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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: April 3, 2020

All Programs Suspended Through June 30 Due to Coronavirus

 

Dear Friends,

Given the ongoing developments with COVID-19, Go Adventure has made the decision to suspend all scheduled programs through June 30, 2020. While there is still a great deal of uncertainty, the health and well-being of our students, employees, teachers, partners and volunteers continues to be our top priority. It goes without saying that this is an incredibly fluid and dynamic situation and we will continue to monitor the situation and take proactive steps in support of the national "social distancing" effort to slow the spread of this virus and to reduce the risk of significant impacts to our students, our staff and our communities. Please Stay at Home - let's work together to slow the spread of this virus!

Risk Management, a peek into our process:

Go Adventure is mission driven.  We thrive on providing enriching outdoor tours and service opportunities to teens.  The question our team has been continually revisiting through this crisis is whether we can effectively manage the risks of COVID-19 exposure while maintaining the integrity and effectiveness of our program.  Can we provide an inclusive and non-discriminatory experience to all students and staff? If certain parents work in healthcare, or in other ‘essential' jobs that have a higher level of exposure should we allow those students to participate?  Can we test each participant prior to attending to ensure we are not exposing others to COVID-19? Can we mitigate exposure levels to students or staff traveling on airplanes? Will the parks or campgrounds be open when we arrive?  Can we facilitate activities, tent camping and food preparation while maintaining social distancing? Given the current pandemic facing the whole world, the honest answer is 'no' to all the above.  It is a fluid situation and things may change for the better but until we know more, we as risk managers must wait.

Information for Clients, Schools, Parents:

We realize this global pandemic may persist into the spring and perhaps even summer, which may force your trip to be cancelled or postponed.  We share the disappointment you must feel and have responded by softening our policies to allow for postponements or partial refunds.  Together, we will get though this and get back outdoors soon! Please contact the office directly to discuss which option works best for your group.

Information for Staff:

Following CDC guidance, we are encouraging social distancing. We are scaling down or eliminating in-person meetings and non-essential travel in favor of online or teleconference meetings, when possible. We are asking employees showing flu-like symptoms to work from home. 2020 Staff Training is postponed until we can responsibly gather in groups once again.  Tentative Date: August 15, 2020.

 

On a personal note, I founded this program over 21 years ago with an intention of empowering teens with much needed life skills. Among those skills is the ability to face challenges, adapt to adversity, work together and do right by our communities.  Now are the extraordinary times we collectively need to remain calm yet intentional to see this crisis through.  In the coming weeks and months, we will face this challenge together. We thank you for your patience and support during this unprecedented time. 

 

Please check this page for updates.

 

Sincerely,

Jim Nevill
Executive Director / Co-Founder

For reliable information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please refer to the resources below: 

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

World Health Organization (WHO) 

US Department of State (Travel Advisories)

Children and the Coronavirus:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/children.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM23558