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BOSS COVID-19 response

Updated 4/2

Dear BOSS students and community,

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience as we navigate the rapidly unfolding COVID-19 situation.

We are monitoring the situation closely, and keeping in contact with peer organizations, health experts, and national and local agencies to make sure we are up to date with the best possible information as we look to this year’s field season.

Alongside our peer organizations and medical consultants, our main sources of information are:
  1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  2. The World Health Organization
  3. Utah Department of Health

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. In any decision we make regarding our operations, we consider these first. And they are in the front of our minds as we look to the scheduled start of our field season in late May.

Our winter staff, working hard to get geared up for the coming field season, is working from home and following all guidelines to stay safe and healthy.

Beyond our students and our staff, BOSS is considering ways we as an organization can help those in our local communities during this outbreak.

What we’re experiencing now is unprecedented. Every day brings new challenges and unanticipated change. Through all of this I am doing my best to practice what we preach. Stay calm, make good decisions, make a positive impact. I am enormously grateful for the strength, adaptability, and generosity of the BOSS community.

Enrolled students who cannot attend their course because of the COVID-19 pandemic can use the balance they’ve already paid towards a future BOSS course. A full refund (minus a fee of 4% to cover bank fees) is an option. However, we are asking BOSS students to consider keeping their registration to use on a future BOSS trip. We are a small nonprofit and these funds are important for paying our staff, our mortgage, and keeping the lights on. Deferring enrollment like this will support our school and our staff through these unprecedented times. To say thank you, we will honor the 2020 course prices for your future BOSS course, no matter how much our costs and course prices have increased.

Thank you for being a part of this community, and we look forward to seeing you in the field!

All my best,
Eli Loomis
BOSS Executive Director

If you have any questions about BOSS’s response to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to contact us.