Olympic Nature Experience And Covid-19

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. We will update this page regularly with new policy updates, resources and guidelines.

Department of Health Guidelines

Governor Inslee designated child care businesses and workers as essential and exempt from the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. 

Based on this we have decided to run our Early Learning program for the 2020-2021 school year and summer 2021 programs making educated decisions based upon what information and recommendations are coming from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Clallam County Dept of Health and Human Services. 

Safety of our Programs

We have made our environment, already outdoors, as safe as possible through health screenings, modifying our practices and increasing our hygiene.

All program registrations have been designed to cohort the students. This keeps children within a single peer group to reduce the overlap between students, as recommended by the Department of Health.

Cancellation of In-Person Classes

Our After School and Adventure Club programs will stay closed for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year based on guidance from the DOH Clallam County Dept of Health. We are continuing to build resilience in our staffing and sound safety practices for our students in order to reduce the probability that we would have to cancel any in-person classes due to COVID-19. Find out more in our Family Handbook Addendum for the 2020-2021 school year.

Social Distancing + Face Mask Coverings

All programs are held entirely outdoors. Social distancing will be practiced when space and curriculum allow. Staff are required to wear face coverings (except for when they are eating, drinking, etc.). We are also requiring all Skills students and parents to wear face mask coverings when in attendance at our programs. 

Health Checks

Sign-in and sign-out will look and feel a little different this year. We will be asking you to take your child’s temperature the morning of class and to keep your student(s) home if they have signs or symptoms of COVID-19 including, but not limited to a temperature over 100.4F, shortness of breath, and a dry cough. See the CDC for the full list of symptoms as these are regularly updated. Teachers will also be conducting health screenings when students arrive to class.

Not Sure if you Should Send Your Child to Nature School?

Contact our office (360-461-7169) or your lead teacher to discuss.

Let us know what symptoms your child has. If 2 or fewer less-specific symptoms that resolve in 24 hours your child may return to school when they are fever free for 24 hours and their less specific symptoms are improving. 

If any more-specific symptoms OR 3 or more less-specific symptoms OR less-specific symptoms lasting greater than 24 hours the student should be evaluated by your healthcare provider and, if necessary, tested for COVID-19.

Less Specific:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

More specific:

  • Fever (100.4°) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell

Follow this flow chart to determine next steps.

Covid-19 Flow Chart

Helpful Links

Covid-19 Family Handbook Addendum 

Transitioning Back to School with Covid-19

Clallam County Cornavirus Information

Washington State Covid-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard