Steps we are taking to reduce the likelihood that illness will be spread at our programs:
All outdoors - All of our programs are 100% outdoors which greatly reduces the potential for illness to spread at our classes and programs.
Spacing out at class - Luckily every location where we operate has ample space to spread out!
Small groups - We will be keeping our individual class groups smaller this year to minimize the number of people that each student will come in contact with.
No sick students at class - We will not allow students to be at class who are experiencing symptoms of illness and will be asking students/parents to certify prior to class that neither the student, nor anyone in their household is experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
Hand Sanitizer - Ample amounts of hand sanitizer will be provided at every class location, and at all commonly used areas like restrooms. Each program instructor will have an individual supply of hand sanitizer for their group to use while on the go.
Sanitized shared items – Any shared tools or items will be sanitized between students
Additional Precautions for our Youth Programs include:
Daily health screenings - Taking temperature prior to class to ensure that no students has a fever of 100.0 or higher
Hand washing or sanitizing every hour at minimum and before snack or meals
Kids will be kept in small groups of 10 students or less to reduce the number of people that they will come in contact with during class
Any shared items like bandanas will be laundered or sanitized before being used by another student.
NOTE ON MASKS
Adult Programs: We ask that all adult students bring a cloth facemask to class and use it when they are not able to be distanced at least 6 feet from others.
Youth Programs: While it is unlikely that youth students will be required to wear a mask at class, we will be requiring that all youth students who are 5 years old and older bring a cloth facemask to class just in case. Mask use for short periods of time will be at the discretion of the program instructor in instances where children must be in close proximity to one another for 10 minutes or longer. An example of when masks might be used is if the group has to shelter in an enclosed space to escape inclement weather.
Note: We will be following all local and state guidelines related to COVID-19 at all of our program locations and will alter our program policies as needed to ensure compliance with all guidelines, laws, and regulations.
Scientific data that we’ve learned about COVID-19 that informs our confidence and policies:
Outdoor activities have been shown to be MUCH safer compared to indoor activities. New studies are revealing that it’s actually not super easy for COVID-19 to spread from one person to another. It’s currently believed that almost all of the spread is happening in poorly ventilated spaces (generally indoors) when people are standing relatively close to one another (within 6 feet) and conversing for 15 minutes or more.
New data is revealing that brief close encounters with others are very low risk and even much less so outdoors.
COVID-19 does not spread easily on surfaces. We’ve also learned that the virus degrades much more quickly on objects outdoors, due to environmental factors (like sunlight, heat, humidity), than it would in indoor spaces that are climate controlled and devoid of direct radiation from the sun. Additionally, the virus does not last very long on porous surfaces like plants, dirt, wood, or cloth which are the main materials that we use at class.
COVID-19 is primarily spread through large droplets that are produced through coughing, sneezing, and to a lesser degree, speaking (the louder the volume the more droplets are expelled into the air). It is believed that the virus does not linger in the air outdoors and quickly drops to the ground once expelled.