Official Response Covid-19: Program Health and Safety Protocols

Revised Feb 1st 2021

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 is 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 Summer 2020 Season.

Although this format is slightly different from our previous summers, we are confident will be able to provide meaningful and nurturing experiences for your students in the outdoors!

1. No Van Transportation

We have decided that we will not be operating vans for transportation. As traveling in vans does not allow us the minimum required spacing for physical distancing, we will be pausing all van transportation until further notice.

2. Drop-off/Pick-up Policy

All programming will be drop-off based.

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. 

3. Separate Groups of Small Sizes

Students will be in small groups of 12, 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.

4. No Enclosed Spaces

We will not be entering enclosed spaces as a group. Traditionally we have visited nature centers, taken public transit, and utilized other indoor programming locations; however, that will not be the case this summer.

5. Adherence to Strict Physical Distancing Guidelines

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

  1. Face mask worn at all times

    • With the exception of eatingdrinking, or adequate physical distance (6+ 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.

      2. Maintain a minimum of 6ft from one another, 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 wild 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.

 

6. Increased Hygiene Protocols

  1. Frequent hand washing or hand sanitization
    Hand-sanitizing/hand-washing
    • Before/after meals
    • After shared items (field guides, talking stick, etc)
    • After restroom use
  2. 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.

7. Weekly Staff Covid Testing

All staff receives PCR testing to confirm that they are NEGATIVE.

If a staff tests positive?

Any staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to return to work after they are no longer infectious. 

“Available data indicate that persons with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset. Persons with more severe to critical illness or severe immunocompromise likely remain infectious no longer than 20 days after symptom onset.”

Source:  CDC

 

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