Spring Mountain Campus Information
Thursday, April 28 – Friday, April 29
The 3rd Grade spring trip is full of adventure! Students and their accompanying adults will hike at Mountain Campus, where they’ll ID plants and make connections to their science work at school. They’ll participate in team building challenges and visit the Low Ropes Course, and will enjoy games and a campfire, too!
Typically, 3rd grade is a transition year for our students at Mountain Campus when they move from a model where an adult accompanies every child to just a small number of parents/guardians attending as chaperones. This allows students to begin to spread their wings in anticipation of their 4th grade fall trip when, for the first time, no parents attend.
Given the pandemic and the limited exposure this year’s 3rd grade has had to Mountain Campus, we’re holding off on this transition and sending 3rd graders on the spring trip each accompanied by a parent or guardian. During the trip, there will be both group activities and activities designed for one-on-one fun and bonding between each student and the adult who is with them. If this is a challenge for your family due to work commitments, other children, or other extenuating circumstances, please let us know. Our goal is to work together to make sure the trip is successful for each child and each family.
NOTE: ALL attendees must provide evidence of full vaccination (including available boosters) or submit proof a negative COVID-19 rapid test administered the morning of the trip.
Families in Grades K-3 drive on their own to Mountain Campus, arriving by 10:45 a.m. on the first day and leaving after lunch on the second day. The address for mobile mapping is 618 Tatum Trail, Luray, VA, and we recommen allotting two hours for the trip, depending on your starting location.
If you do not have access to a car or would like to drive with others and need help with a carpool, please contact the 3rd Grade homeroom teachers at email@example.com.
Each child and parent/guardian will be assigned to a yurt with three or four other adult/child pairs. The yurts are spacious and equipped with bunk beds and a small changing tent for those who would like privacy while getting dressed. You will receive an online form to complete closer to departure to indicate who will be joining your child on the trip. Yurt assignments are made by teachers based on the social-emotional needs of the class and will be shared with you when you arrive at Mountain Campus.
We recognize we have varying levels of comfort with COVID-19 precautions in our community and for this spring, we are offering an alternative to sharing a yurt overnight with other families. If staying in the yurt is outside your comfort zone due to COVID-19, you and your child may choose to pitch and stay in your own tent. We have tents you can borrow, and you will be asked to indicate your choice on the online form when you share who will be accompanying your child.
To participate in Mountain Campus trips, ALL students must have the following three forms on file with us. Please log in to your Magnus Health account through Sheridan Central and confirm that each have been completed
- Camp Horizons form
- COVID-19 Waiver
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccine uploaded into Magnus or an email to School Nurse Caroline Gates advising of the student’s COVID-19 vaccination status
MEDICATION AT MOUNTAIN CAMPUS
For students in Grades K-3, parents/guardians are responsible for bringing and administering all prescription and/or over-the-counter medications while at Mountain Campus. Sheridan will have first aid supplies on hand, but we ask that the adult accompanying your child bring all medications — prescription and over-the-counter — that your child may need during the trip.
The packing list below is a guide for what you’ll need during your trip to Mountain Campus. In general, you’ll be participating in active, outdoor adventures that will require comfortable tennis shoes and layers for warm or cool weather. Nights can be chilly in late April!