Becoming a student in 2020 during a pandemic around the world means exploring into the realm of unmapped virtual learning and isolation. Students leave the classroom for laptop screens and Google hangouts in their living room.
Pine Grove Elementary School (PGE) students join in virtual learning by completing sessions in online mathematics and language arts programs, meeting with teachers and classmates at Google meeting and completing elective board activities via email. Students demonstrate an understanding of mathematical concepts using objects found at home and send pictures to their teacher.
Former PGE Carter students Mae Ellington and Maeson Epley also wade in uncharted waters while abroad in the UK. As students in the DODEA (Department of Defense Education) school, Carter Mae and Maeson must follow the guidelines set by the host country.
Quarantine in the UK means social distance of no more than two people outside your family. The family can only send one member out for important items such as food and medicine. While this guideline is recommended in Valdosta, residents in the UK face fines of up to $ 1,071 if caught traveling for any reason other than important matters.
PGE students enjoy beautiful weather when they complete a sidewalk art project in their entrance from the art choice board. Students send photos of the exercise at their home to the school’s webpage and ride bicycles around the neighborhood as much as possible. Students in the UK can only go out to exercise once a day and must live close to home. The small park is not the best place to play soccer and Carter Mae and Maeson.
Pandemic has hit the travel industry hard.
And if you have already booked a summer vacation, you are
might feel the pain too.
The Better Business Bureau gets a big increase in
complaints about travel companies and their refund policy. We were told
hundreds have been filed in North Texas alone.
The misery of travel is very difficult at school and
parents who have planned an educational trip for students at the end of school
For example, Texas International Leadership, charter
a school with many locations throughout Texas, has so many students who are excited to travel
next month to places like New York, Washington, D.C. and Costa Rica for 7,
Students in grades 8 and 11.
But the pandemic destroyed the plans and parents found out how to get their money back or guaranteed that their money could be used for future school trips with the travel company, EF Educational Tours. Those who want a full refund will be able to get all their money back, minus $ 1,000 for cancellation fees.
“I don’t know anyone who has an extra thousand dollars
in their back pocket they can throw. I know of course not, and
we are a family of five, “said the parents, who did not want to reveal their names
but talked to NBC 5 about his experience. “I haven’t received anything for what
I already paid. ”
He is just one of hundreds of local parents who feel that right now. He said that he paid nearly $ 3,000 in advance for the EF Educational Tours company trip for his son’s high school trip to Costa Rica and also bought travel insurance but found a good print, legally excluding pandemic.
“I feel like I have to jump through a circle, I feel that way
even though it’s not an easy and easy process, “he said.” I feel like us
punished. Such a punishment. I have something else to do, I have
kids at home that I’m homeschooling. ”
Parents have several other options if they want to keep it
their investment in the whole trip, including getting the travel voucher
lasts two and a half years, transferring vouchers to other children for other children
travel, or transfer vouchers to other families.
However, for parents who have children to graduate later
years or who do not have other children who are eligible for travel in the next two years
over the years, the voucher might not be worth it. Vouchers are also taken into account
non-educational travel if the whole family wants to use it, but some say
Financial pressures in the economy and job loss may not be the best
Fortunately, schools say they have sought more solutions
with the company and able to cut cancellation fees by more than half.
What can travelers
The Better Business Bureau said this experience highlights the big problems facing the travel industry today.
“That is a challenge. What we say to people is to be patient and try hard to work with those companies specifically. Everyone knows that when this ends, the company will still need customers, “said Phylissia Clark, VP Public Relations for BBB Serving North Central Texas. “Be careful with the fact that businesses take this balancing act and try to do their best to make consumers happy. But it can be very, very difficult if they want the lights to remain on their doors open,” Clark said. .
Be persistent. It might take a lot of negotiation but
The company makes adjustments to respect the return of money when the situation develops.
“They might want to bend whatever the contract says
try and fix a customer service dispute, “Clark said.
If that doesn’t work, dispute the fee to your bank.
“They must give you detailed receipts for everything
that you’ve spent money if they try to charge you, “Clark said.” Worth it
ask the company to give you all the documents and have all the evidence
things have been spent. And persistently, continue to dialogue
with those companies. ”
And if all else fails, submit a complaint to the BBB or the Prosecutor’s Office
“Tell us that this company does not respect the return of their money
policy or not work with you, “Clark said.” Because in some ways it is
can be a deceptive means. ”
When it comes to travel insurance, Clark explains why many
the policy does not cover cancellations and claims are denied.
“The real problem is that it’s usually in those contracts
there is something called force majeure. It says if there is
some kind of disaster – which usually means a storm or tornado or
some weather events that will stop something happening – usually it is
will trigger that clause and you will get a refund because everyone understands
it’s out of people’s control, “Clark said.” But the difficulty is now
whether a global pandemic is one of those situations. Because
no one will write a ‘global pandemic’ orally or into terms and conditions
contract conditions are therefore not a priority for anyone. Oh, I see
debated now, legally, whether the cabinet was triggered or not. ”
In the end, Clark said that everyone struggled
across the board.
“Types of companies that provide existing services
financially canceled. In many cases this is very
reputable companies that want to work with you, but they maintain a balance
payroll for their employees, trying not to lay off people and deal
with their expenses, “he said.
EF Educational Tours says cancellation fees exist because travel companies book flight tickets, hotel and tour costs in large quantities in advance, an investment that comes with a set of own costs.
The company issued the following statement to NBC 5 with information they share with parents from school trips and other travelers at this time.
The health and safety of our travelers and staff have been our top priority for more than 55 years. We are closely monitoring the situation of COVID-19, continuing to communicate with our offices throughout the world, and actively following the guidance of all relevant authorities.
The long-term impact of the COVID-19 virus on global travel is unclear, and the situation is changing and changing every day. Given these circumstances, we now offer our tour groups with travel plans until May 31 cash refunds (less than $ 1,000 per person) as an alternative to transferable travel vouchers, which, of course, also remain an option.
We also continue to adjust our Peace of Mind program and flexible re-order options, our voucher program, and our cancellation policy by instituting a freeze on fees and an extended schedule to cancel or re-order the tour.
Specifically, we now offer our tourists the expanded options below. You can see more details about how travel vouchers work here. We also have general FAQs and special vouchers here and here.
All travelers with trips until May 31 will automatically receive travel vouchers that can be transferred in full amount paid (including all payments that are normally non-refundable) until 30 September 2022.
Travel vouchers can be used by individual travelers for EF products including tours for adults and young adults, language travel programs, and new tour packages that we have designed specifically for senior graduates.
The full amount of the travel voucher can also be transferred to other people in the family or school traveler community.
Individuals or groups can also exchange their vouchers for a cash refund of less than $ 1,000 per person. The $ 1,000 fee allows us to partially cover costs related to non-refundable payments to suppliers and staff, while funding flexible reorder options in our Peace of Mind program.
For travelers departing June 1 or newer, know that all tours remain scheduled according to plan. Depending on how the current situation develops, we are committed to offering similar options. We advise individuals and groups who have expressed interest to travel before the end of the year to postpone the cancellation for now.
Al-Khidmat Foundation provides food packages for families
PESHAWAR: Al-Khidmat Foundation volunteers Sunday distributed food packages among 119 families on quarantined streets here in Chamkani area, which had been closed after the death of a Coronavirus patient.
The relief team was led by the president of the provincial foundation, Khalid Waqas Chamkani, a former Nazi union council from the Wasil Farooq Advocate region and others. Speaking on the occasion, Khalid Waqas said that after the death of a patient who tested positive for coronavirus, the government sealed four roads in the area.
Decent people in the area are in dire need of food. In view of their needs, the foundation’s volunteers after adopting all the precautions suggested by the health department reached the area and poured daily necessities such as four, rice, sugar, ghee, and other food among decent families. Meanwhile, the foundation’s volunteers continued their relief campaign in various districts in the province. The Al-Khidmat Foundation has become a leading non-governmental organization that provides unprecedented contributions when needed, especially during natural disasters or human activities. Foundation volunteers wearing yellow jackets can be seen everywhere in the province serving people. The foundation has so far distributed relief packages among hundreds of thousands of families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other provinces in the country. The most positive aspect of their relief activities is that they have succeeded in reaching all decent people regardless of political and religious background. According to Khalid Waqas, volunteer foundations have provided relief items to Muslims and minorities. The foundation has also handed over all health facilities and other facilities to the provincial government for use in the existing pandemic. 92 ambulances and more than 7,000 trained volunteers have also been offered to the government to be used when needed.
The Asia Foundation supports the government
Islamabad: The Asia Foundation Pakistan Office joins the efforts of the Government of Pakistan at this difficult time to partner with the Rawalpindi District Administration in a comprehensive and multi-pronged response to COVID-19.
The Asia Foundation welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent direction to ensure the timely delivery of support to vulnerable people who are confined to their homes and villages. To support the Rawalpindi District Administration’s response, The Asia Foundation partnered with the Deputy Commissioner’s office to disseminate critical public health information and distribute personal protective equipment and sanitation products, including face masks, soap and disinfectants to 3,000 people who were severely affected by public health challenges arising from COVID-19.
In addition, an infrared thermometer has also been provided. As Covid-19 continues to spread, there are significant implications for public health and safety, economic security, governance, and political stability throughout Asia, and the Foundation refocused its work to combat the emerging global pandemic. The challenges created by the health crisis disproportionately impact society.
The Asia Foundation serves, and we create wise responses to urgent needs – especially for women, the poor, and other vulnerable communities for whom Covid-19 has an extraordinary risk. The Asia Foundation is a non-profit international development organization committed to improving life in a dynamic and developing Asia. Working through our offices in 18 countries, we handle critical issues facing Asia.
Through a continuing presence in Pakistan for more than six decades, The Asia Foundation has developed strong ties and valuable expertise in local, regional and international issues.