COVID-19

Safety Policy

Here at the Institute for American Indian Studies, we are thrilled to be exhibiting, engaging, and eliciting thought provoking dialogue with our guests about the 12,000 plus history of Indigenous peoples here in Connecticut – In person (6 feet apart)! Our exhibits are open, with some adjustments to some spaces to accommodate regulations. We are excited to finally bring our temporary exhibit Skug: Snakes of the Eastern Woodlands to the public for viewing.

We are reopening our Museum and facilities within the State’s outline of safety practices during this phase of the Covid-19 requirements. We have reviewed and will continue to follow the most recent requirements and will take all necessary steps to keep our visitors, staff and property as safe as possible.

  • Face Masks are required in the Museum or Wigwam Escape. If you do not have a mask, we can provide you with one.
  • Sanitizing and Handwashing is encouraged. Hand sanitizers will be available. Reminder signs will be posted in our buildings.
  • Physical Distancing. Visiting groups should to the greatest extent possible stay more than 6 feet away from other guests when in the Museum. 
  • The Gift Shop is limited to 1 group at a time (Limit 6).
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting actions will be completed by our staff prior to opening as well as on a two-hour schedule and focus on doors and other frequent touch points. Bathrooms will also be addressed on the same schedule. We will maintain records of our completed tasks.
  • Staff and leadership will continue to review State and published updates as well as participate in continued training.

SUMMER CAMP COVID POLICIES

 

We will prioritize camper and staff safety, and will follow all applicable guidelines. At the same time, parents/guardians will be asked to sign a disclaimer as part of the registration process, acknowledging the potential associated risks with sending their children to summer camp during this situation.

 

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 emailed to [email protected], mailed, or dropped off in advance to the above address by the first date of your child’s attendance at camp.

 

  • Camp registrations will be limited each week to ensure groups of 15 or less and there will be daily health checkups of staff and campers. No camper or camp staff will be allowed to participate for the day if they have a temperature that exceeds 100˚F.
  • As much as possible, camp will be an outdoor experience. Campers should be prepared to be doing outside activities, unless heavy rain, thunderstorms, or excessive heat are in the forecast.
  • Parents/guardians should be aware that camper check-in may take some time and should plan accordingly. Please do not leave until your child has been cleared to attend camp for the day.
  • There will be enhanced cleaning of items used by campers, as well as any indoor areas that they use, including bathrooms.
  • Parents/guardians should be aware that the museum will likely be open to the public on some camp days. As in past years, camp staff will keep camp groups away from visitors, non-camp staff, and hikers.
  • Under current OEC guidance and until further notice, all camp staff will wear masks when indoors, as well as outdoors when they are within six feet of the campers, regardless of vaccination status. Campers will be required to wear masks when they are indoors, unless they have a documented medical condition or special health care need as specified by a licensed medical practitioner that qualifies them for an exemption. We will schedule mask breaks throughout the day and masks are not required for outdoor activities when campers are spaced apart.
  • Camp staff will incorporate healthy hygiene habits into the daily routine, including frequent hand washing/sanitizing, proper coughing and sneezing etiquette, and reminders about personal space.
  • If a camper or camp staff tests positive for COVID-19, or has come into prolonged contact with someone who has, we will maintain patient confidentiality, but will notify all families and local health officials, as soon as possible. We will also inform families of next steps.

 

Due to these uncertain times, these policies are subject to change. Camp staff will inform parents/guardians about any policy updates.