Please have your registration contract done by January 2022.
Who Can Go?
Students in the High Steppin’ Hawks band program, color guard, and orchestra who will be in 9th-12th grade in March of 2023 are all invited to go! There will be performance opportunities for all students. Friends and family of the High Steppin’ Hawks are welcome to join the shadow tour so that you can be in Dublin to watch your student perform. Please know that the shadow tour functions as a separate tour that intersects with the student tour to watch the performances. It allows you to experience some of the same things as your student while giving your student the structured independence of travelling with their peers. You will have a different flight, tour guide, bus and driver when you arrive. You will be in a different hotel and some nights you will even be in a different city. It will also allow you to do some things that you wouldn’t be able to do on the student tour.
Tour schedule for students and parents that are chaperoning the trip! Sign up here:
Download the trip Contracts here for the correct tour. Each person on the tour will need to have a form.
What About Covid?
We don’t know what COVID-19 travel policies Ireland or the USA will have in place when March 2023 rolls around. We expect tourism to thrive throughout 2022, and with that, pandemic preventative measures will adjust with advisories, new research, vaccines, and immunity. At the time of travel, you must conform and abide by all pandemic travel policies in place at the time. Currently, as of November 2021, this means you must be fully vaccinated, carry your CDC card as proof, and wear a mask indoors and on the bus when requested to do so. Additionally, a negative COVID-19 rapid test is required to return to the USA. Exploring Europe will arrange for testing, if needed, at the time of travel. The test costs about $60, and you’ll need to pay for it yourself. Exploring Europe will give us updates as needed throughout 2022.
When is the latest I can sign up?
We need you to do the enrollment as soon as possible so that we have accurate numbers and an accurate count of how many students in each instrumental section will be going. If you sign up by January 19, 2022, you can follow the payment plan listed with David McGuffin Exploring Europe. If you sign up later, you may need to make a full payment at the time of enrollment depending upon how late you are.
What will I need to bring?
Identification and Money
What to Pack
We look forward to having your student in the band and hope they are able to participate in this awesome experience with us! You can enroll them in the trip right now (which helps spread out the payments) or wait until the fall. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions! You can also talk to our 8th grade parent liaison, Mrs. Samantha Murray. She is our media specialist and her daughter is currently in 8th grade, so she is eager to help answer your questions as you transition to the high school. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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