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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 for a new normal, 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 u of 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.  

Working Together for a Safe Summer

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 6 foot 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) 

Failure to follow the guidelines set forth by Summer Discovery will result in dismissal from the program. 

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.  

Cancellation Policies

At Summer Discovery, we understand the unpredictability in the world right now. That’s why we are giving our students the option to protect their investment in their educational future.  

You have until  May 1, 2021, to cancel your enrollment without penalty. Just let us know by the deadline and you’ll get your money back minus the application fee and any optional travel insurance. 

If you have chosen to purchase our Domestic TripMate Tuition / Travel Protection Plan please note that COVID-19 is treated thae same as any other sickness for purposes of all coverages that are triggered by a sickness or that can reimburse losses resulting from a sickness. This can include – but is not necessarily limited to – the following (including the sub-benefits of many of these): 

  •  Trip Cancellation, 
  • Trip Interruption, 
  • Accident and Sickness Medical Expense, 
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation/ Medical Repatriation/ Return of Remains. 
  • Domestic TripMate Tuition / Travel Protection FAQs pertaining to coverage for COVID-19 related claims 
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