Broadreach programs and COVID-19

Note: Our staff will update these FAQs regularly with more specific information as external guidelines change and our program dates draw closer. This is not our final policy, as the COVID-19 landscape continues to change rapidly. We are providing this as a preview of potential guidelines based on current circumstances. We will follow health expert guidance, country requirements and our years of risk management experience as we plan for the summer.

Summer Programs: COVID-19 FAQs

Yes. Student health and safety is our top priority.  In order to help protect both the Broadreach and host communities, we ask all students and staff to be fully vaccinated before coming on program for summer 2022. In addition to health concerns, host countries have various travel restrictions that may change at any time. Requiring vaccinations for our students and staff ensures minimal interruptions in our planned trips and itineraries.

We ask all students be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the trip. We also request that all students take part in a 7-day, pre-trip precautionary period before joining our program. During these 7 days, students should follow the health requirements and guidelines set by their local, state, federal, or any other health authority or governmental organization. We recognize that procedures may differ from student to student, but we ask all students to err on the side of caution during this period for the safety of their entire program. For all programs and destinations, Broadreach plans to require proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

For all programs and destinations, Broadreach plans to require proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Before travel day, we will provide students and parents information on any actionable protocols or procedures required by their destination country. Specific requirements vary from country to country, but typically include any number of the following:

 

+ Proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.

+ Pre-submission of health data forms to the Department of Health.

+ Arrival health check.

+ Presentation of proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within the timeframe determined by the country.

+ Laboratory name and contact details.

+ Student’s legal name.

+ Test taken, stating either PCR or RT-PCR.

+ Date and time of the sample.

We require students to take maximum personal health precautions while traveling to their program, including wearing a face mask during all points of travel, avoiding touching of the face, wearing gloves and washing hands with soap frequently. Upon arrival at the program start location, our students will undergo an onboarding process, which includes a general health and temperature check. Students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or having an elevated temperature will not be allowed to join the program until symptoms subside or another negative COVID-19 test is received.

Depending on availability, Broadreach may administer a COVID-19 test during the first week of a program. We may adjust itineraries before the program or during the program depending on current local conditions or protocols, and will physically distance to the greatest extent possible when in public and when around others who are not part of the group. We will perform daily health checks, adhere to regular handwashing and personal hygiene.

If a student presents symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while on the program, their Broadreach leader will help isolate them from the group and a COVID-19 test will be scheduled as soon as possible. A Broadreach leader will remain nearby and check in regularly, ensuring the student rests, has access to meals and stays hydrated while awaiting the test results. Symptoms will be monitored throughout the day, and the student will remain in isolation until a negative test result is returned or until advised they can leave isolation by local health authorities.

If a student were to test positive for COVID-19, parents of all participants would be immediately notified and students would be moved into single accommodations while testing is arranged for the entire group. The specific response will depend on the situation, with consideration to be given to the destination, timing of the incident, and local and national health protocols. It is likely that a parent would be asked to come accompany the student during their quarantine/recovery, but a Broadreach leader or representative will be present until the arrival of a parent. The cost of healthcare, accommodation, meals, travel and any other costs associated with the period of quarantine are to be covered by the family.

The Broadreach HQ staff is on call 24/7 while programs are in the field and we are adding extra staff to all programs to provide additional onsite support.

Broadreach will do our best to alter itineraries or find an alternative program for students. However, we highly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation insurance. We offer a policy (including a ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ benefit) upon enrollment in a program. Per the Broadreach Terms of Agreement, we are unable to provide refunds but will work directly with the affected family to ensure the best possible outcome.

Yes! All student groups will act as a “pod.” We plan to keep our students’ and instructors’ interactions with local communities to a minimum and remain near medical care throughout the program. Most of our adventures are aboard sailing vessels or are in naturally isolated locations – due to these unique environments, a pod-based approach fits naturally with a Broadreach experience. Besides certain shore-side or community-based activities, we plan to run our itineraries, academics and training as close to the original as possible.

Students and staff will be required to wear face masks in public, when near others who are not part of our group, and anytime as required by local guidelines, destination partners or Broadreach. We will limit activities that put groups in places that are higher risk – examples of this include crowded, high-traffic areas such as museums, restaurants, covered markets, etc.

We will follow CDC requirements for testing and quarantine upon returning to the United States. Right now, anyone arriving in the U.S. from a foreign country must get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. If the United States requires this at the time students return from their programs, Broadreach will facilitate and cover the cost of any COVID-19 tests. We will encourage all students to self-monitor for symptoms and/or quarantine upon arrival home.

We will continue updating guidelines for all these topics. In the meantime, we will collaborate with our peers to understand industry best practices, absorb guidance from our partners at the CDC and continually communicate with our in-country partners. If you have any questions about our current thoughts on COVID-19, please call our office at 919-256-8200.

November 4, 2021

 

After careful consideration, Broadreach has decided to require all students and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for summer 2022 programs. Student health and safety remains our top priority. By requiring the COVID-19 vaccine, we hope to protect both the host and Broadreach communities.

As more countries open their borders for travel, they may update or change their COVID-specific entry requirements. By requiring COVID-19 vaccinations, we hope to ensure any last-minute travel restrictions have minimal impact on our planned trips and itineraries.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at 919-265-8200. We’re excited for another summer of adventure together!

 

September 9, 2021

 

This summer, we were thrilled to see hundreds of teens safely engage face-to-face with each other and the world. We are pleased that our risk management procedures and protocols successfully mitigated the impact of COVID-19 on our programs.

Looking ahead to summer 2022,  we recognize that the COVID landscape will continue to change and will be monitoring it closely. As we update and adapt our existing health and safety protocols as needed, we can’t wait to offer another summer of fun and exploration. Any updates and changes to our roster of summer 2022 programs and our health and safety protocols will be communicated through our website and to enrolled families directly by phone or email.

 

April 21, 2021

 

As we get closer to the first day of summer programs, we will continue communicating directing with families enrolled for the 2021 summer regarding our COVID-19 policies. Travel regulations, entry and testing policies vary based on the program destination, and we will continue to communicate regularly with enrolled families so they are ready for travel day. If you are enrolled in a 2021 program with Broadreach, be on the lookout for emails from your program coordinator as well as documentation in your Broadreach portal! We look forward to traveling with you this summer.

 

 

April 16, 2021

 

Our COVID-19 FAQs as they relate to our summer programs are up to date with the latest information.

 

April 9, 2021

 

Our COVID-19 FAQs as they relate to our summer programs are up to date with the latest information.

 

April 2, 2021

 

For all programs and destinations, Broadreach plans to require proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. This is required regardless of vaccination status. Please see the above FAQs for additional details.

 

March 19, 2021

 

Our COVID-19 FAQs as they relate to our summer programs are up to date with the latest information.

 

March 12, 2021

 

In order to give students the best possible experience and offer an extra level of risk mitigation, we are adding extra staff to all programs for this summer to provide additional onsite support. As always, the Broadreach HQ staff is on call 24/7 while programs are in the field. Please refer to the FAQs above for more information and to answer other questions.

 

March 5, 2021

 

Broadreach will update the above FAQs weekly with more specific information as external guidelines change and our program dates draw closer. This is not our final policy, as the COVID-19 landscape continues to change rapidly. We are providing this as a preview of potential guidelines based on current circumstances. We will follow health expert guidance, country requirements and our years of risk management experience as we plan for the summer.

 

February 2021

 

There have been developments in the COVID-19 landscape since our last update. We know traveling this summer will look different, but we value the importance of connecting while minimizing risk to our students and the communities we visit.

The above FAQs offer some of the variables we are actively considering as we plan for summer travel. We will update this list regularly with more specific information as external guidelines change, vaccines become more widely available, and as program dates come closer.

Please note: This is not our final policy and will be updated regularly as more information is available and the COVID landscape changes in the coming months. We are providing this as a preview of potential guidelines based on current circumstances.

These FAQs include pre-trip guidelines, destination country arrival protocols, travel day risk mitigation, protocols during a program and upon returning home.

 

December 2020

 

Dear Broadreach family,

We want to thank you for your continued support. Whether you are signed up to join us this summer, are a Broadreach alumni family, or are still thinking about your first Broadreach adventure, we wouldn’t be here without you.

The summer of 2021 remains on the horizon and, frankly, we can’t wait. In anticipation of this summer, we are regularly thinking about COVID-19 and how it will affect our programs. While we hope the impact will be minimal, we are active risk managers and are continually tweaking our policies regarding different scenarios and “what-ifs.” The what-ifs change every day (sometimes every hour) and occupy their fair share of our mental energy and conversations at HQ. We are grateful to have the gift of time until June and will continue to use that time wisely – here are a few of the variables we are actively thinking about:

Vaccinations

  • They’re rolling out!
  • Timeline, access and efficacy of options
  • Broadreach/airline/country-specific requirements

 

Program itinerary alterations

  • Minimize the impact on the communities we visit
  • Give our groups time to quarantine in the destination country if need be

 

Pre-trip protocols

  • Guidelines and self-assessment
  • COVID-19 PCR testing

 

On-trip protocols

  • Ongoing general health and temperature checks
  • Hygiene expectations for our staff, students, and in-country partners
  • Procedures for COVID-19 signs, symptoms, positive test results, etc.

 

Post-trip protocols

  • COVID-19 PCR testing before arrival home
  • Self-monitoring for symptoms or quarantine upon arrival home

 

We promise to have timely and appropriate guidelines addressing all of these topics as we get closer to the summer. In the meantime, we will collaborate with our peers to understand industry best practices, absorb guidance from our partners at the CDC, and continually communicate with our in-country partners. If you have any questions about our current thoughts on COVID-19, or if you just want to talk about summer adventures, we are a quick phone call away.

With warmest regards,
Broadreach HQ