Bainbridge Island School Day Programs 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 these immersive outdoor education programs. The safety of you and your students is of the utmost importance to us, and 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 COVID-19 health and safety guidelines can shift rapidly, 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


  • To help ensure social distancing, students will be placed in small field groups during each program.
  • Staff, students, teachers, and chaperones will be required to wear a mask at all times, except briefly when eating, drinking, or if they need a distanced mask break. In any instance where a mask is removed, individuals will be distanced as much as possible, well beyond the three-foot minimum. We will also monitor individuals when they are masked to ensure that a minimum three-foot distance is maintained. (During health screenings, an IslandWood staff member will briefly approach students, teachers, and chaperones closer than three feet to take their temperature.)
  • Learning will be held primarily outdoors, except in the case of inclement weather. When indoors, group sizes will be limited and social distancing will be maintained.
  • 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. 

Symptom Screening

Upon arrival, we will inquire if students, teachers, and chaperones have 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 school groups 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.