Should a participant become ill during a program, they should immediately notify the Group Leader, who will assist in obtaining medical attention. If a participant develops symptoms of illness such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or experience any other signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other communicable illnesses, they will be required to immediately self-isolate, both for their health and the health, safety and welfare of the group. The Group Leader will then help the participant get tested, or contact a local medical professional so he or she can evaluate the participant's symptoms and provide appropriate guidance regarding treatment and care.
Participants who are ill and having symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will not be permitted to rejoin the program and must remain in self-isolation until either they test negative for COVID-19, or are evaluated by a medical professional who determines their condition is not contagious and clears them to resume group activities, at which time they may return to the group.
If a participant tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to remain in isolation and not be permitted to rejoin the group for at least 5 days (or longer depending on local regulations) and test negative for COVID-19 before being permitted to rejoin the program. As a precaution, all participants and the Group Leader will be required to wear a face mask for no less than 10 days. If the COVID-positive participant wishes to rejoin the program after their isolation period ends and they test negative, as an additional safety precaution they will be required to wear a face mask for the remainder of the program. Please note that if the program is in a remote area and the group will move to the next location, it may be necessary for a positive-testing individual to transfer with the group if no other reasonable transportation options are available. This may include itinerary based programs with internal commercial flights. In such rare instances everyone will be required to wear masks.
Please also know that all participants have coverage under our Road Scholar Assurance Plan, which provides 24-hour assistance in the event of a medical emergency during their program and insurance for emergency medical evacuation. Please visit www.roadscholar.org/about/included-insurance for more information about the emergency services and insurance benefits participant have with the Road Scholar Assurance Plan.