At TinkerLab we are committed to providing a healthy environment for all participants attending our programs. Due to the novel Coronavirus we have implemented a number of new and updated policies and procedures in our programming. To start, we have implemented a Health Refund Policy. This policy has been put in place to ensure all families are able to participate in our programming without concern for missing a class or camp due to child illness. 

All children and staff are monitored for illness upon entry into the studio. If a child is found to be ill they will be denied entry into the studio and are not allowed to participate in programming until he/she is symptom free. However we want to assure families that they will not be charged for missing a class due to illness. It is our policy that if a child is unable to participate then he/she will be able to make up the missed day by December 31st, 2022 in any of our programming classes or camps (based on availability). Caregivers must contact the studio prior to the start of the day to notify the staff of a child’s absence. This refund can be used for 1 missed class in any one registered session or 2 missed camp days in any one full week of registered camp (full day or half day).

In addition to hosting only a small number of children in our programs there have also been a number of new sanitizing policies put in place. We have invested in a disinfecting machine which uses a child-safe sanitizing gas to disinfect the entire studio, including tables, benches, writing utensils, etc. There is also a UVC light wand to disinfect all of our electronic and coding materials (like our Snap Circuits, Makey Makey’s, OSMO’s and tablets). All participants will work at their own tables and use their own materials that have been disinfected prior to the start of each class/camp day. 

In accordance with Halton Public Health regulations, TinkerLab requires all adults to wear a face mask or covering at all times while in the studio. We strongly encourage children to wear masks but understand that we cannot force children to keep masks on. We do have paper masks that are available for all children and can be decorated, to make wearing the masks a little more fun! We also have plenty of hand sanitizer available for use but we encourage the use of good, old-fashioned soap and warm water to thoroughly clean hands. 

Children will not be able to attend class/camp if he/she has any of the following:

  • An elevated temperature over 38.0 degrees C. 

  • An Acute cold (sever green nasal discharge and/or severe coughing)

  • An undiagnosed or contagious skin rash or infection. 

  • Lice, Ringworm or other bodily infestations

  • If the child is lethargic and cannot participate in the usual daily routine. 

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

A sick child needs to be symptom free or on antibiotics (prescribed by a doctor) for 24 hours before returning to TinkerLab for all illnesses that are not related to Covid-19.

COVID-19 Precautions

Children who are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 must stay at home for 14 days,  receive a negative Covid-19 test result or have confirmation from a doctor that the illness is not Covid -19 related before returning to TinkerLab. As the information regarding Covid-19 changes frequently, TinkerLab will update families regularly on what is a Covid-19 symptom. 

Families will be eligible to use the Health Refund Policy for Covid-19 if their child is ill. 

If TinkerLab is forced to close due to Covid-19 parents will be able to use the fees already paid for the time the studio is closed for programing between January 1st, 2021 and December 31st, 2021. Refunds will not be issued if the studio closes due to Covid-19.