During Your Field School
In light of the current state of the pandemic, IFR has lifted many of our basic COVID-19 restrictions and requirements. The COVID-19 practices for each program may be more extensive, however, as we strive to meet all local requirements for COVID-19 testing, treatment, and transmission precautions in the host country or state (if a domestic program). Students may choose to adopt practices above what is required for their particular program as they see fit.
As of May 22, 2023 we require the following COVID-19 practices:
-vaccination (please read details above,”Getting Ready for Your Field School”.
-we strongly recommend wearing an N-95 or surgical mask while traveling to the field school and while using public transportation
In the Case of Symptoms or Illness
If a participant develops COVID-19 symptoms, including respiratory symptoms of a presumed infectious cause, we will require:
-antigen rapid testing (we strongly recommend students bring a supply of their own COVID-19 rapid home kit tests, but the field school may have a modest supply available)
-wearing masks indoors
-separate living quarters (this may be at the cost of the student if the project cannot supply separate quarters).*
During the field school, participants will follow local guidelines for isolation/quarantine. IFR will seek advice, both from its medical director and from local authorities, to determine the best plan of care that considers both the needs of the patient and the operational needs of the field school environment. Such decisions are difficult and will be made with careful consideration. In many cases, a student may isolate themselves in a facility near the field school. The pre-program orientation will discuss local isolation and quarantine protocols, and other health care arrangements that may be required if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs once a field school has started.
*Program participants are responsible for housing and other costs associated with any quarantine or isolation required before, during, or after an IFR field school. Program directors will help identify appropriate locations for isolation/quarantine and will provide information about contacts, costs, etc., to students in advance of their field school. Students who miss all or part of the program due to COVID-19 may not be able to rejoin the program due to logistical or other challenges and may not be able to earn academic credit for the course due to their inability to participate the full duration of the program.