To our Biocitizen LA Community,
While we are eager for a summer of connection and fun in Our Place programs. We would like
to provide some updates in regards to what we’re doing to ensure safety and comfort of all staff
and students this season:
Thank you for your continued support in speaking to your child about the importance of following
these guidelines. We understand the impact and connections made during Biocitizen
experiences, and the possibility of doing so without having to be as physically distant is a
beautiful privilege we are able to do because of the successes of our community health
protocols – we hugely value your family’s part in our group effort to keep everyone safe!
Please refer to our current COVID-19 protocols for all the updates.
All Biocitizen LA staff are fully vaccinated.
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.
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 down and the vents circulating fresh air
B. All staff and biocitizens masked during the duration of time in the vehicle
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.
Students will be in small groups of up to 14, with two teachers and up to 2 CIT (counselors in training) per group. This allows us to closely support our students learning in the field.
In order to remain compliant and protect our health, we require the following for all students:
A. Masking Optional Outdoors
18 April 2022 Update:
If your student or your family does not feel ready to return to our outdoor programs maskless, folks are welcome to continue masking.
B. Social distancing Within reason. Most notably while eating or seated with an area close to one another.
Respect and Communication
Not everyone will be comfortable going maskless, so if you do decide that is best for your family, let’s all be considerate of folks who may not feel the same.
We know that our amazing Biocitizens will all do a phenomenal job respecting mutual comfort and boundaries as we enter a new stage of the pandemic.
A. Frequent hand washing or hand sanitization
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.