Updated: March 7, 2020

Since 1971, the Close Up Foundation has been a trusted civic education provider with the safety and security of the students and teachers being a top priority. We recognize the concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and want to assure you that Close Up is monitoring developments and following the guidance of health officials to protect the safety of our participants and staff.

Is travel to Close Up programs safe?

We are welcoming thousands of students in the coming months and we appreciate the continued engagement of our schools and partners.  According to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization , current risk to the U.S. general public is low and the locations of Close Up programs are considered safe for travel. Currently, all Close Up programs will be conducted as scheduled. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and follow the guidance of health officials.

What happens if I decide to cancel?

Close Up is currently following the stated cancellation policies and deadlines for each program. As always, we strongly recommend that participants purchase travel insurance through Travel Guard International to protect against delays, flight cancellations, and other travel-related issues, including illness that may prevent passengers from traveling. To purchase travel insurance from Travel Guard, please select “TOUR/AIR PACKAGE” in the Airline field and “CLOSE UP FOUNDATION” from the list of Tour Operators after selecting “to purchase an insurance package”.

How can my student stay healthy on their Close Up program?

Close Up staff will continue to practice and remind students of healthy habits and reinforce precautions taken regularly to prevent the spread of germs, including washing hands and covering their mouths when coughing. For more information, review the preventative measures recommended by CDC to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.

What happens if my student gets sick on a Close Up program?

Close Up has a robust medical model and best practices in place to protect the well-being of participants. Close Up partners with Georgetown University Children’s Medical Center (GUCMC) to ensure that students have access to quality health care should they get sick while on program.  As an added precaution, Close Up program staff is trained in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Close Up, along with the trip coordinator, will work together to ensure that students get timely access to quality health care should the need arise while on a program. We have dedicated staff members to stay with any students that are not able to participate.

What if my student needs to be quarantined?

We are committed to the health and safety of our participants and staff. In the unlikely event that a student needs to be quarantined, we will follow the guidance of our medical partners at Georgetown University Children’s Medical Center (GUCMC). If lodging is not provided, we will work to provide the proper accommodations and cover the costs. Additionally, we will work with the airlines to make any necessary adjustments to your flight itinerary and pay any related change fees to get your student home safely.

For additional information on coronavirus, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization websites. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@closeup.org .