It's been a long, hard spring. The uncertainty, paired with limited access to the elements of our life that provide balance and beauty has taken a toll on us all. However, I know we have all been desperately searching for those "silver linings" that surprisingly seem to come when we need them the most. Here at Telluride Academy, our collective silver lining has been the opportunity to pursue a daily devotion of cautious preparation for the challenging landscapes ahead. We have found a renewed sense of purpose in the work we do and have been moving forward with honesty, humility and optimism. Never before has it been more imperative that kids continue to build a relationship with the natural world through movement, adventure and play! Through very concerted and cautious efforts and outreach, we are optimistic that we can play a vital role in our community's efforts of recovery and rejuvenation. And, as we would approach the summit of any mountain with preparation, collaboration, caution and best practice, so too will we approach this one.
Our revised summer schedule is first and foremost driven by our commitment to preserving student, staff and community health and safety. Working within the guidelines established by the San Miguel County Public Health Department, we have completely restructured the framework of our operations. Everything from group size, to transportation to access have been taken into account to ensure we are following suggested practices as issued by the CDC, state and county officials. We have updated our communicable disease management plan and are implementing stringent pre-program screening requirements for all students and staff.
Our current summer program schedule focuses on celebrating Telluride Academy's incredible backyard and phenomenal field staff! With an emphasis placed on "doing the most good for the most people", we have completely restructured our programs to allow families to register for the weeks that work best for their schedules while ensuring we can serve the most students with our limited resources. Through a combination of outdoor adventures, unique specialists, artistic endeavors and regional expeditions, we have created a weekly schedule that allows us to serve as many students as possible while adhering to important health and safety guidelines. The majority of our programs will be facilitated through "foot powered" transportation and parent pick up and drop off for locations further afoot. Groups will be limited to 10 students and 2 instructors (until further notice) and updated protocols will be followed as directed by the county health department (masks, social distancing, etc). We will also allocate a percentage of our resources to accommodating "custom camps" for families looking for more in-depth exploration or focused activities.
The Covid Camp Commitment
Keeping both our Academy community and the larger Telluride community safe is of the utmost importance to us. We do not take this responsibility lightly and expect our staff, our students and our families to join us in this collaborative effort. The success of our summer will depend on all involved to recognize the part they play both at camp and at home in keeping our programs safe and sustainable. YOUR actions at home are just as important as OUR actions at camp! As we all begin to benefit from the acquisition of the elements of life that make us whole, we must also recognize the role we all play in protecting them. Thank you for making this a truly team effort!
A post-registration phone consultation will be administered by a member of our administrative team with ALL registered families prior to a session start date. This personal outreach ensures families have received and reviewed all documentation pertaining to our "new normal" and that we are all on the same page and contributing to a unified effort to keep our programming safe for everyone!
*Please take the time to read our "A Healthy Camp Starts At Home" guide.
*Familiarize yourself with our Pre-screening Protocols.
*Help us reduce exposure to medically vulnerable populations by disclosing ALL relevant health information for your child as well as for members of your household.
*Disclose ANY and ALL concerning signs and symptoms presented by your child or ANYONE in your household immediately.
*Practice responsible off-campus behaviors such as social distancing and proper hygiene and recognizing that everyone's actions affect our ability to maintain programming.
*That student and staff safety takes precedence ALWAYS
*That we adopt a "GO SLOW" approach to every decision we make this summer.
*That we communicate with families throughout every step of the journey.
*That science and the advice of experts dictate our ability TO operate, HOW we operate and IF we operate.
*That we RESPECT the process of recovery at both the community level & the family level and ensure that our administration and staff are approachable and sensitive to constantly changing realities.