Sail Caribbean, COVID-19
Throughout the Spring of 2020, we were fortunate to have one of our seasonal sailing staff, Sara Stone, as a COVID consultant to help us in our decision-making process for our Summer 2020 programs. Sara is an epidemiologist by training: she holds her Master of Science Degree in the Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has worked as a Health Education Fellow at Harvard University, responded to the 2014-2015 Ebola Outbreak with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and served as an intern in the Division of Health Security and Emergencies for the World Health Organization (WHO). She now works as an independent consultant, focused on risk management and strategic decision-making during health emergencies.
Sara was instrumental in helping us make the very difficult decision on May 18 to cancel all of our Summer 2020 programs. For Summer 2021, Sara will again be involved with our COVID risk management planning. We don’t have specifics yet, as they will be evolving over the next few months. Please know, however, that we are going to be as thorough as possible, taking into account all factors we can identify. Along the way we will keep our families updated.
As we move towards Summer 2021, Sara will be helping us assess and mitigate the COVID-19 risk for our programs. This is an ongoing process, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve alongside scientific research, access to treatment and vaccination, and regional, national and international travel regulations.
It is impossible to create a risk-free environment, but collectively we can work to minimize risk. We will be focusing our efforts on 3 key areas:
1) what happens before students arrive for their adventure, in order to minimize the risk of introducing COVID-19 to our programs,
2) further customizing our programs, in order to reduce the risk of transmission once a program has begun, and
3) our action plan in the event that a student or staff member were to become infected.
The specific protocols for each of these areas is still being developed, and we will update our families with greater detail in early 2021. We are hopeful that we will be able to safely run our programs this coming summer!