Most Recent Substantive Updates: January 4, 2022
We are thrilled to have successfully run over sixty trips across seventeen itineraries during the summer of 2021. While COVID-19 continues to affect our planning for the summer, we feel confident that we will be running programs in 2022.
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 January, 2022, Apogee defines “fully vaccinated” to mean having completed the primary series of a CDC-authorized vaccine and receiving a booster shot, if eligible.
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 trip 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. If we have to cancel a trip because of Covid-19 or for any other reason after that trip has commenced, we will offer prorated refunds or credits.
Will my child need to be tested for Covid-19 before their Apogee program?
As medical information and regulations (local, national, and international) continue to change with regard to the pandemic, our protocols with regard to pre-trip testing, etc., are likely to change over the course of the spring. We will provide updated, final information well ahead of the summer. As it stands now, however, we are planning to require all students to test for Covid within 48-72 hours of their trip start.
Will Apogee students need to wear a face covering or physically distance while on trip? What are accommodations likely to look like during the summer of 2022? What happens if a student or staff-member tests positive for Covid-19 during an Apogee program?
These are all great questions. As of January 2022, it is simply too early to say what our approach will be in these areas this summer. As the pandemic evolves, we will update information on this page. We hope to be able to run our programs similarly to 2021 – where our small, outdoor-oriented groups allowed our students a respite from face coverings and physical distancing. Regardless, we will be focused on providing a safe, responsibly-run, fun experience for each of our students, as we successfully did in the summer of 2021.
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.