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Our Health and Safety Commitment

Industry-Leading Safety Innovation, When It’s Needed Most

 

For over 35 years, Envision has been known for its high standards of student accountability and for prioritizing the health and safety of all participants. Our parent company WorldStrides has been known as an industry-leader in health and safety in educational travel for more than 50 years. Our experienced team is leading the way and constantly evolving to meet new requirements for health and safety—imperative in this environment.

We expect protocols will differ for each program and city as program experiences, site visits, or locations may have specific vaccination requirements and protocols based on guidance from state, city, or venue leadership. Cities and educational institutions around the U.S. are continuing to add vaccination requirements that may impact your ability to fully participate in the program. We recommend that each program participant is fully vaccinated in the event that locations choose to require vaccines closer to the program start date. Please visit your myenvisionexperience.com page for specific details.

As venues, site visits, and cities are evaluating their policies, some of the partners we work with are requiring full vaccination (including boosters if eligible) in order to be able to attend or participate in certain aspects of the program.

As we learn about specific vaccination requirements and protocols based on guidance from state, city, or venue leadership, we will communicate those via email to enrolled students and via email and the website for prospective students.

We strongly encourage that every program participant is fully vaccinated so that you are able to fully participate in the program.

A Team Approach to Our New Normal

Envision by WorldStrides leverages decades of experience across our company to assess the safety of the destinations where we operate programs, stay abreast of openings/closings, understand new protocols and regulations from our partners, and create trainings and detailed safety plans to manage the risk associated with communicable diseases, including COVID-19.

Following the assembly of a cross-functional Back to Travel Task Force in early spring of 2020, we worked hard to prepare all of our programs to run in 2021. After monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Camp Association (ACA), and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, as well as adhering to guidance from WorldStrides’ Medical Director, we’re pleased to share we had a successful summer, with numerous sessions of both domestic and international programs safely completed. We are committed to continuing these efforts into 2022, and to sharing information that impacts you directly.

The work this task force initiated will continue to be managed by the WorldStrides Health & Safety Team. This team will closely monitor the evolving standards of the education community and the travel industry, and we’ll continue to update our plans as new information becomes available.

Safety Briefing

Safety Briefing

Envision by WorldStrides will host a pre-program webinar approximately 30 days out from your program start date, to review the program experience and requirements. We will share any updates through email and documents on your myenvisionexperience.com page as available (including any city, venue, or program partner vaccination requirements). Staff will also review health and safety protocols during the first day of each program session.

Adjusted Program Schedule

Adjusted Program Schedule

We are in constant contact with all our university partners, museums, companies, and other sites we visit. To maximize your experience each day, we will adjust program schedules to account for new rules for capacity management, social distancing, masks, and more.

Hygiene

Hygiene

All participants are expected to maintain good hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing, wearing face masks, and following social distancing guidelines when appropriate.

We strongly encourage that every program participant is fully vaccinated so that you are able to fully participate in the program in the event that locations choose to require vaccines closer to the program start date.

At the Program Location (hotel, college campus, and/or conference center)

At the Program Location (hotel, college campus, and/or conference center)

All of our housing locations are committed to high health and safety standards, and we are in regular communication with them to review updated protocols. All specific updates will be added to your myenvisionexperience.com page. If the housing location or city requires proof of vaccination, we will include the specific process for providing that information.

Each program or location may have specific vaccination requirements and protocols based on guidance from state, city, or venue leadership. Cities and educational institutions around the U.S. are continuing to add vaccination requirements that may impact you. We recommend that each program participant is fully vaccinated in the event that locations choose to make updates closer to the program start date. Please visit your myenvisionexperience.com page for specific details.

Additional Information

  • Pre-Program Requirements
    Make your health and safety a priority. Review and complete the list of required steps prior to your arrival at the program here.

  • Pod Model Structures
    Envision by WorldStrides will be implementing a pod model structure to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection during a potential outbreak of a contagious disease. 

  • Suspected and Confirmed Case Responses
    Envision by WorldStrides is working closely with our partners and our health and safety team to follow the appropriate health and safety protocols for a successful and meaningful program experience.

  • Staff Health and Safety Protocols
    All staff will be required to complete and adhere to the Envision by WorldStrides Health and Safety and COVID-19 prevention training and protocols.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How are decisions being made on which programs will run?

    There are many considerations going into our decisions about when and where to host programs. The Back to Travel Task Force is continually gathering information to help us make informed decisions. As we learn new information, all efforts are made to update our resources and share any decisions that we make about specific programs and sessions.

    Each program or location may have specific vaccination requirements and protocols based on guidance from state, city, or venue leadership. Cities and educational institutions around the U.S. are continuing to add vaccination requirements that may impact you. We recommend that each program participant is fully vaccinated in the event that locations choose to require vaccines closer to the program start date. Please visit your myenvisionexperience.com page for specific details.

  • What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

    A person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when “at least two weeks have elapsed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine and have received a booster (if eligible).” All participants may be required to submit proof of full vaccination prior to arrival at the program in order to fully experience everything the program has to offer.

  • Can I request to be roomed with someone who is vaccinated?

    Yes. Submitting your vaccination documentation through your myenvisionexperience.com portal is the most secure way to ensure the team has the most up to date information to create their housing assignments. You may request to room with someone who is vaccinated by calling the office of admissions at 1-866-858-5323.

  • Can I be exempt from a vaccination requirement?

    If specific programs, cities, venues, or offsite locations require proof of vaccination, we will comply with the regulations and requirements of each entity for any exemptions (if they are available). We cannot make exemptions on behalf of another institution.

  • What should I know if I’m flying to the program

    If you are flying to your destination, each airline has slightly different processes and protocols to respond to COVID-19, and we recommend you check the website of your airline for the most up-to-date information. Some airlines are deep cleaning and may be reducing the number of people on each plane and requiring face coverings while on board. Additionally, food service on the plane is either not available or pre-packaged, so we recommend packing a meal and snacks, particularly if you are flying around a meal time.

    You can read more from commonly used airlines here:

    United

    Delta

    American

    Southwest

  • What will intra-program travel look like?

    Our bus partners have new cleaning protocols and are establishing new guidelines, like loading and unloading procedures, to help keep drivers and participants safe. During site visits, student will only travel with their assigned pod and be asked to maintain appropriate distance from other pods and the public.

  • How many students will share a room, and can students have their own rooms?

    Students will be assigned to room with 1-3 other students. Roommates will also be assigned to the same classroom. At this time, single room requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, pending the circumstances of the request.

  • Can students from the same school/city/state be placed in the same group/housing accommodation to limit risk from regions with higher infection rates?

    We are in the process of working with all our locations to review their plans and protocol updates. If you are interested in being placed in a sleeping room with a friend or someone from your home state, a roommate request can be submitted through your myenvisionexperience.com page, when available.

  • What will offsite experiences look like?

    Many of our offsite experiences are undergoing changes to their rules and protocols, and we are working with them to provide the best student experience possible. A site visit may be modified to meet new capacity and social distancing requirements, or students may rotate through different visits on different days. We are exploring the options available and are working closely with our partners to help us design these experiences. Details of any changes to program delivery will be shared with you as available through the Envision website, your myenvisionexperience.com page, and via email.

  • What meal options will be available?

    At our program sites, we will work with dining services to modify meal plans, with options to include providing boxed meals, dining in classrooms when necessary or rotating mealtimes. When we select meal locations during site visits, we will use our local knowledge and strong relationships to choose locations that follow strict local guidelines and hygiene practices.

  • Will a negative COVID-19 test be required before attending the program?

    Yes. As part of our travel requirements, all program participants must present proof of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test administered three (3) calendar days or an antigen COVID-19 test taken two (2) calendar days before their travel to the program site. The rapid antigen test may be taken at home only if observed by a medical provider via telehealth or Zoom.

  • Do I need to be vaccinated?

    We are monitoring each state and venue requirements along with CDC and WHO organization guidelines. This requirement will continue to be evaluated and more information will be shared on your myenvisionexperience.com page.

Envision by WorldStrides’ Promise to You
Envision by WorldStrides’ Promise to You

If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19 while on an Envision by WorldStrides program, our staff will be there every step of the way, maintaining constant communication with the parent or guardian.

We need your help, too. We will ask all participants to commit to care for your fellow peers by acknowledging any symptoms you may be experiencing prior to travel. If you are sick, stay home.

Our Network of Safety Resources

Our Network of Safety Resources

Whenever you participate in an Envision by WorldStrides program, you can rest assured knowing that our long-time investments in health and safety are also in place, like:

  • Nurse Protocols: Our Elementary and Middle School programs will have a nurse on-site for each day of the program and High School Programs will have a nurse onsite every 3-4 days of the program. General nurse hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m
  • Supervision: We hire and train staff that are dedicated to the health and safety of each of our students. Our team will be available 24/7 to participants and their guardians. We will also have an overnight team member to monitor hallways and address any student health and safety needs throughout the evening. 

 

Emergency Contact Numbers

The Envision by WorldStrides team is available to answer your questions during business hours, and specific program offices are available 24 hours a day during program sessions. Please call:

Envision by WorldStrides Office of Admissions
1-866-858-5323

Refer to your program specific documents on your myenvisionexperience.com page for Program Office and staff contact information once that information is available.