Covid-19 Policy

COVID-19 Statement

NW Adventure Company takes the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the prevention of community spread, and the protection of our greater community very seriously. We recognize the myriad of ways that, due to historic and ongoing racism, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities are acutely impacted by the economic and health effects of the pandemic. We are a mission-driven business determined to make nature-connected programming available to all. It is of utmost importance to us that we do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the communities we serve while still connecting youth with the joys of nature. We will continuously update our policies, procedures and protocols in response to local Health Authority guidance. Last updated March 8th, 2022

Some "Scroll to" buttons for your convenience

COVID-19 Protocols

We align our policies with Portland Public Schools, Multnomah County Health Department guidance, OHA guidance, CDC guidance, and the State of Oregon’s exclusionary policies to the greatest extent possible. The following policies, procedures and protocols reflect our commitment to protecting our community.


We are Vaccinated

All adults who work with our program participants are required to be fully vaccinated prior to working with participants. All participants aged 12 years or older must also be fully vaccinated. At this point in time we highly encourage your 5-11 year-old to be vaccinated if choosing to participate in a group activity such as our program. If you need to make a medical or religious exemption request, please reach out to info@nwadventurecompany.com

Key Update: In the summer of 2022, we will begin requiring that all program participants age 5-years-old and older are fully vaccinated and up-to-date on any COVID vaccines for which they are eligible.

masks are optional!
(beginning March 14, 2022)

So long as community levels in the counties in which we work are at low COVID-19 community levels, masks will remain optional for participants and staff. If community levels change, we will adjust according to guidance by the CDC and OHA. We are aligning our policies with Portland Public Schools and will implement this shift to optional masking in alignment with their timeline, beginning March 14, 2022. 

We recognize each family’s needs vary and our staff are committed to respecting each family’s decision regarding masking. Please know that we will not be asking instructors to track and enforce each individual student’s masking needs. However, please reach out to us if your program participant is high-risk so we can discuss how we can best support them.

We socially distance

Risk of exposure occurs when someone spends an accumulative or consecutive 15 minutes in close proximity (less than 6 feet) to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 even when both wear a mask, we commit to supporting children and program participants in maintaining proper social distance. This is particularly important during sedentary activities, such as crafting.

Students may pass each other briefly in close proximity during games and play; this would not constitute an exposure.

We transport as safely as possible!

Most of our programs include transportation to local city parks where we are permitted to operate. This means students may be on a school bus. As this school year develops, so have “best practices” for preventing exposure to COVID-19 during transportation. Here is our most up-to-date transportation protocol, developed based on guidance from local Health Authorities:

● Buses are sanitized daily by our certified CDL drivers
● We will still require that all humans wear a mask while on the bus and are required to sit facing forward
● Bus windows are open for ventilation
● A seating log is maintained daily and kept on record
● Students are spaced 3-6 feet apart within the bus
● An adult monitors the bus for the duration of the ride to ensure students stay in their seat and follow the expectations

While there is an inherent risk in choosing to ride in transportation, we are hopeful these evidence-based protocols will mitigate risk of exposure. In the past 2 years of transporting students during the COVID-19 pandemic and educating both indoors and outdoors, we have had one exposure incident (Last Updated March 8, 2022).

The above policies and protocols lie at the core of our prevention practices. let’s talk about our collective response!

Here is what to do when:

…Your child stays home sick from school
with primary covid-19 symptions

The following are considered primary COVID-19 symptoms:

● Cough
● Temperature of 100.4°F or higher or chills
● Shortness of breath
● Difficulty breathing
● New loss of taste or smell

If your child experiences any of these symptoms, please take the following steps:
     1. Notify us at info@nwadventurecompany.com
     2. Make arrangements to stay home for at least 5 days

● No COVID test or positive test: Stay home for at least 5 days, until a fever has been resolved for 24 hours, and until all other symptoms are improving


OR

● Negative COVID test: If the participant receives a negative COVID test, a fever has resolved for at least 24 hours, and all other symptoms are improving, they may return to programming. Please check in with us first to verify.

These are the same exclusionary requirements outlined by the State of Oregon and followed in schools, so in general, we will also defer to the school; if they are cleared to return to the school, they are cleared to return to programming with us as well. You can show us this approval from your school.

…Your child stays home sick from school
with non-primary covid-19 symptions

The following are considered non-primary COVID-19 symptoms:

● Fatigue
● Muscle or body aches
● Headache
● Sore throat
● Nasal congestion or runny nose
● Nausea or vomiting
● Diarrhea

If your child is sick with any of these symptoms, please check in with us so we can together assess when they are clear to return to programming! This will vary a bit depending on known COVID exposures and the specific combination of symptoms they are experiencing.

...Your child is exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID at school or elsewhere.

Please let us know immediately so we can work with you to determine the best route forward.

For exposed individuals who are fully vaccinated, or for individuals who tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days, our protocol is as follows:

● No quarantine is required
● We recommend testing 5 days after exposure
● We require that you monitor the individual for symptoms for 14 days following the initial exposure. If symptoms develop during the 14 days, please…
     ● Seek testing
     ● Update us & stay home until test results are returned
     ● Update us on the test results so we can support you in determining next steps

For exposed individuals who are not fully vaccinated, our protocol is as follows:

● Quarantine at home for 5 days
● We recommend testing 5 days after exposure
● Continue to monitor for COVID symptoms for 14 days from the time of initial exposure and if at any point they develop COVID symptoms, please keep them home and again seek a test.

…We ask you to quarantine due to an exposure in our program.

If a program participant is exposed to an individual with COVID-19 during our programming, you will be notified immediately. We will inquire into whether or not your child is fully vaccinated, or tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days. This information will help us collaborate with you on next steps. We will also work with the Multnomah County Health Department to assess the situation. and your child’s school if they are a participant in our afterschool programs. 

If your child is fully vaccinated or tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, they can continue to participate in our programming. We do ask that they follow the exposure protocol outlined above: testing 5 days after exposure, and monitoring for symptoms.

If your child is not fully vaccinated, they will be asked to quarantine. Please see the protocol outlined above. Quarantine means refraining from being in public places, including school, for 5 days total from the date of exposure. While we cannot require a COVID-test, per local Health Authority guidance, we highly encourage that the exposed individual gets tested 3-5 days after the date of exposure. If at any point during the quarantine the individual develops primary COVID symptoms, they must immediately isolate and get tested. A new 5-day quarantine period begins at that time, and please let us know if those symptoms develop after exposure. A negative COVID test cannot shorten the 5-day quarantine.

Once the 5 day quarantine period has passed and if free of symptoms, the exposed individual may return to programming and normal activities.

…You’re concerned your child might have COVID, or have been exposed to COVID.

Please do not send them to programming until they have received a negative COVID test. For example, if you are getting them tested or are testing as a family due to a concern of symptoms after an exposure incident, please stay home until the test results return.

…your child tests positive for COVID.

First off, we wish you and your family the best through this illness! May it be mild and a quick recovery. Please do inform us right away of the positive test results so that we can attend to any potential exposures. Your information will be kept confidential as we assess for exposures. 

Common Questions:

do yo require that program participants are fully vaccinated for covid-19?

While we do currently require our staff to be fully vaccinated, we will not begin requiring program participants ages +5 to be fully vaccinated until June 13, 2022. Under current definitions of “fully vaccinated,” this means that either the second dose or the booster shot (when applicable) must be dated by May 30th, 2022 at the latest. If the participant is already fully vaccinated, please go ahead and email us their proof of vaccination! Otherwise you can expect to hear from us late Spring with a reminder.

By June 1, 2022 we will send an official request for proof of vaccination for all participants enrolled in summer programming. Please email info@pdxeducationcollab.com if you need to request a medical or religious exemption form.

What COVID-like symptoms should I look out for?

Primary COVID symptoms are listed below. If the program participant experiences one or more of these symptoms, please treat it as a potential COVID case and seek testing.

● Cough
● Temperature of 100.4°F or higher or chills
● Shortness of breath
● Difficulty breathing
● New loss of taste or smell

Non-primary COVID symptoms are additional symptoms to look out for, particularly with Omicron, that could also be attributed to another illness. Please consult with your medical doctor if any of these symptoms persist for more than a day. 

● Fatigue
● Muscle or body aches
● Headache
● Sore throat
● Nasal congestion or runny nose
● Nausea or vomiting
● Diarrhea

What would constitute an exposure in this program?

The OHA released the following guidance on January 14, 2022:

“Oregon will no longer consider masked contact in K-12 settings, including school buses, to be an exposure, regardless of distancing. The updated guidance will strongly advise students and staff to maintain physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.”

In general, our rule of thumb is that if both individuals are wearing masks correctly and stay arm length’s away from one another, they will not be at risk for exposure. Our instructors do their best to design programming to accommodate these measures. If an individual was less than arm’s length away from an individual who tested positive for more than 15 minutes, whether cumulatively or consecutively, without a mask, we are required to consider it an exposure and report it to local Health Authorities. If this were to happen in the context of our programming, it would most likely be during snack - however, it is highly unlikely. We are taking great precaution to prevent this from happening.

What is the date of exposure

If someone at home or in your community tests positive for COVID, and you were recently around them, here is how to determine the date of exposure:

● If the person who tested positive for COVID has symptoms, it is the first day you were around them that they were experiencing symptoms
● If the COVID-positive person has no symptoms, it is simply the day they tested positive for COVID.

What if a child develops symptoms/sickness while at school or in NWAC programming?

If a child develops symptoms while participating in our programming, or shows symptoms when we pick them up from school, we will do two things:

● Immediately contact the parent/guardian and request someone to picks them up
● Remove them from the group to engage in a solo activity until they can be picked up (this will help reduce chances of exposure in case the individual is developing COVID)

From there, we will follow up directly with the family to assess whether this is a case that needs to obtain a COVID test.

What about if a staff member is sick or tests positive for COVID-19?

All of our staff are fully vaccinated, however, we recognize there is still a chance we could contract COVID-19 and expose others. If a staff member shows COVID-19 symptoms, they need to either isolate for 5 days OR receive a negative COVID test and return once symptoms have ceased and a negative test result is received. If they test positive for COVID-19, they will follow the same exclusionary protocol as participants. This is aligned with the requirements of teachers at public schools. 

Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after an exposure. We do require staff to get tested 5 days following exposure and self-monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate if any arise; we support our staff in this process

When can a participant return after quarantine or isolation?

If an individual is in quarantine due to an exposure, they may return after the 5-day quarantine period if they have no symptoms. If they develop symptoms during the 5-day quarantine, they will be required to isolate and get tested. If the test comes back negative, they may return once their symptoms begin to improve and they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours. If an individual is in isolation due to a positive COVID case, we first and foremost deeply hope it is mild and your family remains okay. Please reach out for support and we will try our best to connect you with community resources. To return to our programming, the child or adult must stay home for at least 5 days, and until a fever has been resolved for 24 hours, and until all other symptoms are improving. Please check in with us prior to sending your student back to programming.

If my child has to miss due to receiving a positive COVID-19 test or due to a required quarantine, will I get my money back?

When this happens we are happy to offer 100% credit to any of our programs for the days missed. While many programs are not offering refunds nor credits due to missed days associated with COVID-19 illness or quarantine, it is important to us that you have the means to take great precaution. We recognize the burden this can have on a family unit. We are pleased to be able to offer this credit! Please reach out to info@nwadventurecompany.com to see what is available for your child!

For after-school programs, how are you collaborating with schools on this?

We are in the process of ensuring that our program is included in each school’s contact tracing protocols. We also are closely monitoring the guidance schools are required to follow and are aligning our practices with this guidance. We are closely monitoring new information from the OHA, CDC and Multnomah County Health Department.

Have more questions?

We will continue to update this information accordingly as new developments prompt new protocol. Please feel free to reach out with additional questions, you can click the handy floating contact us button in the bottom left, and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. THANK YOU for your collaboration in protecting our communities!

Contact Us

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Contact Us