Puerto Rico Trip Family Packet

May 6-9, 2019

Dear Families,

We are tremendously excited to be embarking on this adventure as a school. Thank you for all the time and energy you have spent supporting the planning & fundraising for this trip. And thank you for all that you will do (wake up early, stay up late, have conversations, trust the school with your young person) over the coming weeks.

Please read through this packet very closely, and use the checklist to track which documents we need you to sign and return. All permission slips and payments are due back to the school on Monday, 4/29/19, the first day back from the break.

Please reach out to your advisor, myself, or Noleca with any questions at all.

all best,

Jade Sanchez-Ventura.

Puerto Rico Trip Checklist

    NOT To Bring:
  1. Flammables
  2. Sharp objects
  3. Liquids
  4. Drugs or Alcohol

PACKING LIST (Items to bring)

Pack light! Pack a carry-on luggage and a small personal bag that students can comfortably carry on their own:

  • Lightweight clothes - Puerto Rico’s weather is hot and very humid year round, so try to dress as comfortable and as light as possible. STILL, pack one outfit for Semi-Formal Dinner!
  • Shorts… lots of shorts! - With an average of 85°F to 95°F, it is likely you will want to wear shorts every day. Plus, it’s time to tan those legs!
  • Sandals - You’ll see it’s quite common to see people walking the city with their sandals/flip flops. It’s just comfortable and great for the hot weather and beach.
  • Sneakers - During our service work we have to be protected. Lots of walking with different street surfaces.
  • Sleepwear - Appropriate for shared sleeping quarters!
  • Swimwear - You WILL go to the beach. PLEASE PACK BEACH TOWEL. Enough said.
  • Sunglasses - Protect your eyes and look cool. You’re in paradise!
  • Hat - Protect your head and look cool!
  • A light rain jacket - Stay dry if it rains!
  • Work clothes - A set of clothes appropriate for potentially dirt and paint-filled service work
  • Toiletries and medicines - Pack only the essentials. If you have anything that doesn’t meet the carry-on requirements you can check in ALL-SCHOOL luggage. (put in one 1½ gallon clear ziplock bag and label with name)
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste - Please have wrapped up
  • Camera - Puerto Rico is beautiful and what better way to remember than through pictures?

    The school will pack the following for communal use, but feel free to bring:

  • Sunblock – Get one with strong UV protection. Puerto Rico’s tropical sun has no mercy.
  • Aloe Vera lotion – In case you took your tanning a step too far. Will help soothe the burning sensation. Believe me, it’s not a pretty sensation, especially if on your back.
  • Mosquito repellent – No one like to get bitten by mosquitoes, right?

Puerto Rico Flight Requirements

Checked bag size and weight: Before you pack, make sure your bags meet our checked bag size dimensions and weight requirements. With a fare options that include a variety of checked bag options, you can check your worries at the door. If your plans change after booking, checked bags may be added online or at the airport for additional fees. Checked bags exceeding 62" (157.48 cm) in overall dimensions (length + width + height) or 50 pounds (22.68 kg) will also incur a fee.

  • 51 lbs (23.13 kg) – 99 lbs (44.91 kg): $150 per bag
  • 63" in (160 cm) – 80 in (203.3 cm, including wheels and handles): $150 per bag
  • 1st Bag-less than 50lbs and correct dimensions $30

Carry on bags requirements: Each customer may bring onboard one personal item (purse, briefcase, laptop, etc.), which must fit under the seat in front of you, plus one carry-on bag, which must be stowed in the overhead bin. Dimensions are as follows:

Overhead: In order to fit in the overhead bin, your carry-on bag must not exceed 22" L (55.88 cm) x 14" W (35.56 cm) x 9" H (22.86 cm), including wheels/handles, on all of our aircraft types.

Under the seat: In order to fit under the seat, all personal items must not exceed 17" L (43.2 cm) x 13" W (33 cm) x 8" H (20.32 cm) on all of our aircraft types.

Carry-on baggage weight restrictions: JetBlue currently does not have a limit on the weight of carry-on bags for domestic or international flights; however, please make sure that you're able to place your items in the overhead bin if no assistance is available and the item does not fit under the seat in front of you.

Carry-on Requirements: FAA/TSA regulations allow each customer to take one (1) carry-on (garment bag, backpack, suitcase, pet carrier, etc.) and one (1) personal item (purse, briefcase, laptop, etc.) onboard the aircraft. FAA/TSA regulations also allow the following items, as these do not count towards the customer’s carry-on limit:

Duty-Free items (a reasonable and limited amount)

One diaper bag (for customers traveling with a lap infant) as a carry-on item

Special items (coat, umbrella, infant car seat, etc.)

Assistive devices (wheelchairs, canes, walkers, etc.)

Closets for hanging garment bags are not available on our aircraft.

Electronic cigarettes may NOT be used or charged on board JetBlue aircraft.

Carry-on bags are the sole responsibility of the customer and JetBlue will assume no liability for property carried onboard the aircraft.

Liquid Rule: You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage.

Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening.


Contact info for all staff:
  • Monique Scott, Upper School 1 Advisor
    (718) 541-4210
  • Dejuan Hightower, Upper School 2 Advisor
    (646) 639-9579
  • Jonathan Ho, Upper School 3 Advisor
    (734) 377-7063
  • Katherine Chew, School Counselor
    (917) 701-6708
  • Addresses of the Houses:
    US1: 166 Villa Oeste, Dorado PR 00646
    US2&3: Puerto Rico 828 Toa Alta, Toa Alta 00953
  • Address of Espacio A (Free School in Puerto Rico we’re partnering with)
    152 Calle Fortaleza Old San Juan, PR 00901
    (787) 721-7426 ó (787) 402-9351
    Website: http://espacioa.org/


    Monday, May 6th
    • Arrive at airport NO LATER THAN 6am!!
    • Flight at 8:22am from JFK (JetBlue flight B6 403)
    • Settle in
    • 2pm Beach / alternative choice activity
    • 6pm Semi-Formal dinner at restaurant
    Tuesday, May 7th
    • 9am - 12pm Activities at Espacio A
    • 1pm - 2pm Enlace (orientation)
    • 3pm - 5pm Service
    • 6pm Le Lo Lai traditional music and dance show
    • 7pm Game night/Chaperone Activity
    Wednesday, May 8th
    • 10am - 12pm Art Activity w/ Espacio A at Museo Chocolat/Chaperone Activity
    • 1pm - 3pm Defend PR (Ginny to confirm)
    • 4pm Exploration
    • 7pm Dinner (from Parent contact)
    Thursday, May 9th
    • Morning Packing and short museum walks/beach...
    • 1pm Closing Activity
    • 2pm Lunch/BBQ etc
    • Departure at 6:31pm; Arrive at JFK at 10:34pm (JetBlue flight B6 1304)


      Monday, May 6th
    • Flight: 8:22am from JFK Airport (JetBlue flight B6 403)
    • Meet at JFK Airport in the JetBlue area at Terminal 5 at 6:00am sharp!
    • Thursday, May 9th
    • Flight: Departure at 6:31pm; Arrive at JFK at 10:34pm (JetBlue flight B6 1304)
    • Pick up at JFK at 10:45pm
    • Pick up from BFS at Midnight


    The Basics

    We will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where there has been the most extensive recovery since Hurricane Maria.

    Medical Card:Every student will carry a card that identifies, in the local language, student blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.

    Emergency Services: San Juan has full medical and emergency services. In an emergency: 911

    For non-emergency police services, call 311 or (408) 277-8900 (Note: In San José, 311 service is not available from all cellular phones.)

    For general City information and services, contact the Customer Call Center at (408) 535-3515.

    Specific infectious disease risks and CDC vaccination recommendations

    The CDC recommends that all travelers be up to date on their vaccines. In particular, recommended that all (adults included) check to see if they need a booster for:

    • MMR (measles-mumps-rubella)
    • TDAP -DTAP for children-(diptheria-tetanus-pertussis)
    • CDC also strongly recommends travelers be up to date on Hepatitis A vaccine.
    • There are no legally required vaccines for travel to PR.
    • Link here for details: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/puerto-rico

    Zika: Post-Hurricane Maria, the current numbers are not up to date in terms of rate of occurrence in people or mosquitoes.

    The basics:

    Pregnant women advised to check with their health care provider. If they do go, take steps to prevent mosquito bites, and avoid sexual contact.

    Recommended that any person travelling to Puerto Rico wait three months after their time in Puerto Rico to try to conceive.

    Staying Healthy

    Food and Water in San Juan:
    Similar to that of the US, no special food and water precautions needed in San Juan.
    VERY, VERY IMPORTANT: Prevent sunburn and heat related injuries or illness.

    The sun is much, much stronger in San Juan. Wear hats and sunscreen, drinks lots of water. If your child burns easily, please talk to them directly about the need to wear a hat and block everyday.

    Parental Travel Consent Form Request

    I have read the above Puerto Rico Trip Family Packet and I would like for you to email me the Travel Consent Forms. *
    Name *