COVID-19 Updates from Pathways Travels
As the increasing impact of COVID-19 spreads around the world, we are actively monitoring the situation in order to best plan for our staff and travelers. Due to school transitions and the current public health climate, we are currently not on any trips and postponing all tours until further notice. Please speak with your school administration or teachers for further information.
At Pathways Travels we have been dedicated to providing life-changing travel opportunities and delivering high quality programming to our clients for over 12 years. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority, and we will continue to adapt to this current unprecedented situation caused by COVID-19.
With the support of our medical and risk management partners, we are continuously monitoring the coronavirus and adhering to all travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.
In recent weeks, the measures enacted by countries across the globe aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, have provided a beacon of hope that we are collectively able to slow the rapid pace of this devastating virus. Pathways Travels remains cautiously optimistic that we will be able to resume student travel during the 2020 summer season.
We understand you may have questions in regards to an upcoming trip, so we have compiled answers to some of our client’s frequently asked questions.
Will my trip be cancelled?
We are proactively working with school leaders who have embraced the “wait and see” approach to postpone several trips to May or June. With the potential spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the United States, several trips have been cancelled. We encourage you to contact your school leaders for specific information regarding your scheduled trip.
I am worried about traveling later this year. What should I do?
Our recommendation is to see how the situation develops before making any decisions. Pathways Travels is committed to student safety and does not run trips to locations where the CDC or the U.S. Department of State have issued advisories delineating no travel to this country/area. As new information becomes available, we will not hesitate to make changes if needed.
We know that these are uncertain times. At Pathways Travels we believe that student travel is essential to building character, developing life skills and igniting the passion for travel in our youth. We will continue to deliver quality programming, keeping with the integrity of our mission. We remain positive while monitoring the situation closely with our clients’ best interests at heart.
What health and safety measures does Pathways Travels implement on trips?
- We do not visit “wet” markets (markets with live animals).
- We provide hand washing stations before meals and ensure students are washing before eating.
- We provide hand sanitizer for use throughout the day, after interacting with the general public or performing community service, and whenever hand washing stations are not available.
- We use antiseptic wipes to clean eating areas.
- We employ well-trained Program Facilitators to monitor the health of our travelers and to remain vigilant to their environment. Our Program Facilitators and management teams have been specifically briefed on the coronavirus.
- We have comprehensive policies and protocols guiding our on-the-ground actions to ensure traveler health and hygiene.
The CDC has released a list of preventative measures to take in order to avoid contracting and spreading an illness:
- wash your hands frequently with soap and/or alcohol-based sanitizers
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- cover your mouth or nose when you sneeze or cough with a tissue and then discard tissue
- avoid others who are coughing or sneezing
- maintain a 6 foot distance between yourself and others
- if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing yourself, seek medical attention
Should you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us.
Last Updated: March 26, 2020
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