Dear Band Families,
It is with great sadness that we must announce the cancellation of the Marching Bees trip to Walt Disney World during Spring Break 2020. Unfortunately, due to the recent COVID-19 crisis, which led to the temporary closure of Disney Parks and Resorts around the globe, along with ongoing updates from state and national leaders restricting access to restaurants, stores, tourist locations, etc., it is in the best interest of our students, staff, and chaperones to make this tough decision to cancel.
This biannual visit to Walt Disney World is an event that our students and families look forward to and is a source of pride for our school and community. We know that this decision will be particularly difficult for our Juniors and Seniors, but please understand we waited as long as we could to make the call hoping this pandemic would improve to allow the band to travel as planned. Freshmen and Sophomores will still have the opportunity to travel in 2022.
Great Day! Tours is working with all the vendors to maximize our refund. The largest cost portion of the tour is the Disney Ticket and food vouchers, which Great Day! Tours has received confirmation will be refunded. Disney is not sure of the time frame because they are running with a state required minimum staff, so please be patient. Disney indicated it could take a couple of months. Many of the other suppliers, including the hotel, have already indicated that they will be sending a refund. You will be refunded via the same method that you used to pay for the trip – check or credit card. All Bee Bucks will also be returned to your Bee Buck account through the Band Boosters.
We understand that this cancellation does not provide our Juniors and Seniors the opportunity to travel with the band, so all Juniors and Seniors will get a refund as determined by Great Day! Tours. The band is working with Great Day! Tours to see if we can get a reduced price for the future trip in 2022 if families elect not to take a refund at this time for their student and the student will be enrolled in band for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. All details will be announced when the refund is finalized.
Medications that have been turned in for the trip are available at the high school from the clinic. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pick-up time. Information about uniform turn-in will be released at a later date. Please make sure you keep them hung up properly at home.
We have shared with you everything we know at this point, but if you have any questions we will do our best to answer them. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. BEE well!
Mr. Aaron Rex, Ms. Tricia Astey, Mr. John Pasternak
CC: Steven Ast, Principal
Joelle Magyar, Superintendent
Kathleen Drinko, President of Band Boosters