COVID-19 Practices and Planning
Updated January 31, 2023
For 2023, Adventure Treks will be working with Cornerstone Safety Group to advise on medical, risk management, and mental health services for our students and staff. Additionally, they will advise on our health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 policies and procedures.
Since our inception in 1993, the health and safety of our students and instructors has been a top priority, and we have always taken measures to minimize the risk of spreading communicable diseases. It’s important that our families understand our efforts to manage everyone’s health and safety, and how we are focused on taking all reasonable measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. It’s also important to recognize that no one can guarantee an environment free of risk from contracting a communicable disease like COVID-19.
For summer and fall 2023, Adventure Treks strongly encourages all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and up-to-date on any boosters as recommended by the CDC.
Above all, we promise to continue operating with the ingenuity, discipline, trust, and work ethic that we have always delivered, and we will continue to communicate our plans and protocols with parents.
Please understand this is a living document, and we will continue to adjust our programming, schedule, and protocols to match current research and science. If our policies change, we will notify families via email.
For international families flying into the United States: It is your responsibility to stay updated on what the United States’ entry requirements are for travelers coming from your country.
In the 10 days leading up to the trip, all students should minimize exposure to COVID-19 by:
- Wearing a mask in public spaces and when using public transportation, avoiding large crowds when possible (especially in indoor spaces), practicing good hygiene like frequent hand-washing, and practicing social distancing.
- Adhering to local guidance and the CDC’s current requirements and recommendations.
Monitoring students’ health
In the 10 days leading up to the trip, families should monitor for COVID or other symptoms. If a student becomes ill, they should not travel to Adventure Treks.
Please consider purchasing program and travel insurance to protect against illness and injury and other unforeseen circumstances.
PPE at Adventure Treks
At this time, Adventure Treks will not require students to wear masks. However, students may be required to wear a mask this summer, including (but not limited to) the following instances:
- When social distancing is not possible when in contact with the general public
- When required by any third-party outfitter
- When required by local laws
Students must bring their own masks.
Testing at Adventure Treks
If a student starts exhibiting symptoms of an illness, they will be isolated and tested. If a student tests positive for COVID-19 or any other communicable disease:
- They may depart early from the trip. Families will be notified as soon as possible, and healthcare providers may be consulted.
- Families must make arrangements to pick up their child within 36 hours of testing positive and being notified. The costs associated with testing and additional travel and lodging are the family’s responsibility.
In addition, the entire group may need to quarantine for a period of time as determined by local health authorities or by our medical director. Again, we strongly suggest families purchase insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage.
After Adventure Treks
All families are responsible for knowing and following any guidelines that apply to their student’s return to their country/state/province. It is the family’s responsibility to provide any testing materials their student may need in order to return to their country/state/province.
In the event a student tests positive within five days of returning home, families are asked to inform Adventure Treks so further communication can be made if necessary.