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News: Health and Safety (COVID-19) Adult Program Guidelines

Date Published Author
6/21/2021 12:00:00 AM  Community Programs Staff 

The following guidance is designed to maintain health and safety standards requirements and physical distancing directives while providing much-needed services. If participants or instructors are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been tested and are awaiting results, they we will not be able to attend a program until written proof is provided by a doctor that he/she no longer presents a risk or until they received a negative PCR test. This also applies to individuals who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 10 days, UNLESS they themselves have been vaccinated.

Participants with the following condition(s) should consult their doctor before considering attending our camps: Heart disease, Diabetes, lung disease, underlying immune disorders, compromised immune systems, currently taking immunosuppressant medications (examples of these disorders include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, recent cancer treatment).


Staff and adult participants should check for symptoms each day prior to attending a program. Utilize the following questions to determine:

  • Do I feel unwell today?
  • Do I have a cough or sore throat?
  • Do I have a fever or do I feel feverish?
  • Do I or have I had shortness of breath?
  • Do I or have I had a new loss of taste or smell?
  • Do I have a temperature of 100.4 F or higher?
And, if unvaccinated:
  • Have I been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the past 10 days?
  • Do I or have I been living with anyone who is sick or quarantined? 
If the answer is “yes” to any of the questions, stay home. Communicate with RSU5CP by emailing or calling (207) 865-6171 to notify us of any possible exposures.

Any staff member or participant with an elevated temperature (100.4º F or higher) will not be able to return to the program until they have been fever free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (e.g., Advil, Tylenol). If symptoms begin while at a program, the participant must return home as soon as possible.

Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or awaiting test-results should self-isolate until:
  • The individual has had 3 full days of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication
  • Other symptoms have improved
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
General Guidelines for Cleanliness and Hygiene
  • Instructors and participants will wear face coverings while indoors (regardless of vaccination status), while in automobiles with others and while in close contact with each other. Unvaccinated staff and participants are encouraged (but not required) to wear face coverings outdoors. We will make every effort to encourage social distancing. Instructors will accommodate the social distancing preferences of all individuals. Mask guidelines are subject to change throughout the season.
  • Guidelines and checklists provided by the State of Maine CDC for sanitation will be followed at each program.
  • Each site will have adequate soap and running water or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Signs will be posted on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly wear a face covering.
  • Staff will be following daily CDC Cleaning Guidance to clean and disinfect the areas of camp.
  • Staff will be trained on CDC Guidelines for cleaning, COVID-19, and RSU5 policies