Thank you for taking the time to review our COVID-related protocols, designed to ensure the safety of all our villagers and staff. Below, you’ll find an overview of information as well as PDFs for a more detailed look at our COVID response.
Our first goal is to ensure COVID-19 does not enter the Villages; therefore, if you have had the below symptoms or known exposure to COVID-19 within two weeks preceding your arrival, please do not visit without first speaking directly with Health Services.
Over the past year, we have all learned a tremendous amount about virology, immunology, pathophysiology, or we might just say, science. We know however that there is also a lot of information out there. In the following PDF, we have drawn together information on the SARS-CoV2 virus that we are using to inform our strategies in creating a COVID-resilient camp setting.
Just like schools, camp in 2021 will be different and we want you all to be aware of the changes. While we do not yet have all the specific details for the changes, we have a framework that we are building as new protocols and guidelines emerge from our governing bodies. Our COVID Playbook lays out what details we have, including what the expectations will be before coming to camp and the general procedures during camp. As we continue to refine our plans, we will update the Playbook accordingly.
In the spring of 2020 when we pivoted from offering onsite residential to fully virtual villages, we took that opportunity to learn as much as we could. We ran a pilot program with staff living on-site and experiencing the villages under COVID protocols. This is the story of how this occurred, what we learned and how these lessons are informing our 2021 plans is described in the Concordia Language Village COVID Backstory.
We follow all MDH guidelines set for COVID-19 and as they are laid out in the Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth and Child Care Programs. If a case happens to be caught at camp, this decision tree will go into effect.