COVID-19 Policies and Protocols
Last Modified: 6/8/2021
Keystone Science School utilizes an experienced team to define and implement COVID-19 best practices, including our Child Care Health Consultant, Program Team, and Safety Manager. In response to the pandemic, we track guidance from county, state, CDC, and health experts to inform our risk management during programming. The following COVID-19 policies and procedures are continually updated as cases and guidance change.
Before Coming to KSS
Keystone Science School has always viewed risk management as a partnership between guardians, participants, and staff. In this effort, it is important to keep those showing symptoms of illness at home. For our overnight programming, it is best to observe your child for illness at least 7 days before attending your program start date.
- Parents must work with their registered camper to complete all necessary paperwork and review all documentation on the Get Ready For Camp webpage.
- All guardians will be asked to follow Colorado’s guidelines, Illness Policy - How Sick is Too Sick (PDF), when assessing their child’s ability to participate in programming.
Testing Required Before Camp
All participants in Discovery Overnight, Discovery Adventures, and Discovery Expeditions are required to produce a negative PCR test or proof of a COVID diagnosis (in the form of a positive COVID test result) in the last 90 days upon camp arrival.
- This test should be administered no more than 5 days prior to camp arrival.
- Any camper who believes to have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, but does not have proof of a positive PCR test, must get tested no less than 11 days before the start of camp, so they can quarantine for 10 days prior to arriving.
- Campers are required to arrive to camp with documentation of a negative PCR test. Antibody and antigen tests will not be accepted; rapid tests must be PCR.
- Campers that have tested positive within 90 days of camp arrival will not be required to arrive with recent PCR test results but are required to provide a copy of a positive PCR test result dated between 90 and 11 days prior to camp.
- Campers that have tested positive more than 90 days before camp starts must arrive with documentation of a negative PCR test.
- Fully vaccinated campers* will be required to upload their proof of vaccination prior to attendance in the PCR test portion of their enrollment forms. They will NOT be required to take a PCR test prior to attending camp. *Including the 2-week waiting period following the 2nd shot of the Moderna/Pfizer vaccine and 1st shot of the J&J vaccine.
While at Keystone Science School
We have adopted COVID-19 protocols into all aspects of our programming. Below is a list of our core practices:
Pick up and Drop Off
- In order to minimize mixing between groups, each program will have its own drop off and pick up time and cohorts will have separate spots at the drop off location.
- Guardians must wear a mask or face covering and practice physical distancing while interacting with KSS staff, including while in vehicles. Exceptions include emergencies, especially those that pertain to the guardian's wellbeing.
- Guardians, children, or staff who refuse to wear a facial covering or uphold physical distancing guidelines will be addressed on a case by case basis. If safety to others is compromised, these individuals may not be eligible for participation or asked to leave.
- Guardians are asked to stay in vehicles or designated areas in the parking lot for pickup and drop off, unless otherwise directed by KSS staff.
- Guardians are asked to stay at home when sick and not pick-up or drop off their children.
- Guardians will not be allowed into any building, unless otherwise directed by KSS staff. Exceptions would include if a staff member invites the guardian into a building or in an emergency involving the safety, health, and well being of the child or guardian. Guardians will not be allowed to use the bathroom and will be advised to plan accordingly.
- Guardians must maintain physical distancing with other children/guardians.
- If a child does not meet the health screen standards this guardian will be responsible for the child.
- Designate one guardian to drop off/pick up campers, if possible. Individuals who are at a higher risk for severe illness should avoid dropping off or picking up campers.
- Physical barriers, ground markings, and signs may be used to help maintain physical distancing.
- Guardians or an adult responsible for the child must be present and attend the health screen process every time they drop off their children.See “Participant Health” in this document for specific screening procedures.
- Staff and children will be required to wear a face covering or mask during certain parts of programming, despite vaccination status.
- Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while in vans.
- Students should bring a minimum of 7 masks for overnight camp or 2 for each day of day programs.
- Students should change masks when soiled or wet.
- Masks can be hung to dry overnight and then reused once dry.
- Staff and children may take off their masks only in the following situations:
- When outdoors and physical distancing can be prioritized
- While eating or drinking
- While sleeping or:
- While showering/brushing teeth/cleaning
- When changing face covering
- In a medical incident
- As approved by manager in unique situations
Physical Distancing - Throughout programming, we will be striving to maintain 6-feet of physical distance. This includes within the dorms and sleeping areas.
Daily Health Screens - At the start of each program session there will be a health screen through a brief survey and temperature check. Each day, participants will receive a temperature check and be requested to share if any health conditions changed from the previous day.
Hygiene - At the beginning of each program there will be a comprehensive lesson on handwashing and hygiene best practices. Our staff will continue to coach participants striving for high standards.
Group Size and Cohorts - All programs will maintain small group sizes as mandated by CDPHE. All activities will be facilitated in exclusive groups, called cohorts, for the duration of the program day.
Cleaning and Sanitation - KSS has always prided itself on our disinfecting, cleaning, and sanitization practices. While we will continue to maintain these high standards, we have increased disinfection and sanitation frequency within all shared spaces and program supplies.
Program Location & Public Interaction - KSS has shifted some programming activities and will limit experiences that take place in “uncontrolled” public spaces such as museums, recreation centers, or libraries. We will continue to hike and participate in outdoor activities with physical distancing protocols in place to limit the interaction with other outdoor recreationists.
Food Service - KSS has removed all family-style meal services from programming. All meals will be served buffet style or will include foods that are individually wrapped for participants and staff.
Exclusion from Programming
- If a camper becomes symptomatic prior to programming, the individual will not be able to participate in the program. Please see our cancellation policy for exclusions as they pertain to tuition.
- If a camper develops symptoms during programming, the camper will be isolated and monitored. If symptoms persist, then the participant will be excluded from programming, and the family will follow these guidelines for returning to programming.
- Pre-Existing Chronic Symptoms: Any child or staff who has a chronic health condition that exhibits symptoms similar to any COVID like symptoms must have on file documentation from a medical provider stating the condition and describing the baseline symptoms of the condition. If this is not on file at the time symptoms are observed, guardians must arrange for children to be picked up from camp if excluded.