(Updated March 26, 2020)
We are continuing to accept and enroll students for SIG's 2020 programs this summer as campuses are still hopeful that they will be open during program dates. Of course, there may be travel restrictions or extraneous variables that prevent a student from attending SIG this summer. We are carefully monitoring the current Coronavirus situation, and will announce additional registration and on-campus precautions closer to the program dates, to be sure we are providing the most current and pertinent information.
We are in close communications with all our host universities and schools regarding protocols, possible changes in programming and maintaining the safety and well-being of our SIG family. We have modified our 2020 deposits and final payment and refund policies, as well as on campus protocols and procedures (below).
Summer Institute for the Gifted continues to closely monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. State Department. We also consult with a third-party travel security specialist that advises us on the risks associated with travel to different areas in the world and monitors advice from the local authorities in our recruitment countries.
SIG is first and foremost committed to the safety and security of all students and staff. SIG is not a stranger to health concerns; we have navigated through many health issues during our over 35 years of experience. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding Coronavirus related to your participation in the Summer Institute for the Gifted program please reach out to admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. The health and safety of our students and staff is our priority.
2020 Summer Institute for the Gifted Novel COVID-19 Procedures and Precautions
SIG’s COVID-19 response plan is current as of March 12, 2020 and is subject to change according to the most recent developments as well as CDC instructions.
1. All students attending SIG will be examined at SIG’s onsite registration on the first day of the program by a registered Nurse or Campus Director. If students have any of the symptoms associated with the 2019 novel Coronavirus COVID-19, including fever (over 100° Fahrenheit), cough and shortness of breath, they will not be permitted on campus or allowed to attend the program symptomatic.
2. If the students who are examined on the first day are asymptomatic, they will be allowed to participate in the program. However, the Nurse or Campus Director will examine them daily to make sure they have not developed any symptoms. If they do develop any symptoms, including a fever (over 100° Fahrenheit) they will immediately go into quarantine and SIG will base its course of action on the recommendations from the CDC and local health officials.
3. The Nurse or Campus Director will instruct all students in the program, regardless of their country of origin or recent travel, on the first program day about the 2019 novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and its symptoms. In addition, the Nurse or Campus Director will instruct all counselors and staff on how to monitor the health of the students in their counselor group. Students who display any respiratory symptoms or fever (over 100° Fahrenheit) will be sent immediately to the Nurse, and an action plan will be determined in conjunction with the CDC and local health officials. At all meals, the Nurse or Campus Director will remind students of the 2019 novel Coronavirus COVID-19 symptoms.
4. The CDC states that “Symptomatic people who meet CDC’s definition of Persons Under Investigation (PUI) should be evaluated by healthcare providers in conjunction with local health authorities. PUIs awaiting results of rRT-PCR testing for COVID-19 should remain in isolation at home or in a healthcare facility until their test results are known.”