COVID-19 Prevention & Response
Updated July 31st, 2020
The Science School 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.
To understand how things will be changing for 2020, please review the following overviews that link to additional information.
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As July comes to an end, we’re taking a moment to reflect on all that we’ve learned in the new landscape shadowed by COVID-19. We smile thinking of the positive impact we’ve had on hundreds of campers, all who were thirsty for engagement with friends and interaction with the outdoors. Our day camp programs helped families return to a small sense of normalcy with parents returning to more typical work schedules and children learning with and relating to one another in-person. Our dedicated staff team diligently manage risk every day – wearing face coverings and helping campers do so, too; checking in with campers about their health regularly; and following recommended COVID-19 protocols that are ever-changing.
For those who couldn’t join KSS in person, we were able to (virtually) celebrate camp through weekly challenges, #ScienceAdventureCHALLENGE posted to our website, and CLAW (Camp Legends and Warriors), a longstanding camp tradition where campers compete as a KSS Legend for victory in a series of competitions. We’ve all felt the boost of joy that summer camp programming brings in these last weeks and continue to be grateful to our families for entrusting your campers in our care.
It now seems the ‘Summer of Courage’ at KSS is slowly becoming the ‘Year of Courage’ as we approach the Fall and contemplate school re-openings and COVID-19’s rapid spread across the world. The murkiness of the future remains but we also remain inspired to contribute to our community in whatever way possible. Each school year we typically host over 50 schools and their students through residential programming on our campus to learn science that meets state standards. With school schedules in flux and the threat of illness higher than ever, our team has made the difficult decision to cancel all residential programming at least until January 2021.
We have turned our attention to finding creative solutions to support our community during this time. The adage “It takes a village” is truer now than ever and we’re grateful to have a role in being of service. We’re collaborating with our program provider partners, the Summit School District, community leaders, and families to determine the most impactful way KSS can contribute. Together, we’re developing options to engage students in outdoor activities, academic support, and social-emotional learning. While we are not yet sure where this path will lead us, we have confidence that KSS will be there for our community in some capacity – building an even-stronger foundation for the future.
Changes to programming through the end of this year are summarized below. Please reach out to our team with any questions or comments. As a valued member of our KSS Family, we invite you to be in touch to share an encouraging word, a story of happiness, or ideas for a creative solution.
We look forward to staying connected in the coming weeks and months and continue to be grateful for your support.
Keystone Science School
Keystone Science School is extending our day camp season with the addition of a full week of programming, August 17-24 and August 24-28. All programs will be hosted on the Keystone Science School campus. Scholarships are available for these programs. Learn More
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 which includes our residential and camping programs with schools, Girls in STEM, and Harvest Camp Programs.
A new selection of Fall Programs are currently in development to meet the social-emotional and academic needs of students. We will have options for full week and daily programming throughout the school year. These programs are not yet finalized but we expect to open registration the week of August 3rd. Scholarships will be available for these programs. To stay up to date on all programs please sign up for our email list.
After School CATCH
Summit School District’s Return to Learn plan includes in-person instruction for all students K-5. KSS is working on a strategy to provide the After School CATCH program. Due to several factors related to COVID-19 protocols, KSS is unable to offer the After School CATCH program starting on the first day of school. We continue to partner with the Summit School District in an effort to provide this program as soon as possible. We will communicate any updates via email. To stay up to date on all programs please sign up for our email list.
Events - Science. Adventure. FIESTA!
This year, we invite you to gather your COVID-19 crew and join us on Friday, August 7th at Dos Locos Mexican Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado for a special preset gourmet menu, spacious outdoor seating, and a live band. This physically-distanced evening will benefit our Scholarship Fund, supporting youth to participate in programs safely even during this pandemic. Seating for the event will be limited to follow all appropriate COVID-19 health and safety measures and will take place primarily on the outside patio of the restaurant. Learn More
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.
Our risk management policies and guidelines will continue to develop as new research and governmental guidelines are presented.
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.