Classes

As a response to COVID-19 health and safety directives, Patch has the following policies in place for classes:
  • Classes are limited to 6 students and one instructor. Sometimes there will be an additional staff member present but we will never exceed ten people in the shop at any time.
  • Classes only take place when the store is closed.
  • We will have increased sanitation of machines and workspaces before, during and after classes.
  • There will be sanitizer at each work station.
  • Students will be encouraged to stick to their own work spaces as much as possible. We will have extra fold out tables for cutting so that shared space is minimal.
  • There will be no sharing of tools such as scissors, rotary cutters etc. Students will be encouraged to bring their own tools whenever possible.
  • Students are always welcome to bring beverages but you will be responsible for taking all containers with you, including disposable containers.
  • Self health monitoring is expected. This means that we ask you to stay home if you are sick or symptomatic, you have travelled outside of Nova Scotia in the previous 14 days, have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you are awaiting a COVID-19 test result or if you have been told by Public Health that you may have been exposed and need to self isolate.
  • Staff will self monitor in the same way.
  • We ask that you simply use common sense. Wash your hands! Sneeze in your elbow!
  • Patch waives it’s usual cancellation policy and will issue a class credit if a student feels unwell and is unable to attend class with 24 hours notice.

Day Camps

Group Size / Distancing
  • Classes are limited to 6 students and one instructor. Sometimes there will be an additional staff member present but we will never exceed ten people in the shop at any time.
  • There will not be multiple groups.
  • Classes will remain the same throughout the week.
  • Classes only take place when the store is closed.
  • We will have staggered pick up and drop off times. This will be coordinated upon registration. When possible we ask that caregivers say goodbye at the door.
  • Purchasing supplies should be done in advance so that campers can arrive with their own fabric.
  • Students will be encouraged to stick to their own work spaces as much as possible. We will have extra fold out tables for cutting so that shared work space is minimal.
Sanitation and Cleanliness
  • We will have increased sanitation of machines and workspaces before, during and after classes.
  • There will be sanitizer at each work station.
  • Students will be encouraged to stick to their own work spaces as much as possible.  We will have extra fold out tables for cutting so that shared space is minimal.
  • There will be no sharing of tools such as scissors, rotary cutters etc.  Each camper will be assigned their own tools for use for the week and will be sanitized daily.
  • High touch surfaces such as doorknobs and bathrooms will be cleaned before and after each session.
Food and Drink
  • Campers are encouraged to bring water and a snack.  All containers must be labeled with the campers’ name and will go home with the camper each day.
  • Campers will be reminded that there is no sharing of food or drink (outside siblings).
  • Patch will not provide any kind of snack (sorry no cookies this year!).
Illness and Self-Monitoring
  • Self health monitoring is expected.  This means that we ask you to stay home if you are sick or symptomatic, you have travelled outside of Nova Scotia in the previous 14 days, have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or if you have been told by Public Health that you may have been exposed and need to self isolate.
  • Staff will self monitor in the same way.
  • We will check in with you daily to make sure everyone is feeling good.
  • Staff will regularly monitor the up to date health guidelines as provided by NS and accessed via the 811 website.
  • If a camper shows any signs of COVID-19 throughout class time, a caregiver will be called and the student will wait outside, away from the group, with a staff member until their caregiver can collect them.
  • There will be an additional waiver form signed by parents / guardians which outlines our policy.
Attendance Policy
  • Patch will issue a credit for class fees up to 48 hours in advance of class if a camper is feeling unwell.
  • Patch is unable to issue a refund if a camper becomes ill midway through a session and cannot complete the week.  We will however, make every effort to support the family in making sure projects get completed.