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. As we move through our summer 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. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
- 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.
- Kids stay with their group of 12 + 2 staff all day and don’t mix with other groups.
- 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 (i.e. allergies or other benign, non-contagious symptoms), regardless of vaccination status
- 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
- An unvaccinated person in your household is exposed to Covid and is quarantining at home, but has a negative test result
People may not attend our programs if:
- They are an unvaccinated person who was exposed to Covid – stay home for 10 days, no testing out
- They are an unvaccinated person who recently traveled – get tested 3-5 days after returning home, and still stay home for 7 days
- They are a person who has Covid-like symptoms and has not been tested yet, regardless of vaccination status
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 September 23, 2021.