SoundWaters Fall Adventures Series and COVID-19 FAQ
During a school year that promises to keep students indoors and more isolated, SoundWaters Fall Adventure Series provides students with the opportunity to get outside, away from their screens and have fun with their peers on and near Long Island Sound. Given the constraints forced upon us all by the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to affirm our commitment to the health and welfare of our students and their families as well as our staff in all in-person SoundWaters programming. Following established best practices and strict guidance from the State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other regulators and experts, we have recently completed a successful summer of in-person youth programs and will apply the same safety precautions to all student activities during the school year.
What is the SoundWaters refund policy?
If SoundWaters cancels the Fall Adventure Series you will receive a full refund. SoundWaters will not provide a refund unless SoundWaters cancels the program.
Health and Safety
Will SoundWaters be conducting daily health screenings when students arrive?
Yes. A SoundWaters staff member will perform a visual and temporal temperature check on each student upon arrival.
How will SoundWaters be ensuring the facilities are safe for students?
SoundWaters will be cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that are touched, especially boats and educational materials. This will also include cleaning objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, etc. SoundWaters Staff will be following a strict cleaning schedule for all facilities and materials used during the day. This will include boats, life jackets, paddles, education equipment, etc Students will remain outside during the program and not using the facilities unless to use the bathroom.
Will SoundWaters have my student wear a mask?
No. Based on OEC guidelines, students do not have to wear any type of mask while at SoundWaters.
Will SoundWaters Staff have to wear a mask?
Yes. All SoundWaters staff will be wearing protective face covering.
What will be the group size and number of SoundWaters Staff?
Grades 1-2 14 students and 2 Staff
Grades 3-4 14 students and 2 Staff
Grade 5- 12 Students and 2 Staff
Grades 6-8 10 Students and 2 Staff
Will my student have the same staff member each day?
Yes. Each group will have the same two staff each session.
What distancing measures will be taken to protect the health and safety of students and staff?
SoundWaters has developed measures to maintain separation between groups to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Such measures will include maintaining consistent small groups of students, keeping groups in separate spaces, having no more than 14 students together at one time, preventing groups of students from coming in contact with other groups of students, and enhanced cleaning throughout the day.
What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among the students, staff or families?
Following strict OEC and CDC guidelines, SoundWaters will:
- Notify families and SoundWaters staff about the exposure.
- Contact local health department or the CT Department of Public Health.
- Continue routine cleaning and disinfection.
- Cancellation of the group the student or staff member was in.
Fall Adventure Series Activities
What will happen during rainy days?
Activities will be held outdoors as conditions permit. However, in order to provide the safest and best experience we will not run in-person programs on inclement weather days. We will host a rainy day session on Zoom from during the allotted time filled with fun activities for your student, and we will provide you with a packet on the first day with all of the information and materials you need to make rain days fun. SoundWaters staff will contact all students via phone call to the primary parent and email to both primary and secondary parent on the registration form if SoundWaters Fall Adventure Series will not be held due to rain.
How will students maintain social distancing during sailing?
Students will sail up to three per boat within their group.