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COVID-19 Policies for “Educational Explorations”

We will prioritize student and staff safety, and will follow all applicable guidelines. At the same time, parents/guardians are asked to sign a disclaimer, acknowledging the potential associated risks with regards to COVID-19 and having their children participate in the “Educational Explorations” program.

We encourage parents to pay online via PayPal, over the phone by credit card at (860) 868-0518, ext 103, or by mailing a check to 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT, 06793. Registration forms should be faxed, emailed to [email protected], or mailed in advance to the above address by the start date of your child’s participation. Payment and permission form submission can be handled in person, with prior notice.   

  • Program registrations are limited to private groups of family members, friends and/or neighbors. Your children will not participate in a program with the children of strangers. 
  • There will be daily health checkups of staff and child participants. No child or staff member will be allowed to participate for the day if they have a temperature that exceeds 100˚F, if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have been to a travel-restricted area in the past 14 days.
  • There will be enhanced cleaning of educational items and spaces used by child participants and museum staff. Additionally, there will be enhanced cleaning of bathroom facilities.
  • Parents/guardians should be aware that the museum may be open to the public on some days that these programs are running. Museum educators will keep child participants away from visitors. Museum educators will encourage child participants to maintain social distance from staff and non-group participants.
  • All museum staff will wear friendly-looking masks when indoors, as well as outdoors when they are within six feet of the child participants or parents. For the safety of our staff, visitors, and participants in future programs, we ask that child participants wear their masks when indoors, as well.
  • Museum educators will encourage and model healthy hygiene habits as part of the program, including frequent hand washing/sanitizing, as well as proper coughing and sneezing etiquette.
  • If a child participant or museum educator tests positive for COVID-19, we will maintain patient confidentiality, but will notify local health officials and all potentially affected families as soon as possible, and will inform such families of next steps. At minimum, the museum would be closed for 14-days and staff will quarantine for that period.

Due to these uncertain times, these policies are subject to change later in the school year.