Students will be housed in a small hotel in Granada, a medium-size city on the shore of Lake Cocibolca. The hotel will feature double-occupancy rooms with private bathrooms, air conditioning, and WiFi, and also a kitchen that will provide morning meals and allow access in the evenings. Students will be picked up from the hotel and transported to the field site in the morning. After lunch students will be transported to the field laboratory for afternoon artifact processing and discussion of daily results before being returned to the hotel.
While rooms will be double occupancy, they will offer separate beds and sufficient area to maintain distance. Cleaning staff at the hotel will regularly clean and disinfect high traffic areas and materials, and will dispose of potentially contaminated materials. Laundry facilities will be available through the hotel.
All participants in a field school, students and staff, will wear masks while indoors (i.e. during lectures, during labs, in shared residential spaces, etc.). Roommates will form “pods”, or two-person groupings that limit their non-distanced social contact to one another for the duration of the field program.
Regular hand washing will be a part of the project’s daily schedule.
A light breakfast will be provided at the hotel. Lunch is typically the big meal of the day in the tropics, and will be provided in the field. No formal dinner is provided but the hotel kitchen will be stocked with food for evening snacking (there are also many restaurants in Granada for evening meals at students’ expense). Note that specialized diets are difficult to accommodate. Meals in the field will be prepared members of the Salablanca family, with lunch usually consisting of traditional rice, beans, vegetables, and occasional meat. Drinks are made from tropical fruit juices mixed with purified water. During sit-down meals where people are unmasked, care will be taken to maintain 6-ft of distance from those outside our two-person ‘pods’.