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COVID-19 Policies and Protocols

Outdoor Education - Residential Programs

Last Modified: 3/4/2022

Keystone Science School utilizes an experienced team to define and implement COVID-19 best practices, including our Child Care Health Consultant and Program team. 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.


Currently, Keystone Science School is adopting all visiting schools' policies surrounding COVID-19 with the exception of guidelines around transportation. During programming, visiting schools will be required to wear masks during transportation regardless of school policy.




Before Coming to KSS

Keystone Science School has always viewed risk management as a partnership between our schools, 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. 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. It is recommended that all students wear masks in the bus from their school when traveling to Keystone Science School.



While at Keystone Science School

Keystone Science School will be adopting each visiting school's policies and procedures surrounding COVID-19. The below are how Keystone Science School will implement the following precautions should a school's policies include them:

Face Coverings - Regardless of school masking policy, KSS will require all Staff, teachers, parent volunteers, and students to wear masks during transportation. If schools are requiring masks: All KSS Staff, teachers, parent volunteers, and students will be required to wear a face covering or mask at all times while indoors and while in vans regardless of vaccination status.

  • 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 KSS staff member or teacher chaperone in unique situations
  • Failure to wear face coverings at programming during the required times will result in exclusion from the program without a refund.

Testing - Any student or chaperone exhibiting symptoms (including minor symptoms) of COVID-19 will be monitored. Should a school wish to perform rapid tests utilizing tests provided by that school, any individual who tests negative on a rapid test will be permitted to return to programming with the following stipulations:

  • Participant must wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Participant will be tested again 6-12 hours after the initial test depending on the time of day

If the participant tests positive for COVID-19 the student will be required to isolate on the KSS campus until participant pick-up can be arranged.

Physical Distancing - Throughout programming, we will be striving to maintain 6-feet of physical distance. This includes within the dorms, sleeping areas, and when dining. Please note that we are requiring only two students within each dorm.

Health Screening - All students are given a health screen upon arrival to Keystone Science School. The health screen consists of a verbal response to questions regarding each students’ current health and exposure to known COVID-19 individuals.

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.

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.



Exclusion from Programming

If a student becomes symptomatic prior to programming, the individual will not be permitted to participate in the program. If a participant develops symptoms during programming, the participant will be isolated and monitored. If symptoms persist, then the participant will be excluded from programming, and the school will be responsible for coordinating transportation home.