COVID-19 Response

Current Overview

Farmstead Community,


As May comes and goes, we are seeing the state of  North Carolina move into Phase 2 of re-opening, and we are starting to think about our re-opening as well.  The Farmstead has been assessing our plans for Camp Farmstead and when to start running our programs again, while  also considering  the states' phased re-opening, active caseload, and what other camps similar to us are doing in regards to re-opening. 


After much consideration we have decided, out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of staff and students, to re-open for the Camp Farmstead season the week of July 6th, 2020 to the public. The requirements for attending in the Farmstead in stage one of our re-opening can be found here.  We do have some spaces left in our all outdoor nature themed summer camps.  If you want to learn more about Camp Farmstead please visit our website here. 
While we are beyond excited to be talking about and planning the return of students to the Farmstead, the staff has a lot of work to do to make sure that everyone is safe when that happens.  Not only will we make physical changes to allow for more social distancing, we are also needing to increase some key supplies for everyone’s safety.  To help accomplish these needed purchases the Farmstead has begun a re-opening fundraising campaign. You can donate to support these goals, by donating through our Facebook campaign or through the link on our website. Our goal is to raise $1000.00 to support the purchasing of:

  • Two to Three additional picnic tables

  • At least 5 gallons of hand sanitizer (from a local Asheville distillery)

  • Disinfecting spray

  • Soap

  • Forehead scanning thermometers (2 ideally)

  • Gloves

  • Masks (enough for each staff member to have 5)

  • Additional signage for parking and parents.

All of the funds raised, during this fundraiser, will be directly used to support the health and safety of staff and campers at the Farmstead.  You can donate through our Facebook campain or via our website at the bottom of this page. While we are so excited to be welcoming campers back we want to make sure that we are doing it the best we can to reduce everyone's risk of exposure and these items will help us accomplish that goal.  


One constant positive for me, as the Executive Director, during this global pandemic has been the resolve and tenacity of the Farmstead staff.  Everyone has been asked to adapt during these times and the entire team rose to the challenge. That is not to say that there weren’t moments when we all struggled with the new type of work we were doing while closed to students, however we banded together, leaned on one another, and overcame.  I could not be more proud to lead this amazing team, and we all can’t wait to see students romping around the Farmstead soon enough!!
Lots of Farmstead Love,


Lala

"I am really impressed with how intentionally you all are looking at your protocol for reopening. This makes me feel very safe in a very unsafe time." - Proud Farmstead Parent

"I commend you for navigating through these times with such positivity." Proud Farmstead Parent

Stage One

Drop-off and pick-up procedures

DROP OFF:

  • We will be allowing two cars to drive into the parking area at a time.  All other cars are asked to stay at the stop sign until prompted by staff that it is their turn.  

  • Parents must perform a temperature check on their camper with their own thermometer and show staff the reading.  No camper with a fever of 99 degrees or higher will be permitted to stay.

  • Parents need to assist their camper in getting out of the car and collecting their belongings needed for camp.

  • At that time a Farmstead staff will help your camper over to the handwash station to wash hands before walking up to another Farmstead staff member who will help them settle their stuff in for the day.

PICK-UP:

  • A Farmstead staff member will walk your camper down to you for load up with all of their belongings

Trampoline, snack and lunch

  • During this stage of reopening the trampoline will be closed.

  • Please ensure that your camper can open their lunch box and all the contents in it.  This is very important for the safety of staff members in limiting the amount of lunches we need to touch.

  • Staff will wash hands between each lunch box.

  • During this stage we will increase space between campers at snack and lunch time allowing no more than two campers per side of each picnic table.  We will increase the space between the picnic tables too.

  • All tables will be cleaned after each use.

  • Staff will be filling all water bottles during this time.

 

Masks and Accessing the house

  • All staff will be wearing masks during this stage of reopening

  • We highly recommend that campers also have a mask, buff, bandana covering their mouths.

  • For bathroom needs or accessing inside the house, everyone will use hand sanitizer before entering and upon exit.

 

Sanitizing Practices

  • In this stage we will perform a mid day sanitization of all high touch point areas.

  • Teaching and slowing down hand washing onsite to make sure a full 20 seconds is achieved. 

  • Daily disinfecting of high touch areas around the school house, including high touch points outside.  We will also be switching our towels out daily as well. 

 

Known COVID-19 Exposure

  • Should a staff, camper, or adult supporting pick-up and drop off tests positive the Farmstead will close for one day to perform a deep clean and those participating in the week will be notified of the potential exposure. 

Stage Two

Drop-off and pick-up procedures

DROP OFF:

  • We will be allowing two cars to drive into the parking area at a time.  All other cars are asked to stay at the stop sign until prompted by staff that it is their turn.  

  • Parents must perform a fever check at home, and understand that if it registers at 99 degrees or greater they are not able to attend camp that day.

  • Parents need to assist their camper in getting out of the car and collecting their belongings needed for camp.

  • At that time a Farmstead staff will help your camper over to the handwash station to wash hands before walking up to another Farmstead staff member who will help them settle their stuff in for the day.

PICK-UP:

  • A Farmstead staff member will walk your camper down to you for load up with all of their belongings.

Trampoline, snack and lunch

  • During this stage of reopening the trampoline will be open to one camper at a time.

  • Please ensure that your camper can open their lunch box and all the contents in it.  This is very important for the safety of staff members in limiting the amount of lunches we need to touch.

  • Staff will wash hands between each lunch box.

  • During this stage we will increase space between campers at snack and lunch time allowing no more than two campers preside of each picnic table.  We will increase the space between the picnic tables too.

  • All tables will be cleaned after each use.

  • Staff will be filling all water bottles during this time.

Accessing the house

  • For bathroom needs or accessing inside the house, everyone will use hand sanitizer before entering and upon exit.

 

Sanitizing Practices

  • In this stage we will perform a mid day sanitization of all high touch point areas.

  • Teaching and slowing down hand washing onsite to make sure a full 20 seconds is achieved. 

  • Daily disinfecting of high touch areas around the school house, including high touch points outside.  We will also be switching our towels out daily as well. 

 

Known COVID-19 Exposure

  • Should a staff, camper, or adult supporting pick-up and drop off tests positive the Farmstead will close for one day to perform a deep clean and those participating in the week will be notified of the potential exposure. 

Stage Three

Drop-off and pick-up procedures

DROP OFF:

  • Parking lot will be back to normal.

  • One adult is allowed to assist their camper in coming up to the school yard.

    • Both need to wash hands before coming up the ramp

 

PICK-UP:

  • Parking lot will be back to normal.

  • One adult is allowed to assist their camper in leaving by coming up to the school yard.

    • Adult needs to wash hands before coming up the ramp

 

  • Reducing close contact at pick-ups and drop-offs with parents.  We will not be hugging or giving handshakes.  Alternatively offering an elbow bump, wave, or bow.

Snack and lunch

  • Please ensure that your camper can open their lunch box and all the contents in it.  This is very important for the safety of staff members in limiting the amount of lunches we need to touch.

    • Staff will wash hands between each lunch box.

  • During this stage we will increase space between campers at snack and lunch time allowing no more than two campers preside of each picnic table.  We will increase the space between the picnic tables too.

  • All tables will be cleaned after each use.

Accessing the house

  • For bathroom needs or accessing inside the house, everyone will use hand sanitizer before entering and upon exit.

 

Sanitizing Practices

  • In this stage we will perform a mid day sanitization of all high touch point areas.

  • Teaching and slowing down hand washing onsite to make sure a full 20 seconds is achieved. 

  • Daily disinfecting of high touch areas around the school house, including high touch points outside.  We will also be switching our towels out daily as well. 

 

Known COVID-19 Exposure

  • Should a staff, camper, or adult supporting pick-up and drop off tests positive the Farmstead will notify everyone that week of the potential exposure.

Health/Travel Screening

at all stages

Health/travel screening

 

Symptoms of COVID-19:

-Fever, fatigue, dry cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea

 

  • I ______________ agree to the following

  • I understand that if my camper exhibits any cold-like symptoms (including a runny nose), they must be symptom free for 72 hours without medication before they can participate in Camp Farmstead. __________________________

 

  • I attest that my camper has not exhibited any cold-like symptoms in the last 72 hours. __________________________

 

  • I understand the above symptoms and affirm that my participant, as well as all household members do not currently have, nor have experienced the symptoms listed above within the last 14 days. __________________________

 

  • I affirm that my participant as well as all household members have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 30 days. __________________________

 

  • -I affirm that my participant, as well as all household members have not knowingly been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 30 days. __________________________

 

  • I affirm that my participant, as well as all household members, have not traveled outside of the country, or any city outside of our own that is or has been considered a “hot spot” for COVID-19 infections within the last 30 days. __________________________

  • I understand that Asheville Farmstead School cannot be held liable for any exposure to COVID-19. __________________________

 

Asheville Farmstead School's

 Executive Director and Lead Teacher

Lauren Brown has her M. Ed. in Science Education, keeps her Wilderness First Responder certification current, is certified in the Cedarsong way of Forest Kindergarten teaching as well as a certificate in Environment, Education, and Community.  She has been passionately pursuing the Farmstead dream full time since May 2016!

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218 Morgan Cove Rd.
Candler, NC 28715

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