The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School is excited to responsibly provide 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, which may not be fully reflected in the details you find on this page. 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:
We highly recommend all students (vaccinated and unvaccinated, even if the student does not have symptoms) do a Covid-19 antigen test 72 hours prior to course start. This can be an over-the-counter test. If a positive result is received, contact your Course Advisor immediately. We recommend purchasing Tuition Protection Plan insurance to protect your tuition in case this happens.
From 72 hours prior to the course until the course start, participants are to be COVID-19 symptom-free. Symptoms include fever over 100.3°F, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, and fatigue. Some people may have chills, a headache, a sore throat, or may lose their sense of smell or taste. If any of these symptoms appear, you must contact your Course Advisor immediately. We recommend purchasing Tuition Protection Plan insurance to protect your tuition in case this happens.
HIOBS strongly encourages ALL participants to get fully vaccinated by two weeks prior to course start. Starting September 1, 2021, all students on publicly enrolled HIOBS courses will be required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. If you are currently enrolled or thinking about enrolling on a HIOBS expedition, please check in with your course advisor for the most current information on our Covid-19 protocols.
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
All participants should follow the CDC's best practices for limiting exposure to COVID-19 and protecting themselves and others for 14 days prior to the course start date.
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. HIOBS Base Camps have a 72-hour antigen testing schedule, applicable to all vaccinated and unvaccinated staff members.