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Covid-19 Update

The safety of our students, guests, and staff is our highest priority. We are diligently following all CDC, State of Massachusetts, City of Boston, and Outward Bound USA guidelines and adhering to all city and state regulations on gatherings and physical distancing. For detailed information on our safety practices, please see below. If you have additional questions, please contact Richard Atkind, Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. 

Updates as of April 5, 2021

  • Public access to the Island interior, including its related ferry service, has been suspended until further notice.
  • Non-essential operations on the Island are suspended until May 2021.
  • Non-essential operations at our mainland office at 21 Drydock Avenue are suspended until further notice.

Additional updates to come as CDC, national, state, and county guidelines evolve. 

Covid-19 Safety Practices for Educational Programs

Prior to Arrival:

  • Participants (and parents of students who are minors) are required to sign a Covid-19 Statement of Understanding.
  • Participants and staff are encouraged to stay within their family unit/pod and to only engage in low-risk behaviors for a minimum of 10 days before visiting the Island.
  • Testing for Covid-19 is required for all students and staff participating in overnight courses.
  • If any participant is experiencing Covid-19 symptoms prior to or upon arrival, they will not be permitted to start the course.

On-island:

  • Staff and students will conduct daily health checks for Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Staff and students on overnight courses will be tested 4-8 days after the beginning of the course.
  • Staff and students will wear facial coverings at all times both indoors and outdoors, except during meals, sleeping, and designated mask breaks; reusable face coverings will be available to all students and staff.
  • Staff and students will maintain physical distancing of 6 feet both indoors and outdoors.
  • Sleeping arrangements for overnight courses will be configured to allow for physical distancing.
  • Activities and meals will be held outdoors whenever possible.
  • Group sizes will be limited and groups will be intact to limit potential exposure.
  • Staff and students will be expected to practice enhanced personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Bathrooms and high-touch surfaces will be cleaning and sanitized frequently. 
  • Shared equipment will be cleaned and sanitized after each use and isolated prior to its next use. 

Covid-19 Safety Practices for Events

Group gathering capacity will be limited to state and city guidelines. If you have questions about protocols for your upcoming event, please contact Denise Roaf, Director of Event Operations and Sales.

Prior to arrival:

  • Guests are encouraged stay within their family unit/pod and to only engage on low-risk behaviors for a minimum of 10 days before visiting the Island.
  • Staff and guests will assess their health and possible exposure to Covid-19 using the CDC’s self-check tool.
  • Staff and guests will confirm they have assessed their current health and possible exposure to Covid-19 by signing Thompson Island Visitor Logbook.
  • Any person experiencing Covid-19 symptoms prior to their visit will be asked to please stay home.

On-island:

  • Access to booked private venues will be limited to event guests and staff, and parties will be separated from other groups present on the Island. 
  • Staff and guests will be expected to practice enhanced personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Staff and guests will maintain a physical distance of 6 feet both indoors and outdoors.
  • Staff and guests will wear facial coverings at all times both indoors and outdoors, except during meals; reusable face coverings will be available to all guests and staff.
  • Bathrooms and high-touch surfaces will be cleaning and sanitized frequently.
  • Shared equipment will be cleaned and sanitized after each use and isolated prior to its next use. 

FAQs

Will personal protective equipment (PPE) be available to guests? 

Face coverings will be made available to any visitor who loses or may need to replace their face covering, as will hand sanitizer and/or hand washing stations. 

What happens I experience possible symptoms of Covid-19 during my visit?

If you feel symptomatic at any time during your visit, please inform a Thompson Island Outward Bound staff member immediately, who will take appropriate action to isolate you.

Will there be onsite health monitoring (e.g. taking guest's pulse and temperatures)?

We will not be taking guest's pulse or temperatures. However, prior to their arrival, all visitors will be required to complete a health self-check  to confirm that they are not experiencing a fever and/or other Covid-19 symptoms and have not been knowingly exposed to anyone  diagnosed with Covid-19.

How will I be informed if someone on Thompson Island at the same time as me tests positive for COVID-19?

Should this occur, we will inform the Department of Health and follow their specific directives. We will contact you if it becomes necessary.

How are you monitoring the health of your staff?

We have implemented various workplace protocols designed to minimize the transmission of Covid-19 and promote the safety of our staff working on-site and in the field. We are encouraging all staff members to abide by CDC recommendations and comply with safer/stay-at-home advisories, including wearing a face covering outside the home, practicing social distancing, and maintaining proper hand washing and hygiene routines. 

We are also implementing a routine testing procedure as necessary for staff and requiring all staff to self-monitor for symptoms of Covid-19 and to take the CDC’s self-check tool prior to their arrival to Thompson Island each day. 

Does Thompson Island Outward Bound require that all staff to be vaccinated?

At this time, we do not require active employees to be vaccinated. However, employees are highly encouraged to receive vaccinations when available and will continue to provide support to employees seeking the vaccine. Following vaccination, all staff members will still be required to follow workplace safety procedures.

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