Updated 11/02/2023

CTY will implement a COVID-19 safety plan in accordance with public health guidance at the time of the program and aligned with the policies of Johns Hopkins University and our host institutions. COVID-19 policies and procedures are subject to change at any time. We will notify families by email if there are significant changes to procedures or requirements during the program. When JHU and host institution policies differ, CTY will follow the stricter policy.

Current COVID vaccination requirements vary by site.

CTY will follow U.S. CDC guidelines for isolation of students who test positive for COVID. Per current guidelines, students who test positive for COVID will be required to isolate for at least 5 days, with the day of a positive test being Day 0. They may return to the program on Day 6, provided their symptoms are improving and they have had no fever for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. They must continue to wear a well-fitting mask until day 10, regardless of symptoms.

Unless the CDC guidelines for isolation change, parents/guardians of students attending a residential site should make contingency plans for a parent or a designated alternate emergency contact to pick up students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 24 hours. An alternate emergency contact is a responsible adult over the age of 25 who can travel to the student's CTY location within the required timeframe, sign the student out, and care for the student until a parent/guardian is able to do so. To the extent possible, we will make reasonable accommodations for families living at great distances from their sites. Any costs associated with healthcare, travel, meals, accommodation, or anything additionally related to isolation or immediate pick-up are to be covered by the family.

Students who leave for medical reasons and do not return are withdrawn from the program and will receive a prorated refund of tuition under our refund policy.


This page will be updated with other specific COVID-19 safety information as guidance is updated and as available from local, state, and federal public health officials.