COVID-19 Updates

6/13/2021
 

Working Together for a Safe Summer


Many students and parents have asked questions about our COVID-19 plans for on-campus programs in summer 2021. The reality is that our plans are rapidly evolving based on the latest scientific evidence, guidance from the CDC, and advice and learnings from our university partners. We are preparing to host in-person programs, but the safety and health of our students has always been our number one priority. Our commitment to student and staff safety is the driver behind all of our planning, decisions, and protocols.  

We have developed response protocols based on recommendations from the CDC, the American Camp Association, and our university partner protocols. 

We can all work together this year to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Below are some of the protocols we’re implementing, as well as ways residential program participants can help protect themselves and each other.  

Please note - CDC guidelines are changing daily and we're receiving new information from our campus partners and medical advisors. We will continue to adapt our policies and update families through proactive communications.

See Our COVID-19 FAQs

On-Campus Interactions
  1. How will on-campus housing be handled due to COVID?

    Room occupancy will be set by each university/partner.  At this time, depending on the campus, rooms will be either single or double occupancy. Please note that this may change, so please bookmark this page for the most up-to-date information. Masks will be required. Safety is our number one priority, and we will adhere to local, state and federal CDC guidelines to keep our students and staff as safe as possible. 

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  2. What precautions will be taken in the classroom due to COVID?

    Classroom capacity will be determined by physical distancing guidelines. We'll be using CDC guidelines, state guidelines, and university/partner protocols to determine our classroom numbers. Course capacity will vary based on the square footage of classroom space available. Students will have ample space between seats. Summer Discovery may limit class sizes to meet safety protocols, and because of this we recommend students apply and enroll as soon as possible.  We anticipate that many of our popular courses will fill up, and we enroll students on a first-come, first served basis.

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  3. Will my student have access to the on-campus gym or fitness centers this summer?

    This will depend on university protocols and we will update you when we know. As of March 22, we have heard from some of our university partners that they’re opening up public spaces on campuses including fitness centers. Regardless, students will have full access to the outdoors on campus and will be able to exercise outside to help maintain their physical wellness. 

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  4. How will weekend activities be impacted due to COVID?

    It is possible that some of the activities will look different than in years past in order to follow safety guidelines. However, there will be many activities offered both on-campus and off-campus for our Summer Discovery students. We're still in the process of finalizing the activity lists by campus.

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  5. Can residential students be signed off-campus for lunch, dinner, or weekend activities?

    In previous years, students could be signed off-campus (with a parent's permission) for lunch, dinner, or weekend activities with family. For 2021, in order to keep students and staff as safe as possible, we are not permitting students to be signed off-campus. 

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Travel to Campus
  1. What if I am traveling outside of my city, state, or country to attend a Summer Discovery program? 

    Make sure you check the most recent CDC guidelines for travel. Also, be aware that each arrival city may have its own requirements and documentation expectations. Be sure to check the city and state guidelines before departure.  

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  2. What if I am traveling internationally to a Summer Discovery program in the United States?  What protocols are necessary? 

    We’re excited to have you! Be sure to follow CDC guidelines and recommendation for air passengers traveling to the United States. As of March 22, this includes proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the U.S.   

    Masks are required on all planes, busses, trains, and other public transportation in the United States. Be sure to pack several masks for your trip. Please note that these guidelines change often so please check CDC info to keep up-to-date with travel protocols.  

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  3. Should I go ahead and book my flights?

    When determining when to book flights, families should consider that Summer Discovery is continuing to monitor local COVID-19 information and while we’re confident that we will be running residential programs on these campuses, nothing is 100% guaranteed, so we are advising that families wait until the end of April to book flights.

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COVID-19 Testing & Quarantine
  1. Will the faculty be tested (faculty and teachers, TAs, administrative staff, housekeeping, etc.)? If so, how frequently?

    University faculty will follow university protocols; Summer Discovery staff will follow the Summer Discovery weekly COVID testing protocols. We encourage families to visit the university or college website to learn about their COVID protocols. Universities are taking COVID very seriously and have enhanced their policies based on their experiences during the fall and spring semesters.

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  2. What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

    The response would depend on the campus, timing, and local and state health protocols. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, a parent or guardian will be notified immediately, and the student will be moved into isolation. A staff member or nurse will be present until someone arrives. A parent or guardian will be asked to pick up their child from the program as soon as possible. If a parent or guardian is not available, we will contact the person designated as the COVID-19 Point of Contact. Each student will designate a COVID-19 Point of Contact who will be able to pick up a student from campus upon receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This policy is designed to keep students and staff safe and healthy and help prevent the spread of the virus.  

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  3. If a student tests positive for COVID during a 6-week program, can they quarantine for the appropriate time and return upon a negative test?

    Upon the positive test, the student will need to be picked up by a parent, guardian, or COVID Contact. If the student tests positive, quarantines, and is cleared to return to the program, we will allow the student to join at the beginning of the next session. 

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  4. What if a student on a residential program gets COVID and needs to quarantine?

    All students will be required to submit a travel contingency plan before arriving on-campus. This plan will outline how a student will return home if they test positive for COVID. If a student does test positive, their travel contingency plan will go into effect and the designated COVID-19 Contact must come and get the student within 24 hours. The student will be quarantined while waiting for their designated COVID-19 contact to arrive. 

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Refunds and Cancellations
  1. Will I receive a refund if Summer Discovery cancels my program after May 7?

    Yes. Students will receive a full refund of tuition less the non-refundable application fee and the optional tuition travel protection plan.

    We will also give students the option to transfer their 2021 tuition to another program or they can opt to roll over their tuition to summer 2022. By selecting the roll over option, students will lock in this year's prices, get a guaranteed spot in any of our 2022 programs, skip the application, and be eligible for our alumni discounts. 

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  2. Will I receive a refund if my program is canceled mid-session?

    If Summer Discovery needs to end a session early for any reason, students will be entitled to a partial refund less expenses and non-refundable fees (such as the application fee and any optional insurance) based on when the program cancels. Refunds will be determined at the time of cancellation.

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  3. Will I get a refund if my student needs to return home due to testing positive for COVID?

    If the program is not completely canceled due to COVID, any student that contracts COVID and needs to leave the program will not be entitled to a refund.

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  4. If I am unable to secure a visa by June 1, 2021, will I receive a refund?

    Yes, you will receive a tuition refund.

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Vaccination
  1. Does Summer Discovery require students to be vaccinated again COVID-19?

    No, we do not require the COVID-19 vaccine to attend our programs. However, we strongly encourage families who feel comfortable with their student receiving the vaccine to prioritize getting it prior to attending their program.

    Vaccines offer further protections for our students, but we will continue to implement COVID-19 protocols regardless of a student’s vaccine status.

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  2. Will my student have to wear a mask and complete COVID testing if they have been vaccinated?

    As of this time, all students, staff, and instructors – regardless of vaccine status – will be required to follow our COVID-19 protocols. Testing and masking will be required for vaccinated students. If CDC guidance changes, we will reevaluate our policies and notify families accordingly.

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General
  1. Will Summer Discovery be accepting fewer students because of COVID to limit interactions between students?

    We anticipate accepting fewer students; however, our student numbers will be based on guidelines from the CDC, state and local government regulations, and university/partner protocols. That’s why it’s important to apply and enroll as soon as you're able.  We will be giving priority to enrolled students.  It’s very likely that these programs will fill up, and students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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What You Need to Know

Before Arriving

All program participants will be expected to conduct pre-screening measures, including temperature checks, symptom monitoring, and exposure likelihood. Participants will be required to take and record their temperature for 5 days prior to the program. 

  • Do you have COVID-19 symptoms? A fever of 100.4 F or greater, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, etc., within 14 days prior to the program? 
  • Have you been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested for, or quarantined as a result of COVID-19? 

In addition, all program participants will also be required to provide Summer Discovery with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the start of the program. If this test is returned positive, participants will not be able to participate in-person. More details about test submission will be provided closer to arrival times.

During Your Stay

All program participants will be expected to follow the following protocols while attending their program.

  • Wear face coverings at all times when outside of their room unless they are eating  
  • Complete a daily symptom monitoring survey  
  • Adhere to weekly COVID testing  
  • Maintain recommended physical spacing from other individuals 
  • Limit guests to one guest in their room at a time, and the guest must be another Summer Discovery program participant  
  • Respect closures and limits on community spaces including bathrooms, common spaces and study areas, and restrictions on events and social activities, per public health guidance and Summer Discovery guidelines 
  • Refrain from sharing food or beverages with others
  • Follow hand washing and sanitizing guidelines 

In addition to asking students to follow these guidelines, Summer Discovery will:

  • Regularly disinfect heavily touched surfaces
  • Use outdoor spaces as much as possible for classes, activities, and meals
  • Required isolation/quarantine for residents who are exposed to or test positive to COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic) 

Commuter Day Students

Any students in our commuter or day programs will be required to complete daily screening measures at home prior to class:

  • Complete daily temperature check
  • Complete Symptom Tracker
  • Determine and notify Summer Discovery of potential for COVID due to close contact

Any commuter or day program student found to have a temperature or combination of symptoms will be unable to attend the program in-person.

Staff Preparedness

All program staff will be trained in alignment with the CDC, American Camp Association, state and local government, the University, and Summer Discovery health and safety protocols and procedures prior to campus arrival, with additional training during program orientation.  

Each program will have designated staff responsible for and responding to COVID-19 concerns. 

Health and Wellness Supplies

Summer Discovery will provide all program staff with portable Health + Wellness Kits that will include, but are not limited to basic first  aid supplies, gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, a thermometer, and liquid hand soap. Similar kits, with additional supplies, will be stored in every Summer Discovery office.  

What If I Get Sick?

Any program participant found to have a temperature or combination of symptoms (as consulted by a medical professional) will be isolated from their Resident Counselor group, and testing will be conducted.  
 

  • With a negative test result the program participant will be able to return to their Resident Counselor group and continue the program in-person. 
     
  • With a positive test result the following will occur:
     
    • Summer Discovery will reach out to the program participant’s parent or guardian and request implementation of their Travel Contingency Plan  
    • Care for the program participant will continue, along with isolation 
    • All program participants and staff in the affected Resident Counselor group will undergo testing 
    • Contact tracing measures will be set in place   

Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions

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