Updated May 24, 2022
This policy is intended to be used by conferences and camps operated by BYU Continuing Education.
BYU looks forward to operating many youth events during Summer 2022. Because the health and safety of our youth participants and adult leaders are of utmost importance, we have adopted this COVID-19 management policy to guard against the risks associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All youth and their parents, as well as adult leaders, will be expected to abide by these responsibilities and protocols as a condition of participation. COVID-19 conditions are dynamic and BYU reserves the right, at its own discretion, to cancel camps and conferences for health and safety or any other reasons. Where a complete or partial cancellation occurs due to COVID-19, BYU will provide full or pro-rata refunds, respectively, to program participants. BYU reserves the right to send youth home if they are sick.
Youth camps and conferences occur at different locations throughout the United States. Local areas and host campuses may have their own unique COVID-19 requirements. In the event there is inconsistency between this policy and local laws or host campus requirements related to COVID-19, participants, parents, and staff will be expected to follow the local laws and host campus requirements.
- Stay home if you are sick. Youth participants and leaders are not eligible to participate if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not yet completed the appropriate isolation period as recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”). Please check the event site of the program you will attend for additional information.
- Take care of your health. Wash your hands frequently. Do not share food, drinks, personal utensils, or similar items. Limit close physical contact with others.
- Monitor your health daily and immediately self-report to program leadership any COVID-19 symptoms that arise during the session.
- Follow program leadership instructions, including those related to physical distancing, mask-wearing, isolation, or quarantine, if local conditions require.
- Do not bring or send youth to the program if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not yet completed the appropriate isolation period as recommended by the CDC.
- Promptly retrieve youth from the program upon notification that they are exhibiting symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or if they have been in close contact with a confirmed case (and are not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines). Until youth are retrieved, parents shall be responsible for any medical or additional costs associated with housing and feeding youth beyond the scheduled program dates.
In-program COVID-19 Protocols
- Any participants or adult leaders with symptoms associated with COVID-19 during the program, or who receive a positive COVID-19 test result during the program, will be isolated in accordance with CDC guidelines or local health authority or host institution requirements.
- Any participants or adult leaders who have been in direct close contact with someone with COVID-19, but are not themselves experiencing symptoms, will be quarantined in accordance with CDC guidelines or local health authority or host institution requirements. Close contacts may not have to quarantine if they are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations or have had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days.
- Parents will be notified if their child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, has tested positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and is required to quarantine, so that arrangements may be made for the retrieval of the youth from the program. Youth who cannot be immediately retrieved will be isolated or quarantined.
- Youth and adult leaders who come in close contact with someone with COVID-19, but who (1) are not themselves experiencing symptoms and (2) are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations or have had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days, will not be asked to leave the program unless a host institution or local health authority requires it. In such situations, parents, participants, or adult leaders may be required to provide documentation to prove vaccination status or prior COVID diagnosis.
Vaccination and Masks
- BYU strongly encourages but does not require, participants and adult leaders to receive up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccinations, COVID-19 testing, and mask-wearing for youth and staff are not generally required to participate in BYU programs. However, some host campuses may require vaccinations, negative COVID-19 tests, masks, or other requirements. Please check your specific session site for more information.
- This Policy is subject to change at any time and at BYU’s sole discretion. Parents, participants, and adult leaders should check this page often for any updates or modifications.