arranged in advance. Please contact your student’s camp location directly.
What do we need to bring to Camp?
Students will be required to bring their own school supplies, including a computer/tablet, charger/cord, headphones and all school learning packets. Additional supplies to bring each day include lunch and snacks, a water bottle, a book or quiet activity, a change of clothes and a sweatshirt or jacket.
What is the daily schedule? How will you ensure student’s follow their bell schedule?
Discovery Place will work with each student to ensure they are online for all live virtual sessions and will complete independent assignments during the school day as time provides. Our Camps will operate on a schedule similar to the one below. It may vary based on CMS schedules.
- 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. | Camp Check-in
- 7:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. | Live virtual learning via electronic device - independent learning
- 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. | Lunch
- 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. | Live virtual learning via electronic device - independent learning
- 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Science enrichment
- 4:00- 5:00 p.m. | Homework or independent learning
- Snack times and breaks will be included throughout the day
Do you offer technical support if my child has trouble accessing their online program? What if there’s a problem with my child’s computer getting on wi-fi?
Staff will work with each child to ensure they are successfully able to log in to their device and access the internet each day. In the event, we encounter any connectivity issues we will work with our internal IT department to resolve the issue as quickly as possib
How will you make sure my child is paying attention to their virtual session and engaged?
Staff will employ the tools of Pro-Action, Redirection and Intervention. Additionally, our program employs a behavior management system that will help support classroom rules while also reinforcing the idea that each day is a new opportunity to thrive. Instructors and staff work diligently to reward students for positive behavior and continually strive to identify any situation that might prevent them from having a successful day.
Will all my child’s assignments be completed at Camp - including homework? Will I need to follow up on any work at home?
Discovery Place will work with each student to ensure they are online for all live virtual sessions and will complete independent assignments during the school day as time provides. While there is time built into the schedule for asynchronous learning and/or homework, there may be a need for additional work to be completed at home.
Will the science enrichment be appropriate for my child's grade level?
All science enrichment will be grade-appropriate and feature activities that align with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools curriculum.
Can you provide accommodations to students with special needs (physical or learning)?
A student must have the following capabilities to participate in School Camp at Discovery Place:
• Be able to move independently from place to place
• Take care of their own personal needs
• Have effective interactions in our group-based environment (pair work, group projects, etc.)
• Abide by the code of conduct and behavior guidelines
If you have any questions about the essential functions listed above, please contact us. We would be happy to talk to you about your Camper’s specific needs.