When choosing a summer program for your child, we know safety is your top concern–and it’s ours, too. We're committed to upholding the highest safety standards for CTY students and staff, and are implementing a thorough COVID-19 safety plan for our on-campus programs. These summer 2022 protocols may be updated and will be shared with families based on public health recommendations closer to program start dates.

No matter what, students who attend our on-campus programs this summer will have lots of opportunities to have fun together, play outside, and be kids.

Operational Changes with Medium/High Community COVID-19 Levels and Clusters

  • If the county community COVID-19 level as defined by CDC is 'medium' or 'high', CTY day and residential sites will institute weekly surveillance testing for all students and staff as a safety precaution.
  • If the county community COVID-19 level as defined by CDC is 'high', CTY day and residential sites will require universal indoor masking in classrooms and common areas as a further safety precaution.
  • Clusters:
    • We are guided by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Standardized Definition of a ‘cluster’ as three or more cases occurring among students in the same class or residence hall with NO known epidemiologic link to a case outside of the school setting.
    • If a cluster is detected (from either symptomatic or asymptomatic testing), CTY will institute the following operational changes for a minimum of three days and monitor for continuation of modified operations until there is no further evidence of clusters for at least three consecutive days:
      • Universal indoor masking in classrooms and common areas
      • At residential sites:
        • Daily COVID testing of all staff and students
        • Modification, to the extent possible, of activities occurring outdoors and with lower density, including grab-and-go dining.

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

  • COVID-19 vaccination (usually a two-shot primary series) and either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 booster shot are required.
  • International students who have received a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization, but not one authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, must have one booster dose of either Pfizer or Moderna.
  • Students can apply for a medical or religious exception. Students with approved exceptions are considered unvaccinated, and will be required to comply with additional COVID-19 safety provisions, which at this time include masking at all times indoors and twice-weekly testing.

Alternate Emergency Contact Required

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19 during the program, parents will need to sign them out within 24 hours of notification. Parents who know they will be unable to pick up their child need to provide contact information for a responsible adult over age 25 who can sign the student out within 24 hours of notification if the student tests positive for COVID-19, and care for them until a parent/guardian is able to do so.

COVID-19 Testing

  • All students must have a negative COVID-19 test before starting the program. The test should be conducted before arriving on campus. Students who are COVID-19 positive should email ctysummer@jhu.edu and should not come to the site. Either a rapid antigen test not taken more than 24 hours beforehand, or a PCR test not taken more than 72 hours beforehand is acceptable; however, students who have had a COVID-19 infection within 90 days of the program start should use an antigen test, as PCR tests may produce positive results even if the student is no longer infectious. Families will be sent instructions for providing testing results immediately prior to the session start date.
  • Asymptomatic students who are unvaccinated with an approved exemption must test twice per week throughout their program.
  • Asymptomatic students may be required to take COVID-19 tests during the program based on JHU, host institution, medical and local public health advice.
  • Students and staff who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested, regardless of vaccination status.

If a Student Tests Positive for COVID-19 During Their Program

  • A parent or guardian will be notified right away, and the parent or designated contact must pick up the student as soon as possible, within 24 hours of parent notification. 
  • The student will be moved into an isolation space where they can rest while waiting to be picked up.
  • Any costs associated with healthcare, travel, meals, accommodations, or anything else related to isolation or immediate pick-up, will need be covered by the family.
  • Families of students who need to leave campus because of COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation will be entitled to a prorated tuition refund under our medical withdrawal policy.
  • No individual tracing of close contacts or exposure notification will be conducted.

Wearing Masks Onsite

  • Students will follow Johns Hopkins University masking guidelines that are in place at the time of the session, or host institution requirements, whichever are stricter.
  • At this time, approved face coverings are N95, KN95, or KF94 masks, or a combination of a cloth mask with a surgical mask.
  • We’re planning lots of activities that will allow kids to safely remove their mask and to spend time outside throughout the day. 
  • If low COVID-19 risk leads to lowered mask restrictions at a site, we will make sure all students who do choose to wear masks during their program feel comfortable doing so. 
  • We will update families with guidelines immediately prior to the session start date.

Isolation and Quarantine Requirements

  • In general, those who have tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate off campus for 5 days if not living on campus and 10 days if living on campus. Returning students must have no symptoms at 5 or 10 days–whichever is applicable–in order to return; otherwise, they must remain off campus until they are free of symptoms. Students returning after 5 days after must mask for an additional 5 days and practice social distancing while eating or drinking.
  • Those who are vaccinated and boosted who have had a close contact with someone who tested positive do not need to quarantine. Close contact is defined as 15 or more minutes of contact within 6-foot distance.
  • As per past practice when students had to leave the program because of illness, CTY will work with families to the extent possible to enable students to keep up with their coursework and return to the program if appropriate when they are well or the isolation or quarantine period has passed.
  • Families of students who need to leave campus because of COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation will be entitled to a prorated tuition refund under our medical withdrawal policy.

Full Refund for Program Cancellations

  • If CTY cancels a program or closes a site for any reason prior to the start of the course, all non-application tuition and fees will be refunded.

Host Institution Requirements

  • Some host institutions may have additional requirements for CTY participants. These could include additional required asymptomatic testing, or masking requirements beyond JHU's. Log into MyCTY and visit your site information Sway to view any requirements specific to your child’s program location.


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.


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