Covid Update April 2nd, 2021

The Vaccines are here!  Many States have begun to open immunization appointments for the general population.  At the same time, Covid variants with greater transmission rates have been on the rise, and various countries and regions have seen increases in cases.  
The school continues to follow federal, state and county regulations closely as well as CDC requirements and recommendations.  Following is an update in regards to the school’s policy on vaccinations, and quarantines after air travel. 
General protocol:  For the foreseeable future, we will be doing what we’ve learned how to do over the last year:  Running socially distant programs safely.
  • Encouraging everyone who comes to a program to lower their exposure level starting 10 days prior to program. 
  • Encouraging traveling alone by car and only allowing carpooling in extenuating circumstances. 
  • Requesting quarantine after air travel.
  • Asking people to arrive prepared and avoid local business to minimize local spread.
Please take a look at our existing Covid Backcountry Protocol.
Protocol for Vaccinated folks:
What should I expect if I’m vaccinated and want to come to a program?
Per CDC guidelines, vaccinated participants will still be required to be a minimum of 6 feet apart (without wearing a mask), from non-vaccinated folks, and to wear a mask when closer than 6 feet.  However, they are not required to distance from other vaccinated people in the group.
Do I still have to quarantine post flight if I am vaccinated?
As of April 2, the CDC has released quarantine and testing requirements for domestic travel within the US.  

For international travel the following quarantine guidelines are in effect:

  • 7 days of quarantine with a viral test during days 3 -5 that turns out negative (total quarantine is 7 days). 
  • 10 day quarantine for those who do not get tested.


We are aware that the quarantine protocol makes it hard for people to attend who rely on flying from other countries, and we hope that general guidelines will relax more as cases come down.  There are many great Rites of Passage organizations around the world, please contact us for more information if you are from abroad and would like to consider a program with another ROP organization.
We are grateful that, even with these restrictions, we are able to guide once more.  Several of our staff are already vaccinated and others are in the process.  We are looking forward to being in the field again, and to sit in circle with you.  Visit our schedule for upcoming programs.
The Covid Response Council (Emerald North, Will Scott, Scot Deily, Petra Lentz-Snow)
P.S. Please note that the school will cancel programs if a COVID surge occurs in the area where the program was scheduled to take place (according to State and local mandates and local ICU capacity).


What will we make of the life before us?

How do we translate the gifts of solitary

beauty into the action required for true

participatory citizenship?

Terry Tempest Williams