Planning for Summer 2021
Just like you, we want students to experience pre-college enrichment in-person, and we want to keep them safe.
That’s why - with snow still on the ground here in New York – we’re focusing on planning in-person, summer programs that will support the educational, emotional, and social needs of our students. As we are actively planning for in-person programs, our priorities remain the same. Summer Institute for the Gifted is steadfastly committed to safety, flexibility, assurance, and transparent communication.
Experience & Partnerships Pave the Path Forward
We have long-standing relationship with our university and school partners, and we’re working collaboratively with officials to formulate plans for on-campus programs.
No other summer provider has the depth and breadth of our university and school partnerships. If any pre-college program will be in-person this summer, it will be Summer Institute for the Gifted.
Trust us to be your in-person, summer experience provider.
Reduced Capacity Means Early Enrollment is Critical
It is likely that we’ll be running in-person programs at reduced capacity, with single-occupancy rooms and limited students in the classroom. We’d love to provide every student with the opportunity to join us on-campus, but smaller numbers of students in each program will help to reinforce the CDC’s physical distancing guidelines and will help to keep students safe.
We admit students to on-campus programs on a first-enrolled, first-served basis. The sooner a student enrolls, the more likely they’ll be able to join us on-campus. That’s why it’s more critical than ever to reserve a spot early.
Reserve Your Space with Our Free Program Protection Plan
We understand you want to protect your educational investment, so we’re giving you a risk-free option to save your spot.
All Summer Institute for the Gifted enrollments prior to May 1, 2021, are protected by our free Program Protection Plan. All students who enroll in a SIG program may cancel for any reason prior to May 1, 2021, and receive a full refund (minus the application fee and optional travel insurance).
And, if our university or school partners cancel a program for any reason, you’ll get your money back or have the option to transfer your enrollment to another program. Hold your spot with no risk!
We work directly with universities and schools and must follow their safety protocols while also developing our own standards to protect students. We will also work within the guidelines of each state where we operate programs. In addition, we follow all CDC guidelines and work directly with medical advisors to develop custom plans for our specific needs.
We know parents and students want specific information, and we promise to deliver proactive, timely communications and protocols as we add them.
Here’s what we plan for a safe student experience on campus:
- We will require students and staff to have a PCR test prior to arrival and the test must be negative.
- We will test students and staff for COVID on a weekly basis.
- Students will be housed in single-occupancy rooms (Innovators programs).
- Students are limited to one guest in their room at a time (Innovators), and the guest must be a SIG student.
- All program participants are required to wear face coverings at all times when leaving their dorm room (residential students). For Innovators and Investigators students, this includes, but is not limited to, common areas, hallways, classrooms and elevators.
- We will track student symptoms and students will complete a daily health screening survey
- Students will be placed in quarantine/isolation if they’re exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic).
(Updated January 27, 2021)
We are currently accepting and enrolling students for SIG's 2021 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.
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 email@example.com for assistance. The health and safety of our students and staff is our priority.
Preparing for Summer 2021
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.
Because guidance, protocols and scientific evidence is changing daily, we don't have all the answers yet. However, we promise open, transparent and two-way communication with all of our SIG families.
Expectations and COVID Regulations for Summer Institute for the Gifted On-Campus Programs
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.
All program participants are required to wear face coverings at all times when leaving their dorm room (residential students). For Innovators and Investigators students, this includes, but is not limited to, common areas, hallways, classrooms and elevators.
Other expectations include:
- Completing the daily symptom monitoring survey
- Weekly COVID testing
- Program participants are limited to one guest in their room at a time, and the guest must be another SIG program participant. (for Innovators programs)
- Respecting 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 SIG guidelines
- Required isolation/quarantine for students who are exposed to or test positive to COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic)
Below are some of the common questions we've received:
Are you planning to run on-campus programs this summer?
Yes, at this time we are planning to operate on-campus programs. Our ability to operate on-campus is dictated by city, state, and local COVID-19 protocols. In addition, SIG must work within the guidelines of each university's COVID plans.
What if SIG cannot run on-campus programs this summer? Will I get a refund?
Yes, if we are unable to operate your program we will give you the option of transferring to another campus location or one of our online programs, rolling over your tuition to the summer of 2022, or having your tuition refunded in full.
What if I want to cancel my student’s program?
We are offering Risk Free Enrollment. You can cancel for any reason prior to May 1, and receive a full refund less the application fee, and any optional travel insurance.
Will students and staff need to get tested for COVID prior to arriving on-campus?
SIG will require students and staff to have a PCR test prior to arriving on-campus for all Innovators and Investigators programs. The results must be negative for COVID-19 in order for a student or staff member to arrive on-campus for program check-in. There will be additional testing weekly. As we get closer to the start of our programs we will provide all guidance and specific requirements.
Will SIG require students to wear masks?
In accordance with the health and safety regulations of our university partners, along with guidance from the CDC, we will require students and staff to wear face masks at all times when leaving their room (residential students). For Innovators and Investigators students, this includes, but is not limited to, common areas, hallways, classrooms and elevators, vehicles, and when within 6 feet of others outside.
Will students have roommates?
In accordance with the health and safety regulations of our university partners, at this time we are only able to offer single-occupancy rooms.