To the students, friends, and family at BSM,
We are following the direction of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by moving our internship experience with the Tokyo Olympics to 2021.
We want you all to know how determined we are to be ready for Summer 2021. BSM is looking to the following year with clear purpose and insight to begin preparations and precautions for next year.
We will continue to monitor the global response to COVID-19 and determine the necessary adjustments to our trip to Japan. We won’t be together in Tokyo this summer, but we will come back next year even stronger.
All 2020 enrolled students and families have been directly contacted for next steps. We have provided refunds to students who requested them, then we are offering a hold for students who still want to join us next year. The future is uncertain and we are here to support our students with their future summer plans whether that is with us in Tokyo or not.
All of us at BSM Trips wish you the very best.
Could 2021 Still be cancelled?
BSM is monitoring the health warnings provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and/or State Department at any time, as well as the directives from the IOC. If the IOC cancels the Olympics or postpones it once again we will follow their instruction for future plans. If Japan reaches a Level 3 Center for Disease Control (CDC) or Level 4 State Department travel restriction in place 45 days prior to departure, then that would cause BSM Trips to cancel the experience. BSM Trips would also cancel the programming if the United States is in a State of Emergency or has implemented a nationwide travel restriction 45 days prior to departure.
TRAVELER HEALTH RATING (CDC) & BSM RESPONSE
Hand washing before meals
We provide hand sanitizer and masks for students.
Coordinating our group travel to avoid gatherings. We are keeping our groups to under 10 students.
We employ well-trained Trip Leaders to monitor the health of our travelers and to remain vigilant to their environment. Our Trip Leaders and management teams have been specifically briefed on the COVID-19.
We will continue to monitor the spread of coronavirus at the global level through our Risk Management Team as well as at the country level by our Directors and their staff.
We register all of our students with the US and Canadian Embassies in Japan.
In the case of a sudden health warning during your program, we would work with the above resources, and our own, to get the group back home as quickly and safely as possible.
In the unlikely event of a quarantine, we would open communication with parents, contact the Embassies, and work to establish communication with our staff and the group.
We have a 24 hour emergency number when programs are running.
WHAT HAS BSM IMPLEMENTED TO REINFORCE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ITS TRAVELERS?
CDC Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions
BSM Response- No changes, continue with existing policies and protocols. Practice usual precautions.
CDC Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions
BSM Response - Itinerary adjustments possible and implementation of enhanced health and safety protocols.
CDC Warning – Level 3, Avoid Non Essential Travel
BSM Response- Cancellation of Olympic programming.
WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP MYSELF HEALTHY WHEN TRAVELING?
Wear your mask.
Keep a safe distance when possible from others.
Avoid large gatherings.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
Carry hand sanitizer; use this whenever soap and water are not available.
Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue out.
Avoid putting your hands in your mouth. Use antiseptic wipes to clean surfaces in and around eating areas and airplane seating areas. This includes armrests, tray tables, movie screens and remotes, and any lighting and vents overhead.