Wild Earth Year-Round and Summer Camp
COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols & Policies
(last updated – 11/10/2022)
Home Health Safety and Precautions
Daily Home Health Screening – Before each program you must conduct your own daily health screening and temperature check to ensure your child is in good health for the program. Please assess if your child has the following symptoms:
- Sore throat, cough, chills or sweats
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of smell
- Take your child’s temperature. If it is 100 degrees or over, your child may not attend the program. Please be fever-free for at least 48 hours before attending a Wild Earth program.
- Rash or skin discoloration (make a physical inspection of your child’s body. This is also good to do for tick-borne diseases.
- Stomach or digestive pain.
- Your child should not attend programs if there is any possibility that they may be ill in any manner. This is in the interest of your child and all children and staff.
Reporting Sickness or COVID Exposure – We will follow NY State and Ulster County health department protocols and policies regarding all health and safety matters, and specifically when communicating any positive COVID-19 diagnoses that have been reported to us. Please follow the steps outlined when reporting sickness or COVID-19 exposure:
- Call or text the Program Coordinator (contact info can be found in your welcome letter) if you are keeping your child home for any reason. If you have trouble reaching the Program Coordinator, please email our Program Director at Esperanza@wildearth.org or call our office at 845-256-9830.
- Contact us if a family member or someone else that your child has been in close and sustained contact (defined as within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes without a mask) tests positive for COVID-19. If a known exposure has occurred within 5 days of a program, a test is required to be taken within 3-5 days of that exposure, and a child or staff can attend the program if they receive a negative test result. If a participant has a known exposure with no symptoms, WE requires that participant to wear a mask at the program until testing negative in 3-5 days.
- Negative test results can be reported back to your Program Coordinator directly or to the Wild Earth Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If a participant tests positive or does not take a test, that child will be required to follow a 5-day quarantine before returning back to Wild Earth programs. We also align with the CDC recommendation that People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 48 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.
- If your child tests positive for COVID-19 within 5 days of a program, we will immediately notify all children in that child’s pod. If you are carpooling it will open your family to potential exposure which may result in your child needing to stay home or receive a negative test result before returning.
- If your child is experiencing two or more COVID-19 symptoms they cannot return to the program unless they follow a 5-day quarantine or receive a negative test result.
- If your child is not feeling well, please keep them home, regardless of positive or negative COVID test result or exposure.
If we are required to close a program or an individual/group is unable to attend program(s), refunds or credits will not be available. Wild Earth has committed to compensate staff members for each program. We are all in this together, and so we ask you to partner with us in assuming the health as well as the financial risks.
- Please be aware of your travel plans while participating in Wild Earth programs. We ask that while your child is enrolled in the program that if you intend to travel out of the United States, Wild Earth will follow CDC guidelines and restrictions for travel. If you are planning to travel outside the USA before attending a Wild Earth program, please email us. To see the most updated information follow the links listed by New York Government & CDC.
Program Safety and Precautions
Daily Health Screening
- Every day at drop off, a Wild Earth staff member will ask you:
- Have you performed the required daily health screening with your child and is your child’s temperature normal (< 100 degrees)? We will have a thermometer onsite to verify your child’s temperature.
- In the last few days, has your child been exposed to someone who’s tested positive for COVID?
- How’s your child feeling today? Do they have any symptoms we should know about?
- Our staff will sign your child in and out to minimize handling any communal items.
- Please expect drop-off and pick up to take longer than usual.
- CDC and state guidelines have approved no masks outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. We will follow these guidelines, except when we are within 3-ft of each other for a sustained amount of time.
- We ask that all staff & participants continue to bring masks to the program because there will be activities that will require us to be in closer proximity. During these activities all staff & participants will be required to wear masks.
- Masks should be an N95 or KN95 type mask. Gaiters and bandanas are not allowed without an approved mask underneath, as they are proven to be less effective against virus transmission. Wild Earth will provide disposable KN95 or N95 masks to any participants who arrive without a mask. (Please see CDC guidelines for types of acceptable masks.)
Carpooling Children Outside The Pod – While we recommend avoiding pooled rides with children outside of your child’s pod, we understand that carpooling, in many cases, is inevitable. As with your own child, before each program, we ask that you make sure the camper you are carpooling has had a daily health screening and temperature check performed at their home. Please refer to the health screen at the top of this document and communicate any health concerns to the Program Coordinator. You will receive a car pool list 2 weeks before the start of camp.
Carpooling Siblings/Friends In Different Pods – To help further limit cross-pod contamination, we ask that siblings who are attending our program, but are registered in different pods, follow the same pick-up/drop-off precautionary steps as listed above.
If one of your children is not feeling well, or displays any COVID related symptoms, please err on the side of caution and keep both children at home—even if the other exhibits no symptoms.
Please call or text the Program Coordinator if you are keeping both of your children home for any reason. If you have trouble reaching the Program Coordinator, please email our Program Director at Esperanza@wildearth.org or call our office at 845-256-9830.
Cross-Pod Contamination Exposure Process – Contact us if you suspect that your child/the child you are carpooling has been in close and sustained contact with (defined as within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) tests positive for COVID-19. That child will be required to stay home from the program for at least 5 days before returning back to Wild Earth programs.
All positive COVID-19 cases will be reported to state and local health departments as is required by the Board of Health. Individuals who are alerted by a health department that they are designated as having close contact with a person with COVID-19 are required to self report to Wild Earth and may need to implement monitoring and movement restrictions, in accordance with local health department’s guidance.
Handwashing & Hygiene
- Wild Earth will prioritize personal hygiene by following CDC guidelines regarding hand washing, cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
We will create several hand washing stations with disposable paper towels. All stations will be clearly identified with only one hand washer at a time. Where hand washing stations are not practical, we will use hand sanitizer instead.
- Every participant and staff member will wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the following times:
- Upon arriving at program
- Before using shared equipment for activities
- After using the bathroom
- Before and after eating
- Before refilling your water bottle
- Before departing
- Wild Earth staff will disinfect shared surfaces at the end of a program day.
- Water spigots will be sanitized at all water refill stations.
Sick Camper & Staff Area – Should a child develop health challenges during the program day, we will separate them from their group and observe them from a safe distance (10′) until an approved parent or guardian can pick them up. Children will be with a staff member at all times.
Cancellations Due to Weather – Wild Earth may cancel programs due to inclement weather, such as rain, snow, high wind, severe temperatures, etc. in circumstances that will force both campers and staff to be in close proximity that do not meet the CDC guidelines.
Example: On any given program date it’s possible to have high levels of precipitation which can cause staff & campers to be forced under tarps. Wild Earth may cancel the program the day before it begins or while it is in process to make sure that we are able to abide by the state-mandated 6 ft of social distance.