BOSS COVID-19 RESPONSE
Dear BOSS community,
We will be running all our courses for 2021. Peer organizations have been running courses successfully this winter, and we believe we can run ours safely all season, barring unforeseen developments.
That said, COVID safety for students and staff this season will be a critical part of the year for BOSS and the Boulder community. We take our responsibility for student and staff safety very seriously.
In early April, our medical advisor has recommended we update our COVID protocols based on new information and data from peer organizations.
Here are our requirements for our students (and staff) for the 2021 BOSS season:
Before coming to BOSS
- We ask all students and staff to be meticulously responsible for the 10 days leading up to and during their travel to BOSS: please avoid all unnecessary contact with people not in your household.
- Get a COVID test in the three days before you travel: a negative test result from a PCR test from within three days of your travel is required for you to join your course.
While traveling to BOSS
Please follow CDC guidelines for travel:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
When you arrive at BOSS (at our shuttle or at our property if you are driving)
- We will give you a rapid COVID test (antibody test). A positive test result will exclude you from the course.
- You will form a pod with your coursemates and instructors. Expect distancing, and masks when that is not possible.
- Expect daily temperature checks. If any student shows signs/symptoms of COVID-19, they will be given a rapid COVID test. If that test gives a positive result, they will be evacuated from the course.
Our staff will be subject to the same requirements, and will additionally receive frequent COVID testing throughout the season.
Because at this time we do not feel we have enough data on the potential for vaccinated individuals to carry and spread COVID-19, we are requiring everyone to follow these same protocols.
- Peer organizations
- SouthWest Utah Public Health Department
- BOSS medical advisors