With the prospect of the peak in COVID-19 now over, what is the likelihood of returning to normality?

We still have to wait some time…

It looks like it is going to be some time still before schools will be able to engage in outdoor learning and school visits beyond their school grounds or local activity area.

Even then, the social distancing will have implications on how the activities are managed and risk assessed accordingly with consideration for hygiene and health issues.

Yet, young people and adults need to be active and need an outdoor environment to gain health and fitness benefits along with all the learning opportunities the outdoors has to offer.

No overseas or domestic trips

The Department for Education is currently advising against all overseas visits for an indefinite period and currently advising against any travel for domestic trips both residential and non-residential.

The guidance is reviewed on a daily / weekly basis but schools need to work together with their visit providers, insurers and parents. Visit providers are seeking further payments or balance of payments whilst parents are reluctant to pay the school the balance so where do schools stand on claims, cancellations or postponement of visits?

Contact your insurance

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has produced information on travel insurance implications following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. If you have any further questions about your cover or would like further reassurance, you should contact your travel insurance provider and / or your schools insurance provider.

Useful information

The Outdoor Education Adviser Panel (OEAP) have produced the following documents which may help establish how your school is to manage the current education visits situation:

Norberto Fusi

Norberto Fusi

Norberto is the Educational Visits Adviser for Juniper Education. He has worked in secondary schools for 11 years and managed a residential Education Centre for Essex County Council for 20 years. Over the past 11 years, Norberto has been a member of the Outdoor Education Adviser Panel (OEAP), an assessor for the LOtC Quality Badge, and associate adviser for EVOLVEAdvice.