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COVID-19 Protocol Update

November 2nd, 2021 By Calla

In late August as Colorado bounced between CDPHE levels Blue (Caution) and Yellow (Concern), we felt we could safely conduct in-person meetings and events. Since then, the Delta variant has proven to be a pesky variant. As circumstances have changed, we have re-evaluated the safety risks associated with holding in-person events for participants from various regions of the state. Given the current community transmission level for most of Colorado is at Orange (High Risk) or worse as defined by the CDPHE, we are postponing the in-person portion of our Coach’s Training for November. First-year coaches should still participate in the online self-paced portion and the live webinar as scheduled. We hope to offer the in-person portion in early December or early January and until then, we encourage coaches to view Odyssey Academy to bridge the gap.

Moving forward and not knowing what the future holds, we have developed how CO Odyssey will conduct events relative to the current CDPHE COVID-19 Status. Please view our COVID-19 Protocol for more information and what to expect as the community transmission level changes.

When we do hold in-person events we expect participants to be truthful and honest as to their current status. Please stay home if sick or self-quarantine if any participants have been exposed to or in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) to a symptomatic person. Please follow all protocols including proper mask wearing, cough & sneeze etiquette, frequent hand sanitizing and social distancing. We will verify the host facility has followed CDPHE guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting along with providing hand sanitizer, and disinfecting materials prior to use. As an organization, our goal is to safely return to in-person events by following these guidelines. We don’t want to contribute to the problem, we want to be part of the solution.

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COVID 19 PROTOCOL

September 20th, 2021 By Calla

We know kids benefit more from this program when conducted in person. While we creatively problem solved a virtual season for 2020, it is not a long term solution. Our goal this year is to safely return to in person events so kids can experience some sort of normalcy after a year and a half of being resilient learners. Safety is our number one concern and we want to ensure we do our part to prevent the spread of this virus. Therefore and until the Level of Community Transmission decreases, we will have the following standards for in person events:

  • Adhere to your local school district policies
  • Participants who are eligible for the vaccine must be vaccinated for the COVID virus OR have a negative COVID test in the last 72 hours
  • Participants will wear masks over their mouth and nose at all times
  • Participants will social distance whenever possible
  • Areas, surfaces and materials will be sanitized before and after use
  • If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID 19 (or any infectious disease), do not participate till you are symptom free for 24 hours.

Hopefully these preventive measures will be short-lived. These policies will be on the honor system and if a case is traced back to an in person Odyssey of the Mind event, we will be requesting documentation and assisting with any contact tracing. We all want to return to normal and we appreciate our coaches, team members, and volunteers being part of the solution.

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Welcome Back!

September 20th, 2021 By Calla

Welcome back to another great season of Odyssey of the Mind in Colorado where creative problem solving is at its peak!

Curious about this year’s Long Term Problems? Read the
2021-2022 Long Term Problem Synopses
or watch this video on Odyssey of the Mind HQ YouTube channel
2021-2022 Long Term Problems

Once your school submits its national registration either online or through your Regional Director if more than 10 schools from the same district, you will receive access to the full problems! Please note there will be a price increase for national memberships effective October 16th. Until then, the same rate since 1993 will be in effect, $135 for full access to the long term problems and field up to 5 teams per problem per division plus Primary teams for schools who have K-2 grades. In the meantime, be sure to access our CO Odyssey Member Materials Google Drive folder for the School Coordinators Starter Kit, Member Packet and more!

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One Program-Two Platforms-Six Problems

August 3rd, 2020 By Calla

EXCITING NEWS!

Because OMers know there are many solutions to a problem, Odyssey of the Mind will offer 2 types of memberships – Classic, the traditional in person opportunity where it is safe, available and of course legal; and a Virtual membership! CO Odyssey will share more about this exciting option plus our plans to support coaches, teams and the program at the membership level at a School Coordinators Meeting on Tues Aug. 25th at 7 pm. Look for an e-newsletter midday today to all our members to learn more with login information for this important meeting.

 

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2020-2021 Season

June 4th, 2020 By Calla

Soon we will be starting discussions within our leadership team with regards to the 2020-2021 season and alternative plans. While we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves, we do recognize the need to start developing a Plan B (partial virtual) season and a Plan C (100% virtual) season. We want to make sure we have identified the what, how, where and who to operate in a partial or 100% virtual environment. If there is any group well prepared to do this, it is everyone in Odyssey of the Mind because we all know creative problem solving is a journey, not a destination.

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Enjoy The Summer

June 1st, 2020 By Calla

Colorado Odyssey will be on Summer Break till Aug. 1st and we will be checking email periodically during this time. In the meantime, check out the Long Term Problem Synopsis for next year under our Quick Links and fun & interesting posts on our Facebook page over the summer. We look forward to seeing coaches, coordinators and teams in the fall.

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CO Odyssey Season Coming To A Close

March 20th, 2020 By Calla

Hi Coaches, Coordinators, Judges & Volunteers,

 

With a heavy heart we are making the decision to cancel the rest of the season but believe it is the right decision given all our families are dealing with now and for the foreseeable future. Tracy, Paula, Kathy and I have reviewed the results of the survey, and while many want to continue the season if it is safe, the ability to hold an in person tournament on April 25th, the week kids are scheduled to return to in person classes, would only add more strain on coaches, teams, judges and volunteers at a time when they have more important priorities. The option of a video or live streaming was discussed however, with Governor Polis instructions to limit group gatherings to less than 10 and the burden this places on families, judges and our volunteer leadership team to figure it all out was more than I wanted to put on people. My concern for Odyssey and the kid’s experience is outweighed by concern and empathy for our families and all they are burdened with during this time.

 

If Worlds is held, we will figure out a way to move those teams forward if we have more teams interested in participating than is allowed by CCI. In the meantime, please check out our Facebook page as we are posting daily online resources, activities, virtual field trip opportunities, and more during this at home time period.

 

Also, we would like to plan a creativity festival sometime this summer with areas for performances, spontaneous problems, giant jenga, bbq and whatever else our creative problem solving brains can imagine. For now, thanks for your patience, support, and kind words during this ever changing time. Stay well and I know we will get through this together with teamwork and creative problem solving.

 

Calla Pott

Association Director

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Response To New CDC Recommendations

March 16th, 2020 By Calla

Hello Coaches, Coordinators, Judges & Volunteers,

Given the recent CDC recommendation to ban all events of 50 or more people for 8 weeks except for businesses, K-12 and higher learning, Tracy, Paula, Kathy and I will be discussing back up plans to back up plans to back up plans. We can all appreciate this is an ever changing situation. Please know we are staying on top of these updates and need time to reevaluate, develop new contingency plans, and work with the Odyssey of the Mind main office. We will communicate with you all as soon as decisions have been made and we are trying to do this as quickly as possible when new directives are issued.

 

Keep being creative problem solvers, practice social distancing and suspend practices for the immediate future, wash your hands often, sneeze/cough into your elbow, and stay away from others if not feeling well.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate a new and quickly evolving situation. We wish you and your families good health during this time.

 

Calla Pott
State Association Director

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State Tournament & World Finals Updates

March 13th, 2020 By Calla

 

We want to keep you up to date regarding the State Tournament currently scheduled for Saturday, April 4th. We (Tracy, Paula, Kathy & I) will decide no later than next Friday so we are outside the 14-day incubation period. There will be several factors that will go into the decision:

 

* Guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

* School districts return to in person classes. At this time most districts have stated they will be returning March 30, DPS is the only one extending to April 6th because of their previously scheduled spring break. Obviously, this is subject to change.

* School district permission to use school facilities for large gatherings. CHSAA has currently prohibited all spring sports events and practices till April 6th.

* Number of new cases in CO – increasing, decreasing or stabilizing

 

We do have a backup date of April 25th in Ft. Collins, but if we can go on April 4th, we will so teams have as much time as possible to fundraise for World Finals.

 

Speaking of World Finals, we would like to update you about the Odyssey of the Mind 2020 World Finals at Iowa State University. Planning is still underway at Odyssey HQ. The staff of Iowa State University are hard at work ensuring the cleanest, safest campus environment possible. They are extending their Spring break to do this. Meanwhile, the Odyssey HQ staff is diligently monitoring the situation pertaining to COVID-19. We understand that there is a lot of fear surrounding the health and safety of everyone who participates in Odyssey tournaments, whether they are team members, coaches, or volunteers. We remain hopeful that the mitigation plans put in place by organizations and governments around the world will enable safe gatherings and travel for late May. Please check the CCI’s Healthcare Update page for updated information.

 

Certainly, we are not going to do anything that would put kids and adults in harm’s way. The COVID-19 situation is changing constantly, and please know Tracy, Paula, Kathy & I are monitoring the situation and we’ll keep you informed with regards to the State Tournament and World Finals as we learn more and decisions are made.

 

Calla Pott

Association Director

Colorado Odyssey of the Mind

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Longs Peak & Mt Evans Regional Tournaments Canceled

March 12th, 2020 By Calla

It is with great sadness for the kids that we will cancel our regional tournaments this weekend, March 14th. These teams will be advanced to the State Tournament on April 4th. We are inquiring about facility availability on Saturdays and Sundays beyond April 4th through May 3rd, except April 12th (Easter Sunday), should the situation not be improved by then.

 

It is imperative that everyone do their part to minimize the spread of this virus including following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) Public Health Recommendations.

 

We will keep you informed via email, our Colorado Odyssey website and Facebook going forward. Thank you for your patience, concerns and support as we evaluated the quickly evolving situation and do what is in the best interest of the kids, families and teams.

 

Also, please know at this time, World Finals is still a go at the end of May. Keep up to date via the Odyssey of the Mind website Health Care Update page

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