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Our COVID-19 Guidelines

(as of January 1, 2021) See and share our video!

2020StudentsMaskedMarineLab has always made the safety and health of our attendees and staff its top priority and will continue to do so.  Pending additional guidance from local, state, and federal agencies, plus the American Camping Association, we are implementing these policies for programs through June 2021.  Scheduling & Cleaning | Parental Information


In conformance with Monroe County ordinances, all students and staff are required to wear masks throughout the day except:


Frequent mask breaks will be given throughout the day.

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Regular Group Onsite Programs

The MarineLab campus will accommodate only 1 school/group or 2 very small school/groups on site at a time.

One single group will be limited to a maximum of 45 participants to allow us to spread everyone out amongst all of the dorm rooms, classrooms, boats, and cafeteria seating to maintain social distancing protocols. 

If two small groups, each group is limited to 18 participants housed on opposite ends of the building and with separate meal times. Our protocol for field trips, labs, and classroom activities has always included separating groups.   

Beds in the dormitories are set up to ensure at least 6 feet distance between students' heads while sleeping. Dorm ventilation is enhanced with constant filtering and air exchange.

There will be a minimum of 8 hours between the departure of one group and the arrival of the next to allow our housekeeping staff extra time to deep clean and disinfect all surfaces, using guidelines published by the CDC.

We continually monitor food service guidelines and have adjusted how we serve meals and drinks as recommended by government authorities including the Health Department.

We will limit the normal rotation of MarineLab staff so that each group of students is working with the same instructor and boat captain as much as possible. 

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Parental information


Each family is housed in its own dorm room, eats at its own table, and has its own boat, boat captain, and instructor during the course of the program.

No more than three families of 8 people in each family group are on the property at the same time. Considering the size of our campus, that leaves lots of room to practice your social distancing!

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