KROKA RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Updated May 7th, 2020

Dear Kroka Community,

The following protocols are proposed for summer 2020 in accordance with the NH Governor’s Office Committee on Reopening the Economy and in consultation with similar plans from our neighboring states of VT, ME, and MA. Policies were drafted by Leadership Council with input from the community and reviewed by Kroka’s Risk Management Committee. As the season progresses we will continue to revise the policy as the situation continues to unfold. We welcome your feedback and questions.

We will reduce summer programs to 8 students and 2 instructors to stay within the 10-person maximum group size

Families will be asked to follow shelter in place guidelines and document family activity for two weeks prior to arriving at Kroka. Families working essential jobs will be expected to follow workplace best practices to reduce the likelihood of exposing your child

If Covid-19 testing becomes widely available by the summer, we will require all members of the household to be tested prior to the student’s arrival to Kroka. If a member of the family has a positive test result, the student will not be allowed to attend and will be issued a refund

Families arriving to Kroka are expected to follow strict travel protocols during their trip here

We will eliminate large gatherings at program start and end. Abridged drop-offs and pick-ups will be staged to keep distance between families

We will implement health screening upon intake. Students arriving to Kroka will undergo health screening including a temperature check and family interview

All students will be trained in Kroka’s on-campus hygiene protocols upon arrival, which includes daily health checks and rigorous and frequent hand washing

At basecamp, each program will have a designated cook who will is responsible for sanitary meal preparation and serving and post-meal sanitization. Expedition programs will follow revised food policies

All restrooms on campus will be disinfected after each use

Sleeping arrangements will be modified to maintain 6ft distance between students. Group gathering practices will be modified to maintain distance between students during meals and group circles

Vehicles will be disinfected after each use and between programs

Students or staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 on Kroka programs will be immediately evacuated from the field for testing

Protocols will be reviewed weekly and modified as necessary following CDC and/or NH state or federal recommendations and regulations.

CHANGES TO TUITION AND REFUND POLICY:
We have adjusted our tuition policies for summer programs. Until June 1st, you can reserve space in any open summer program for a minimum deposit of $100. In addition, we are extending the deadline for tuition payments to June 1st. During the summer, if you need to cancel due to family illness or if state or federal travel restrictions prohibit travel to Kroka, we will offer a full refund.


CAMPUS UPDATES: Our walking trails remain open to the public and we encourage you to enjoy nature and be outdoors. Park at the Trailhead Parking Lot to use the trails. All indoor spaces are presently closed. Please call ahead if you wish to visit the farmstand.


SEMESTER UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have decided to transition the Andean Peaks Semester to an exciting residential semester program offered from our basecamp in New Hampshire. Registration is still open and more details will be announced soon!

We believe that the best way to confront a crisis is in the presence of supportive and nurturing community! We believe that if we are resilient and diligent, we will come out of the current moment stronger. We will continue to take all necessary precautions and stay up to date on recommendations from our public health officials and our community. Our hearts go out to the families that have been most heavily impacted. If you have any concerns or would like to speak with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With warm thoughts and visions for the positive future,

Kroka Leadership Council

Be like a bird, who

Halting in her flight

On a limb too slight

Feels it giving way beneath her

Yet sings, sings knowing she has wings

Yet sings, sings knowing she has wings

-Victor Hugo