COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols & Policies
Wild Earth 2020-2021 Year-Round Program
COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols & Policies
(final draft – 9/18/20)
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.
- 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 with (defined as within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) tests positive for COVID-19. That child will be required to get a negative COVID test before returning back to Wild Earth programs.
- If your child tests positive for COVID-19, we will immediately notify all program participants. All members of their group/exposure bubble will be required to get a test before returning to the subsequent program day.
- If your child is experiencing two or more COVID-19 symptoms they cannot return to the program unless they have a negative COVID-19 test or follow a 14 day quarantine recommended by the CDC.
- If we are mandated by the state 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.
Traveling Out Of State – 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 visit states that are on the New York State Restricted list your child will need to quarantine for 14 days before returning to the program. To see the most updated information follow the links listed by New York Government (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory) & The CDC (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_totalcases)
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.
- Has your child had COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days? (DOH)
- Has your child had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days? (DOH)
- Has your child been in close and sustained contact with anyone within anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19 or may have been exposed to COVID-19?
- 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.
Limiting Exposure and Contact
- Staff and participants will be organized in self-contained “packs” of 11 campers and 2-3 staff members.
- Masks* will be worn by staff and participants all day, with breaks for food, water and comfort.
- We will be adjusting activities to limit close, sustained interaction.
*Masks must be of a double-layer type cloth or a disposable 3-ply safety 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 safety 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.
Limiting the Risk of Cross-Pod Contamination – To help limit the risk of cross-pod contamination, we recommend following CDC guidelines for pick-up/drop-off when carpooling children outside of your household/program pod:
- During drop-off & pick-up, all passengers in the vehicle wear a mask throughout the duration of the ride
- All passengers wash and/or sanitize their hands prior to entering/exiting the vehicle (pick-up and drop-off)
- Keeping the vehicle’s car windows lowered to increase ventilation inside the car, and run the vehicle’s ventilation system on non-recirculation mode (pickup and drop-off)
Carpooling Siblings 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 get a negative COVID test and stay home for 14 days without any symptoms before returning back to Wild Earth programs.
Handwashing & Hygiene
- Wild Earth will prioritize personal hygiene by following CDC guidelines regarding hand-washing, cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
- We will create several handwashing 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.