Safety is the first priority in travel at Grand Classroom, and the staff is monitoring the emerging, rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel through a system called travel notices. Grand Classroom is following the CDC notices listed here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
Warning Level 3: CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with level 3 travel notices because of the risk of getting COVID-19.
Alert Level 2: Because COVID-19 can be more serious in older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should talk to a healthcare provider and consider postponing travel to destinations with level 2 travel notices.
Watch Level 1: CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices because the risk of COVID-19 is thought to be low. If you travel, take the following routine precautions:
- Avoid contact with sick people
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
- It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
As an organization, we have withstood other outbreaks and have the resources to navigate this as well. Our hearts go out to those affected worldwide by the outbreak, and we look forward to safely continuing the important mission of educational travel for our youth.