Covid - 19 Protocol

Please check back as we continue to update our COVID-19 protocol for all of our school year programs including our Forest School as well as our Summer overnight retreats and day camps. We are committed to continuing to stay up to date on the pandemic to ensure that our programs are in compliance with guidelines and regulations while also offering participants a fun, wild and connective experience.

Please be in touch if you have any questions!


Fall Day School Protocol:

  • Communicate regularly with parents and participants with email about changes, updates, and announcements.

  • Morning health screenings every day including temperature check documentation.

  • Participants with signs of illness will be asked to go home

  • Designing our programming to support, and encouraging social distancing for staff and participants.

  • Staff and Participants will wear a face covering at all times other than while eating and drinking and during solo sit spots.

  • Spacious circle seating will be offered

  • Hygiene practices including hand washing/sanitizing before and after meals and after using the bathroom, and additional cleaning practices with all shared spaces and equipment.

  • Personal belongings will be contained in separate spaces - no sharing of food or other personal items.

  • All staff will complete VOSHA training and receive written and verbal communication about complying with new COVID protocols.

Protocol if Someone Gets Sick for all programs:


We follow the Vermont school's protocol for returning to programming after illness. Please review that here .

If symptoms of COVID-19 occur at school:

  • Staff and participants who have had close contact with a person who has symptoms will be separated, and follow CDC guidance for community-related exposure including monitoring symptoms closely.

  • All families of participants will be notified

  • All surfaces and objects that that individual or anyone who came in contact with that individual came in contact with will be disinfected.


Summer Overngiht Retreat COVID-19 Protocol: (This protocol may change significantly so please check back)


The COVID-19 protocol for Summer 2021 overnight retreats focuses on strict practices of pre-screening, quarantine and testing in order to enable participants to connect deeply and reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19. We will not be requiring participants to wear masks at all times or to maintain strict social distancing while on the retreat. We recognize that with the strict shelter in place practices required to attend, this may not be accessible to all who could benefit from it. We apologize in advance to those who cannot make this work and we do hope to see you next year!


  • Participants and staff are required to follow shelter in place guidelines and document household activity beginning 8 days before the start of the retreat, including recording daily temperatures.

  • Shelter in place guidelines include not attending in person school or any indoor events beginning 8 days before the start of the retreat.

  • Participants and staff must take an Antigen or PCR Covid-19 test within 5 days of the program start. You must have test results back, and test negative, before you arrive at ReTribe.

  • On the day of arrival participants must get a second Antigen or PCR Covid-19 test and families must report results via email to ReTribe during the retreat as soon as they come in.

  • Participants and staff are expected to follow strict travel protocols during their transport to ReTribe that eliminates contact with the public and emphasizes direct residence-to-ReTribe transportation.

  • Participants will be oriented in ReTribe’s on-campus hygiene protocols, which includes daily health checks, frequent hand washing, as well as creating a culture of health and hygiene on the program. 


Pre-Arrival Protocol: Shelter in Place Guidelines

Please document information below for your household beginning Saturday, December 19th. This document will be reviewed as part of a health screening upon arrival. Recognizing that definitions and guidelines vary by state, our expectations are outlined below: 


At home

  1. Wash hands regularly with soap and water.

  2. Take and record temperatures daily.

  3. Commit to a daily health check-in with all members of the household.

  4. If knowingly exposed to Covid-19 or if you experience any symptoms, document, and consult your doctor for advice.

When leaving home (if necessary)

  1. Maintain 6 feet minimum physical distance from others in public settings.

  2. Wear a mask at all times in public.

  3. Limit visits outside the home to essentials and maintain 6 feet distance from others. For families working jobs outside the home, maintain workplace best practices to reduce Covid-19 exposure.

  4. In your car, keep: hand sanitizer (to use when you return to car from public space/interaction) a mask (for use when entering stores and in crowded places) and gloves or paper towels for pumping gas.


Travel Protocol:

In order to maintain a safe and resilient community, please adhere to the following protocols while traveling to ReTribe: 


  1. Plan to travel directly to ReTribe and eliminate stops or exposure to the public that could risk exposure to COVID-19.

  2. Carry hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves in your car.

  3. Use a glove or paper towel when pumping gas.

  4. Wear a mask if entering rest areas or public spaces is necessary.

  5. Sanitize hands whenever re-entering your car.

  6. For additional travel guidance, visit: 


If you or a member of your household becomes ill:

If a member of your household contracts COVID-19 within two weeks prior to your arrival or experiences two or more of the following symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell) within 7 days of your arrival, document and contact us prior to arrival.


Additional protocols for overnight programming:

  • Participants will wear masks while serving food and hand sanitize before serving.

  • Participants will sleep head to toe on bunk beds and avoid visiting other’s rooms.

  • Personal belongings in rooms will be kept in separate spaces.

  • Rooms will be kept orderly and have more regular cleaning.

  • We encourage participants to tent if possible to lower the number of participants per room.


If you have concerns or questions about these policies or anything else please be in touch.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community healthy!