As teachers, students, and parents navigate Distance Learning at the start of the 2020-21 school year, we at ECOS Institute continue to evolve and improve during the Covid-19 crisis. While programs have been put on hold, our team of educators and health professionals is working hard to prepare for our eventual return to our beautiful mountain classroom.
We are in close communication with school and district personnel regarding their ability to attend field trips, and eagerly await the day when students can once again journey to the mountains to experience the wonder and joy of science camp!
We remain committed to adopting any additional state guidelines for safe return to our program as soon as they are issued by the state. For a brief summary of standard ECOS health and safety protocols, see below.
Screening Before Arrival – All staff and students receive a health screening prior to the arrival. Temperatures are recorded.Individuals are asked about their general heath and whether they have recently traveled overseas or been around others who have been ill.
Site maintenance staff conducts “bleach downs” at least twice daily of all camp facilities. This involves bleaching all door handles, sink and toilet handles, and other often used surfaces around camp.
Students and staff are taught and reminded to wash hands frequently with soap and water, cough/sneeze into their elbow, and not to share towels, pillows or water bottles.
Students maintain appropriate distance in cabins during sleep hours.
Kitchen surfaces and dining room tables are sanitized after each meal.
Instructors are trained to identify potential signs of illness including fatigue, coughing, and direct students to the infirmary.
Health care staff will track students and staff who exhibit potential illness and isolate them if they exhibit a fever of 100 degrees and above.
Parents may be requested to pick up their ill students to avoid further spread of any illness.
Parents can support our efforts to keep students healthy by:
Ensuring students arrive at school in good health, are well rested, nourished and hydrated.
Advising us if your student has recently traveled oversees or been around others who are sick.
Keeping students who are exhibiting fever, flu-like symptoms, coughing, shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms at home until they are better. We will make every effort to assimilate late arriving students into the camp community with great care and enthusiasm.