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.
DECATS will be fully compliant with any restrictions and requirements with respect to school settings that are in place at the time of operation of the program.
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.
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.
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. We expect for this summer to have participants sit at the same space each day in each room / space to make any necessary contact tracing easier.
We expect to continue having Scholars 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 plan to 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 during the program.
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.
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.
At this time, we expect to ask for compliance with all participants completing the appropriate self-checks each day for indications related to either routine illness or to a disease like COVID-19. We do not anticipate taking confidential health measurements (temperatures) in public settings like carpool lines, nor would that data ever be recorded by us.