Keystone Science School’s 10 Principles of COVID Safety

In the book Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper writes about managing avalanche risk while traveling in the backcountry. Just as avalanches are a real risk that can seem hidden, the spread of COVID-19 is a real risk that can be hard to identify. Tremper beautifully sums up a key point about safety and risk - ‘Safe travel is more than a technique, it's a ritual. It only works if you do it all the time.”

KSS blog group distanced in fieldListed below are the 10 principles of COVID safety Keystone Science School follows all the time to ensure successful programming. The following points are prioritized by rank and have been tested by hundreds of campers at multiple locations over the course of the 2020 summer camp season in Summit County Colorado. These 10 principles continue to be our best practice rituals to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID. We hope these points help guide your family, group or organization as well.

1. Keep Your Distance
You can’t catch COVID from far away. This is our number one tool for reducing the spread of the virus.
Setup indoor spaces with the intention of providing space between individuals.
Maintain at least six feet between individuals indoors. (Finally, a reason to keep a personal bubble…!)

2. Wear Facial Coverings
Remember - masks are not a substitute for physical distancing.
Spittle is real.

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Programas Diarios y Semanales de Otoño para Apoyar a los Estudiantes de K-8vo

Inscripciones Abren el jueves 5 de agosto a las 10a

Keystone Science School está trabajando con un gran número de proveedores en la comunidad para establecer opciones de cuidado de niñ@s a través de este año escolar. Inscripciones para las primeras 3 semanas de la programación de KSS de Otoño abren el jueves 5 de agosto a las 10a.

Keystone Science School (KSS) está trabajando con varios programas de jóvenes alrededor de Summit County en un esfuerzo por apoyar a familias y estudiantes de K-12. A través del semestre de otoño, KSS ofrecerá programación que atienda las necesidades socioemocionales y educativas de los estudiantes. Los programas complementarán las instrucciones tradicionales del salón de clases con el propósito de apoyar a nuestras familias trabajadoras con su necesidad de cuidado de niñ@s y su enriquecimiento académico.

Semana Completa

Los programas de semana completa son para aquellos estudiantes que han optado por un plan de estudios virtual. Se crearán pequeños grupos de estudiantes de edades similares durante cada semana. A lo largo de la semana, los estudiantes participarán en un programa tradicional de KSS, lo que significa la infusión de un plan de estudios temático de una semana. El programa de Semana Completo permitirá a un grupo de no más de 10 estudiantes crear su propia comunidad mientras se les ofrece apoyo socioemocional y académico. Los detalles de cada semana todavía están en desarrollo, pero se espera que las actividades se basen en proyectos y pueden incluir un proyecto de servicio de aprendizaje.

Programa Diario 

Los Programas Diarios están diseñados para familias que requieren flexibilidad y apoyo para el cuidado de niños de manera menos consistente que la semana completa. A lo largo del día, los estudiantes recibirán apoyo académico y participarán en varias actividades apropiadas para su edad similares a cualquier programa de Semana Completa. Todas las actividades se centrarán en desarrollar una comunidad entre los estudiantes de edades similares. Cuando los estudiantes no participan en actividades tradicionales de KSS, recibirán apoyo para su plan de estudios virtual, ya sea que su propia escuela siga el modelo de instrucción virtual o híbrido. 

Programa de Otoño y Manejo de Riesgo

Con el apoyo de las agencias estatales y locales de salud pública, Keystone Science School ha desarrollado procedimientos de gestión de riesgos específicos para mitigar la propagación de COVID-19. Los sistemas recientemente desarrollados ayudaron a guiar la facilitación de los programas de “Day Camp” en 6 ubicaciones en todo el condado de Summit. Estos mismos procedimientos estarán vigentes para todos los programas de otoño que incluyen el requisito de cubrirse la cara, distanciarse físicamente, grupos pequeños y exámenes de salud diarios. 

Detalles del Programa

Localización: Keystone Science School Campus
Fechas: 31 de agosto-4 de septiembre, 7 de septiembre-11 de septiembre, 14 de septiembre- 18 de septiembre
Costos: $279 por semana, $59 por día, BECAS disponibles para todos los programas
Para más información: (970)468-2098 oThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sitio Web: https://keystonescienceschool.org/school-year-programs

Fall Day & Week Programs to Support K-8th Students

Registration Opens at 10a on Thursday

Keystone Science School is working with a large group of community providers to establish childcare options throughout the upcoming school year. Registration will open for the first 3-weeks of KSS Fall Programming at 10a on Thursday, August 6th. 

Keystone Science School is collaborating with several youth programs across Summit County in an effort to support families and students in grades K-12. Throughout the fall semester, KSS is offering programmatic options to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of students. Programs will supplement traditional classroom instruction and support working families with their need for child care and academic enrichment. Keystone Science School has two program options which includes full week and day programs.

Full Week Program

Full week programs are for those students who have opted into a virtual curriculum. Small groups will be created of similarly aged students for the duration of each week. Throughout the week students will participate in a traditional KSS program which means the infusion of a week-long theme-based curriculum. The Full Week program will allow a group of no more than 10 students to create their own community while offering them social emotional and academic support. The details of each week are still in development, but it is expected that activities will be project based and may include a service learning project.

Full Day Program 

Full Day Programs are designed for families requiring flexibility and child care support on a less consistent basis than the full week. Throughout the day students will receive academic support and participate in several age appropriate activities similar to any Full Week program. All activities will focus on developing a community among the similarly aged students. When students are not participating in traditional KSS activities they will be receiving support for their virtual curriculum whether their own school is following the virtual or hybrid model of instruction.

Fall Program Risk Management

With the support of State and Local Public Health agencies, Keystone Science School has developed risk management procedures specific to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Newly developed systems helped guide the facilitation of day camp programs at 6 locations throughout Summit County. These same procedures will be in place for all Fall Programs which include the requirement of facial coverings, physical distancing, small group sizes, and daily health screens. 

Program Details

Location: Keystone Science School Campus
Dates: August 31-September 4, September 7-September 11, September 14- September 18
Fees: $279per week, $59 per day, Scholarships are available for all programs
More Information: (970)468-2098 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web Address: https://keystonescienceschool.org/school-year-programs

Meet the Staff

Megan Adamson

School-Based Program Manager

Megan’s first experience at Keystone Science School was as a visiting 5th-grade student doing a snow science winter program. Many years later, she graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences, specializing in Biology Education with a Science Teaching License. While teaching middle school science, Megan brought her class up to Keystone Science School for the annual outdoor education trip.

After witnessing the immense impact learning in the outdoors had on her own students, Megan decided to enter the world of outdoor science education and joined the Keystone Science School team. While at KSS, Megan started as a summer camp head counselor, education instructor, and as the staff manager for the KSS Education team. She has worked in Northern California as the Program Director of the Sierra Nevada Journeys Outdoor School and Summer Camp. Most recently, she worked in Jackson, WY at Teton Science Schools managing programs, building curriculum, and coaching educators.

Megan Adamson

Logan Maclean

Adventure Programs and Safety Manager

Logan brings nearly a decade of field experience to the Keystone Science School! After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a BA in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management he became a National Outdoor Leadership School expedition instructor in 2010. He spent five years leading 30-day and 90-day expeditions specializing in working winter (AIARE PRO level 2), mountaineering (glacial and alpine rock), climbing (front country and backcountry, and canyon (backpacking and technical slot canyons) courses in Wyoming and Utah.

In March of 2015, he became a wilderness medicine instructor and spent 3 years splitting time between teaching wilderness medicine in the classroom (Wilderness EMT and Wilderness First Responder courses) and working field expedition courses focused on specializing in building medicine skills in a wilderness environment.

Logan Maclean

Ian McCluskie

Program Coordinator

Ian grew up in Summit County and fell in love with the outdoors early in life. Ian started working at the Keystone Science School after graduating from high school and continued working in the Summer Camp program throughout college. Ian graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and started working for the Keystone Science School full time. Ian has held 9 different positions at KSS and worked in almost every program.

Besides outdoor adventures, Ian’s other passions include hockey (Go Avs!), sports, and travel. Ian grew up going to summer camp which gave him a real understanding of students and their interactions with one another. Being able to spend his life in summit county has given him an immense appreciation of nature and he loves sharing that passion with students and staff. The thing he’s most excited about is to teach our students to appreciate the natural world.

Ian McCluskie

Carrie Scheick

Program Coordinator

Carrie fell in love with Colorado as a teenager when her family drove across the country, at which point she promised herself that one day she would live here. Until she joined KSS, Carrie developed her teaching and leadership experience at nature centers, residential environmental education centers, and mountain wilderness programs.

In 2017, she left her job on the east coast to follow her dream of living and working in the mountains, and was drawn to KSS because of our mission to foster connections between children and nature. “I love that teaching allows me to wear a variety of hats as an educator, leader, and outdoor guide, but also as a mentor and role model.” Carrie uses her diverse science, character, and wilderness curriculum experience to develop Keystone Science School’s school and Girls in STEM programs. She also loves ultimate frisbee, wellness coaching, snowboarding, and learning new skills. Fun fact: she’s learning to play Taylor Swift songs on the ukulele!

Carrie Scheick

Brent Beadles

Program Coordinator

Brent Beadles has worked for the Keystone Science School as a School Programs Coordinator and as an Adventure Programs Instructor. Brent was drawn to the Keystone Science School because of the location. He knew he wanted to be teaching environmental education, but the special spot where our campus is located is what really pulled him in. Brent comes into the role of Adventure Programs Instructor with two and a half years of teaching experience, a degree in Engineering, and a lot of backcountry experience.

He spent six weeks in Alaska last summer leading trips that included backpacking, sea kayaking, and ice climbing. He is excited to teach a variety of topics but believes that there are two very important things to teach during a backcountry trip: one is an appreciation and different perspective on the natural world. There are a lot of different aspects to that, the peace that can come from spending an extended time outdoors, stewardship aspect, the inspiration and challenges that come from the physical element, and the mental aspect that comes from going without luxuries you’re used too. The second part is learning outdoor skills.

Brent Beadles

Andre Gianfrancesco

Camp Programs Coordinator

Andre grew up with the Science School. He first came here for camp when he was 10 years old. He has lived camp from every angle and knows what makes the program live and breathe. Aside from growing up with KSS, Andre also brings tons of local and outdoor knowledge.

He hiked from Denver to Durango along the Colorado Trail after summer camp finished one August, and ended 33 days and 500 miles later, hiking by himself. The most memorable part of the hike was the love and support he had from friends, family, and strangers. He chose to work here because the Science School changes lives. He has been a camper, CAP, and Head Counselor and is now Camp Programs Coordinator. Nothing makes him happier than helping others write their own stories.

Andre Gianfrancesco