July 21st, 2021

Dear Kroka Community,

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020 Kroka has been working vigilantly to keep our staff, students, and community safe. Our response to COVID-19 has been informed by state and local guidance and our Risk Management Committee, and is continuously evolving. True to our mission, we do not believe that these decisions should be made out of fear. We believe that transformative education in nature can continue to thrive through the year 2021 and beyond. The following protocols were adopted by the Leadership Council effective May 1st, 2021:

CAMPUS AND VISITORS

The Kroka campus remains open to the public, and we invite you to visit our farm and walk the trails. At this time, all campus buildings remain closed to the public. Please be respectful of the Kroka community and maintain 6ft distance from others while on the property. Visitors and guests must comply with our Visitor Policy.

PROGRAMS

We are working closely with the state of NH, our parent community, and our peer organizations to develop a protocol for summer 2021 that is safe, effective, and realistic for families, students, and our staff. The following protocol applies to all Kroka summer programs, and is subject to further change as the situation evolves:

  • Participating families must follow Kroka’s Pre-Arrival Protocol for 7 days prior to the program start, which includes specific guidelines for COVID-19 prevention and reducing exposure
  • All participants who are not fully vaccinated must be tested for Covid-19 using a PCR test within 5-7 days before the program. You must have test results back, and test negative, before you arrive at Kroka
  • All participating families must complete a Covid Risk Interview (CRI) within 48 hours of arrival to Kroka
  • Families arriving to Kroka are expected to follow CDC travel guidelines during their trip here
  • Kroka will encourage staff, students, and families to be vaccinated against COVID-19
  • All students arriving to Kroka will be tested for COVID-19 using a PCR test, regardless of vaccination status
  • All students will be trained in Kroka’s on-campus hygiene protocols upon arrival, which includes daily health checks and frequent hand washing, as well as creating a culture of health and hygiene on the program
  • Once screened, students will enter into a “family unit” with others on their program, eliminating the need for mask wearing and social distancing while reducing cross-group interactions
  • Students or staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 on Kroka programs will be evacuated from the field for testing. A designated campus space will be reserved for quarantine of symptomatic students and/or staff
  • Protocols will be reviewed weekly and modified as necessary following CDC and/or NH state or federal recommendations and regulations

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a financial hardship for many families, and that registering for a program months in advance (and paying tuition!) is risky in the year 2021. We are grateful for your willingness to take this risk with us! In recognizing that there is still some remaining uncertainty about the summer, we have amended our cancellation policies for summer 2021 as follows:

  • In the event that your program is cancelled, restricted, or rescheduled to a date you cannot attend, we will refund full tuition and/or offer a tuition credit toward a future program
  • If you are unable to attend your program due to state or federal travel restrictions, family illness, positive COVID-19 test, or contact with a COVID-19 positive person, we will offer a refund and/or credit less a $100 administrative fee
  • In all other circumstances, our existing cancellation and refund policies will apply

We believe that the best way to confront a crisis is in the presence of supportive and nurturing community! We believe that if we are resilient and diligent, we will come out of the current moment stronger. We will continue to take all necessary precautions and stay up to date on recommendations from our public health officials and our community as we move through the fall and beyond.

With warm thoughts and visions for the positive future,

Kroka Leadership Council

Be like a bird, who
Halting in her flight
On a limb too slight
Feels it giving way beneath her
Yet sings, sings knowing she has wings
Yet sings, sings knowing she has wings

– Victor Hugo