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Holding Steady

This letter was sent to the Snow Farm community by email. 

Dear Snow Farm friends,

It's hard to believe we are in the homestretch of the 2021 season. The air feels like fall as the sun shines on the fields and foothills that surround the Snow Farm campus. Living and working in rural western MA throughout the Covid crisis has indeed been a saving grace; I see more turkeys than cars on my 50-minute commute, and we certainly have more trees than people here at Snow Farm. The wide open spaces and sprawling farm-like setting has always been a draw - and maybe even more so today.

As you probably know, Snow Farm has been operating under a Covid Containment Plan since August 2020. Since then, I'm happy to report we've successfully welcomed over a thousand students to campus. On evaluations, these students have reported feeling comfortable and safe, and also inspired, rejuvenated, and grateful to Snow Farm for fulfilling our mission to "awaken and nourish the life-changing power of creativity." There have been no known cases of Covid-19 associated with attendance at Snow Farm. I'm so proud of how the Snow Farm community has thrived, despite the difficulties of the past year; we are well into planning for 2022!

Throughout the pandemic, when restrictions were implemented and when they were lifted, Snow Farm followed guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with confidence. We continue to pay close attention to any changes. Currently, Massachusetts has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country with over 4.5 million people fully vaccinated, and western MA counties are seeing very low case counts. We remain confident that our current guidelines are both necessary and adequate to serve the health and safety of our community.

As a reminder, here's what you can expect at Snow Farm.

Masks:

  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated is required to wear a mask indoors, and outside when 6' of distance is not possible.
  • Fully vaccinated people can choose to wear a mask or not, except in the dining hall, where masks are required for everyone when not eating or drinking.
  • Vaccinated individuals who are at increased risk from COVID-19, or who live with someone at increased risk, are advised to wear a mask at all times indoors.
  • Mask policies are based on individual trust; Snow Farm will not ask about or verify anyone's vaccination status.
  • Lastly, some instructors may ask for slightly different mask procedures within their studio. In that case, the information will be posted on their class page, and we will communicate with the enrolled students at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of class.

Workshop classes continue to have reduced maximums so that there are no more than 10 people total in a studio, including faculty. Classes are treated as pods and housed together whenever possible.

Double rooms are only available to people traveling together.

Dining hall tables are spread apart and plenty of outdoor dining space, including the patio with propane heaters, is available.

Work stations in studios have Plexiglass barriers installed or available. All studio spaces continue to be well ventilated, with screen doors and extra fans for increased air circulation. Please bring some warm layers to accommodate cooler weather.

Our flexible refund policy ensures that students are comfortable with their choice. With respect to our busy staff and our finances, please, if possible, make your decision two weeks in advance of your workshop.

Wipes and hand sanitizer are available throughout campus and our thorough cleaning processes continue.

We've heard from many of you how important Snow Farm is during these times of uncertainty. We take seriously our responsibility to be a resource and a respite.

As always, Snow Farm will continue to have open and frequent communication. Don't hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions or concerns

I thank you in advance for working with us to maintain a safe and productive environment.

See you soon,

Mary Jo Murphy

Executive Director

 

 

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