Official Response Covid-19: Program Health and Safety Protocols

Biocitizen - Los Angeles

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 30-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 ten, with two teachers and one CIT 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. Wear face-coverings during the duration of programming day, unless when eating or drinking. During hiking days, we will of course closely monitor our students, provide frequent breaks in the shade, and follow all other standard operating procedures.
  2. Maintain a minimum of 6ft from one another, 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. Health and Safety

  1. Frequent hand washing or hand sanitization
    When given the opportunity to wash hands with soap and water, we will of course utilize this, as washing hands is the most effective way to prevent the spread and transmission of Covid-19.

    Additionally, as recommended by the CDC, our staff will also have hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for each student, applied multiple times throughout the day, with special emphasis on meals and snack time.

  2. Temperature taking at drop-off.
    Although this is not the be-all-end-all in terms of precautionary measures, it certainly is an effective way to determine if a student should stay home.

    At drop-off, we will be taking students temperatures utilizing a no-touch, infrared thermometer.

Summer Enrollment & Pricing

Enrollment

We will be extending the Pre-Session Pricing of $450 through June 15th, after which, the price will increase to our In-Session registration price of $500 a week.

Credit and Session Swap

If you feel reluctant to move forward this summer with Biocitizen LA and are already enrolled, we have a couple options to support you and your family.

Option 1: Session Swap*

Are you feeling unsure about how you want to move forward, but don’t want to lose your spot by cancelling? We will honor a “session swap” free of charge.

Ex. Say your student is signed up for Week 1 and Week 2, but want to push it back to later in the summer, you can swap those for Week 6 and Week 7.

*Session swap is based on the remaining spaces available in each session when requested. This is not a guarantee of availability, however we will do the best we can to accommodate your family’s needs. Valid through June 1st

Option 2: Program Credit**

Another option is to apply for a credit on your session(s). We will credit you 75% of your total program registration fees which you can apply like cash to any of our upcoming programs.

**Program credits will be valid for 1 year after the date of issue.

Refunds

Before June 1st
We will be able to offer full refunds minus a small administrative fee through the date of June 1st.

After June 1st
We will be honoring a 50% refund for families after the date of June 1st.

As we are a small organization, and have to budget accordingly for staff and associated summer costs, we will not be able to offer full refunds beyond June 1st.

We of course recognize these changes, may be a challenge, but given these times, we must adapt and be thoughtful. However, we firmly believe these steps are imperative to providing a safe and successful summer for your student.

Join The Waitlist Please list the following so that we can properly place your child quickly if a spot becomes available. Thanks for your interest! - Your name, email and phone number - Child's name and age - Specific friend requests (do you have a friend in the group?)