Onsite COVID-19 Precautions
The following is a guide to help you understand what to expect and the protocols that MUST BE FOLLOWED during your stay and while at school.
IMPORTANT! All students who enroll for their class after June 1, 2021, must be fully vaccinated upon arrival for their course.
The student house: A maximum of 4 students will be staying at the house. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance. Please make sure to sanitize your hands upon arrival.
Host families: Students will be incorporated into the family's social bubble and treated as family members. Hand sanitizer will be available in the houses, and the families will require the student to follow the protocol procedures below.
Students will not be required to wear masks in their houses, be separated from the family or other students, or be subject to any rules that the rest of the family is not subject to. Instead, the student will be treated as one of the family or the social bubble every day.
COVID-19 Protocol and Guidelines in Costa Rica
- Essential services are open. Public transportation and hospitals are operating at normal capacity. Facial coverings are required in all public spaces and in all indoor settings except when eating, while alone, or in a private home.
- The use of facial coverings is also mandatory at bus stops and on all forms of public transportation.
- Face shields can continue to be worn, but only if a face covering is worn underneath. Face coverings can be either surgical or homemade, as long as they cover the nose and mouth.
- Any individual who violates a mandated sanitary order or restriction will be subject to a fine between 450,200 to 2,300,000 colones($1000- $3500) depending on the violation.
- Visitors traveling to Costa Rica will need to provide proof of a medical insurance policy to cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment or quarantine lodging while in Costa Rica. In the case of international insurance, please see the requirements. It is also possible to purchase a Costa Rican medical insurance policy through the National Insurance Institute (INS) or Sagicor of Costa Rica, covering the duration of your stay in Costa Rica.
- Read More: further details and the latest information for entering Costa Rica during COVID.
Classroom and Bus Protocols
- Students, staff members, and practicum students with any symptoms will not be allowed in the classroom or the bus.
- Your temperature will be taken before entering the bus or classroom.
- Wash your hands before entering the classroom. There will be two sinks located outside the classroom.
- Masks need to be worn at all times on the bus, during class time, and in the common areas.
- While on campus, please wash your hands or sanitize them regularly.
- Eating meals outside in the open areas is best.
- The inside of the classroom, bathrooms, and common areas will be disinfected by our staff regularly.
Before coming in contact with your host family, other students, staff members, and practicum students.
- Make sure to follow all the guidelines and protocols stated by The Ministry of Health.
- There will be a disinfectant and a sanitizing station before coming to the student house, host family, or campus.
- Please make sure you use hand sanitizer on your hands, the disinfectant on your shoes, and throw your mask away (if disposable) or wash it if you are going to use the same one the next time you go out. (We recommend bringing multiple masks with you, as well as your own hand sanitizer to carry with you at all times.)
- If you have any symptoms, please let your family and the school know as soon as possible to take the necessary precautions. Also, make sure you have your travel insurance handy and available.
- If you, your roommate(s), or someone in your host family gets sick, the school is not responsible for finding another accommodation for you.
Check out the US Embassy in Costa Rica for all of the updated entry requirements for visitors in Costa Rica. Here's more details about the on-campus protocol, and for more information on the current situation in Costa Rica, check out ticotimes.net.
General COVID-19 Protocols
Promoting Behaviors that Prevent Spread
- Stay home when sick or when they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19
- Teach and Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
- Teach and reinforce the use of cloth face coverings to protect others (if appropriate)
- There are accessible sinks and enough supplies that are easily available for people to clean their hands (e.g., soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, and a way to dry hands, such as paper towels or a hand dryer).
Preparing for When Someone Gets Sick
- Students or staff members will get a Covid test at a clinic close to the school. Check list of places covid 19- tests.
Please ask your ITA Admissions Advisor if you have any doubts or questions, and if you haven't yet reserved your space in one of our TEFL courses, contact us today.