Getting ready for your field school
Students wishing to take part in an IFR field school must agree to take precautions to limit COVID-19 exposure prior to and while traveling to their program using the following practices, as well as any others that a student deems appropriate:
- Maintain physical distance of 6 feet/2 meters from other people wherever possible
- Use frequent and thorough hand washing
- Avoid touching face, nose, mouth, and eyes
- Wear a mask when in public or among other people
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Avoid dine-in restaurants
- Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms
IFR will provide a COVID-19 Packing List to participants with instructions on the amount and type of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that are necessary to bring to their program.
Students must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to participate in an IFR field school. If a student cannot comply with the mandatory immunization policy, we ask them to contact IFR staff immediately.
Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test
Students must provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before the start of their program. Do not travel to your IFR field school if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell), or if you have been exposed to someone in the 14 days prior to your programs who has confirmed or suspected positive case of COVID-19.
We ask that you seriously evaluate your personal risk in attending an IFR program. For participants who are within a higher risk category for severe illness from COVID-19, as defined by the US Center for Disease Control, please consult with an IFR administrator and your healthcare provider and consider whether it is appropriate to attend an IFR program at this time.
Disclosure of Health Conditions to Support Student Well-being
Students who are enrolled and have paid their tuition for an IFR field program gain access to IFR’s Wilderness and Emergency Medical Director. The goal of a consultation is to support the student’s own management of their mental and physical health considerations and to identify the minimum medical disclosure necessary to support successful participation in an IFR field school.