UPDATE: Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5-6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.
TRAVEL (TO AND DURING THE PROGRAM)
All students will fly into the Tucson International Airport (TUS), where they will be met by staff members and driven to the Ruby campsite. Currently, there are no statewide rules in Arizona concerning quarantine. However, students must arrange a test for current infection for COVID-19 through a RT-PCR test for themselves in their home location within 72 hours prior to arrival in Arizona. Proof of a negative result needs to have been uploaded to the IFR. Upon arrival at the Ruby campsite the students will help set up camp according to health protocols.
If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email the field school directors immediately. A local emergency mobile phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
Please email the field school directors if you intend to drive to this program.
LOCAL PROTOCOLS, REGULATIONS, & EXPECTATIONS
Currently, there are no statewide or countywide regulations in Arizona or Santa Cruz County. However, in order to maintain resilience in the face of changing COVID dynamics, the Ruby field school will live, eat, and work isolated from the local community. We will camp 30 minutes away from any substantial population center, and we will only go into town for provisions. Given these circumstances, students and staff will be substantially isolated from people not participating in this field program.
In rare instances where we do meet with non-participants, interaction with the local community and others must be limited to situations where everyone can maintain the required 6-foot/2-meter physical distance, wear masks, and ideally be outside.
This field school will take place within the US; there are no visa requirements. Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirements.