Wilderness Awareness School and COVID-19

Updated Mar 12, 2022

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, guidelines, and FAQs. 

Safety of our Programs – All Outside, Low Ratios, and Small Groups

We are fortunate that the structure of our programs provides ideal conditions for gathering in groups during Covid – all outside, in small groups for much of the day, in large areas, etc. We have also lowered our student-to-teacher ratio in order to continue to provide excellent experiences for our students and to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep students and staff safe.

Health Precautions

We ask all participants to stay home if they have signs or symptoms of Covid-19. Please see the following Dept. of Health Guidelines for an updated list of symptoms. All students are asked to quarantine or isolate if they have symptoms or a Covid exposure per the most up to date state and county guidelines.

Face Coverings

As of March 7th, we are no longer requiring masks at our programs for staff, students, and volunteers.

This may change depending on the state of the pandemic. When registering for a program, please be prepared to have masks be required OR for masks to be optional. As we have throughout the pandemic, we closely follow the respective guidance for our programs.

Tuition and Refund Policy

Our standard refund policy applies to all programs. See our full refund policy here.


Youth Summer Camps

Updated Mar 12, 2022

Department of Health Guidelines

We have adjusted our safety policies and procedures based on the WA DOH K-12, Child Care, & Camp Guidelines, and have been safely running programs since June 2020. With programs running exclusively outside with low student-to-instructor ratios, our programs are very low risk for transmitting COVID-19.

Overnight Camps

Overnight programs are now allowed in Washington State and we look forward to running them again in the summer of 2022! At this point, there is additional overnight guidance that we need to follow. The current guidance states that students need to be fully vaccinated OR test negative within 72 hours of the start date of the program.This is likely to be updated between now and the start of overnight camps. We will update our Summer Overnight Covid guidelines in May of 2022 based on the most up-to-date guidance and the state of the pandemic. Please be prepared to have your child wear face coverings OR not be required to wear face coverings. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility with these challenging times to plan ahead.

Summer Frequently Asked Questions

What added safety protocols will you have in place?
Anyone who has Covid-19 symptoms will not be able to attend class until they are able to clear Covid protocols. Anyone who has been deemed a close contact of someone with Covid-19 will have additional requirements to return to class as well.

Are students and staff required to wear a mask?
At this time, we are not able to say whether masks will be required in the summer of 2022. We will follow State and County guidance as it continues to be updated. As of March 7th, 2022, our youth programs do not require masks for staff, students, or volunteers. The only exception to this is when being transported in school vehicles. We will continue to evaluate mask-wearing based on local Covid rates and may adjust this policy. Please be prepared for masks to be required OR to be optional.

Will the school be providing transportation?
At this time, the only summer programs that are providing transportation are during our Expeditions. We will transport students from the Seattle area to our Expedition location. Staff and students will be masked and we will increase ventilation by having the windows down as we are able to.

Are your staff required to be vaccinated?
As of Oct. 18, 2021, we fall under the Washington state Covid-19 vaccine mandate. This applies to all staff and volunteers.

What is your refund policy?
Before the start date, if a program is canceled by WAS, full refunds will be offered. If you cancel before the start of the program, you get a refund for any payments in excess of 25% of course tuition. See our full Registration Policy.


School Year Youth Programs

Updated March 12, 2022

Department of Health Guidelines

We have adjusted our safety policies and procedures based on the WA DOH K-12, Child Care, & Camp Guidelines, and have been safely running programs during the pandemic since June 2020. With programs running exclusively outside with low student-to-instructor ratios, they are very low risk for transmitting the virus.

Transportation

For our weekly programs, we are providing transportation from the town of Duvall to our 40-acre campus – a 15-minute drive – as well as the occasional field trip. For Wild Within, we will transport students on our away trips when we are not on our campus. All students and staff will be required to wear a face covering while in school vehicles.

Overnights at Program

Wild Within will continue to be an overnight program for the 2022-23 School Year. Under current health requirements, there are additional precautions that we will need to take to meet Covid-19 protocols. Staff and students will either need to be fully vaccinated OR test negative prior to each weekend. We strongly encourage all students who are eligible to get vaccinated. Please note that these guidelines may change before the start of the program OR during the school year.

Due to added complexity, our other weekly youth programs will only run overnights if the pandemic restrictions are dropped. We will continue to assess conditions and requirements as the year progresses. When registering for a program, please be prepared for masking and testing guidance to be changed throughout the year. We will adjust our overnight guidance as it is required and based on the current state of the pandemic.

School Year Frequently Asked Questions

What added safety protocols will you have in place?
Anyone who has Covid-19 symptoms will not be able to attend class until they are able to clear Covid protocols. Anyone who has been deemed a close contact of someone with Covid-19 will have additional requirements to return to class as well.

Are students and staff required to wear a mask?
At this time, we are not able to say whether masks will be required during the 2022-23 school year. We will follow State and County guidance as it continues to be updated. As of March 7th, 2022, our youth programs do not require masks for staff, students, or volunteers. The only exception to this is when being transported in school vehicles. We will continue to evaluate mask-wearing based on local Covid rates and may adjust this policy. Please be prepared for masks to be required OR to be optional.

Are your staff required to be vaccinated?
On Aug 18, 2021 Gov. Inslee made the announcement that all childcare providers, which our youth programs fall under, are required to be fully vaccinated or qualify for a medical or religious exemption, by Oct 18th. We are following this mandate.

What is your refund policy?
Before the start date, if a program is canceled by WAS, full refunds will be offered. If you cancel before the start of the program, you get a refund for any payments in excess of 25% of course tuition. See our full Registration Policy.

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