Thursday, September 4, 2014

What if...?

Dear Families and Students,

You might be wondering what happens if a student gets homesick, injured or ill while on FLOW. What if there is a family emergency at home and a student must return to the mainland? What protocols and routines are in place to handle a student who needs to leave the trip?

While we doubt anyone will need (or want to), students do have the ability to leave FLOW at any time, for any reason. Whether it's an injury, illness, homesickness or a family emergency, there are two 18 foot skiffs with outboard motors ready to shove off from the Chewonki waterfront 24 hours a day. The islands are 10 to 15 minutes away. Instructors have cell phones, VHF radios and satellite phones to communicate with each other and with the Chewonki office at all times.

Chewonki employs a full time nurse who lives on campus and is on call 24 hours a day. There is an infirmary for students who may need to spend the night off the island. If a child needs to leave FLOW, they can either be picked up from the Chewonki campus or driven home by a Chewonki employee.

I hope you find this information helpful and reassuring. The goal of FLOW is not for kids to endure some form of grueling hardship. Instead, we hope kids get to enjoy learning while outside, and that they gain many useful skills that will lead to a lifelong love of the outdoors.

If you have any specific questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.


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