COVID-19 Precautions and 2021 Summer Camps

Since the spring of 2020 Earth Native has safely run hundreds of outdoor programs. To date we have had ZERO cases of COVID transmission at any of our programs and we will continue to diligently pursue that goal moving forward.

Summer 2021-

 

Due to the low level of community spread in Central Texas, and the fact that our camps operate 100% outdoors, Earth Native is not planning to require mask use at summer camps except in instances when a group has to shelter indoors to escape inclement weather. All students will be required to pack a mask in their backpack just in case it is needed. Any student who experiences signs of illness at class that are consistent with COVID-19 will be separated from the group and required to put on a mask until either they have received a negative rapid COVID test at camp (with parent permission) or they are picked up. 

We will continue requiring health screenings at sign-in to ensure that students who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are not able to attend camp without first receiving a negative COVID test.

Earth Native will utilize Abbot Labs rapid COVID testing at summer camps to determine if students who have mild symptoms of illness can continue to attend (i.e. runny nose). If a student has mild symptoms of illness during class and a parent is not present, the student's parent will be contacted and given the option to either pick the child up or have an Earth Native Camp Director administer a rapid COVID test. No COVID testing will be done without prior parent permission.

We are asking that ALL parents who choose to sign up for summer camps recognize the need for our COVID policies to be fluid and adjustable as new data and recommendations by health care officials emerges. 


We will continue to implement our safety policies and may alter them as new information and guidance emerges. 

Questions? Give us a call 512-299-8870

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Sick or have been in close contact with someone who is? Stay Home

Please help keep our community safe and healthy by keeping your children at home if they are experiencing ANY symptoms of illness. Additionally, since children are believed to often be asymptomatic when infected with COVID-19, we ask that you complete your own daily family health screenings that include all of the members of your household. If ANY member of your household is experiencing symptoms that are consistent with an infection due to COVID-19, we ask that you err on the side of caution and NOT send your child to camp until that household member's symptoms have resolved or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result. 

If your child or someone in your household does test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending an ENWS camp, please let the Youth Programs Director know as soon as possible so that we can alert others to potential risk of exposure. We will make all efforts to maintain confidentiality and will not reveal the name of the individual who tested positive. Should a COVID-19 case arise within our community, Earth Native School will conduct internal contact tracing to make sure that any potentially exposed students/community members can be made aware.

We’re all in this together and we greatly appreciate your support helping to keep the kids, teachers and families in this program safe.

PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES FOR ILLNESS 

If a student is experiencing symptoms consistent with an infection due to COVID-19 prior to or after camp:

  • Please DO NOT bring your child to camp

  • Inform the Director of Youth Programs of the illness, the symptoms, and the date when the symptoms began.

  • A student may attend camp when any one of the following conditions have been met:

    • The student has been seen by a doctor and has been cleared to return to class (a doctor’s note is required).

OR

  • The student has received a negative lab-confirmed COVID-19 test (Can be administered at camp. Contact us to arrange.)

OR

  • If a test is not taken or while awaiting test results, ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS have been met:

    • It has been at least 10 days since the date the symptoms first appeared

    • The student has been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications

    • The symptoms are improving/improved

 

If a student becomes ill or begins exhibiting symptoms associated with an infection due to COVID-19 while at any Earth Native School class, program, or event, a designated Earth Native staff member will:

  • Separate the individual from the group and isolate them away from other students and staff members.The student will be asked to wear a face mask until they are picked up. 

  • The parent/guardian of that student will be contacted immediately and directed to come pick up the student. If unable to reach the main point of contact, we will subsequently contact the emergency contact person from the registration form to come pick up the student. We ask that all parents be available via phone during class hours.

  • Earth Native will notify the parents of all students in that affected program group that a student or instructor from their child's group was sent home ill with symptoms that could potentially be due to an infection with COVID-19.

  • All parents will be advised to monitor their children for potential symptoms for 14 days following the day of notification.

  • Classes will continue as scheduled unless the individual sent home receives a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 result.

A student who leaves camp due to illness may return to the program when the following conditions have been met: 

  • The student has been seen by a doctor and has been cleared to return to class (a doctor’s note is required)

OR

  • The student has received a negative lab-confirmed COVID-19 test result (Can be administered at camp. Contact us to arrange.)

OR

  • If a test is not taken or while awaiting test results, ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS have been met:

    • It has been at least 10 days since the date the symptoms first appeared

    • The student has been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications

    • The symptoms are improving/improved

 

In the event that an individual participating in an ongoing program receives a positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 test result and is believed to have been contagious while at class:

  • The parents of all students who share a group with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be informed that there was a positive COVID-19 case within their child’s camp group and will be advised to monitor their child for symptoms or get tested

Parents must notify Earth Native School if anyone in their household tests positive for COVID-19 to help ENWS assist with contact tracing.

If a student or staff member is exposed to someone with symptoms that are consistent with an infection due to COVID-19:

Students will not be permitted to attend class if they have come into “close contact” with ANYONE who is experiencing symptoms that are consistent with an infection due to COVID-19. Students may return when the following conditions are met:

  • The individual whom the student came in contact with who was experiencing symptoms consistent with an infection due to COVID-19 has received a negative lab confirmed COVID-19 test result and the student remains asymptomatic.

OR 

  • 10 days have passed since exposure without testing and the student remain​s​ asymptomatic.

OR ​

  • 7 ​days have passed since exposure AND ​the student has received a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later) and the student remains asymptomatic

If a student or staff member has been in “close contact” with someone with a lab-confirmed positive case of COVID-19:

Close contact exposure is within the same household (parents, guardians, siblings, etc).

If the student remains asymptomatic, then the student may return to camp when the isolation period (10 days have passed since the positive test) is over for the last person in the household to test positive, their symptoms are improving, and they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

Close contact exposure is with someone outside of the same household (a “last contact” can be established):

If the student remains asymptomatic, then the student may return to class: 

  • 10 days have passed since exposure without testing and the the student remain​s​ asymptomatic 

OR

  • 7 ​days have passed since exposure AND ​the student has received a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later) and the student remains asymptomatic

Note: If the student develops symptoms during the quarantine period, follow steps for "If a student is experiencing symptoms consistent with an infection due to COVID-19 prior to or after class"; if they subsequently test positive - follow steps for "Procedure for returning to class following a student’s positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 test" for protocols.

ENWS will notify parents of all students in that group and advise them to monitor their children for symptoms. 

Class will continue as scheduled.

Procedure for returning to class following a student’s positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 test result:

  1. If student is not severely immunocompromised and was asymptomatic, they may return when

    1. at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 test

  2. If student is not severely immunocompromised and experienced mild to moderate illness, they may return when

    1. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND

    2. At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND

    3. Symptoms have improved

  3. If student experienced severe to critical illness or is severely immunocompromised, they may return when

    1. At least 20 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND

    2. At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND

    3. Symptoms have improved