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Covid-19 Safety Policies
The following guidelines are based on the current (May 19, 2022) status of COVID-19 in the United States, Maine, and Handcock County in particular. We are updating our guidelines weekly based on current information from the CDC. It is everyone’s hope that cases will decrease and things will keep getting back to normal. If case numbers sharply increase or other potentially dangerous variants pop up, we reserve the right to change our polices and ask students to increase their personal protection—to protect themselves, as well as faculty, staff, and other students.
Hancock County (where WoodenBoat School is located) is currently experiencing a high community level of COVID-19.
We continue to strongly recommend that all students and faculty be fully vaccinated at least three weeks before arriving on campus, but will not be requiring proof of vaccination or negative tests at this point. Last year’s student body was over 99% fully vaccinated..
We strongly suggest you do a home rapid test before coming to the school
Any students who are experiencing symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, either while on campus or immediately before arriving on campus, should contact the school for further instructions.
Physical Distancing and Face Masks
Based on the CDC’s guidance concerning counties with high community transmission, we are requiring the use of masks indoors for everyone at this time. This policy may change as our community level changes throughout the summer. We will continue to encourage students to practice physical distancing to the best of their abilities.
Our housekeeping staff will continue to focus on regular cleanings of all bathrooms and common spaces in the dorms. Hand-sanitizing stations are located throughout our campus, including dorms, dining hall, shops, Boathouse, and the campground shower facility.
Our meal service is expected to return to a mostly normal setting. We will offer outside dining, as we did last year, in a tent adjacent to the Mtn. Ash Student House. Our dining room will continue to be cleaned throughout the day and evening. The WoodenBoat School kitchen staff will work hard to provide the usual full service of fresh and delicious meals, served three times a day.
Physical distancing will be encouraged when practical. Access to each classroom may be limited to the students in that particular course. Students should bring their own safety glasses and hearing protection. Weather permitting, we will maximize the use of outdoor spaces.
We are currently requiring masks to be worn both in the classroom and in our boats. We are not mandating full vaccinations for our sailing courses at this time. As restriction ease in Hancock County, we will revisit this policy.
We will continue to monitor the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels by County listing on their website. As Hancock County’s community levels change, we may change our policies accordingly.
If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you should wear a mask, and take other precautions.
We want to thank all of our staff and students who helped make last season a safe and fun one! With your help, this year promises to be great, too!