Welcome Return Academy Staff!​

Please follow the steps below in order to finalize the hiring process and get you "Field Ready".

Dates to Remember:

May 24-25: WFA

May 24-26: WFR Re-cert

May 24-28: WFR

TBD: CPR Training (included in WFA/WFR courses)

June 2-5: All Staff Training

Stay organized! Print your pre-summer checklist here.

#1: State Based Background Checks

*Due March 12*

*You may skip this step if you have ONLY lived in the state of Colorado for the past five years.

Starting this year, all Telluride Academy staff are required to obtain the following three backgeound checks from all states they've lived in in the past 5 years:

  • State Criminal History Check

  • State Sex Offender Registry

  • State Child Abuse and Neglect Registry

You can use the following link to find instructions for completing each of these forms.


State-Based Background Check Instructions

You must have ALL of these forms sent into their respective organizations by Friday, March 5th. Once you obtain results of these background checks, immediately send the results to sophie@tellurideacademy.org

#2 Complete Standard Precautions Training

*Due April 16*

All child care workers in the state of Colorado are required to complete a Standard Precautions Training every year. This free online training will take about an hour and a half.


  • Using Google Chrome, click this link to register in the Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System.

  • Under "Pre-Service and Required Training", click the green "Get Item+" box.

  • On the next screen, click the green "Sign-In-or-Register" button, and continue to "Register Now!"

  • When creating your account, sections 1-3 will ask you personal questions. Sections 4 and 5 will be in regards to your employment. Use the following information to answer the questions in sections 4 and 5:

    • Section 4: Current Employment

      • Employer Type: School Age Program

      • Country: San Miguel

      • School Age Program: San Miguel School Age (Before & After) & Camp Program

    • Section 5:

      • Professional Role Category: School Age Professional

      • Professional Role: School Age Professional

  • Follow online instructions to complete the course.

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#3: Staff Handbook & Field Guide

*Due April 16*

All staff MUST Read the 2021 Staff Handbook carefully! This document outlines all Academy policies, procedures as well as the expectations of all Field Instructors.  The Handbook is also a great place to familiarize yourself with how we structure and staff Academy programs. The 2021 TA Field Guide is a condensed version of the TA Handbook and is an essential component of your field kits!! This guide offers quick reference information about topics such as Emergency contact numbers,  Lightening procedures, Evacuations and more


  • Both documents MUST be read and reviewed prior to entering the field with students.


  • We recommend that you either print off a version of this handbook or download them to your smart phone. You MUST carry one of these documents with you at all times this summer!


  • There are also numerous addendum found on the 'Staff Resources' page that outline useful options that are available to you throughout the summer.

#4: Camper Code of Conduct

*Due April 16*

  • All staff MUST read the TA Camper Code of Conduct. This document outlines the expectation Telluride Academy holds for it's students. Instructors should be familiar with these expectations and communicate with admin staff if any child is not adhering to it.

  • We recommend printing this document and keeping it with you during camp. This can be a useful reference when students are not behaving.

  • This document can serve as a guideline when creating "Camp Contracts" with student groups on Monday mornings.

#5: Complete Required Forms

*Due April 16*

Login to your Camp in Touch portal. On the homepage, click "Forms and Documents." This page contains a list of forms that need to be completed as well as a place to upload all of your certifications. There are three types of forms:

1.            : Forms with this "down arrow" mean the document needs to be downloaded, printed, signed, and scanned back to your computer. Click the "down arrow" to download the document, then save it, print it and scan it back to your computer. Click the "up arrow" on the right to upload the signed and completed form back to the portal. Pro Tip: Some of these PDF documents can also be edited and signed in Adobe, which will keep you from having to print and scan. The following forms fall into this format:

  • 2021 Risk and Release

  • 2021 Terms and Conditions

  • Abuse Prevention Policy Agreement

  • Direct Deposit Authorization

  • Handbook Contract

  • Mandatory Reporter Acknowledgment

  • Skills Assessment

  • TRAILS Request Form ****MUST BE TYPED****

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2.            : Forms with this "mail symbol" simply mean you need to upload documents that you already have. You must scan these documents to your computer and upload them to your portal by clicking the "up arrow" on the right. The following documents fall into this format:

  • Additional Certifications

*Additional certifications are not mandatory. This is where you would upload any non-required certifications,

such as Lifeguard, Swift Water, AMGA, Teacher's Certificate, etc.

  • CPR Certification

  • Driver's License

  • Social Security Card

  • Standard Precautions Certification

  • Updated Resume

  • WFA/WFR/(W)EMT Certification

3.             : Forms with this "computer" symbol mean you must complete an online form. When you click on the computer, you'll be brought to a form that you will need to fill out and then "submit." The following forms fall into this format:

  • Required Staff Information Form

  • Staff Bio

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#6: Celebrate, Breath, Buy Yourself A Beer Because You're Done!!