HEALTH & SAFETY

OUR COMMITMENT TO CARE

 

 

TRAVEL WITH CONFIDENCE

 

Teamwork really does make the dream work, and when it comes to the health and safety of our travelers on tour, teamwork is essential. That’s why we partner with the industry’s best vendors, suppliers and educators to ensure our standard of excellence is always met. Regardless of a pandemic or the common cold, our team will be ready to assist and provide the best care possible.

ON THIS PAGE:

1. Confidently moving forward
2. Partners in care
3. FAQs
4. Safety measures

 

 

CONFIDENTLY MOVING FORWARD

We've raised the bar on all things health and safety

TRIPStrong

To create a strong and safe approach to the next trip for every participant, each Group Leader may designate a “medical chaperone” to accompany their tour and provide support if needed.  This can be a school nurse or other health care professional and is in addition to the other chaperones on the trip.  This is what we call a win-win!

TRIPSwag

These individual travel kits for every participant feature a custom STA drawstring bag for personal items, a protective mask, hand sanitizer, and an individual lanyard with emergency card.

TRIPSafe

STA continues to partner with authorized and approved vendors and suppliers to ensure that every staff member is certified to meet our standard of excellence. We have a broad network of safety resources, including on-call physicians, who can meet the group at the hotel, and if necessary, access to the region’s first-rate hospitals. Again, please make sure you review our new safety policies, protocols, and procedures below.

 

 

PARTNERS IN CARE

Only the best

Clean Airlines

While each airline has slightly different processes and protocols in response to COVID-19, all are deep cleaning. Other actions may include reduced seating allocation and face covering requirements while on board. Additionally, food service on the plane is typically not available or pre-packaged.  Up-to-date information is available from each airline. Here are examples of the new safety protocols of some of our major carriers: United, American.

Secured Sites

Because each destination, site or venue, may have their own unique protocols in place, our local teams on the ground are now more important than ever. These expert drivers and guides will be prepared for each itinerary, ensuring that the integrity of the tour is maintained and your students get the experience they deserve.

Charter Promise

In order to be an approved vendor, our private coach partners must meet our safety and health standards. This includes protocols for maintaining a clean environment throughout the day, as well as guidelines for loading luggage, seating policies, and boarding/deboarding procedures.

Selective Food Service

STA selects local restaurants that offer enhanced food safety and hygiene.  This includes new policies like avoiding guest handling of food at buffets, enhanced cleaning/disinfecting, implementing physical distancing with table spacing and possible meal planning modifications, like boxed meals.

Hotel Coordination

Our hotel partners have implemented processes focused on enhanced disinfection and deep cleaning practices, as well as increased level of frequency. There is also guidance for all areas of the hotel with a specific focus on high-frequency touch points and common areas. This advanced detailed protocol is a requirement for all of our hotel suppliers.  We are also offering affordable rooming upgrades for participants who request different room occupancy.

 

 

 

 

 

Have questions? Our team is here to help. Email us at: help@SchoolToursOfAmerica.com

 

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will 2021 travel look like?

Will there be temperature checks?

The chaperones (or complimentary health professional) will be asked to facilitate regular temperature checks for the protection of every traveler. Depending on the location and time of travel, there may also be temperature checks at the airport and at certain sites prior to entry.

What if a participant tests positive for COVID-19?

If a participant feels ill with symptoms of COVID-19 (which include fever, chills/aches, shortness of breath, coughing), our team will immediately facilitate movement of the participant to a location where they can safely be separated from others, while simultaneously engaging our On-Call Physicians or a local medical facility to consult on the next steps, testing, and treatment. Next steps would be:

  • Establish and coordinate communication with the participant and the family
  • Facilitate transportation for the participant to a local medical facility
  • Coordinate quarantine arrangements for the participant, in consultation with local health authorities
  • Provide guidance to the group to reduce the risk of additional exposure and coordinate testing
  • Arrange for transportation for a family member to join the ill traveler
  • Initiate thorough and proper cleaning of all necessary areas, such as hotel rooms, and motorcoaches

We will provide the resources necessary to facilitate the recommended treatment, including an isolated, chaperoned location for the participant to recover and arrangements for a new itinerary to return home.

Will we need to wear masks?

STA will provide disposable masks for our participants, as well as reusable masks for our staff.  All participants will need to follow any local, state, or national guidelines, and also follow any site-specific requirements for face coverings, including on the airplane and inside any cultural site or venue that requires a mask. When the group is on the bus or outside in open public areas, you may be able to make a group decision about wearing masks.

 

For more information and updates concerning COVID-19, click here.

 

 

 

OUR SAFETY MEASURES INCLUDE

Emergency Response

All tour staff is trained using a detailed Emergency Contingency Plan. Our East Coast office serves as the main point of contact, providing immediate response and communication with local and federal authorities. 

Hotline

School Tours of America maintains a 24-hour, toll-free emergency phone number (866-491-1543) exclusively for students and parents. 

On-Call Physicians

School Tours of America utilizes the services of on-call physicians who can meet the group at the hotel, and if necessary, students always have access to the region's first-rate hospitals. 

Professional, Bonded Security

Private guards are stationed on hotel floors each night, ensuring that students adhere to the strict nightly curfew. 

Medical, Dental & Accident Insurance

Tour participants are automatically covered by medical, dental and accident insurance.

Identification

All students wear a wristband or lanyard listing our 24/7 emergency contact information.

Hotel Representatives

A representative from STA stays in the hotel 24/7 to ensure a direct line of communication at all times. 

Communication

All tour personnel carry cell phones, and we encourage all students to bring their own cell phones.