When choosing a summer program for your child, we know safety is your No. 1 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

  • A COVID-19 vaccination and either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 booster shot is 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 may 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.
  • Asymptomatic students who are unvaccinated with an approved exemption must test twice per week throughout their program.  
  • Generally, asymptomatic vaccinated students will be exempt from regular surveillance testing. They may, however, be required to take COVID-19 tests during the program based on 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 closer to program start dates.

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. 

This page will be updated with other specific COVID-19 safety information in advance of our on-campus programs and as available from local, state, and federal public health officials.



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A message from CTY about our summer 2022 plans