COVID-19 Program Updates

We hold dear all individuals and families affected by COVID-19. We hope to continue to be an anchor point for families through this pandemic and that the bonds we form during it last years beyond.

The physical and emotional safety of our staff and the community remain our top priority in responding to COVID-19. We closely monitor announcements made by public health officials in order to understand the potential impact on our programs and we will continue to adjust our policies as recommendations evolve. Below are details of how we are planning to move forward based on the most current information. We will email enrolled families with any updates that affect your programs.

If you don’t see your situation described exactly, we ask that you make decisions that are cautious, low risk and keep the health of our community as the greatest priority. We have been able to provide a safe environment throughout the pandemic and ask that you continue to be supportive of the difficult choices we all have to make during this time.

What policies are in place to safeguard children from COVID-19?

Policies for current programs are below and a link to this page will be sent in your confirmation email when you register. These are subject to change depending on evolving recommendations from state and federal health officials. Please contact programs@twocoyotes.org with any questions. 

Basic protocols include:

> Our field staff are all either vaccinated or are getting tested for Covid on a weekly basis, starting Sept 27th, 2021.

> No masks required outdoors unless in close, sustained contact for more than 15 minutes (e.g. under a tarp on a rainy day). We are more likely to cancel a day of program for bad weather to avoid spending prolonged periods of time together indoors. We expect all adults and children to bring a mask to each program day in case they are needed. Students should bring at least two masks, so they can swap them out if wet, frozen, or dropped in a mud puddle.

> Individuals are encouraged to keep 3 foot distance, especially while eating.

> We use hand sanitizer before & after eating, high contact games, or using the bathroom, and to clean shared items or high touch surfaces.

People may attend our programs if:

> They have Covid-like symptoms but test negative and/or have a doctor’s note attesting that symptoms are not Covid-related (i.e. allergies or other benign, non-contagious symptoms), regardless of vaccination status. If they choose not to test, then they may attend 10 days after the onset of symptoms.

> They are a vaccinated person who travels but has no symptoms.

> They are a vaccinated person who is exposed to Covid (we still recommend getting tested).

> They received a positive test result at least 10 days ago and have recovered from symptoms.

> They received a positive test result 5 or more days ago and had no symptoms.

> They live with an unvaccinated person who was exposed to Covid and is now quarantining at home, but has a negative test result.

> They have recovered from Covid in the past 90 days.

People may not attend our programs if:

> They are an unvaccinated person who was exposed to Covid – They must stay home for 10 days, with no option to test out.

> They are an unvaccinated person who recently traveled – They must get tested 3-5 days after returning home, and stay home for 7 days. If they do not get tested, they need to stay home for 10 days.

> They have had Covid-like symptoms for less than 10 days, regardless of vaccination status or exposure, have not been tested, nor do they have a doctor’s note attesting that symptoms are not related to Covid (e.g. allergies).

What will you do if you find out a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19?

We will report the case to the CT Department of Public Health and will follow DPH recommendations on when to notify families of children that may have been in contact with that person.

Is there a way that I can support Two Coyotes at this time?

Yes! We would love to hear from you. Our team is incredibly grateful for all who have sent words of encouragement and concern, and donations that have kept our staff and the organization stable. Your donations, along with federal support, have enabled our team to keep our mission alive in new, safe formats since the start of this pandemic.

You can make a gift today to help ensure the long-term financial stability of Two Coyotes. You can also provide scholarships so that no child is turned away from a program this year. Make a donation here.

Updated December 22, 2021.