Into The Woods Alaska
COVID-19 Community Mitigation Plan
Last Updated August 19, 2021
Dealing with the COVID-19 has caused major changes to all facets of life and business, and Into the Woods, Alaska is no exception. We have modified how our business operates in order to institute reasonable precautions to protect our staff and the children who take part in our camps from the spread of COVID-19. All staff will be monitoring participants for symptoms and following current CDC and state of Alaska guidelines.
Almost all work done by Into The Woods Alaska occurs outside. This allows us to operate more safely as we are never in a confined space with other people. Masks will be optional for vaccinated individuals (both guides and campers) and required for unvaccinated individuals while indoors or in close proximity. It is recognized that masking may be impractical for many of our activities. For that reason, social distancing and staying in an outdoor environment will be our focus.
Any staff who has knowingly been in contact with a suspected positive case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days and who was not wearing appropriate personal protective equipment will not be allowed to work with other staff or participants in a face to face setting. Staff members will not report to work within 72 hours of exhibiting a fever.
Unvaccinated customers that will arrive in Anchorage from interstate trips and want to attend camp will be asked to provide a negative test taken upon or shortly after their arrival into the state.
Hand Sanitizer will be provided when handwashing facilities are not available. Any equipment used will be disinfected in between each use. We will continue to follow mandates as they are published and will evaluate and adjust our protocols as appropriate. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Thank you for helping make this work and doing your part to keep our community safe.
Dan Dillehay and Kristina Kvernplassen
Into The Woods Alaska, LLC
The Details: COVID-19 Community Mitigation Plan
The operating requirements listed below have been designed to mitigate community spread of COVID - 19 in our programs. These requirements are based on CDC recommendations, state mandates, and best practices in the field.
General Preparedness & Planning
COVID-19 Awareness Education
● All staff are to be trained and educated on the spread of COVID-19, symptoms, best practices, and the COVID-19 mitigation plan.
● Each employee will receive a copy of the COVID-19 mitigation plan as well as the
comprehensive procedures manual.
● Policies and procedures will be updated weekly with the latest CDC recommendations, state mandates, and best practices
● Staff will be trained regularly on updates
Physical Distancing Strategies
● Group sizes will not exceed the recommendation put forth by the Municipality of Anchorage
● The number of substitutes and leadership personnel engaging with youth will be
● Staff are to wash their hands before interacting with a new group of youth
● All youth and staff are to social distance when possible
● Age appropriate strategies are to be used when explaining physical distancing
● Physical activities will take place outdoors
● Food and drink are not to be shared between youth
● In the event that equipment or materials must be shared, they are to be cleaned and sanitized before they are used by another youth
● Driven field trips are not permitted at this time.
Parent Drop-Off & Pick Up
● Youth in high risk groups will be required to provide a Dr.’s release.
● Youth and staff are asked to take their temperatures before arriving at site
● Any youth or staff who are ill and/or have respiratory symptoms and/or have a fever above 99.5 are not to participate for the day and may return following a negative test.
● Youth and staff will perform a self-evaluated health screening before camp that monitors, temperatures, symptoms, out of state travel, and exposure to COVID-19.
● Staff and youth who are ill are not to return to site for 10 days since symptom onset and must go at least 24 hours symptom free, and 72 hours fever free
● Staff and youth who have traveled out of state must abide by most current state of Alaska and CDC guidelines.
Responding to illness
● Staff who become ill at work will be sent home immediately
● Youth who become ill at site will be immediately isolated and their parents will be contacted to pick them up as soon as possible.
● Only one staff should interact with and conduct a health assessment of the child
● Staff should wear appropriate PPE based on CDC guidance
● Parents will be contacted immediately and must arrange for pick-up as soon as possible
● Youth and staff illness will be tracked in a secure format and will be monitored
● Youth and staff who become ill with COVID symptoms cannot return to the program until the CDC recommended quarantine has passed or they provide a negative COVID-19 test.
● Staff are to be trained on proper preventative hand washing
● Youth are to be educated in an age appropriate manner on proper preventative hand
● All staff are to wear face coverings that cover their mouth and nose while at site in accordance with CDC recommendations.
● While outdoors, cloth face coverings are encouraged for youth participants, but will remain up to the discretion of parents. Face coverings will be required while inside.
● Youth and staff bring their own food and are not to share.
● Staff are to wash their hands before meals
● Youth and staff to wash their hands before and after eating
COVID-19 Exposure Response Plan
Actual Exposure: A youth or staff reports testing positive for the COVID-19 virus within the last 14 days of being present in the program.
Possible Exposure: A youth or staff member who has been present in the program within the last 14 days reports living with someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case take the following
1. Immediately notify local health officials, OSHA. Health officials will help
ITWAK determines a course of action for our program.
Anchorage Department of Health: 907-343-6718
OSHA Reporting: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/
2. Close program for a minimum of 2-5 days. This initial short-term closure allows time for local health officials to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation impacting ITWAK program(s). Local health officials will help determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended closure duration is needed.
3. Communicate with staff and parents. Into The Woods Alaska will coordinate with local health officials to communicate closure decisions and the possible COVID-19 exposure.
• Communication will include messages to counter potential stigma and discrimination.
• No youth or staff names will be shared. It is critical to maintain confidentiality of youth or staff as required by the Americans with Disability Act.