Afternoon Ecologists Program Safety & Logistics

A student looks through binoculars at the top of the Canopy Tower on IslandWood's Bainbridge Island campus.

We’re thrilled to offer this in-person, outdoor education program. The safety of your children is always of the utmost importance to us, and this year obviously poses new issues around safety given the coronavirus. We have carefully reviewed all guidance from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health and Kitsap Public Health District in developing our safety policies and procedures, which are listed below.


As this is an ever-changing situation, we will keep you updated on any changes in protocols and procedures. If you have any questions or concernsplease don’t hesitate to reach out to Joan Hutchinson at


  • Students will be placed in small pods for the entirety of their time at IslandWood. Each pod will not interact with any other pod. 
  • Social distancing will be practiced when space allows. When space does not allow – for example, in bathrooms – masks will be worn. We ask that students bring a snug, cloth face mask daily for accessing indoor spaces.
  • Learning will be held outdoors, except in the case of inclement weather. If we need to be inside due to bad weather, pods will each be in separate indoor spaces.
  • Drop-off and pick-up times, as well as location on campus for pick-up and drop-off, will be staggered to ensure there aren’t large groups of people gathering at one time. You’ll receive a confirmation of your student’s specific time and location for pick-up and drop-off via email prior to the start of the program. 
  • To minimize sharing, we’ll be taking steps to ensure that each student has individual supplies. 
  • We will increase access to hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer and regularly remind students of when and how to wash their hands effectively. 

Daily Screening

Upon arrival each morning, we will inquire if your child has any COVID-19 symptoms and conduct temperature checks. 

Staff Health & Safety

  • All instructors reside in Kitsap and King Counties and have been practicing the related health and safety guidelines as we have progressed through the phases of the Washington State reopening plan.  
  • Instructors have received training in their roles and responsibilities as they relate to COVID-19 precautions. 
  • All staff will be following IslandWood’s onsite work requirements, developed per CDC guidelines, including daily health screenings.  
The Arrival Shelter at IslandWood's Bainbridge Island campus. A wood sign says "IslandWood," with a smaller wood sign below it, which says "A school in the woods."

Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting

Additional cleaning methods will be employed to reduce risk to students and staff. Cleaning methods will follow CDC guidance and include increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of communal spaces, shared items, frequently touched surfaces, and restrooms.