Updated June 1, 2020
As our 2020-2021 season approaches, we will be updating this page.
AIARE continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation in all of our operating areas for the upcoming season. AIARE’s Field Course COVID-19 response plan is plan includes:
- Actively monitor the situation as it evolves.
- Follow local and state government guidelines when informing our decision making, including prevention, travel, and course cancellation.
- Consult our advisory team, including Medical Advisor and Education Committee Director regularly.
- Be proactive in precourse screening of participants and staff communication and be proactive in our response to students or staff who show symptoms of flu-like illness.
- Assess AIARE’s impact on and the ability of local communities where we operate to support our classroom and field needs, including medical care and emergency response.
Because the COVID-19 situation is dynamic, we will communicate our COVID-19 risk mitigation strategy once 2020-2021 is closer. To operate our courses next year, we will work closely with our partners, instructors, and students to make sure we can confidently run programs with excellent learning outcomes. AIARE will comply with all local orders and regulations in place along with state and federal orders and we will follow the guidance of CDC, WHO, OSHA, and our industry partners to inform our internal protocols and procedures.
We feel confident in our ability to successfully deliver avalanche education, however we recognize there will be challenges. If you have any questions about how AIARE will manage the COVID-19 risk on your course, please reach out to our Operations Manager: email@example.com.
When would you cancel a course as it relates to COVID-19?
We will continuously monitor the local, state, and federal recommendations regarding COVID-19. If local health authorities make a recommendation against running a course or a restriction that applies to our programs is enacted, courses that haven’t yet started will be canceled. Please visit our AIARE Course Cancellation page for more detailed info.
What will AIARE do to limit the spread of COVID-19 on courses?
AIARE will continue to monitor and evaluate the COVID-19 situation as it develops. AIARE will follow CDC and local guidelines regarding personal protection equipment (PPE), social distancing, appropriate cleaning practices, monitoring participant and instructor health, as well as group sizes. We will request all students bring a COVID-19 personal items as necessary when the course operates, this will most likely include: appropriate PPE, hand sanitizer, etc.
Because the situation is dynamic and evolving, we will update our students of course guidelines closer to the beginning of the 2020-2021 and will continue to revise it as necessary. AIARE will minimize as far as practical the risk of transmission of COVID-19 occurring on a program. The requirements for students at course start will depend on preferred practice at that time, as determined by:
- Guidance from federal and local health authorities like the CDC and state health departments for schools, camps, outfitters and businesses.
- Recommendations from our medical advisors.
- The types of tests and other screening tools considered to be highly reliable and widely available at that time.
What will AIARE do if someone on the course shows COVID-19 signs or symptoms?
AIARE will work the individual to immediately self-isolate away from the course. If medical help is needed, AIARE will assist them to access medical care and will consider contacting their emergency contact.
What if I need to cancel my enrollment due to COVID-19?
If you need to cancel your enrollment for a reason related to COVID-19, AIARE will offer a tuition credit of the full amount paid for the course. This tuition credit may be used for a course before the end of the 2021-2022 season.