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Youth Programs Policies and FAQs


Youth Programs Policies and FAQs

At the Fleet Science Center, we love to have hands-on experiences for all our students in an environment that is positive, fun and safe. As we continue to follow the recommendations issued by the San Diego County division of Health and Human Services to support the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, we have made modifications to our policies and have included an FAQ as it relates to Onsite Summer Camps and Distance Learning Hubs during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Refund and Cancellation Policies:

  • Cancellations or changes made at least 5 business days before the start of the program will receive a full refund

  • Cancellations or changes made within 5 business days of the program will receive no refund with the exception for families with extenuating circumstances

  • Program cancellations and changes will not be honored over the weekends or without talking to the Education Coordinator. the Education Coordinator can be reached at Education@rhfleet.org.  

Frequently Asked Questions - Camps Programs

How does Camp pick up and drop off work?

The drop-off and pick-up area is located at the Business Entrance on the south side of the building, adjacent to the parking lot. To locate the South entrance from Park Boulevard, turn onto Space Theater Way and make an immediate right into the parking lot adjacent to the Fleet Science Center.

Drop Off

Fleet Staff will be outside for curbside pick drop off from 8:45a.m.-9:00a.m. For safety purposes, please remain in your car and pull up to the curb by the business entrance to the Fleet Science Center adjacent to our parking lot. Your student will be checked-in and brought into the classroom by a Fleet volunteer or staff member. 

Pick Up

Fleet Staff will be outside for curbside pickup from 3:45-4:00p.m. Please remain in your car and pull up to the curb by the business entrance to the Fleet Science Center adjacent to our parking lot. For the safety of students, Fleet staff will verify parents/guardians/authorized photo ID at pick up every day. If you have a last-minute addition to the pick-up list that you wish to add, please call (619) 238-1233 ext. 847.

Alternate Drop Off and Pick Up Times

We understand that families have different schedules. If you are dropping your camper off later than 9:15am or have to pick-up a camper earlier than 3:45pm, please contact the Education Coordinator at (619) 238-1233 ext. 847.

Late Pick Up

Pick-up later than 15 minutes after the camp's end time will incur a $25 fee. For every 30 minutes after that time, an additional $25 fee will added. If you are late more than twice, your child may not be allowed back to class and there will be no refund. If you are going to be late picking up or dropping off a child, please notify the Science Center in advance to we can make arrangements as needed. Please call (619) 238-1233 ext. 847. 

As of July 1, 2020: In addition to our standard curbside pick up and drop off procedures, temperature and health screening will be conducted. If students have a temperature over 99 degrees or exhibit symptoms of illness they will be sent home until the start of a new week. 

What happens if I am added to the waitlist for a program?

If a seat becomes available you will be contacted by our Education team. Once you are contacted by our team you will have 24 hours to respond to continue the registration process. If we do not hear back within the 24 hour window we will contact the next patron on the waitlist. Having your name on the waitlist does not guarantee a spot in the program. Our team is available Monday-Friday during regular business hours excluding weekends and holidays.

How are we encouraging social distancing and a safe classroom environment?

Update on June 15 California Reopening: State officials have indicated that California’s COVID-19 tier system will be removed on June 15, 2021. However, the tier guidance does not affect day camps, as we follow additional state guidance for our sector. Therefore, we expect guidance for day camps to remain the same after June 15. Our understanding is that our sector guidance is currently being updated at the state level, but have not been given a timeline on when or of what changes we can expect. We do expect that we will continue to have the safety policies below in place for the course of the summer, since youth under age 12 cannot be vaccinated yet.

All programs will be following the recommendations of the CDC, California Department of Public Health, and ACA which include:

  • Classroom size will be limited to ensure space seating to accommodate 6ft of space between students

  • Restrict mixing between groups of students 

  • Limiting nonessential visitors and volunteers

  • Students and staff will be required to wear masks during camp hours 

  • Keep each child’s belongings separated from others’ 

  • Ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high-touch materials as much as possible

  • Increased hand-washing or use of hand sanitizer

  • Limit use of supplies and equipment by one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect between use. 

  • Restrooms and other surfaces children regularly contact shall be sanitized with a disinfectant effective against coronavirus on a regular schedule and between groups occupying a particular area.

Lunch Time Procedures

Lunches will take place inside the classrooms. Lunches, snacks and reusable water bottles must be provided by families for the student. Fleet Staff will not be able to provide lunch and/or snacks. Our recess time will be supplemented with walks throughout the park.

Taking Camp Outside the Classroom

Going Outdoors: While in camps, our team will be taking students on walks throughout park and encouraging outdoor activities throughout the week. The Education team will do our best to communicate what days we are anticipating outdoor adventures so that families may plan accordingly with their students if they need sunscreen, hats or appropriate footwear.

Museum Access: Campers will explore the Science Center galleries during their time in camp. For Summer 2021, campers will be able to visit the museum before it is open to the general public. Parents, guardians or others who are picking up and dropping off students attending our classes will not be able to access the Fleet’s paid admission areas without purchasing admission. Campers will also need a ticket if they are visiting the Science Center after camp.

What is the Fleet doing to reduce the spread of germs?

We will be abiding by our consistent procedures recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of colds and flus daily.

  • Ensuring hand washing supplies are well stocked and accessible for camp participants, staff and volunteers

  • Increasing hand sanitizer dispenser stations placed throughout the Fleet Science Center.

  • Making more sanitizing wipes available in the classroom to clean objects and equipment before/after touching.

  • Increasing the frequency of our Protexus Electrostatic Disinfecting Sprayer to sanitize frequently touched surfaces (exhibitions, doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons, etc.)

Please click this link to learn more about the Fleet’s efforts regarding the health and safety.

Behavior Expectations

Our classes have been developed to encourage imaginative, creative and energetic exploration. However, appropriate conduct is expected in our classes. Please review the following established classroom rules with your child before camp:

  • Be cooperative. Many of the activities that students participate in will require that they are considerate of their fellow students. Camp classes are a great way to make friends!

  • Be clean. Students will be asked to help us keep our area clean (after we have fun making a mess of course).

  • Be curious and creative. The most important guideline.

  • Students will be expected to follow social distancing procedures.

  • All campers are expected to follow the above rules. If any student does not follow the rules, the instructor will respond first by giving a verbal warning, then on a second offense escorting the child out of class to call home.

  • We reserve the right to dismiss children whose behavior disrupts the class environment, especially those who engage in physical aggression or other dangerous behavior or for other violations of policies from the program without refund.

Frequently Asked Questions - Virtual Camps

Can I have multiple students work on the activities?

All kits are packed to provide materials for 1 child however some of the activities may be easily recreated using household materials

Where do I pick up materials?

Curbside pick-up for materials will be available on Mondays at the Fleet Science Center from 9:30-10:00a.m. and 3:00-3:30p.m. Pick-up will be located at the Business Entrance on the south side of the building, adjacent to the parking lot. To get to the South entrance from Park Boulevard, turn on Space Theater Way and make an immediate right into the parking lot adjacent to the building. The Fleet Science Center is located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101.

Only the 4 kits of the week will be available at a time.

How do I access digital content for Camps?

All prerecorded content for the Virtual Camps will be accessible through a private Google Drive folder. Only registered participants will have access to this folder during the week they are registered for the session.

How long is digital content available?

Videos will be accessible until the end of the week. Access to content will be restricted by email.

Do I need to supervise my child during virtual camps?

Virtual Camps are not a replacement for parental supervision, and we cannot assume responsibility for your child. We recommend that one responsible member of your household retain a supervisory role during virtual programming to ensure safety, watch your scientist superstar shine, or offer a helping hand for a trickier project.

What platform will be used for the live and online portion of virtual camps?

The Fleet Science Center currently uses Zoom for its virtual programs. Access and additional details specific to the live virtual meeting will be sent to registered families on the Monday prior to the meeting time.

Frequently Asked Questions - Science Clubs

Can I attend a different time even if my student is not in the listed grade range?

We do understand that schedules are different for families and if the other time and date work better for you please feel free to register for that session. The listed grade range for Science Club is to allow students to participate with other students that are closer in their age range during our live meeting times. This also allows for our team to better facilitate conversations that are relevant and appropriate to those particular grade levels. 

When and where should I check in for class?

Check in with a designated Fleet staff person at the Business Entrance located on the south side of our building adjacent to the parking lot. A sign will be noted with additional instructions for the day of the workshop

Is Science Club available virtually?

As of September 1, 2021 Science Clubs are being offered in person.

Frequently Asked Questions - Young Scientists

Does an adult need to accompany the student attending the session?

 One caregiver must be in attendance with your child during the session. This hands-on program is designed for both children and adult to work together.

Am I allowed to bring a sibling to class?

Siblings who are not enrolled are not permitted.

May we explore the museum galleries before class?

The museum galleries will not be open until 10:00 AM. We encourage you to explore the galleries immediately after your Young Scientists session, free of charge.

Do I need to bring a snack?

Unless your child needs nourishment due to medical reasons, we don’t anticipate that he or she will need a snack for the 1 hour period.

Are materials provided for Virtual Young Scientists?

Yes! Prepackaged materials ranging from craft supplies to specialty items packed by our Science Educators and organized by week. 

Can I have my items shipped to me instead?

To have your materials shipped to you for an additional $35/session, please contact our Education Coordinator at (619) 238-1233, ext. 847. Shipping will occur on the same day as material pick up.