Policy: Students continue medications from home in accordance to doctors instructions. Guides administer using med procedure. True North staff (except therapist, doctor, & psychiatrist), will not judge, change, modify or interrupt medication. employees do not discuss personal opinions on medications.
- Lead guide carries & administers prescriptions/ over the counter meds. Never unattended. If Lead Guide is ever incapacitated or unable to administer med, they will contact on call staff for help/
1) DO NOT TAKE EYES OFF STUDENT
2) Put medication in students hand
3) Have student show pills placed on tongue
4) have student drink water to swallow med (always)
5) Have student open mouth wide & inspect all parts of their mouth to insure they have swallowed the med. They will pull lips away from teeth top, bottom, sides. lift tongue & tilt head back so guide can check the top of their mouth.
6) ask student to gargle water, swallow it, cough loudly, and blow air through lips
if medications are not in week-long bubble pack, lead guide needs to notify operations at the 8:00 call in when there are 10 days or less left.
Policy: protect students from over-exertion & environmental hazards
Do not exceed ability of weakest member at any time. hike as fast as slowest person.
if student will not hike, contact on call staff for support & to determine if it is ok to camp at current location. Support staff or therapist will join to facilitate movement or alternative action.
groups carry all necessary gear to stay safe in extreme weather: Maps, tarps, sleeping bags, food, gps, med kit, weather hear, filter, shovel, fire pan etc...
guides responsible for knowing condition of students gear to ensure safety.
Groups carrt all ear, nothing is left unattended on state land
when temperature is above 90 or below 10, groups do not hike. Guides will be given up to hour forecasts daily at 8am call in. Can contact on call staff for weather at any time if concerned for student safety. Each TN group carries a water filtration system. If jugs of filtered water is not available, all collected water must be filtered or boiled for at least 3 min.
To protect each families right to confidentiality, all personal information, assessments, behaviors, placements, etx... that is observed or determines during enrollment is confidential. employees must maintain confidentiality.
limit extraneous information through speaking directing to appropriate party involved (e.g. course leader, on call staff etc..). not using last names over radio, shred sensitive paperwork, do not discuss condifential work related concerns within earshot of non-employees (including students in other TN groups or students attending at different times).
Guides cant with hold secrets students wish to not be divulged to course leaders, other students, parents, etc...
Employees sign confidentiality agreement
Policy: dress appropriately & smilar to students to role model & gauge health & safety of students in any weather conditions
Procedure: Clothing in good condition, no logos or markings not associated with manufacturer. Field directors determine appropriateness of clothing when questions arise.
head: warm winter hat, baseball cap, sun hat, depending on conditions. Sunglasses are ok.
Top layer: loosefitting long sleeve button up shit, fleece layer, or down/synthetic jacket. Long underwear or other tight fitting layers are not appropriate for outerwear.
Bottom layer: at min, loose fitting quick dry or work pants, fleece pants, rain pants, or ski pants.
footwear: match students hiking shoes or boots. Camp shoes - croc type shoes, sandal with strap, or down booties. Footwear mus be work at all times. (note: if student is at risk of running away, guides must be wearing boots, not camp shoes).
Jewelry: no jewelry except watched and wedding bands.
hair: professional and appropriate. natual looking & well groomed.
Facial Hair: well maintained & in traditional styles.
Match students laters as close as possible (provides awareness, builds rapport)
exceptions myst be granted in advance by Field Department
Policy: When student is at risk of running or they have attempted, student is put on run watch. Guide can use discretion to apply run watch procedure whenever - immediately call on call staff who gets in contact with course leader. Student must write contract to help determine duration of run watch, STUDENT REMAINS ON run watch until course leader confirms otherwise.
Procedure: When student is on run watch, take all precautions to reduce ability to run. Lead guide fills out incident report.
1. one employee always within arm reach. If the student needs privacy, is accompanied by the same ender guide who is withing eyesight of another employee. Still in arms reach, guide can turn away from student who will count loudly until privacy isnt needed.
2. guides keep all students footwear for run watch unless: hiking, going to the bathroom, walking through camp, walking to shelter. Footwear is kept out of sight & out of reach & secure from all students at any other time.
3. mark days on run watch in red book & mention during call in every day
4. in cold months, can wear down booties
5. students dont move around camp without footwear or with only down booties
6. at night, student sleeps in own shelter connected and open to guide shelters, sleeping closest to guide of same gender. Guides collect extra items before bed (e.g. socks, jacket, backpack).
7. Guides update the operations dept. at morning call in daily on status of students on watch
8. in coordination with course leader, guides facilitate process of student writing in contract/agreement to end watch.