Big Sur Land Trust COVID Policy
This policy applies to all members of the BSLT community, including staff, interns, volunteers, service learners, donors, special event participants, and board members.
Quarantine and Isolation
BSLT community members who are experiencing symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, runny nose/congestion, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, etc.), have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or have COVID-19 can use the CDC’s COVID-19 QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION CALCULATOR to determine if they need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19. All instructions and precautions should be followed, including those listed at the end of the decision tree, under ‘What precautions should I take?’.
Please note that BSLT community members who are experiencing any symptoms, regardless of exposure or testing, are prohibited from coming into the office or to any work-related gatherings and must notify their supervisor immediately. Resumption of in-person contact shall be according to the CDC’s COVID-19 QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION CALCULATOR.
BSLT staff who have recently travelled by plane or attended large gatherings (e.g., conferences) should assume exposure and follow CDC guidance:
- Wear a mask around other people for a minimum of 10 days, and;
- Test for COVID-19 at 5 days.
Indoor spaces (BSLT office, BSLT vehicles, indoor meetings and gatherings):
- Masks required:
- Guests and visitors must wear masks when entering the office and while riding in vehicles with BSLT staff or guests and their masks shall remain on at the discretion of staff.
- As specified for travel, above.
- Masks strongly recommended:
- In all communal and high-touch spaces including lobbies, the conference room, kitchens and bathrooms (at all times). Masks are optional in private office spaces.
- Masks optional, unless required by guidelines above.
All BSLT community members, including staff, interns, volunteers, special event participants, and service learners must be prepared to show proof of up-to-date vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of their attendance of a BSLT event (indoor/outdoor).
Unvaccinated staff are required to self-administer weekly COVID-19 tests and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of a public BSLT event or work-related gathering.
This vaccination policy applies to:
- Special event participants
- Service learners
Vaccination is not required of youth community members (K-12). See additional guidance below.
Participants of Big Sur Land Trust events will receive this notice 24 hours prior to attending:
- Vaccination required. Event participants must be prepared to show proof of up-to-date vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours.
- Well-fitting masks must be worn while riding in any vehicles with BSLT staff or guests. If you have traveled by plane or attended a large conference within 10 days, please wear a mask while around people.
- If symptomatic, stay home. If you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 10 days, please remain home and join us again soon for another event.
Youth Community Members
Big Sur Land Trust COVID-19 policy for youth engaged in BSLT youth education programs will adhere to the current guidance followed by the Monterey Public Unified School District. This includes:
- Adherence to CDC guidelines. The CDC’s COVID-19 QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION CALCULATOR should be used to determine if individuals need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.
- Teach and reinforce proper handwashing to lower the risk of spreading viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Ensure adequate supplies to support hand hygiene behaviors, including soap, tissues, no-touch trashcans, and hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol for staff and children who can safely use hand sanitizer.
- Follow CDPH recommendations to improve indoor air quality in indoors spaces to mitigate against COVID-19.
- In general, routine cleaning is enough to sufficiently remove the virus that causes COVID-19 from surfaces. If disinfectants are used, use asthma-safer products.
- Guidance are updated regularly in advance of each school year and according to changing conditions, e.g., COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools to Support Safe In-Person Learning, 2022-2023 School Year (release date: June 30, 2022)
Thank you for your participation and support in our work to promote healthy lands, healthy people, and healthy communities!