We understand that many Wasatch Nature School families may have concerns about summer camp as well as the upcoming school year and how these programs may be affected by COVID-19. Currently the Coronavirus poses no immediate concern for summer programs, however we have communicable-disease control plans in place that will be revised as needed as additional guidance is provided. We will continue to make new updates as new information becomes available.
Some of our current strategies for preventing the spread of communicable disease and illness including COVID-19 include:
Building a culture that takes health and hygiene seriously in an age-appropriate and playful way through the use of poems, games, etc.
Modeling and enforcing appropriate sneezing and coughing behavior. Coughing into the elbow and shoulder, not into hands or open air.
Implementing social distancing strategies by using appropriately spaced sit spots and outstretched arms to ensure our staff and students are keeping a safe distance from one another.
Frequent hand washing and sanitizing. All staff will carry small hand sanitizer containers that will be used throughout the day. Handwashing with soap and water will be scheduled throughout the day as well.
Pre-class screenings.* We will ask that students with any illness to please stay home, as well as students who have been exposed to a person who is suspected to have contracted coronavirus or if the student has traveled out of the state within two weeks of the start of camp/class.
A thermometer will be kept on-site and children will be sent home if they are feverish or showing other signs of illness.
Every student will bring/be given individual supplies that will not be shared. Occasionally, if there are shared supplies they will be sanitized in between uses (buckets, clipboards, sit spots, magnifying glasses, etc.)
Bathrooms will be sanitized in between each use.
Snacks will be purchased individually wrapped/packaged and distributed by the staff. Eating will take place 6 feet apart with hands being washed before and after eating. Communal snacks will be eliminated.
The indoor academic classroom will be moved outdoors, so that all classes will take place outdoors to help limit the spread of germs.
Face coverings will be worn by all staff members and students will be required to bring them to school and keep them on when in close proximity to staff or other students.
The communal playground and sandbox at the vineyard location will be closed for play until further notice.
There are many fun and engaging ways to teach children about preventing the spread of germs. We will implement games, songs, stories, and hands-on (or hands-off) activities that will reinforce behavior which can minimize the spread of contagious disease.
We will continue to make updates as time continues. Check here for the most up to date information.