The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School is excited to responsibly resume our Open Enrollment programming in the age of COVID-19. Below are listed the practices we are implementing, and the required adjusted behaviors all participants and families need to be aware of. These adapted practices and requirements are designed with several goals in mind:
Please review the details below and get in touch with us if you have any questions.
This is an evolving situation and our practices may change as we gain new information or as recommendations change. HIOBS will decide when and under what conditions any courses will operate using our safety protocols and best judgment. For exact information on your course, please be in touch with your Course Advisor or email [email protected] and we'll be in touch!
HIOBS reserves the right to request any student, vaccinated or unvaccinated, to undergo Covid-19 testing (antigen or molecular) if they become symptomatic or have been deemed a close contact to an individual who has tested positive for Covid-19. While adults and guardians of minor students have the right to refuse testing, understand that refusal will result in that student’s dismissal from course.
Check out this video from the National Safety crew, where they talk about our COVID-19 Best Practices:
HIOBS strongly encourages ALL participants to get fully vaccinated by two weeks prior to course start. We require students of HIOBS Semester and Outdoor Educator programs that begin after September 1st, 2021 to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 prior to their course start.
To inform HIOBS of your vaccination status you will email a copy of the record of both shots to your course advisor as soon as possible, no later than two weeks before your course start.
Acceptable Vaccines: If you are in the United States, HIOBS will accept all the vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). As of today, the three approved vaccines are Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. If you are outside of the United States, HIOBS will accept vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) with an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). As of today, the five approved vaccines are Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Sinopharm.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19
Participants should follow strict physical distancing from everyone not in their household for 14 days prior to the course start date. Please refer to CDC Guidelines on physical distancing best practices.
Travel - Open Enrollment Courses
Participants on Open Enrollment courses may travel to/from their course by personal vehicle or commercial transportation. In either case, participants must comply as closely as possible with physical distancing and hygiene precautions while in transit to course start.
Backup Departure Plan
In the case of an early departure from your course, you must provide us with a backup departure plan that allows for departure within 24 hours.
Adult participants (18+) must either:
Youth participants (12-17 years old) must plan to depart from the Outward Bound program location by a private vehicle and must provide the name and contact information of a specific pick-up person.
All HIOBS instructional and support staff will be subjected to the same protocols as students. Specifically - non-vaccinated staff will wear masks while interacting with other staff and students and will be tested every 72 hours. Vaccinated staff will not undergo testing.