COVID19 Mitigation Protocol

What follows is Vermont Wilderness School’s COVID-19 protocol, designed to ensure the health and safety of everyone at our programs. Please note that our protocols are subject to change as new information becomes available and related new risk assessments are made:

  • If you or your child are experiencing a fever with cough and/or respiratory symptoms, please stay home and follow the advice of your doctor. Please avoid others and do not return to our program until after the fever goes down and until the most conservative estimate of transmission has passed, currently set at 72 hours.
  • If you or your child appear to have symptoms of COVID-19 while at our programs, we will send you/them home.
  • If you or your child feel ill for any reason, please stay at home. We are all better served when each of us gets rest and foster a strong immune system. 
  • We will be practicing good hygiene and keep our hands as clean as possible. Given that we don’t have warm-water hand-washing stations in the field, all participants and instructors will use hand sanitizer before eating at a program. 
  • After picking up your child, please encourage washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available).  
  • We will be encouraging everyone to avoid touching their faces. If it is necessary for an instructor to touch a participant’s face (i.e., in a medical intervention like helping them get a piece of dirt out of their eye), the instructor will wear safety gloves.
  • Please ensure that you or your child has their own, full water bottle with them at the program. We will not share or pass water bottles or food between people.
  • Skin to skin contact (such as shaking hands, hugging, etc.) should be paused until further notice.  Non skin-to-skin greeting, such as an elbow bump or a “footshake,” are good alternatives.
  • All games and activities that involve physical contact (such as palm tag or wrestling) or that use bandanas and most other shared objects will be suspended until the state of emergency comes to an end. (We may still use sanitizable community tools like knives, hatchets and saws.  We will be sanitizing these using hydrogen peroxide spray).
  • Whenever possible we will limit group sizes to 7 (1 instructor and 6 participants) as long as another staff member is within line-of-sight.