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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 Overnight retreats. 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 of the Vermont Department of Health while also offering participants a fun, wild and connective experience.

Please be in touch if you have any questions!


Day Program Protocol (including Forest School): (See Guidance from VT Department of Health)

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

  • Staff and Participants may be asked to wear a face coverings when not able to socially distance during circle time and while participating in close contact activities.

  • Spacious circle seating will be offered

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.


Overnight Retreat COVID-19 Protocol: (Winter Retreat, 2021-2022)


The COVID-19 protocol for Winter retreat focuses on practices of pre-screening, low risk practices pre-arrival and testing within 3 days of the start of the retreat 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 social distancing while on the retreat. 


  • Participants are asked to follow low risk practices 10-14 days before attending a retreat. 

  • Participants and staff must do one of the following:

  1. Quarantine for 3 days and then take a PCR Covid-19 test no more than 3 days before the program start day. If your test results don’t come back in time for the retreat, you must take a rapid test upon arrival and then everyday until your PCR test results are available. 


  2. Or-Take a home rapid test within an hour before arriving at ReTribe and show negative test results upon arrival and then take rapid tests every 24 hours during the retreat. If you choose this option we ask that you come to the retreat with 6 tests which means 3 test kits with 2 tests each. You can find them at Walmart for $14 for two tests. If you have trouble finding test kits and want to choose this option, then please be in touch and we can help you to find what you need. We ask that you purchase these tests right away because they are available sometimes and not sometimes, and now that holiday season is here there might be shortages. We have found them at these two links:

  • Participants and staff are expected to follow 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: Low Risk Practices


At home

  1. Wash hands regularly with soap and water.

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

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

When in public, at work, or school:

  1. When at all possible maintain 6 feet physical distance from others in public settings.

  2. Wear a mask when indoors in public places.


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

  3. Sanitize hands whenever re-entering your car.


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 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.


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!

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