COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY
Updated January 9, 2022
At Brooklyn Wild, we’ve been carefully tracking the research and regulations around COVID-19 prevention. Below is our current COVID-19 health and safety policy, based on guidelines from New York City and State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please note that all class sales are final and we can't accommodate refunds.
Though it is not possible to eliminate all risk—whether from COVID-19 or regular outdoor play—weighing risks is a regular part of our playwork model. Our analysis indicates that we can significantly mitigate risk related to the pandemic while providing the benefits of being together and playing outdoors. We will enforce these safety policies to the best of our ability even as we prioritize meeting children's social, emotional and physical needs. We will also continue to watch the latest medical research and government guidelines and update these policies according to recommended best practices.
REQUIRE VACCINATION FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS OLDER THAN 5
To keep our community as safe as possible, we are requiring all staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated and boosted. Students ages 5 and up must also be fully vaccinated before enrolling.
REQUIRE FACE MASKS FOR EVERYONE
Everyone participating in Brooklyn Wild must wear masks: staff, students and adults who pick up and drop off. Children will keep a physical distance from others for mask breaks, eating and drinking. We know it's hard for children to keep masks on at all times, so we will not remove a child from play if they have a hard time keeping the mask on and maintain space from others, but we will remind them, help them stay physically distant and encourage them to stay safe by wearing a mask. We also strongly encourage parents to remind children about the importance of wearing a mask during class.
SCREEN THE HEALTH OF STUDENTS AND STAFF BEFORE EACH CLASS
Temperatures for staff and children will be taken via a touchless thermometer upon arrival. In addition, parents and students will be asked screening questions regarding symptoms and exposure to COVID-19. Children exhibiting two or more symptoms will not be allowed to attend class. If children develop symptoms, parents will be called to pick up their child. Staff will be subject to the same screenings and will not attend class if they are unwell. Staff absences, and students’ or families’ illness or exposure, may lead to missed or cancelled classes. We can't accommodate refunds for missed classes.
ASK PARENTS TO KEEP CHILDREN AT HOME IF THEY ARE ILL
Parents are expected to assess the health of their child at the start of the school day or before they attend a Brooklyn Wild class. You should keep your child at home if:
Your child has a fever. Fever reducing medication may not be used when determining a child’s health. Children must be fever-free for 72 hours (three days) before returning to class, per the recommendation of the CDC.
Your child is experiencing two or more symptoms of COVID-19.
Your child is under a 5-day self-quarantine or self-monitoring guidance for any reason. (Please see the CDC guidelines for who should quarantine after exposure.)
HAVE SMALL GROUP SIZES AND LIMIT INTERACTIONS WITH NEIGHBORS
Class sizes will remain small, with stable groups. Our classes take place in a public park, but our group will limit interaction with other park visitors. Masked visitors may stay and play, but unmasked people will be asked to move away. If we encounter large or unmasked groups, we will move to another area.
PLAY OUTSIDE AND LIMIT OUR SHELTER INDOORS
We remain a program that takes place outdoors in all weather. The ventilation outside is a much lower risk for contagion than being indoors. If the weather is forecast to be dangerous, such as thunderstorms or high winds, classes will be cancelled. For most cancelled classes, make-ups will be offered at a date and time selected by Brooklyn Wild.
REQUIRE SOCIAL DISTANCING DURING SNACK AND WATER BREAKS
Children will eat their own individual snacks and lunches brought from home, with no shared snack available. While eating, drinking or taking a mask break children will be asked to maintain a distance of six feet from each other. In addition, we will discourage close physical play such as wrestling.
INCREASE HAND WASHING AND THE USE OF HAND SANITIZERS
Hand hygiene remains a key way to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Students will sanitize their hands before class begins, before snack, after using the bathroom and as needed during class. Whenever hand washing stations are available, we will use soap and water to wash hands.
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