To all of our Constituents regarding COVID-19
Updated Jan. 21, 2022
COVID-19 continues to be a high level management priority, assuring we do everything possible to maintain the good health and well-being of our Members, Staff, and the Communities we serve. We are watching carefully as the delta variant escalates the pandemic, and regularly monitoring the increase in COVID infections in our states of operation.
COVID-19 Operations Protocols:
Our senior program team, Northwest Youth Corps’ Physician Advisor Greg Moore; Dave McEvoy of Aerie Backcountry Medicine and Steve Smith of Experiential Consulting collaborated to create a set of protocols for operating our programs in a COVID-19 environment, which have served as a model for Corps around the country.
Northwest Youth Corps’ COVID-19 Operations Protocols are a living document and are continually updated as we learn more about managing hygiene and safety in the Coronavirus world. Take a look at our current protocols here.
Our COVID-19 Task Force meets weekly to evaluate progress and concerns, and regularly interacts with senior leadership of our agency partners and other Conservation Corps to assess our progress and to learn from our community of practice nationwide. We remain alert to increases of infection and variants that are occurring throughout the country.
Covid-19 Vaccine Requirements
Due to the heightened infectiousness of the Delta (and other emergent) variant(s); the recently inaugurated policy requirements of our federal, state and local partners; and our own organizational concern for the safety of our staff, members, students, and the communities we serve, the following vaccine requirement is in effect:
Northwest Youth Corps, Idaho Conservation Corps and Twin Rivers Charter School will now require all staff members to (1) either share proof of covid-19 vaccination or (2) to apply for – and be granted – a religious or medical exemption to this requirement by October 31, 2021.
Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps will additionally require all field staff, members and interns to show proof of vaccination effective January 3, 2022 (some intern positions starting before this date may require an earlier vaccination requirement).
Our full vaccine policy may be accessed here
Utilizing our Eugene Headquarters:
While many staff are either in the field or working from home, we are utilizing our Eugene Campus to a far greater extent, under strict protocols for safety and hygiene (including distancing, air purification and utilizing PPE), supervised by our Operations Team. The COVID Task Force has completed protocols for fully reoccupying our facility in fall 2021, remaining flexible as events continue to unfold. Rentals of our public spaces remain suspended more info here, and public access to the Campus remains extremely limited.
Our Fall youth and young adult crews finished and we will next have winter crews starting in January. So far, we continue to operate with a record of zero COVID infections throughout our crews that we have fielded in three states since spring 2020.
Northwest Youth Corps Interns are successfully continuing their assignments by practicing appropriate workplace covid management practices in accordance with both our agency partner protocols and our physician advisor’s requirements.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.