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Policies & Procedures and FAQs


We are thrilled to welcome your child to our programs - we hope that you are excited as we are!  The Salish Sea School is dedicated to providing the highest quality marine inspired education. 


Our desire is to foster relentless curiosity, provide exposure to the wonders of the Salish Sea, and create student leaders in marine conservation.

We also hope to encourage healthy life skills and mindfulness practices to help build and maintain positive relationships, learn about the differences in others, and feel confident in the person each student is becoming. We cannot wait for a great time on the local shores and/or waterways!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to

  • participants with accommodations
    The Salish Sea School is committed to providing programs and services accessible to individuals with needs for accommodations. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Amy at (360) 900-2272 or at least 60 days before program start date to discuss how we may best accommodate your student's needs.
  • absence and/or illness
    Parents/guardians are responsible for notifying program personnel when a student will not be in attendance for the day. You can call and leave a message for registration at (360) 900-2272. Students that are not well enough to follow the day’s activities will not be allowed to attend camp. This includes campers with the following symptoms: vomiting, fever, early cold, discharging eyes, stomach pain, active rash, diarrhea, sore throat and/or nausea. If a student exhibits signs of illness during the program, they will be kept comfortable while the parent/guardian/emergency contact is notified. If no party can be reached and symptoms persist, the child’s physician will be notified, and their directions followed. The Salish Sea School will not pro-rate the cost of the program if a student is absent one or more days.
  • cancellation policy
    To enroll in the program, you must agree to these terms. Spring, Fall, Winter Programs: No refunds provided Summer programs: Initial enrollment deposit (if applicable)- non-refundable, no exceptions can be made. Remaining balance due 60 days prior to session. Cancellations between 31 and 60 days prior to session start date = $300 fee from remaining balance (in addition to deposit), Cancellations between 0 and 30 days prior to session start date = non-refundable, no exceptions. All cancellations must be submitted in writing and must be received in the above time frames.
  • behavioral guidelines
    To maintain a safe and cooperative setting, The Salish Sea School has specific policies and limitations that govern our facilities, personnel, and the behavior of each participant. It is important for us to provide positive, realistic expectations and guidelines for each student to ensure their success during the program. TSSS also has a strict policy regarding behavior and bullying. The atmosphere that is created during the program is intended to make all students feel physically safe. Compliance with imposed limits and policies of the facility and programs is expected. Should it become necessary to correct or resolve any dangerous or disruptive behavior, personnel will follow these steps: 1. Reasoning: Verbal communication between the participant and personnel where problems and solutions are identified. 2. Time away: Removal from specific activity which could mean an early drop-off or request to stay home for the next day. 3. Parent/guardian is requested to stay with the student for the majority of the program. If this is not possible, move to #4. 4. Dismissal from program: If the first three steps have been taken and the issue is unresolved the student will be removed from the program. Please note that refunds will not be given in such cases.
  • medical policies
    Medical Treatment: The Salish Sea School carries liability insurance only and does not provide health insurance. If a student requires medical care by a health professional, the parent/guardian is financially responsible. The Salish Sea School is NOT responsible for student medical expenses. You are responsible for providing us with the correct insurance and credit card information on your child’s updated medical form. In the event outside medical services are required including doctor, hospital services and medicine due to illness, all bills will be filed with the insurance card that you have provided for your child and the MasterCard or Visa number you have provided camp. In case of injury, The Salish Sea School's personnel will take the necessary steps to ensure proper emergency care, which may include treatment by personnel for minor injuries, phoning you for instructions, calling local EMS providers, or transporting your child to a doctor or emergency care facility. EMERGENCY PROCEDURE In the rare event of a serious illness/injury the following procedures will be followed: 1. Contact 911. 2. Administer immediate first aid/CPR. 3. Report incident to program coordinator, who will call parent/guardian or emergency contact. 4. Transport to nearest hospital (if necessary). 5. File accident/medical report PARENTAL NOTIFICATION It is very important that you provide us with complete emergency contact information. If you are traveling, please list an itinerary and phone numbers where you can be reached. In the case of any injury that requires medical attention, we will make every attempt to contact you prior to treatment. In the event you cannot be reached, we will have on file your written authorization to treat an injury. STUDENT MEDICATION Parents/guardians of participants needing to take prescription or over-the-counter medications during program hours must fill out the appropriate forms ("Provider parent permissions required for independent medication use and carry") before the start of the program. Students need A SEPARATELY FILLED OUT FORM for each medication. This will provide the necessary information and authorization for designated personnel to dispense medications at specified dosages and times. Students needing to self-administer medications for life-threatening conditions may hold onto their medications at the discretion of the parent/guardian. All prescriptions must be current, and medication MUST be in original containers with the student's name, prescribing physician, dosage, and instructions for administering. If the dosage is different than indicated on the package, a doctor’s note and signature are required. Non-prescription medications may be taken only under specific instruction from parent/guardian or physician.
  • emergency policies
    To help ensure student safety, a certified adult for adult and child first aid/CPR will always be available. Please note that all medical treatment is at the discretion and judgment of program personnel. In case of a minor injury (skinned knee, for example), the student will be treated according to the discretion of personnel and the incident recorded. You will be notified of the injury during sign-out at the end of the day. In the case of a non-life-threatening injury (broken arm, for example), program personnel will notify the parent/guardian/emergency contacts and transport the child to a nearby medical facility. In the case of a potentially life-threatening injury or illness, program personnel will immediately contact emergency services, after which the parent/guardian/emergency contacts will be notified. Medical expenses incurred while participating in The Salish Sea School's marine summer programs are the sole responsibility of the student's parent/guardian.
  • insurance
    You, as the parent or guardian, are responsible for all medical costs incurred because of injury or illness during program participation.
  • non-discrimination policy
    The Salish Sea School makes all its decisions without regard to race, religion, color, gender identification, sexual orientation, and national origin.
  • recommended attire
    Our programs are all about having fun, enjoying, and exploring the outdoors - sometimes it can get windy near the water and sometimes feel 10+ degrees cooler. We have learned a warm camper is a happy camper! Layers are the best way to prepare for all types of weat her conditions. This includes warm layers, warm jacket, rain jacket, beanie, gloves, warm socks, sunhat, extra pair of socks, and closed-toe, comfortable, walking shoes. Please, no sandals. We strongly recommend your child not wear clothing items that you would mind getting dirty or stained. Every effort is made to return clearly marked items that are left behind; however, after 30 days of unclaimed belongings, the items will be donated to charity. Please feel free to mark your layers with your name for an easy return. For our spring and summer programs, please make sure your child is covered properly with sunscreen and Chapstick.
  • food
    We will take a short snack break each day; please make sure your child brings a snack and water bottle. Additionally, sometimes we hand-out candy prizes after games/activities. If this is not OK, please tell the teacher before the first day of class and we will have a substitute prize ready. If your child is enrolled in an all day program (longer than 3 hours), please pack a healthy lunch and let us know about any severe allergies.
  • daily program location
    Due to constantly changing water and weather conditions, the day's program schedule, focus, and travel location is subject to change.
  • sign-in and sign-out
    A parent/guardian/caretaker is required to sign your child in and out each day.
  • late pick-up
    Staff has work/personal obligations after closing time each day and/or we run back-to-back programs that require the teacher leave the camp location, it is imperative you pick up your student on time. Please consider weather/traffic conditions and have an alternative pick-up plan with neighbors, relatives, or friends to ensure on time pick-up. Please be mindful of the teacher’s time and arrive no later 5 minutes after scheduled pick-up time. If a child is not picked up on time, a $5 fine will be charged for the first 10 minutes and $5 for every 5-minute period thereafter. Payment is expected at time of pick up. If no means of immediate payment is possible, parents will be required to pay at drop off the next day. Director will be sole judge of waiving fees due to any uncontrollable circumstance. If a parent/guardian does not arrive for pick up within 30 minutes of pick-up time and staff has not been able to speak with a parent/guardian and/or all other contacts have been exhausted, police will be notified for assistance. Repetitive late pick-up or non-payment of late fees may result in suspension of class privileges.
  • values
    We have three values at our school: 1. Be kind to yourself 2. Be kind to others 3. Be kind to nature 4. Connect with each other 5. Have fun!
  • contact
    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (360) 900-2272 or
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