Here is a resource outlining how we are handling program operations during the Covid-19 pandemic and the ever-evolving situation here at Summit Achievement.
While our campus is quite isolated up here in Maine, we are very aware of the risk of Covid-19 finding its way onto our campus. While we cannot eliminate all risk of this possibility, we are doing all that we can to minimize exposure.
In a time of uncertainty, we feel that our services are crucial to continue to provide to our clients. However, we want to make sure we are taking appropriate steps to protect our campus and community.
Here are some of what we have put into place to deal with Covid-19:
- We have suspended all family visits for the time being. We will continue to monitor this developing situation, but want to make sure that we are limiting contact for our students and families with the broader population.
- We are asking families to not be on campus for graduation and transition circles and instead will be audio recording these events for families.
- We are asking all staff to practice social distancing when off shift and to take their temperature every day before coming to work. No staff member will be allowed on campus if they have a fever or cough, or have been in the recent company of someone who has these symptoms.
- A reserve of guide staff has agreed to self-quarantine off-site to be ready to step in to replace others when needed.
- Program, academic, and clinical staff are on a rotation that minimizes comings and goings from campus while still providing necessary coverage in person and by phone/video conference.
- We are committed to keeping one cabin on campus unoccupied to have a safe place to quarantine sick staff or students should it become necessary
- We are prepared to isolate our campus should it become necessary. We have been preparing for this possible situation and have a stockpile of food, medical supplies, hand sanitizer, and even toilet paper to serve our community’s needs. We are asking all staff to come to work to be prepared to be quarantined and have protocols in place from our medical director to mitigate the spread of a virus should it appear on our campus.
- All unnecessary contract work from outside our organization has been suspended.
- All deliveries to campus (mail, UPS, FedEx) are being dropped off outside. The food orders will be dropped off in our greenhouse, which is adjacent to the kitchen.
- Traverse will continue to refrain from going into town, but rather do outdoor activities on the weekend away from crowds (mostly in Evan’s Notch).
- All future enrollments are required to self-quarantine at home for 7 days. They will be provided with a detailed set of instructions and will be required to document their temperature for seven days before traveling to campus. Enrolling students must travel to campus by car, and their parents are not allowed onto campus. Please see our detailed enrollment criteria below.
- We have provided a rental home for staff to stay in for the foreseeable future if they feel that their housing situation is compromised, or that through their work at Summit they are compromising their home situation (sick family members, high-risk roommates or family members etc.)
- We continue to follow the recommendations from the National and Maine Center for Disease Control on ways to mitigate transmission.
- We hope that these steps can help mitigate risk for our campus community. Unfortunately, like in all we do, it is impossible to eliminate all risks, yet it is our hope that these steps can help mitigate risk for our campus and community.
For Enrolling New Clients & Families
We are asking new students to self-quarantine for 7 days before arriving on campus.
- Stay in your own room whenever possible and use your own bathroom if available.
- Minimize trips outside of the house. You can do so to exercise or go for a walk (If you are outside exercising, you need to be at least 6 feet away from people at all times).
- Minimize interaction with pets
- Try to minimize any sharing of dishes or food.
- You need to go a week with no fever or cough (which will require taking your temperature daily and providing us documentation).
- Your family members that have been living with you also need to have no fever or cough for 7 days (which will require taking their temperature daily and providing us documentation.)
- Do your best to stay 6 feet away from family members all week.
- We will need to interview the enrolling student on the phone the night before their enrollment to verify that they have been following these procedures. Upon arriving at Summit we will ask the parent to stay in the car. We will take the parent’s temperature as well as the temperature of the enrolling student before having the student get out of the car to enroll. The parent orientation and paperwork will be handled remotely by phone and/or video conference.
- As Traverse enrollments are coming from a wilderness program versus home like in Achievement, we would be happy to discuss each case individually to come up with the safest plan for their transportation and isolation period. Please contact our Admissions Director to discuss further.