Most Recent Substantive Updates: May 17, 2022
We are very much looking forward to running our programs in 2022 in a manner that creates worthwhile experiences for our students and staff, responsibly manages the risks associated with Covid-19 and its transmission, and maximizes fun for each of our students and staff members.
Below, please find a list of questions and answers with regard to our current thoughts on how COVID-19 will impact the 2022 season. Note that all of the below is subject to change as the pandemic continues to evolve.
As always, don’t hesitate to call or email us with additional questions or concerns.
Will my child need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to participate in an Apogee program in 2022?
Yes. We are requiring all eligible students to be “fully vaccinated”* against Covid-19 in order to participate in a 2022 Apogee program.
Families should note that individual destinations and jurisdictions may have more stringent entry and exit requirements with regard to Covid vaccination and testing. We will do our best to communicate those requirements to families ahead of the summer, but you would be well-served to compare the entry requirements of any destination prior to enrolling with Apogee.
*As of May 2022, Apogee defines “fully vaccinated” to mean having completed the primary series of a CDC-authorized vaccine.
Will Apogee’s staff be vaccinated for Covid-19?
Yes. As we did in 2021, we will require our 2022 staff to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 prior to the start of the summer.
What if Apogee cancels a program because of Covid-19?
We don’t anticipate the need to cancel any domestic or international programming in 2022. However, should we have to cancel a trip before it starts, we will offer enrolled families a full refund of program payments to date or a credit towards a different 2022 trip or a 2023 program, at their choosing.
Will my child need to be tested for Covid-19 before their Apogee program?
Yes. We will ask you to have your child tested for Covid-19 (using an at-home or lab-confirmed rapid antigen test) within the 24 hours prior to the start of your child’s Apogee program. We will not ask you to send us the results of those tests unless the result is positive. In the event the pre-trip test comes back positive, your child will not be able to join their scheduled Apogee program, but we will work with you to find an alternate 2022 program later in the season.
Will Apogee students need to wear a face covering or physically distance while on trip?
While the current Covid-19 variants are mild for the vast majority of infected young people who have previously been vaccinated, they are, unfortunately, highly contagious and easily spread in congregate settings. Accordingly, we are planning to require students to wear face coverings while in transit (such as our vans or on public transit) and as necessary in public-facing congregate settings (such as a crowded grocery store). When our groups are outdoors (as we are most of the time), we do not anticipate asking students or staff members to wear a face covering or otherwise physically distance.
What happens if a student or staff-member tests positive for Covid-19 during an Apogee program?
A student or staff member who tests positive for Covid-19 will likely have to leave the trip as soon as the diagnosis is confirmed (there are a small number of scenarios under which it may be impracticable for a student to leave a trip after a positive Covid-19 diagnosis before the end of the trip).
If Covid-19 is suspected (i.e., if a student or staff member is symptomatic and has not recently recovered from Covid-19), we will ask that person to wear a face covering and isolate as much as is possible given the community-living circumstances found on most of our programs until test results have been received.
If a student has to leave their trip mid-program due to a positive Covid-19 diagnosis, Apogee will work with the student’s family to provide supervision for up to 72 hours until arrangements have been made to transfer supervision to the student’s family. Program protection may provide benefits that help to address additional supervision and transportation costs incurred in the event of a positive Covid-19 diagnosis, but families are ultimately responsible for any costs associated with travel and supervision in the event their child tests positive for Covid-19 during an Apogee program.
In the event that a single student tests positive for Covid-19 during an Apogee program, we will likely test all students and staff on the trip. We will make programming decisions (e.g., whether or not we can responsibly continue the trip) in light of those test results. We will inform all families if any student in their child’s group tests positive for Covid-19 as soon as reasonably possible to allow families the opportunity to make individual decisions about whether they want their student to continue.
How do I stay informed about Apogee’s decisions around 2022 programming with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic?
We will be assessing and making programming decisions as circumstances warrant. We will do our best to keep our enrolled families informed in a timely manner through email and with regular updates to this webpage.