COVID-19 Program Updates & Protocols

Updated December 3rd, 2020 - The KSS team has been hard at work to put together clear, detailed, and relevant information to guide your decision to join us for programs. Recognizing that things may need to change again in the evolving COVID-19 environment, we believe these options present safe alternatives to our traditional programs.

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Program Updates

2021 Summer Camp & Expeditions

We are laying the groundwork for Summer 2021 Discovery Overnight Camp, Discovery Adventures, Discovery Expeditions, and Day Camp! Stay tuned, KSS will announce summer registration opening dates in December. Sign up for program updates.

Outdoor Education

Due to government restrictions and our confidence to safely host overnight programs, Keystone Science School is suspending all overnight programs through the end of February 2021 which includes our residential and camping programs with schools.

Year-Round Programs

Due to government restrictions and our confidence to safely host overnight programs, Keystone Science School is suspending all overnight programs through the end of the calendar year 2020 which includes Girls in STEM, Harvest Camp, Beyond the Classroom, Legacy Camp, H2O Outdoors. To stay up to date on all programs please sign up for our email list.

School Year Support

Starting January 20th, we will once again offer School Year Support programs on Wednesdays at the Keystone Science School campus and North Branch Library in Silverthorne. We will continue to monitor the data and health of our community. To stay up to date on all programs please sign up for our email list.

After School CATCH

Due to several factors related to COVID-19 protocols, KSS is unable to offer the After School CATCH program at this time. In partnership with the Summit School District, we will continue to evaluate the potential for programming, and will communicate any updates. We will communicate any updates via email. To stay up to date on all programs please sign up for our email list.

 


 

Health, Safety, and Staffing

Our top priority is your child’s safety at KSS. We continue to evolve our protocols as we receive information and recommendations from governmental agencies that include, but are not limited to, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Summit County Government, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the American Camp Association.

Please refer to our COVID-19 Policies and Protocols and Program Health and Safety page for in-depth details on these policies.

Our risk management policies and guidelines will continue to develop as new research and governmental guidelines are presented.

Summit County Physical Distance Protocol (PDF)

 


 

Resiliency and Restart Fund – Aiding our Response, Fueling our Restart

Using the scientific process to gather data and evaluate ideas is a skill that we know is important for changing lives and strengthening communities. Considering the many challenges of the pandemic reveals how essential it is to understand science and to use critical thinking as our guide to problem-solving.

We launched our Resiliency and Restart Fund in late-March with a small group of our donors to support our resilience during the crisis and our ability to restart our efforts when the phases of the pandemic allow. Donations to the fund go to our General Operations to support our nimble response to the emerging issues of the pandemic. Donors, grantors, and sponsors have united to contribute to our Resiliency and Restart Fund to ensure our mission will survive, our purpose will thrive, and we will make it through this pandemic stronger and better prepared for the future.

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Latest Update - 12/3/2020

It’s difficult to believe, but it seems that as we enter into winter and a season filled with holidays, the headlines are becoming even more daunting. The season that is typically filled with joy and anticipation – awaiting that snowy day or spending time with loved ones – is off to a melancholy and isolating start. Our reality is not likely what we imagined.

Our local community, Summit County, recently moved into the most restrictive phase of the pandemic, just short of a full shut down. The virus is spreading and is prevalent at levels not before seen locally. The Summit County School District is now fully remote through at least the month of December. Families are stressed trying to balance work responsibilities with their new ‘teaching’ responsibilities, supporting their children’s online learning.

It is fitting, then, that I share this difficult news. After much deliberation, research, and discussion, I made the decision that it is in the best interest of all involved to put KSS’s current programming on a hiatus, at least through December. Our School Support programs currently serve 30 students, one day a week. We once dreamt of being able to help on a much greater scale. Sadly, as we’ve had to reduce our staff size and our capacity we now find ourselves in a different situation forcing this decision.

You may remember that back in March KSS made a commitment to do whatever we could reasonably and safely do to offer programming – helping both students and their families. We have been successful with programming throughout the summer and into the school year, serving over 200 children and their families in the past 6 months. We’ve been ready to do whatever we could to offer options. Perhaps that’s the ‘silver lining’ and a reminder that there has been good amongst the tough stuff.

Our commitment to the community remains strong. Since the onset of the pandemic in March, we have been carefully monitoring county and State-level data to inform our decisions on program scale and feasibility. Our primary goals in offering programming are to:

  • Ensure, to the best of our ability, the health and safety of each participant and staff member.
  • Offer the programming to families and youth that supports our community’s needs through collaboration with Summit School District and other program providers.
  • Balance the programming we offer with staff capacity appropriately. KSS is currently operating with 10 full-time staff, down from 24 at the start of the year, and each staff member is teaching to make our programs possible.

We hope to restart programming when the COVID level improves and our staffing capacity stabilizes. We’re saddened by our new reality, but also know we must remain resilient as the pandemic shifts around us.

Thanks for your understanding and continued support.

Best,

Ellen Reid
Executive Director