COVID-19 Response

Current Overview

Farmstead Community,

 

April was a month full of ups and downs, processing, and grieving the situation we are all being impacted by in different ways by COVID-19.  The two biggest things weighing on me were being there to support and be in community with our families as well as the livelihood of the Farmstead and its ability to serve the community and maintain staffs jobs and pay during these trying and uncertain times. 

 

By early April the team had begun to settle into our new social media pivots, embracing how to start the Enka-Candler Tailgate Markets opening in compliance with regulations, how to work together to keep the Farmstead grounds maintained and ways we could support our families and stay engaged with that community.  Flexibility, adaptability, grit, determination, perseverance, and hope are all required of the team to weather this time and I could not be more thankful and proud to be leading a team that has embraced those attributes and navigated this time with grace and compassion.

 

Information continued to  come in about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) program and it was vague and nobody, not even the banks, were completely clear on how it was going to work, when it was going to start and who would be prioritized. Regardless of the nitty gritty details I knew it was a program the Farmstead could seriously benefit from receiving in its ability to keep staff employed.  It was a couple of weeks of constant contact with bankers, local funding organizations, and zoom calls to learn and process all the information that was coming in and to get an application prepared to submit when the program opens. Then the applications started to open and I began to apply to any institution that would accept my application.

On April 9th I submitted an application to Mountain BizWorks. On April 11th I found out more items I needed to submit and did so. April 13th I get a call from them requesting more documentation and it is sent over. On April 14th the Farmstead was approved and April 15th we received our funds. And on April 16th word started to get around that the funds had been exhausted!!!

The Farmstead is by no means out of the woods from the economic impact of COVID-19, and due to the hard work of lenders and Mountain Bizworks and my neurotic applying for the PPP loan the staff of the Farmstead get some peace of mind about their job being secure through June 2020. I cannot predict the future and I will continue to work endlessly if needed to keep my dream of the Farmstead and the dream team I have assembled to run it intact through this. I know not all the PPP funds were lent to good hardworking truly small businesses, but I also want to share my story that some of it was. If you feel called to support the Farmstead during these times please visit https://www.ashevillefarmstead.org/support-us to see our needs and how we are trying to support other local businesses when re-open.

 

We have every intention of reopening and remain optimistic that we will be able to run the majority, if not all, of our Camp Farmstead program.  As a team we are working on our stages of reopening so that when we open we do so in a way that keeps everyone safe and allows us to stay open.  

The Farmstead is excited to be looking forward to how to run programs once we are allowed to during these times of COVID-19.  We have laid out three stages for reopening below.  We do not have a reopen date as of now, once we do we will make sure to publish it for all.

 

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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