School Overnight Program – Covid-19 Protocols

Vaccine Policy for IslandWood Staff

All IslandWood staff, graduate student instructors, and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including all relevant boosters.

School Testing & Vaccination Policy

All students, chaperones, and teachers either need to be fully vaccinated OR provide proof of a negative Covid test taken 72 hours prior to attending IslandWood. Schools are responsible for checking vaccination status and requiring testing for any unvaccinated students or adults.

Masking & Distancing

Outdoors: No masking is required outdoors in most situations. However, we do recommend it in select situations, such as when we bring different schools together at the Friendship Circle and have a large number of students sitting together in close proximity. Although masks are recommended in these situations, we will follow the policy of the schools present. We will keep 6ft of distance between schools at the Friendship Circle, but not within a school.


Indoors: When SOP programming is being led indoors, masks will be required. Masks are recommended, but not required, in the lodges. Masks are required in the Dining Hall, except when eating.  Schools will be kept at separate tables.

Field Groups and Cohorts

  • We typically encourage mixing students across field groups for meals and lodge rooms so students have the opportunity to connect with a variety of their peers. However, at a school’s directive, we can use a cohort model with the same students in field activities together, eating meals together, and in lodge rooms together, with groups assigned by the school. 
  • Chaperones will not be assigned to their child’s field group.
  • Anchor teachers are expected to stay in field groups for a full day but may move to another field group on different days. 


  • We have returned to “normal” spacing at meals in our Dining Hall, with all seats at tables able to be occupied.
  • All meals in the Dining Hall (breakfast and dinner) will be served by kitchen staff and dished family-style using food handling guidelines for Covid. 
  • Windows will be opened and ceiling fans on in the Dining Hall or other indoor spaces during meals. 
  • Lunches will be eaten outside during field days.

In Case of Covid Symptoms

  • IslandWood staff will isolate students or adults with symptoms immediately and rapid-test them for Covid. They will remain safely isolated until the test result is returned. Medical care will be provided as needed. 
  • IslandWood will provide on-site safe spaces for students and adults that are symptomatic or test positive on a rapid test. Schools should have procedures in place to help sick students and adults return home early and safely. 
  • IslandWood or school staff will notify all parents/guardians and the Health Department immediately following a positive test result for Covid-19 and will work with local public health officials to identify close contacts.