Coronavirus Update

MONDAY JUNE 15TH 2020

To our E-Bots families,

We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our E-Bots community very seriously. Like you, we’re closely monitoring the covid environment and making decisions to best serve you.

While these past few months have been unsettling and worrisome as to the longevity of our business and our ability to still bring our sought after programs to our students, we were also given a pause that has allowed us to restructure our pre-covid-19 classes, and present them in May and June. The success of these classes has given us the confidence that we can still have a positive impact in many young lives.

While the “new” E-Bots is going to be a change to the past 12 summers and our inhouse Mon-Fri, 9-4 day camps, we are certain that this is just part of our societies “new normal” and that you will still embrace the opportunity we can give to your student, in a new modified way.

We will continue our online virtual format for E-Bots level 2-4 courses that we have been successful with this spring. For the month of July we are adding two new ones, Syntax (prev. RobotC) and Arduino. The spaces offered in all levels are extremely limited, with only 5 students. They will operate as 2 hour classes, four times per week (Mon-Thurs) for two weeks. Levels 2-4 involve the loan of one of our pre-built robots and accessories, which will have to be picked up and dropped off during certain hours. (all sanitized before pickup) There are computer, software requirements, which you should read below before registering for a class.

As to new students, who have not attended E-Bots before, we have come to the conclusion that an introduction to robotics, and our programs, will have a more lasting learning impact when presented in person, rather than any current platform we were able to source virtually. Therefore, we are hoping to offer a level 1 (gr 5+ in Sept.) and an introduction to E-Bots (gr4+ in Sept.) in our facility that will align with provincial and regional public health and safety guidelines.

These two classes will operate Mon-Thurs, 9-4, with public health measures designed to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and in a smaller group size of 3 children per class to allow for physical distancing. We anticipate starting these classes at the same time as the virtual online classes of July 6. We are asking parents to sign up for these classes understanding that we are still very much in a fluid environment regarding covid-19 and any new information forthcoming from the government could affect our ability to operate these day camps, all information will be promptly communicated with those who register. Please note we will not be providing before or aftercare this summer for these classes.

At this time we do not have a solution for our FLL prep classes, or any weebots level classes. Our FLL teams for this year’s season are definitely in jeopardy when 66% of the requirements are social in nature: core values and robot design. We are waiting on the FIRST community and are hopeful that they will give us direction as to how the season will progress before we are able to plan any teams at this time. The weebots classes, working with younger children, will be very difficult to follow the government guidelines for social distancing and because they are working with class building requirements involving LEGO, we are sure you will understand it is next to impossible to provide ongoing covid-19 cleaning requirements.

For classes involving loaner robots and accessories, pick up will be Saturday July 4th from 10am-12pm. Drop off will be Friday July 17 from 5-8pm. It is your responsibility to ensure our robots are returned for the next students so we would ask that you please do not sign up if you are not able to adhere to these times. Thank you.

We thank all those who have stood by us while we closed our doors in March, scrambled to save ourselves and signed up for this new experience, for us all. We hope to be able to weather this time of uncertainty and still be standing as the E-Bots your child loves, and perhaps even adapt to something new and better!

Thank you,

John, Pam, Steph and the E-Bots family