City Growers COVID-19 Protocol
August 23rd, 2021
Dear City Growers community,
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic, we want to update families and schools on our precautions to keep our communities healthy and how we will respond in the event of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 within our environment, and how we monitor the health of our employees.
Keeping our community safe and healthy is of the utmost concern. We are ensuring that all staff and students do the following when visiting the farm or participating in school activities with City Growers:
- Farm Workshops will have a maximum of 25 participants total, including adults and chaperones
- Masks are required at all times, regardless of vaccination status of all staff, visitors, and participants
- All programming is conducted outside whenever possible
- Shared equipment is sanitized following use
- Social distancing whenever possible
- Staff wash hands using soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer at the start of each workshop, before and after eating, after coming in from outdoors, when transitioning to another location or activity, and after touching their face
- Program activities are restructured to avoid interpersonal contact
- All staff, visitors, and participants are instructed to cough or sneeze into tissue, elbow, or mask – dispose of the tissue
- All staff, visitors, and participants are instructed to stay home when feeling ill
We are following guidance from the New York State Department of Health, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, NYC Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in regards to our response. All City Growers staff members are required to be vaccinated and are instructed to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination directly to the Executive Director. Cancellations and changes will be handled on a case by case basis. We are working with Brooklyn Grange, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the landlords at our Long Island City and Sunset Park locations to ensure that surfaces are cleaned and disinfected daily.
Staff who are ill or experiencing possible symptoms are instructed to remain at home and Program Managers will decide on how a possible shortage in staff may affect the program and reschedule if necessary. Staff are permitted to return to City Growers only after presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Staff who are well but are taking care of, or share a home with, someone with a case of COVID-19 are instructed to remain at home and quarantine following guidance from State health officials, that determine when it is safe for them to return to work.
The safety and health of our staff and participants remain our top priorities. You may visit www.citygrowers.org/COVID-19 for updated information.
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out. We can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 917-426-4002. Thank you for your cooperation and trust as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy.
The City Growers Team