Health & Safety

Can medication be administered at DECATS?

2021-06-12T16:49:14-05:00June 12, 2021|

Prescribed or over-the counter medication (which includes but is not limited to inhalers, ointments, cough syrup, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, topical lotions or sunscreens, eye drops, etc.) may be administered to Scholars only upon written request by the physician and parent / guardian. All medications must be accompanied by the Medication Permission Form, which further outlines the consents and procedures required to administer medications. A copy of the signed permission form previously submitted to your regular school is also acceptable documentation.

If a participant tests positive for COVID-19, will they be able to complete the program virtually?

2021-03-30T08:48:11-05:00March 30, 2021|

DECATS will be fully in-person only, with no virtual or online component. Because the program is only three weeks, it is most likely that a participant who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to withdraw. Please see the “Tuition & Payments” section for concerns related to refunds in the event of non-elective withdrawal from the program.

What will happen if DECATS has to be cancelled again?

2021-03-30T08:39:33-05:00March 28, 2021|

Should this happen, we will assess the pertinent decisions to make at that point in time. Any decision regarding admission and eligibility for 2022 would be made at a later date. Please see the “Tuition & Payments” section for information about refunds in the event of program cancellation.

Will parents be able to visit DECATS?

2021-06-15T17:57:09-05:00March 28, 2021|

This year it is highly unlikely that parents will be able to attend our morning and afternoon assemblies. A final determination will be made closer to the start of the program. We are investigating recording or live streaming these daily activities at each campus. May 2021 Update: To maximize the health and safety of all Scholars and Mentors, as well as make every possible effort to fully execute the program, we unfortunately cannot accommodate any visitors or parents on-campus at any time, including during morning and afternoon assemblies this summer.

What cleaning procedures or other safety equipment will be in place?

2021-05-23T14:13:36-05:00March 28, 2021|

Our host campuses have graciously allowed us to continue using cleaning supplies and safety equipment already in place during the regular school year. Routine cleaning will be performed during and between courses. Participants will sit at the same space each day in each room to make any necessary contact tracing easier.

Will lunch or outdoor times be modified in any way?

2021-05-23T14:12:35-05:00March 28, 2021|

Scholars will continue to eat lunch in their third period classrooms. For outdoor time after lunch, thankfully each of our locations has considerable outdoor space for Scholars to have a choice whether to stay indoors or go outdoors. In previous years, Scholars placed their lunches into large buckets or bins by their third period courses, to be delivered later to classrooms. We will discontinue this practice so that a Scholar’s food is always on their person as they move through the campus. There is no central food service or ability to heat meals during the program.

Will assemblies be modified in any way?

2021-06-15T17:56:40-05:00March 28, 2021|

Returning families familiar with our assemblies at the beginning and end of each day know that these community times of interaction involve song and movement in a large space. While certain contact activities (like dance or motion during certain songs) will change or adapt, we are currently evaluating the best ways to preserve these community times. May 2021 Update: Returning families familiar with our assemblies at the beginning and end of each day know that these community times of interaction involve song and movement in a large indoor space. Certain contact activities (like dance or motion [...]

Are DECATS employees required to have a COVID-19 vaccination?

2021-03-28T13:43:38-05:00March 28, 2021|

DeBusk Enrichment Center of Texas does not make employment decisions based upon an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status or desire to be vaccinated. All employees are required to provide whether they have received vaccination – if so, when and what type; if not, when / whether they will / plan to once eligible.

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