Updated Trip Information (2/26/21)
The 8th grade Washington, D.C. Trip for the Class of 2025 (current 8th grade students) has officially been rescheduled for May 31 - June 3, 2022. This trip will take place after students' 9th grade school year. Students' last day of school for the 2021-22 school year is May 26, 2022. If you want your current balance refunded from Classic Student Tours, please contact the tour company. Classic Student Tours will refund your entire balance except for a $25 processing fee if you contact them by Monday, March 1, 2021. Please note that by receiving your refund, you will no longer have a reserved seat on the May 31-June 3, 2022 Washington, D.C. trip.
information below released January 2021
Postponement of the 2020-21 8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip has been postponed - eighth grade students will not be going on the Washington, D.C. trip during the 2020-21 school year. This trip had previously been rescheduled from its original 2020 November trip date to May 4-7, 2021.
Why is the district postponing the 2020-21 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip?
COVID-19 Pandemic & Related Rules and Guidelines: There is no guarantee that we will be able to travel to Washington, D.C. due to the (a) ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; (b) continued increase in COVID-19 cases; (c) and perpetual changes in guidelines regarding travel restrictions within the United States.
Health and Safety of Staff and Students: We cannot anticipate that any of our students will have had the vaccine by May 2021 since the vaccines are not currently available for SJHS-aged students. In addition, transportation seating arrangements and hotel room assignments do not allow social distancing to be achieved. One positive COVID-19 individual in a closed-circulation setting could result in the virus spreading to multiple peoples.
Parent/Guardian Money: The logistics of sending over 400 8th grade students to Washington, D.C. requires that the tour company, Classic Student Tours, set hotel and bus reservations well in advance of the May 2021 trip date. If we ended up postponing the trip closer to the May 2021 date of the trip, then it is very realistic that parents/guardians would not receive back a majority of their money already paid to Classic Student Tours, as the money would have already been handed over to the bus lines and hotels.
Is the district canceling or postponing the 2020-21 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip? The district has decided to postpone the 2020-21 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip and reschedule it for the end of the class of 2025’s freshman school year, 2021–22. We will plan to leave for Washington, D.C. in late May/early June after the conclusion of the students' last day of school on May 26, 2022. While there are no specific dates reserved for this trip, students can anticipate leaving late May/early June 2022 for this trip. More information, including trip dates, will be released in the upcoming months.
What about the money I have paid to Classic Student Tours? Families that want to send their student on the Washington, D.C. trip after their student’s freshman year in late May/early June 2022 can leave their current deposit/payments with Classic Student Tours as payment toward the late May/early June 2022 trip. The final cost of the late May/early June 2022 trip will not be determined until the Spring of 2022; however, Classic Student Tours has stated that the final price of the late May/early June 2022 trip will not exceed the highest monetary amount listed on the initial paperwork for the May 2021 trip, ($785-$887). Therefore, the late May/early June Washington, D.C. 2022 trip for the class of 2025 will have a final cost of no more than $887. Final payment for the late May/early June 2022 trip will be due in April 2022.
What if I want to get my current deposit/payments back from Classic Student Tours? If you want your current balance refunded from Classic Student Tours, please contact the company using the information below. Classic Student Tours will refund your entire balance except for a $25 processing fee if you contact them by Monday, March 1, 2021. Please note that by receiving your refund, your student will no longer have a reserved seat on the late May/early June Washington, D.C. 2022 trip.
Classic Student Tours
75 Rhoads Center Drive
Centerville, OH 45458
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (937) 439-0032