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Covid-19 plan for New Student Trips

May 28, 2020

  • Wallowas

College Outdoors

There is uncertainty, as you all know, in the evolving nature of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

This year’s New Student Trips depend on the Oregon Governor’s orders, which control how Higher Education (and all other activities) function in Oregon during this pandemic. If there is a new peak in COVID-19 cases this summer due to the relaxing of the Stay-at-Home orders, it is possible these trips could be changed significantly, or even canceled.

College Outdoors is currently putting together a mitigation plan for New Student Trips and all Fall Semester trips. This plan includes leader training and screening of all trip leaders and trip participants (based on Lewis & Clark College’s screening criteria, which is being developed). Our plan will also have specific requirements for sanitation, social distancing, and the wearing of face masks when in enclosed spaces such as vans or buses.

We’re sorry we can’t give more specific information at this time, but no one really can predict how all these things will play out. Some scientific breakthroughs over the next few months may change how the virus is treated.

If you sign up for a New Student Trip and the trips have to be canceled due to federal or state regulations, you will receive a full refund.

If you sign up for a New Student Trip and decide not to go, even though the trips are still operating, you can receive a refund as long as you cancel one week or more before the start date for your trip. See the Cancellations & Refunds Policy for details

Please minimize the risk to yourselves as well as your friends and family, be kind to each other, practice social distancing, wear a face mask especially indoors, minimize your time at indoor public spaces, wash your hands, and use your best Zen skills to avoid touching your face.

Take care this summer, and we really hope to see everyone in late August for our New Student Trips!

Kori Rosenstiel, Operations Manager, College Outdoors
Thom Lehman, Assistant Director, College Outdoors
Joe Yuska, Director, College Outdoors


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