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.
*Please note that COVID policies are changing daily as information changes and vaccines are rolled out. We are doing our best to update this page as changes are made, but feel free to contact us with questions!
Department of Health Guidelines
We are following guidelines from the Washington State Health Department, Washington Safe Start Plan, and Clallam County Dept of Health and Human Services. We are also tracking community spread in Clallam county and vaccination rates to determine risk factors in our community.
Safety of our Programs
We have been operating our all-outdoor programs safely over the past year which helps us feel confident to be returning to a full program schedule. 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.
Tuition and Refund Policy
Beginning June 30, 2021 our standard refund policy applies to all programs. See our full refund policy here.
Social Distancing + Face Mask Coverings
All programs are held entirely outdoors. Social distancing will be practiced when space and curriculum allow. We now know that cases of COVID-19 transmission outdoors are rare and the CDC currently recommends that vaccinated people resume normal activities without masking outside. Therefore our mask policies are as follows:
Staff and Participants Under 12: All participants under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask. Staff who are fully vaccinated and have provided proof of vaccination are not required to wear masks or face coverings. We are fully supportive of all participants or staff who choose to wear a mask.
Drop Off and Pick Up: Parents dropping off or picking up their child will not be required to wear a mask. However, we ask that if you choose to stay to talk to a teacher or parent to please be mindful of distance and/or have a mask available.
Adventure Club Family Camp and Visiting Adults: All visiting adults and Adventure Club Family Camp adult participants will be required to wear a mask when at Nature School except when eating, drinking, or socially distancing from other participants or staff. We will have masks available upon request. Thank you for helping us keep our youngest participants who are unable to vaccinate safe.
We will be asking all participants to stay 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 DOH Guidelines for the full list of symptoms as these are regularly updated. Teachers will be conducting health checks when participants arrive.
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.
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fever (100.4°) or chills
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
Follow this flow chart to determine next steps.