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.
The physical and emotional safety of our staff and the community remain our top priority in responding to COVID-19. As we move through our school-year season, we are closely monitoring announcements made by public health officials in order to understand the potential impact on our programs. 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. Please check back as this is a fluid situation and things change quickly. 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 this pandemic and ask that you continue to be supportive. Make good choices.
What new policies have you put in place to safeguard children from COVID-19?
Detailed protocols for current programs can be viewed here, and will be sent in your confirmation email when you register. Protocols are subject to change depending on evolving recommendations from state and federal health officials. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
-CONTACT OF A CONTACT- Contact of a contact is not direct contact. Meaning, if a household member (who does not attend TCWS) was exposed to Covid, the child who does attend our program can technically attend, however, we ask that you use your judgment based on the exposure level of the family member.
– TRAVEL – Per CT’s updated travel advisory (as of 3/19/21), we follow CDC’s guidance and ask that you limit travel as much as possible for the 10 days prior to participation in one of our programs, and for the duration of the program itself. If you must travel, participants who engage in “Safest” and “Less Safe” activities (while following all of the typical Covid precautions) may still attend our programs. Anyone who engages in “Even Less Safe” and “Least Safe” activities while traveling will not be allowed to attend without quarantining for 10 days. This applies to our staff, adult and child Pups participants, adult program participants and children in our drop-off programs.
– TESTING – If someone engages in high risk activities (while traveling or otherwise), or is notified of a potential exposure, we do not offer a “testing out” option, due to the risk of developing symptoms or becoming contagious after testing negative and before the 10-day incubation period ends.
– WHAT ABOUT THE NEW VACCINE? – CDC guidelines now state that fully vaccinated individuals (defined as more than two weeks out from their final dose) do not need to quarantine or get tested after being exposed to someone with Covid, as long as the fully vaccinated individual is not exhibiting any symptoms. For example, if one of the adults in your household is fully vaccinated, exposed and symptom-free, your child is able to still attend our programming. This applies to our staff and Pups parents as well. All other Covid safety protocols continue to apply to fully vaccinated individuals until additional guidance is released. We will continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading COVID-19.
– MASKS – All people (adults and children) on site, who are able, will be wearing face masks anytime they are within 6’ of another person. We ask children to have masks on when we walk them from their cars in the morning. This new rule will allow children to more safely work together to build fires, observe cool tracks, and work together on other group skills. Students should bring at least two masks, so they can swap them out if wet, frozen or dropped in a mud puddle.
– HEALTH SCREENINGS – Children will undergo a health screening at drop-off. Parents will be asked to confirm each child does as well as a household member does not have a temperature over 100 and is not exhibiting any COVID-related symptoms. Staff will go through a similar screening process each morning.
– GROUP SIZES – Groups will be limited to 10-12 students (depending on age) and 2 staff. Individual groups will be kept separate from each other all day. Drop off, morning circle, end of day circles, and pick up will happen in small groups. Siblings will be kept in the same group where possible.
– OXYGEN BUBBLES – Within each small group, children are not required to stay 6 feet apart from each other, although it will be encouraged through “Oxygen Bubbles.” We will modify activities to minimize touch and close contact and will increase hand-sanitizing and sanitizing of shared gear where appropriate.
– LUNCH – Parents will be asked to pack lunches in containers children can open themselves, with ice packs to keep in the child’s backpack all morning.
– GEAR – We will recommend items you can purchase for your child in order to minimize sharing tools or other basic materials during the day. Any shared items will be disinfected after each use.
– SANITIZING – Any high touch surfaces or communal spaces will be disinfected consistently between uses.
– EARLY PICKUP DUE TO ILLNESS – We will have a designated area for any child exhibiting COVID-related symptoms to wait until they can be picked up.
– WEATHER CANCELATION – We will be more likely to cancel a day of the program if the weather could force us to go inside. This will depend on the specific location and if there are enough shelter options to keep groups separate.
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.
What will happen if you are not able to host in-person programs?
We will be prepared to transition to online classes to bridge the gap between in-person programming. We developed Connected Coyotes, an online nature mentoring program, for students who were enrolled in our 2020 spring classes. After a successful spring season, we are confident we will have an awesome online option for your children to stay connected with their mentors, friends, and nature if we aren’t able to meet in person for a period of time. We will not be able to offer any refunds if this happens.
For now, you can follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to see snippets and short videos of what our mentors & students put together to activate your curiosity and build new skills. Check out sample lessons for 5-7 years old and 8-12 years old.
Are there still scholarships available?
Scholarships are available for each season. Please apply for a scholarship when you register for a session on Active. Read more about our scholarship process here.
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, allowed our team to keep our mission alive in a new format last spring, while we plan for how to best support the community going forward. It allowed us to prepare for an awesome summer camp season, and to take what we learned at camp into our school year programs.
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 March 25, 2021.