We know there are many known and unknown factors surrounding COVID-19. What we do know is that encouraging physical distancing, requiring
frequent hand washing, and wearing masks in indoor spaces or close proximity help reduce risk. As a primarily outdoor school, with a small number of students, and stringent cleaning protocols we have the opportunity to offer in-person, five-day per week education in a wonderful natural environment.
Our school capacity keeps us well within the guidelines previously outlined for phases 2 & 3 in Virginia. We will adhere to recommendations set forth by the state government, Health Department and CDC. With a constantly evolving situation we will be forthcoming with any adjustments or changes that will need to be made. We will strive for proactive communication and hope to request the same from our enrolled families as we navigate unchartered territories.
If Virginia private schools are closed, Green Adventure Project will plan to take the following steps:
Weekly Zoom meetings
Project Support & Encouragement
Nature Activities & Journals
Scheduled times for individual families to access the school's trail network.
Policies & Procedures
Learners will need to bring 2 masks with them each day, both with first and last name on them. Masks must have an attachment device to secure to their person. We suggest a carabiner or break away lanyard. Masks must fit snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face and be securable to the head. Reusable face coverings must be able to be washed/sanitized and dried without damage or change to shape. Masks will be worn at times such as drop off/pick up, on the bus, if the group has to go indoors, when physical distancing is unable to be maintained, etc. Masks are to adhere to CDC mask cleanliness guidelines.
Morning Drop Off
Educators will greet your Learner in the transportation loop to check them in. A health screening and temperature check will be done at this time. We ask that the Learner's window is rolled down and everyone in the vehicle is wearing a face covering. Once a child has been cleared the staff member will assist them with exiting the car and getting them to their group. Unless registered for the Early Drop Program, Learners brought before 8:00am are to stay with their parents in their car until we begin check in.
Please be patient while in the transportation loop as the required check in procedures must be followed and will require time.
Daily Health Screening Questions and Temperature Check Information for all Learners (and Educators)
Has your child had any potential symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 48 hours? Symptoms include: Fever and chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
Has your child taken any temperature reducing medications in the last 24 hours?
Does your child live with anyone or had close contact with anyone who has had a confirmed or presumed case of COVID-19 within the last two weeks?
If a parent, Learner, or staff member answers “YES” to any of the questions, they will not be permitted to attend camp that day.
If a parent or Learner answers “NO” to all questions, the staff will then take the Learner's temperature, while the camper is still in the car. If the temperature is over 100.3F (37.9C), the child will not be permitted to attend camp that day. If the child’s temperature is below 100.3, the child will be permitted to attend camp.
Facility Cleaning and Sanitizing
The school facilities will be routinely cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. In addition to soap, water and commercial cleaners, GAP will be using a hospital grade broad spectrum disinfectant.
Staying Home When Appropriate
Learners need to stay home when the following has occurred:
Contact with a person with COVID-19 within the last two weeks.
If they have tested positive for COVID-19.
If they are showing COVID-19 symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
State communicable disease protocols are in place, and families are required to communicate any contact or suspected contact with any contagious infections IMMEDIATELY.
Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
Staff will reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase monitoring to ensure best practices. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains 70% alcohol will be used. All campers and staff will engage in hand hygiene at the following times, as a minimum: arrival to camp, between activities, before and after eating, after using the restroom, before and after using camp equipment or supplies, after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing.
What Happens When…?
What happens when a Learner or staff member develops COVID-19-like symptoms while at camp?
Learners or Staff exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms will be directed to the quarantine area, where they will be further assessed and monitored.
Staff that self-transport, who are physically able to drive, may be escorted to their car with proper PPE worn by both ill staff member and escort.
Learners or Educators may return to camp if/when:
An improvement in respiratory symptoms, such as coughing or shortness of breath.
Must be 24 hours fever-free, without fever-reducing medication.
A pediatrician/physical evaluates the individual and determines COVID-19 is not the cause of symptoms. (Fore example, a history of allergies combined with no known exposures to someone with COVID.)
Or – one negative COVID-19 test.
What happens when there is a COVID-19 positive diagnosis?
If a Learner or Educator reports that they are COVID-19 positive, GAP will maintain confidentiality of the individual at all times while mitigating the situation.
Any Learner or Educator whose household member tests positive will be required to remain home and quarantine for 14 days.
The case will be reported to the local Health District. The Health District will identify and notify close contacts who were potentially exposed to confirmed cases.
All families and staff of the individual’s group and bus (if applicable) will be notified immediately.
All facilities that the individual came in contact with will be deep cleaned and disinfected as per CDC guidelines.
All Learners and Educators who came in close contact (less that 6ft for a total of 15 minutes within 24 hours) will be required to remain home and quarantine for 14 days.
Learner tuition will be credited, and Staff will be compensated for this time.
Learners and Educators who test positive for COVID-19 may return to camp if/when:
They have been in isolation at least 10 days since the date of symptom onset.
Fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
72 hours since all symptoms have improved.
Could school ever have to be shut down?
School would only be temporarily closed if the Health Department determined that there were multiple cases of COVID-19 in multiple camper groups, not linked by any camper groups nor family households.
In summary, if/when there is a COVID-19 case, GAP School will be following guidance of the Virginia Department of Health, which is following CDC guidelines. All we can do, as the GAP staff and Families, is to take great care of whom we and our family members come in contact with during our summer season.
If/when these guidelines are updated, we will be immediately updating our school families and staff.
Thank you, for your patience, confidence and understanding of this delicate situation.