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Virus measures for summer camp

Strict pandemic control measures will be in place during the government-held summer camp for the city’s students this year, the Youth League Shanghai, the organizer of the camp, said yesterday.

Tens of thousands of children aged between 7 to 12 years will attend the two-term three-week camp, to be held in 543 locations around the city.

Since 2014, over 180,000 pupils have attended the annual “Love Summer Camps,” which were introduced to help the city’s working parents to look after their children during the summer holiday. They were not held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All parents who sign up their children for the camp will be obliged to sign a pledge that neither they nor their children are exposed to epidemic-stricken areas or have contacts with COVID-19 patients or suspicious patients within 14 days before the camp opens.

Otherwise the children will not be admitted.

The children are advised not to take part in other mass classes or travels during the camp, and those who fall ill with respiratory symptoms, fever, chills, fatigue, diarrhea or conjunctival congestion will only be allowed to return to the camp after recovery.

Temperature checks are compulsory anyone entering the camp sites, and people who don’t attend or serve at the camp won’t be allowed in when the camp is on, officials said.

Contingency plans have been made in case suspected COVID-19 cases are discovered at the camp, and all lecturers and volunteers at the camp need to have validated vaccination records.

Surveillance cameras

This year, for the first time, all classrooms at the camp will be covered with surveillance cameras which can be live monitored from the government’s web platform, and the footage from the cameras will be kept for a certain period of time in case the need for a review arises.

Wu Bin, vice secretary of the Youth League Shanghai, said the government will enable the children’s parents to follow the classes online in the future.

As in past years, classes ranging from art to sports will be offered to students this time, with a new course on public health.

Hu Renjie from the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center was on the team of experts which developed the course.

“Children will learn how to correctly wash their hands, how to protect other people when coughing or sneezing, and how to maintain good eating and exercising habits so as to prevent obesity and bad eyesight,” he said.

The children will be lectured by medical workers, he added.

The first term of the camp will be from July 5 to 23, with the second from July 26 to August 13. More than 12,000 student volunteers will work at the camp this year.


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