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Sabrina
May 03, 2022
In On the Road
As you have likely heard, there was a draft leak of the pending SCOTUS decision impacting Roe v Wade. Activity around the Supreme Court Building has elevated. As of this afternoon, there is heavy police presence around the building and sidewalks, First Street has been closed to traffic, and a smaller fence has been put in place on the Capitol grounds east side. There is no impact on the west side of the Capitol, nor on the LOC side. Pedestrian traffic has not been impacted. If things remain as is, we will continue forward with our Capitol Hill itinerary schedules. We WILL NOT take any groups to the Supreme Court side of Capitol Hill until the activity around the building and sidewalks dissipates. Unless you hear otherwise from ACTS, continue forward with Capitol Hill activities as scheduled with the exception of SCOTUS. Avoid SCOTUS area until further notice. Regarding our interactions with our groups, keep in mind that we have people on our groups with varying opinions and beliefs. Our goal is to speak factually about what is going on in our nation's capital city, speak from the perspective of a biblical worldview, but to be gracious and winsome. We cannot celebrate that this information breach took place. There are some very 'teachable moments' - let us pray that God gives each of us wisdom and the right words at the right moment to point our participants to Him and challenge them to think critically - not give them our opinions. Praying for all of you.
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Sabrina
May 03, 2022
In On the Road
ACTS will be responsible for the Uber fees associated with EPL travel but ACTS will not be able to pay an additional tip on the Uber bill. (Uber started their operation on a 'gratuity included' policy. Since then there have been various changes. We need a consistent policy. Their website states: tipping is optional - not expected.) Thanks for your understanding.
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Sabrina
May 03, 2022
In On the Road
This is IT!! Wow - just so you're all in the 'know', 23 motorcoaches on the road this week!! INCREDIBLE! THANK YOU ALL for being part of the ACTS wave! God is at work and we are a part of it. The enemy may keep shooting darts BUT GOD is still on the throne - be encouraged and press on! **CONTACT THIS WEEK: Since Nolan is on the '5 Guys' tour (haha!!) I (Sabrina) will be your primary contact for all things this week. Please text me to request a call - if it's an emergency please text URGENT. CONTACT FOR THE REST OF MAY: After this week, Nolan will be your first point of contact if you are on the road (Sabrina 2nd point of contact). Sabrina will be your pre-tour / post-tour contact. Thanks for your patience as we all work together to pull off this amazing and very busy season! Part 2: Please make sure to take care of the 'human needs' of your groups as you stay on mission! It's warming up temperature-wise on both coasts. WATER: Remind your group needs to stay hydrated! (We've already had some dehydration issues.) Not all of the motorcoaches will be selling water. Send a few adults to buy cases of water if necessary. Fill water bottles at the hotel in the morning. BATHROOMS: What goes in must come out! Make sure you plan adequate stops. Make itinerary adjustments if necessary. Use bathrooms on motorcoaches if necessary. As our Orientation video states, we cannot make someone feel bad or awkward about using the bathroom on the coach.
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Sabrina
Apr 27, 2022
In On the Road
We realize that timing has been tight to do Capitol Hill teaching (i.e. Pass a Bill) with Library of Congress ticket timing. Permission has been given by LOC to flex our arrival by up to 30 minutes. So you can be up to 30 minutes past your appointment time with no repercussions - therefore giving you additional time to sit down by the Grant Statue to teach about Capitol Hill and Pass a Bill. We are getting very good feedback on the Pass a Bill teaching! Our goal is to make sure you have time to include it. (If you need help on how to teach this information contact Nolan or Sabrina.) Note: this info regarding flex timing with LOC will not be reflected on your itinerary - make the adjustment on the road within the 30 minute window as needed.
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Sabrina
Apr 25, 2022
In On the Road
Starting immediately, Colonial Williamsburg is beginning all Study Visit tours for all school groups at the Powder Magazine rather than the Capitol. Guide(s) will meet you at the Magazine. IF there is an exception, it will be noted.
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Sabrina
Apr 22, 2022
In On the Road
Philadelphia is ending its indoor mask mandate, city health officials said Thursday night, abruptly reversing course just days after city residents had to start wearing masks again amid a sharp increase in infections.
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Sabrina
Apr 18, 2022
In On the Road
Most groups expecting to go to Archives will have tickets. However, if your group does not have tickets, the public line is open. Individuals (or groups) can stand in the public line and wait. This could be an option for groups with extended Smithsonian time. We are not suggesting that you should try to include this, just wanted you to know the option exists.
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Sabrina
Apr 14, 2022
In Prayer Support
Hello team - just wanted to request your prayers for our dear friend Marshall Foster. He is having surgery this afternoon and ask that we lift him in prayer. I will have more details later, but for now, he asked that I have the team join in prayer. He knows the power of a praying ACTS team.
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Sabrina
Mar 24, 2022
In Professional Development
No longer EPL Hub ‘button’ on main web page. Now in WIX sites -website & app- exclusively. To access website, click small ‘head/shoulder‘ icon at bottom of ACTS website. You’ll need your password for that site to get in. EPL Hub is accessible from there. On the app, a new button has been added- see below.
Access to EPL Hub content media
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Sabrina
Mar 23, 2022
In Professional Development
We are on our 3rd call this spring regarding damage to hotel rooms discovered upon departure. In 2 of the 3, the hotel is charging a very large amount of money to repair damages. We pass them on to the school (room occupants) when the timing in which we are notified permits. Never a fun conversation after-the-fact. Therefore, we are asking that you request the Organizer / School staff check each of the student rooms prior to departure on check-out day. Starting today. This will prevent inaccurate accusations, and allow immediate remediation if there is an issue. Many schools already have a room-check as part of their procedures. At this point, we are asking this to be done for ALL STUDENT ONLY ROOMS at EVERY HOTEL. Adult occupied rooms (with or without students) do not need to be checked. If damage is discovered in a room, have the Organizer take photos of the damage and share the photos with you; then go immediately to the front desk to file an incident report. An ACTS EPL needs to be present for the conversation with the front desk. Both the Organizer and EPL will need a copy of the report. The hotel should communicate with the ACTS office regarding billing - the ACTS office will be in contact with the Organizer post trip to facilitate payment for damages. The Organizer will need to work with the student(s) and parents directly for collection of payment. Call the office the day damage is found.
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Sabrina
Mar 14, 2022
In On the Road
Details are sketchy but various roads are blocked coming back into the city.
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Sabrina
Mar 08, 2022
In On the Road
Many had dropped the outdoor mask mandates and now indoor mask mandates are quickly dropping as well! You may notice it on-site before we officially hear about it. Just watch the signage as in most cases it is up to the location. Overall the National Park Service (NPS) has dropped all indoor mask mandates unless the park is in a HIGH community spread area.
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Sabrina
Mar 07, 2022
In On the Road
Beginning Friday, March 11, the Smithsonian will no longer require visitors to wear a mask to visit its museums and the National Zoo. Visitors may choose to wear a mask during their visit. This change reflects recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and national guidelines around masking indoors. The Smithsonian will also begin a gradual transition to museums being open more days per week. Starting Monday, March 14, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Zoo will be open to the public seven days a week. Both locations have been operating on modified schedules due to COVID-19. For now, most Smithsonian museums will continue to operate with modified schedules.
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Sabrina
Mar 01, 2022
In On the Road
Earlier this year... Peak Bloom is officially predicted for March 22 - 25, 2022. 'Please note that these days are subject to change depending on Mother Nature!' https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/bloom-watch/ AND the festivities are back! Let the fun begin March 20 - April 17. Parade is April 9. https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/ Itinerary planning team is aware and itineraries are adjusted accordingly - and as possible. :)
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Sabrina
Feb 16, 2022
In On the Road
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced the lifting of city-imposed mandates that require proof of vaccinations (as of Feb 15) and the wearing of masks in many public areas starting March 1. The Smithsonian will continue to require face coverings by all visitors ages 2 and older while visiting its museums and indoor spaces until further notice. (FYI - most Smithsonian food service is still closed.) Other locations can decide to require masks as well so be aware of signage as things continue to change rather quickly.
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Sabrina
Feb 16, 2022
In Professional Development
We are sorry for the long delay but the Spring schedule is complete...we are so grateful for the blessing of the many Education Programs we have - and for the groups that kept adding motorcoaches! Just was complicated getting through the first couple weeks of May especially. Lots of moving parts. Please look it over ASAP! (For the record - "I can't do that one' is not an answer we accept 😀) Well, at least those first weeks in May. Seriously, we tried to take dates you're unavailable and a number of other things into consideration. We need to hear from you asap if there is a conflict on your end. Thank you to everyone for being on the team - and for pinch hitting as needed. We are truly grateful for you. Please respond by Thursday at 12P EST if you have any issues. Please like this post so we know you have seen this message. Special travel arrangements must be in by Monday, Feb 21 for the newly released May and June trips. (Email your special requests to nolan@acts-tours.com.
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Sabrina
Jan 28, 2022
In Professional Development
Land's End has offered us a 30% discount off regular price sale! If you would like to purchase something specific with the ACTS logo (i.e. outwear), you need to submit the Item # / Price / Size / Quantity by Wednesday, February 2, 2022 to ACTS. (This is a special offer that supersedes what you may see on Land's End website.) The cost of aprx $8 will be added to the item for the logo imprint/embroidery. To ensure the item is 'logo ready' choose from Land's End Business @ https://business.landsend.com/ If you choose a Land's End item from outside the business section, it may not be able to receive a logo. We can try, but the business section is a definite. Note: these items will be at your expense as they are not required. If you do need to order standard issue uniform shirts, please let Laurel know- she will send you the Order Form for our standard shirts. (Please don't order if you don't really need them in an effort to keep costs down this year.) Please send your item/items to Laurel at laurel@acts-tours.com by Feb 2.
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Sabrina
Jan 25, 2022
In Professional Development
We're ready for you to log into The Hub and review what you have been scheduled to do through March and April. Hoping to have May ready by end of day tomorrow. Please be aware that we get very little input when school's choose their dates. We allow them to pick dates based on what works best for the school. That can make scheduling tricky based on the way the dates align (or don't!). We are sincerely hopeful that you will be able to do the Programs that have been assigned to you. Every effort was made to honor your requests for specific dates, but it's possible we missed something. If there are any Programs you cannot do, please let us know as soon as possible - by end of day Wednesday, Jan 26 for sure. Please understand there may be changes even after you approve the schedule but you will be notified and asked prior to a change. Special travel requests must be made by Friday, January 28, 2022. So grateful to have you on our Ambassadors of Reconciliation Team!! 🙂
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Sabrina
Jan 24, 2022
In Professional Development
Just want you as our EPL Team to see what we're sharing with all of the students and parents you will be meeting over the next few months...get ready!! They are coming! As the President of American Christian Tours, I want to share how excited we are for those who are registered for an upcoming Education Program. This past weekend, we hosted our annual Education Program Leader (EPL) training in the Washington DC area. It was such an amazing time to be with our entire EPL team as they prepare to lead each person on the adventure of a lifetime. They’re so ready, and so excited to share this beloved city, now more than ever! As usual, the EPL training team stayed overnight in one of our wonderful Virginia hotel properties, then made the 20 +/- minute trek into our nation’s capital city. We walked on Capitol Hill, stopped to pray for our leaders, visited some of our favorite memorials, and checked out a great lunch spot. Here is a picture of our EPL team on the ground this past weekend. We can confirm that while there is a vaccine mandate that only impacts indoor dining for restaurants under the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia, there are locations outside of that jurisdiction in which mandates do not apply. Entrance to museums and memorials are not impacted by the current mandate. Therefore, normal access to restrooms is unaffected. (That’s a pretty important detail!!) Our incredible office team is constantly at work making sure that your needs and best interest will be served with the same excellence that has been an ACTS hallmark for nearly 40 years. To provide an enjoyable and nutritious meal, they have relocated all dinner reservations to restaurants in neighboring Virginia. They are also securing tickets for the various museums and attractions the group will be visiting. I’m humbled to lead a team of people who work tirelessly and so faithfully to make sure that every detail is in place to ensure an incredible experience. It’s no secret that the last two years have presented unbelievable challenges. Thankfully, by God’s grace, we have been able to surmount many of those challenges so we can continue to live out the mission of ACTS to serve you, our customer, with godly integrity and excellence. It would be in no one’s best interest to intentionally lead our valued passengers down a path that would tarnish, if not ruin, our integrity. Thank you for allowing us to partner with you as we continue to educate and inspire the next generation. Please reach out to our office team if you have any questions. For Such A Time As This, Sabrina – on behalf of the entire team P.S. To hear first-hand from group leaders and passengers who have traveled with us recently, visit this link. See you soon!
FYI - January Update to all passengers content media
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Sabrina
Jan 18, 2022
In Professional Development
So great to see all of you! You can go into The Hub and fill out payroll information for T229001A. Then don’t peek until further notic!😀
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