This guide details changes to our regular policies in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
COVID-19 is an evolving public health emergency in our community. The policies and procedures in this guide may change as new information becomes available. Any major changes will be posted to our website and communicated to you when you deliver your children to their program.
Please be aware that we may have to shut down operations at any time and potentially without notice if Into The Woods LLC, the State of Alaska, Municipality of Anchorage, or other authorities deem it unsafe to continue.
CHECK IN & CHECK OUT
Each morning we will be asking you a series of questions about your child(ren) and their temperature will be taken:
- Any fevers within the last 72 hours (three full days)?
- Has any medication been used to reduce a fever in the last 72 hours?
- Do you have any cough or trouble with breathing currently?
- Do you have a runny nose currently?
- Do you have a sore throat currently?
- Do you have any muscle aches currently?
- Have you had a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing in the last 7 days?
- Have you or anyone in your household travelled in the last 14 days?
- Have you or anyone in your household had direct contact with anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days outside of a controlled work environment? If you answer yes to any of the questions above or your child(ren) has a temperature greater than 100.4°F, they will not be accepted into the program.
We will ask you to keep your child at home until the above health requirements are met. In the event your child is ill, please remain in contact with Into The Woods about your child’s symptoms. It is imperative for our staff, youth, and families that you keep sick children at home. Even a child with a common cold will not be permitted into program at this time.
All Into The Woods staff will undergo a health screening each day.
Please talk to your child ahead of time about these important safety measures. Much of this is outside of our regular practice but necessary to keep everyone safe.
Youth will be placed in groups and remain with that group for the entire week. Remind your child to sneeze or cough into elbows and then wash their hands. We will be teaching air high-fives and air hugs and asking all youth to keep their distance and to keep all bodies to themselves. We will be practicing social distancing and standing 6-feet apart while walking through the woods.
We will be asking youth not to share food. Any youth who cannot consistently keep their bodies to themselves will be removed from the group and you will be asked to pick them up. We realize this is a stressful time for youth, but this is extremely important for us to do our best to keep all youth and staff safe during this time. Talk to your child about what to do if they are not feeling well while at Into The Woods.
JULY 25 UPDATE:
We are now encouraging campers to wear masks during times when we are in close-quarters (waiting for the bathroom, taking a closer look at something). We are not requiring children to wear a mask when it is unrealistic-when we are running and climbing trees and the mask becomes saturated to the point where it is ineffective. Or, if a child is not developmentally ready to understand how to use a mask appropriately or continues to misuse it.
We provide strong leadership to children so they do not feel scared or threatened by mask wearing, and we do not shame or ostracize children who do not have masks. We lead by example and education that wearing a mask in the context of certain situations is nothing to be afraid of. We (adults) wear masks when appropriate.
We provide a safe and nurturing environment where we teach kids how to be safe and take care of others-just like wearing a seat belt or helmet keeps us safe, using masks during times when we are standing close together is another tool we have to protect ourselves and our community.
Into The Woods Alaska continues to monitor federal, state and local health official guidance on the use of masks in our program space. Currently the recommendation is ONLY for a mask to be used when a someone has developed symptoms of fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. We have isolation procedures around this and would issue masks to the ill child and supervising staff only during this time. As recommendations evolve, Into The Woods will continue to assess the procedures and safety measures surrounding the use of masks. If a parent chooses to send their child to program with a mask that child can continue to wear it as long as they are doing so in a way that is safe for themselves and others. If youth is continuously touching their face, taking the mask off, or leaving it laying around, Into The Woods staff will ask them to put the mask with their personal items.
In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case
- Into The Woods will immediately notify local health officials. Health officials will help Into The Woods determine a course of action for our program(s).
- Into The Woods will close the given program for a minimum of 2-5 days. This initial short-term closure allows time for local health officials to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation affecting Into The Woods program(s). Local health officials will help determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended closure duration is needed.
- Into The Woods will communicate with staff and parents. Into The Woods will coordinate with local health officials to communicate closure decisions and the possible COVID-19 exposure.
- Communication will include messages to counter potential stigma and discrimination. No youth or staff names will be shared. It is critical to maintain confidentially of youth or staff as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Into The Wood’s Leadership Team will assess all health and safety procedures, operations, and the need for increased monitoring or training.
We at Into The Woods realize this situation remains very dynamic. We will continue to provide updates as we learn more. We are confident in our preparation and contingency planning for situations such as this. We remain committed to providing the superior service and support that our customers have come to expect of our company throughout this situation.
HOW TO BOOK A PROGRAM
Reserve your spot by following the links below. First create a camper registration packet, then reserve your spot!