COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY
Updated June 26, 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 STRONGLY RECOMMEND VACCINATION FOR 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. We prefer students ages 5 and up be fully vaccinated before enrolling, but we don't require proof of vaccination status, per expiration of the Key to NYC guidelines on March 7th, 2022.
REQUIRE FACE MASKS WHEN WE'RE INDOORS
Following the practices of the DOE and CDC guidelines, masks are optional for everyone at Brooklyn Wild with these exceptions: those who've had an exposure or recently completed their 5-day quarantine; anyone who presents with symptoms at class and needs to be picked up early; or when we're indoors, such as at the library or bathrooms. Children should bring a mask to every class with their supplies.
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.)
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. However, we may visit indoor spaces, such as the library or Industry City, if the weather is forecast to be dangerous. When indoors, everyone at Brooklyn Wild will wear masks and choose uncrowded and well-ventilated locations.
MAINTAIN 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 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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