Dear Carlisle Families, Students, & Apprentices,
We hope that you are all staying healthy and well. We miss seeing you here with all the activity that makes up the rhythm and soul of the farm. The horses miss you all too, but we are grateful for the dedicated care given by the farm staff and the open air and beauty of the land to keep them exercised. The program staff has continued to meet weekly via Zoom to stay connected and prepare for a time when we can resume activities.
Many of you have called in to check on our re-opening plans. Thank you! We are just as anxious to begin as you likely are, however according to Gov. Mills’ most recent declaration, it is not entirely clear where equine facilities fall into these phases. We have asked for clarification from the State, and in the meantime, we are also preparing our Infection Control Plan and new program policies, which need to be compliant with OSHA, Maine CDC, and our own industry insurance and accreditation standards. At the very least, we anticipate a slow reopening with fully independent riders and ground-based program clients first, and later with other parts of the therapy programming involving more physical contact as deemed appropriate. All activities will take place with a schedule that spaces out students, operates primarily in an open air environment, limits access to common areas, all while practicing physical distancing, personal protection, and sanitation protocols.
As we get more information, we will be in touch with greater detail and a definite timeline. Our focus is on ensuring the safety of all of you and our employees. Thank you for your patience during this transition, and don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.
May 4, 2020