Program Policies Regarding Covid19
Understanding of Risk
Policies and Procedures
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedure for Drop-Off Programs:
- To maintain small group size and appropriate social distancing, parents are asked to remain in their vehicles for drop-off and pick-up. Staff will meet children in the grassy area near the parking lot (South Burlington) or the driveway (Hinesburg). At the end of the day's session, staff will meet back in the same area to deliver children to their adults. (Feel free to give us a wave!) Colleen will email general daily updates/summaries to families and will be available by phone or email for individual needs, should they arise.
- Hand hygiene stations will be set up at the entrance to the woods so that children can clean their hands before starting the day's session.
- Ideally, the same parent or designated person should drop off and pick up the child every day. If possible, older people such as grandparents should not pick up their children, because they are more at risk for serious illness.
- Parents and caregivers who are self-quarantining due to close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual should NOT do drop-off or pick-up. If possible, parents and caregivers who are heath care workers should identify someone else to do drop-off and pick-up.
Participant (Parent) Responsibility--
Please conduct a Daily Health Check for your child(ren) attending our program.
- Has your child been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19?
- Does your child feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have they had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell?
- If you have answered YES to any of the above, your child should NOT attend.
- Screen children and staff for cough or shortness of breath upon arrival each day
- Conduct temperature screening, using a temporal thermometer.
- Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, runny nose, etc.
Health Policy and Attendance Eligibility:
- If a staff person, child, or parent/caregiver has been identified as a close contact to someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19, they should self-quarantine: stay home.
- Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or awaiting test-results should self-isolate until:
- It’s been 3 full days of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication, and
- Other symptoms have improved, and
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- If there is a confirmed case of COVID in our program, we will consult with the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7240 and make further decisions regarding closure or dismissal according to their recommendations. We will communicate to families as soon as possible regarding any changes.
- Children who arrive from out-of-state need to quarantine for 14 days or be tested at day 7 before attending our program.
Physical Distancing Practices:
- Children will be kept in small groups, not more than 25 individuals, including staff. Should our enrollment size exceed the recommended group size, we will divide our site so that each section only serves one group of children. We often find that children naturally congregate in groups of 4-5.
- Wherever possible, the same staff member(s) will remain with the same group each day.
- There will be no large group activities exceeding the recommended group size.
- Congregational times (welcome circle, meals, story time) will be conducted in a way so that children can maintain recommended distancing (bigger welcome circle, spacing sitting stumps farther apart, etc)
- Face coverings (cloth masks): The CDC currently recommends that facial coverings be used for adults and children over the age of 2. Facial coverings help the wearer protect OTHERS in the case that wearer is an asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier. Staff will be required to wear facial covers when in contact with others. Children will be required to BRING a facial cover with them and staff will encourage children use them. We understand that some children may have difficulty wearing facial coverings for extended periods of time for various reasons. Staff will work to educate children on the importance of facial coverings, but will NOT require children to wear facial coverings. If you need access to a child-sized cloth mask, please let us know.
Food and Campfire cooking:
- Staff will ensure that children wash hands before and after eating.
- There will be no shared utensil or cooking equipment (ex. roasting sticks, pans/pots). Children are strongly encouraged to NOT share their food.
- Children will still be allowed to heat up their own food with the following limitations: Food must be pre-wrapped in aluminum foil (to be warmed on the cooking grate) or able to be roasted over the fire on a single use stick.
- Any food provided by the program (occasional fireside snacks) will be pre-packaged off site and be individual use (no buffet style). We will not be prepping any shared food in the woods (ex. soup, tea).
Hygiene and Cleaning:
- Hand Washing: Staff and participants will be required to wash hands at the following intervals:
- Arrival to the facility.
- Before and after preparing food or drinks.
- Before and after eating or handling food.
- Before and after administering medication or medical ointment (such as sun screen).
- After using the toilet.
- After coming in contact with bodily fluid.
- Hand washing procedure:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds following these 5 steps. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol may be used.
- The majority of the materials we use are natural materials found in the woods. It is impossible to clean or disinfect every item that participants come in contact with. Staff will clean and disinfect frequently used metal or plastic materials and surfaces, such as tools and toys using a diluted bleach or 3% hydrogen peroxide spray, or EPA-registered household disinfectant. These items will be cleaned and disinfected at the beginning, middle and end of each day.
- Bathroom sink areas including faucets, counter-tops and paper towel dispensers will be cleaned after each group has finished.
- Children’s books, art supplies and other paper-based materials, are not considered high risk for transmission and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection procedures.