New Policies at Headwaters Outdoor School for the 2021 Season
Headwaters has always placed a strong emphasis on personal hygiene and illness prevention, and in our current, global pandemic the importance of this emphasis will be elevated.
Headwaters Outdoor School will be adhering to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as well state health department advisories, and our local Siskiyou County Health guidelines specifically for this COVID-19 Virus. We continue to monitor updates from these sources.
Headwaters Outdoor School Staff will be instructed on extra safety precautions in relation to this virus.
We ask that anyone who will be arriving on the Headwaters land to please be responsible and practice being socially distanced two weeks prior to coming, even if you are just dropping someone off and checking them in. We are not only opening up our land for the use of the school to our students, but it is also our private home and affects every aspect of our lives. We are putting our trust in you to respect these requests to continue to make Headwaters a safe place to be.
We are not requiring adult participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to coming to Headwaters, but we strongly encourage this as a safety precaution for everyone. We ask that participants and people who come to the land get a COVID-19 test prior to arrival.
Students and staff must practice social distancing. Minimum 6’ apart. Spacing farther apart whenever possible is encouraged.
Students and staff must have their own mask when needed, for example when traveling in vehicles to off-site class locations, or other situations where close proximity is unavoidable, such as the food service line at mealtimes. Masks should be solidly constructed and of thick enough material to minimize the vapor cloud of the wearer. Masks should fit snugly over the nose and mouth, with no gaps around the edges.
Students and staff must bring their own dishes, cups, silverware and water bottles. Students will need to wash their own dishes and store them in their shelters between meals. A separate round of dish water will be run for kitchen dishes. Please do not leave your personal gear laying around camp.
Students must bring their own tents. No sharing tents, unless it is a family member you have already been sheltering in place with for over two weeks. Staff and apprentices/work interns can have their own bark shelter if they are in camp 3 or more consecutive weeks. Provided there are enough shelters available.
Staff will mark out tent sites ahead of time. When available, staff and interns will help students set up their tents if help is needed.
On backpacking trips students and staff need to have their own tents. No one will be allowed to share a tent, unless they are a family member who you have already been sheltering in place with for over two weeks.
Tent cabins: When reserving a tent cabin, students and staff will need to bring their own sleeping pad for cots. Headwaters will not be able to provide sleeping pads.
There will be No Sweat lodges available for the 2021 season.
The Sauna will be closed for the 2021 Headwater’s season.
Staff and apprentices will need to limit their trips to town. When they do have to leave the Headwater’s land then they must wear masks and wash hands and practice social distancing.
Please Limit the number of people (1-2 people maximum) dropping off and picking up students.
Health screening questions will be asked upon arrival. We will ask anyone who arrives on the Headwaters land, including those individuals who are dropping off and picking up students to allow us to take a thermal temperature check upon arrival. If you are running a temperature of 100.4 or greater you will be asked to please immediately return to your vehicle so as to not accidently infect someone else. This is the CDC guideline to follow.
Please have all paperwork, including Code of Conduct, and payments already mailed in and processed BEFORE arriving to Headwaters so the check in line is quick and there will not be a big line of people gathered. We will ask people to space themselves out at the check in area.
No staff or students or persons dropping off or picking up students, can come to Headwaters Outdoor School within 14 days of a fever or being exposed to another person who has tested positive for COVID -19. *Please see our revised Illness Policy for the 2021 season.
We will have a designated space available to isolate anyone who is showing symptoms of being ill until they can be picked up by a parent or guardian. We ask that each student have an adult available to pick them up immediately if they are showing symptoms if any illness.
Steps Headwaters will take as extra precautions for the safety of our staff and students:
- Extra hand washing stations will be available around camp.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at various locations in camp.
- Hand washing will be required at meals and encouraged often throughout the day.
- Our kitchen staff will be required to wear protective face masks and gloves when cooking and serving food.
- Our kitchen staff will be serving all food. There will be no self-service at mealtimes.
- We will have a safety shield in place in the kitchen where food is being served.
- We will have participants socially distanced in the food service line and they will be required to wear masks while in line.
- Extra frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high traffic use areas will be implemented.
- We will have participants be mindful of being socially distanced during class and when socializing in camp.
- We will have extra portable toilets and hand washing stations available.
*Please be mindful of the small size and vulnerability of our town and surrounding communities, and use safe, social distancing practices if you go into town. Our county has been very careful as not to spread the virus and there will be many new travelers coming through as the weather gets warmer.
***We ask that you respect these policies and requests so that we will be able to keep everyone as safe as we can and so that we will be able to remain open for our program. Thank you for your cooperation.
There are quite a few new policies, but we are willing to stretch to do whatever we can to make sure Headwaters will be a safe place to come to and will be able to remain open all year.
We are excited about this year and the positive changes that are to come, and more than ever grateful for our Headwaters community.
Be well and get excited for a time of healing and thriving!
-Tim Corcoran and the Headwaters Staff