Covid-19 Guidelines

Guidelines for Programs During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Last update January 2, 2022

With the latest spike in Covid-19 cases we would like to remind all families of our policies​, which reflect the current CDC guidelines​. 
If you or your children are exhibiting any Covid-19 and or strange cold like symptoms, please keep your children home and get tested. If you prefer your child wear a mask, please let the teachers know.  If someone in your household tests positive with Covid-19 then please let us know and keep your child/children home until everyone has negative test results. 

The well-being of the students, their families, and the staff are of UTMOST importance and a top priority to Take Root Forest School. By employing the highest standards regarding education as well as health and safety, Take Root Forest School has created a mindful and cautious plan to limit risk during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

J​anuary 2022 CDC Guidelines​:​

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation for the public. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.

Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for anyone in the general public who is exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.  For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection. Isolation for 5 days followed by wearing a well-fitting mask will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Both updates come as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and reflects the current science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious. These recommendations do not supersede state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, nor do they apply to healthcare workers for whom CDC has updated guidance.

Take Root Forest School follows the guidelines and mandates of the local governments and the beautiful natural areas and parks where programs are held. The plan also reflects the recommendations of the CDC and the American Camp Association.

Think fresh air. Think small groups. Think outdoor play, learning and discovery with Take Root Forest School.

Please read below how Take Root Forest School provides high quality, holistic, hands on, nature-based learning and play while caring for the community at large. The protocols are put in place for the COMMUNITY…everyone and everything is CONNECTED!

Take Root Forest School’s policy has shifted to reflect the current rules, mandates, and situations. When the participants are outside, it is not required to wear masks/face covering, adults and children may wear masks/face coverings at their own or family’s discretion. The Take Root Team supports those that choose to stay masked, especially when in close proximity. Should any group be indoors, we recommend all students and adults to put their mask on.

*These guidelines and regulations are subject to change.

Outdoor Classroom & Small Groups: Unless the weather requires shelter-use, the children’s day will take place in the fresh air – outdoors.  There is plenty of room for physical distancing, running and playing and taking advantage of the outdoor environment to promote health and growth.

Learning will take place with each small group led by a teacher/guide. All groups will be adequately supervised and will follow safety guidelines and protocol. All staff are screened and trained. All locations are protected and beautiful.

Physical Distancing: Groups will allow for personal space and distancing when needed – using sit mats that are spaced out and distancing during activities and circle time.

Families…this is a community endeavor, when attending any Take Root program, please minimize exposure by using healthy protocols. The teachers and staff of Take Root will do the same and will be tested regularly. This is a team effort with the goal of a safe and healthy experience.  

Before attending, ask yourselves these questions: Have you been in contact with someone who may have or been exposed to the virus?  Have you or anyone in immediate contact with you had the following symptoms:  fever, loss of sense of smell, unusual cough, unusual chest pain or difficulty breathing? Consider testing and vaccination, it is now convenient and free. If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider getting tested and keep in contact with the directors.

Sickness: If any staff or program participants are experiencing symptoms, it is required to stay home.  Children or staff who exhibit symptoms of illness during the day will be sent home.

Toys: Children must leave toys and blankets and their comfort items at home where they are safe and sound. Accommodations will be made for children with disabilities or special needs, but items will be kept separate and cleaned.

Sit-Mats / Sit-Upons:  Each participant needs their own fabric sit-mat/sit-upon (small towel/blanket) each day of programming. The sit-mat will be stored in the student’s belongings while at the program, but will be sent home daily.

Placemats:  Each child needs their own cloth place-mat to use for their food while at the table or on the ground.  The place-mat will be stored in the student’s belongings while at the program, but will be sent home daily.

Hand-Washing:  Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer will be on hand at all times to be used for any necessary wipe-downs of face and hands.  Teachers will facilitate frequent hand-washing sessions at the bathrooms.  Each teacher will have a set of hand-cleaning supplies. Families are permitted to send their own special wipes or hand sanitizer in a small labeled bag that children can carry with them throughout the day. 

Bathrooms: Small groups will be guided by teacher to use restrooms. Staff will clean and disinfect the facilities regularly. 

Cleaning Supplies: Alcohol, Soap, Water, Paper Towels, Disinfecting Wipes, Disinfecting Spray (with alcohol and essential oils).  

Should anyone in the Take Root community (staff or family) contract Covid-19, it is necessary to communicate with the directors immediately. 

In the event of a closure, programming will move to the Zoom online/streaming platform, with classes in a similar format and schedule.