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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you will receive a tuition refund.
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.
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.
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.