Our Commitment to Health & Safety For your student Trip

For over 50 years, the Brightspark team has planned inspiring tours for tens of thousands of education and performance groups. Safety is our number one concern when sending students on tour. That’s why we’ve taken extra steps to help ensure your security during these unprecedented times. Our team of travel experts is constantly evolving and developing new protocols in response to COVID-19.

As this fluid situation continues to change, the procedures detailed below may change, too. They will also differ from group to group as we accommodate each custom-tailored student tour.

Our Team Approach to a New Normal

Our partners at WorldStrides assembled a cross-functional team we call the Back to Travel Task Force early this spring, and we have been working to help you travel with confidence ever since. The Task Force leverages decades of experience across our company to assess the safety of the destinations we travel, survey site openings and closings, understand new protocols and regulations from our partners, and create trainings and detailed safety plans to manage the risk associated with COVID-19. The Back to Travel group is led by Chief Experience, Health & Safety Officer Terri Morgoglione. This team monitors CDC and WHO guidelines and receives guidance from The George Washington Department of Emergency Medicine – the same professionals who staff our Doctors on Call program. We are closely monitoring the evolving standards of the education community and the travel industry to continually update our plans with the latest information on COVID-19.

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Adaptations for Health & Safety

  • Each airport, and airline, will have its own rules regarding your flight travel, and we recommend you check the website of your airport and carrier now, and at least 72 hours before departing. Temperature checks and face coverings will very likely be a requirement at the airport and on the plane.
  • Some destinations may require health forms or additional testing/screening prior to arrival, including requirements based on your home state or city. We will make every effort to communicate these requirements in advance.
  • Brightspark will provide two (2) disposable face masks per day for participants in advance of the program for groups traveling in Fall 2020.
  • Many airport restaurants may not be open, and in-flight food service will not be available, so we recommend packing a meal and snacks for your journey if you are traveling by air.
  • TSA will allow you to bring hand sanitizer in a container up to 12 ounces in your carry-on.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Brightspark's Promise to You

If a member of your group is diagnosed with COVID-19 while on a Brightspark tour, we will be by your side every step of the way, from helping secure the necessary care to covering the costs associated with quarantine.

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

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