Official Response Covid-19: Program Health and Safety Protocols

*Revised 2 Jan 2022

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the obvious health concerns affecting our local and global community, we have developed a series of plans and protocols for the foreseeable future, that are based on all available resources and guidelines set forth by the CDC, the State of California, and Los Angeles County.

We want to make it abundantly clear that above all, the health and safety of our students, staff, and community are our primary concerns. As such we have developed a detailed action plan that will allow us to move forward with our 2022 programs.

Although this format is slightly different from the previous years, we are proud to say that Biocitizen Los Angeles has consistently provided safe, and meaningful outdoor programming throughout the duration of the pandemic.

We hope these protocols help you and your family safe knowing that we take the pandemic very seriously and that our community’s health is our #1 priority!

1. Fully Vaccinated Staff

All Biocitizen LA staff are fully vaccinated. Additionally, all staff members continue to wear masks at all times during sessions. 

2. Community Testing & If your Child is symptomatic

A. With the current surge of Omicron variant, we highly recommend that families test their students and themselves PRIOR to the start of a session; ex Winter Break, Spring Break, Summer.  

Luckily the rate of transmission in our programs over the last 2 years has been 0, it is still imperative that our community continue to take the pandemic seriously and take reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of covid-19 in our community.

B.  Symptoms – if your child has ANY cold or flu-like symptoms PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME, and provide our admin team with a negative-covid test when you return.

3. Transportation Guidelines

*Updated Dec 30th

We continue to offer a blended model with some programs using vans to transport students.

While in the van(s) we require the following:

A. All windows open and the vents circulating fresh air
B. All staff and biocitizens double-masked during the duration of time in the vehicle

4. Drop-off/Pick-up Policy

Unless stated our programs will continue to be supported by families transporting biocitizens.

Families will drop off and pick up their students at a specified location each day.

Although this is not ideal, this does, however, allow us to move forward with our programming and provide access to our amazing outdoor classrooms in a safe and responsible way.

Program destinations will all be within a ~35-min drive from our community offerings. 

For example, our After School Program will have localized offerings within outdoor classrooms that correspond proximally to the site. 

5. Separate Groups of Small Sizes

Students will be in small groups of up to 14, with two teachers and up to 2 CIT (counselors in training) per group. This way we will be able to closely monitor and support our students during this critical time.

6. Adherence to Physical Distancing Guidelines

In order to remain compliant and protect our health, we require the following for all students:

A. Face mask worn at all times

    • With the exception of eatingdrinking, or adequate physical distance (3+ feet or more) both staff and campers are required to wear their masks
    • Acceptable facial coverings – N95 masks, medical-grade masks, or equivalent CLOSE FITTING facial coverings
    • Unacceptable facial coverings – bandana, gaiters, t-shirt cloth, your hand, etc.

 B. Social distancing  Whenever possible – especially when hiking, group circles, exploring, and playing games. 

We have always trained our Biocitizen students on safety and preparedness when walking in challenging situations in the field (both natural and urban). We will continue to incorporate deliberate and repeated safety instructions as explicit components of our curriculum with students. We know that our amazing Biocitizens will all do a phenomenal job adhering to our distancing expectations.

7. Increased Hygiene Protocols

A. Frequent hand washing or hand sanitization
Hand-sanitizing/hand-washing

    • Before/after meals
    • After shared items (field guides, talking stick, etc)
    • After restroom use

B. No Touch Temp Check at drop-off.

At drop-off, our staff will take your child’s temperature using an infra-red no-touch thermometer. Any child with a temperature of 99.6 or higher will not be permitted to attend the day.

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