There are some decisions you would rather never make. You would like to put them off, but putting them off does not change what should be done. These kinds of decisions are about doing what is right; they are not about doing what is easy. 

For the first time since we opened our doors in 1976, EXPLO has made the tremendously difficult decision to suspend our summer programs for the 2020 season due to the current state of uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. To run our programs on campuses in three world-class cities across the U.S. at this time would simply be unsafe.

This decision saddens all of us at EXPLO. We plan, prepare, and look forward throughout the year to spending time with our students during the summer. It saddens us even more because we also know how much EXPLO means to our students and families. For many of us, EXPLO is where we experience the optimism, the joy, and the hope that comes with learning through exploration. It’s where we stretch our minds, take risks, and think outside of the box. It’s where we tap into our collective humanity and feel that all is well with the world. 

If your family is enrolled with EXPLO for Summer 2020, and you have questions, please reach out to us at registrar@explo.org 

All will be right with the world again. In the meantime, I ask us all to remember: there is a reason why we are called EXPLO. 

We are the people of the possible. A community of explorers who look past the horizon to unseen shores and blaze new paths forward. In this collective moment of uncertainty, we are called to do just that — to live up to our name and find new ways of coming together when the world has been asked to physically remain apart for the common good. We have answered that call and will share more details with you in the coming weeks.

We are also committed to bringing the EXPLO community back together in person during the bright and warm days of Summer 2021. We look forward to reuniting with our EXPLO families and welcoming new members into our community then.

On behalf of all of us at EXPLO, please take care and be well.