Nearby Nature Communicable Disease Management Plan Summary
(See Full Policy here.)
1– Daily Health Screening and Safety Protocols
- Drop-off/pick-up will happen at program-specific sites where parents/guardians will sign children in and out.
- Parents/guardians are welcome but not required to wear face coverings outdoors during drop-off/pick-up. They should physically distance themselves from others not in their households.
- Children will have COVID-19 verbal health assessments at program drop-off. Children with symptoms will not be admitted to programs.
- Parents/guardians will not be allowed to visit programs unless there is an emergency.
2 — Record Keeping and Contact Tracing
- Staff will keep a log for each program that will support contact tracing if needed.
- Written records will be kept regarding any staff/volunteer or program participant who goes home sick/has symptoms of illness.
3 — Exclusion from Programs (for Sick or COVID-19 Exposed Persons)
- Staff/volunteers should not come to work and parents/guardians should not bring children to programs if they (or anyone in their household) are ill.
- If a child becomes ill at a program, a parent/guardian will be contacted for a pick up.
- Sick staff, volunteers, and program participants will be asked to remain home for at least 10 days after COVID-19 symptoms onset, until 24 hours after symptoms are gone without medicine, and with COVID-19 symptoms improving. (See full policy for additional details and information about other illness symptoms.)
- Nearby Nature will exclude from programs anyone who is unvaccinated and is known to have been exposed to COVID-19 within the preceding 14 days.
- Staff, volunteers, or program participants who have a cough (due to asthma, allergies, etc.) that is not a new onset cough will not be excluded from programs. Documentation of such medical conditions will need to be provided prior to programs.
4 — Notification of Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Program Participants or Staff
- If any program participant, volunteer, staff member, or visitor is diagnosed with COVID-19, that person/family should immediately alert Nearby Nature administrative staff and refrain from returning to programs/work.
- Nearby Nature will notify Lane County Public Health and the Oregon Office of Child Care (as appropriate) if anyone who has entered our site is diagnosed with COVID-19.
- If anyone associated with Nearby Nature programs is officially diagnosed with COVID-19, we should be notified by Lane County Public Health as part of contact tracing.
- Families will be notified anyone associated with Nearby Nature programs is confirmed to have COVID-19. Nearby Nature will not, however, disclose the identity of the diagnosed person due confidentiality requirements in Federal HIPAA law.
5 — Protocol for Cessation of Program Activities If Necessary
- Nearby Nature will consult with local health authorities regarding facility sanitation and/or possible program closure if any program participant, volunteer, staff member, or visitor is diagnosed with COVID-19.
- If it becomes necessary to close Nearby Nature programs, a prorated refund or program credit will be offered if closure is unavoidable and permanent.
Illness Prevention & Sanitation Summary
1 — Illness Prevention Protocols
- Each program will consist of one group of no more than 10-12 children. Interactions with program participants from other stable groups will be limited.
- The number of staff/volunteers/visitors regularly interacting with each stable group will be reduced to the safest minimum number.
- Program participants will be encouraged to wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
- Alcohol-based hand-sanitizing products (60%+) may be substituted for soap and water washing and will be provided if program participants do not have easy access to a sink.
Health and Safety Reminders:
- Staff/volunteers will provide program participants with age-appropriate verbal health and safety reminders.
- Program participants/staff/volunteers will wash hands or use hand sanitizer before eating.
- Program participants will not share food with other program participants.
- Students may use individual collection and food service supplies to harvest and/or prepare food using vegetables and fruits from the Learnscape.
- Staff/volunteers will help program participants maintain physical distancing as much as possible.
- Activities that minimize the sharing of equipment/supplies will be prioritized.
- Individually-labeled equipment will be provided for each child whenever possible.
- Children will wash their hands frequently or use hand sanitizer when equipment is shared.
- As of July 19, 2021, staff/volunteers are welcome, but no longer required, to wear face coverings outdoors.
- As of July 19, 2021, program participants are welcome, but no longer required, to wear face coverings outdoors.
- Parents/guardians should send all children with a face covering in case there is a need to spend any time indoors, where face coverings will be required.
- Face coverings will not be worn by anyone while eating, drinking, or when engaged in high energy or water activities where face covering wearing might be unsafe.
- All program sites will have access to bathrooms or porta-potties, handwashing stations/sinks, tissues, paper towels, and garbage cans.
- If indoor spaces are used, windows and/or doors will remain open for ventilation to the extent logistically possible
2 — Sanitation Protocols:
- Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized daily.
- Bathrooms will be sanitized daily (and more often if needed).
- Items that cannot easily be washed or sanitized will not be used at programs.
- Sanitizing supplies and hand sanitizer will be used safely and applied correctly and stored out of reach of children.