FOR THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION ABOUT TRUE NORTH’S COVID-19 RESPONSE, PLEASE REFER TO THE COVID-19 UPDATE PAGE.
The administrative team at True North has been paying close attention to news and reports on the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, and families is top priority just as it always is and would be regarding any situation that might arise. We are monitoring the situation and receiving our guidance from the World Health Organization, CDC, The US State Department Travel Information, and global tracking maps from the NY Times and Johns Hopkins.
Because our students already live in an outdoor environment and spend the vast majority of their time in the woods, we already have many things in place to help mitigate the spread of any illness. For example, hand washing is an extremely important component of our daily routine. Our guides supervise hand washing before all meals ensuring that all students participate and wash thoroughly for the recommended amount of time. All students are required to do a hand wash after all bathroom visits and hand sanitizer is available for those moments when students need to go and they are away from a bathroom or a water source.
We understand that the risk is low. However, in keeping with recommendations from the various health agencies, we are taking the following precautions:
- Until further notice, we require that all staff and any new students, family members bringing new students, parent workshop attendees, and graduation attendees, let us know about recent travel to areas of concern and/or whether or not they are experiencing any cold or flu like symptoms.
- If travel or symptoms are a significant concern, we ask that all individuals working at True North or coming to our office have a doctor visit and clearance note prior to arrival or participation
- If for some reason a parent or family member is unable to attend a workshop because they are unable to be cleared, we are working to support video conferencing so that participation can still happen.