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COVID-19 Health + Safety

Every day that brings us closer to actually meeting, teaching, and learning from our students makes us want to make sure that we can all be together as fully as possible, and live as big a life as is safe to do. We know that getting back together, in person, is the best way for us to create the magic of an EXPLO summer.

Last Updated: May 27, 2022

Keeping students and staff safe is our top priority at EXPLO (and always has been). With our COVID-19 Task Force, strategic planning, and our community's commitment to the common good, we are able to run our Summer Programs. Guided by the recommendations and policies of the CDC, the states in which we operated, the local boards of health and our host institutions, we have added our own common sense and the wonderful community-mindedness of our families.

Our COVID-19 Protocols for Summer 2022

We will have other procedures and policies around COVID-19 that we want to share with you here. The virus is evolving, and when it changes in form and in contagiousness, we may have to adapt our policies to the new reality. But here is where we will start:

All students and staff must be fully vaccinated, including a booster dose.

A PCR test within 72 hours of arrival on campus is required.


In the late pandemic, PCR tests might be harder to find and schedule that they were at an earlier point. Please make sure that you have scheduled an appointment within the timeline. We won’t allow students without a negative PCR test (within 72 hours) onto campus. This applies to all programs –– residential, day, and mini.

Students testing positive with COVID-19 are expected to be picked up within 48 hours of the diagnosis.


We will safely isolate that student (with great medical and social care) while waiting for the designated family member or guardian to arrive within 48 hours of the diagnosis.

As a precaution, students should bring two-dozen N95, KN94/95 masks to the program.

As case numbers rise around us, and the latest variants prove more transmissible than ever, we want to be mindful that masking requirements may change at a moment's notice. The protocol for this summer will factor in EXPLO’s safety standards, our partner institutions’ policies, as well as local, state, and federal guidance. Our various host institutions are currently evaluating masking requirements given infection rates in their particular communities. As soon as updated information is released, or should masking become necessary, we will update this page, notify enrolled families by email and post a banner message at our Student Portal.

Roommates are allowed for this summer.


As we are all vaccinated and we know there is a lot of learning that comes from having a roommate, we will enjoy that experience again where available.

Students' family and friends will not be allowed to come into the residence halls.


This is to minimize exposing students and staff living in the residence halls to more people than necessary. Students (especially our younger ones) will be assisted in getting their rooms set up in a way that makes them feel comfortable.

“Lay Low Before You Go” approach encourages thoughtful, careful behavior before arriving on campus.

With schools being held in person, and students not wearing masks, it may be harder to imagine what “Laying Low” would look like. Perhaps some suggestions are:

  • Wearing a mask on public transportation such as planes and trains while coming to campus
  • Being cautious around those showing symptoms
  • In the days leading up to the program, avoiding large indoor events such as concerts, or using a mask if attending

All students and staff must be fully vaccinated, including a booster dose.

A PCR test within 72 hours of arrival on campus is required.

In the late pandemic, PCR tests might be harder to find and schedule that they were at an earlier point. Please make sure that you have scheduled an appointment within the timeline. We won’t allow students without a negative PCR test (within 72 hours) onto campus. This applies to all programs –– residential, day, and mini.

Students testing positive with COVID-19 are expected to be picked up within 48 hours of the diagnosis.

We will safely isolate that student (with great medical and social care) while waiting for the designated family member or guardian to arrive within 48 hours of the diagnosis.

As a precaution, students should bring two-dozen N95, KN94/95 masks to the program.

As case numbers rise around us, and the latest variants prove more transmissible than ever, we want to be mindful that masking requirements may change at a moment's notice. The protocol for this summer will factor in EXPLO’s safety standards, our partner institutions’ policies, as well as local, state, and federal guidance. Our various host institutions are currently evaluating masking requirements given infection rates in their particular communities. As soon as updated information is released, or should masking become necessary, we will update this page, notify enrolled families by email and post a banner message at our Student Portal.

Roommates are allowed for this summer.

As we are all vaccinated and we know there is a lot of learning that comes from having a roommate, we will enjoy that experience again where available.

Students' family and friends will not be allowed to come into the residence halls.

This is to minimize exposing students and staff living in the residence halls to more people than necessary. Students (especially our younger ones) will be assisted in getting their rooms set up in a way that makes them feel comfortable.

“Lay Low Before You Go” approach encourages thoughtful, careful behavior before arriving on campus.

With schools being held in person, and students not wearing masks, it may be harder to imagine what “Laying Low” would look like. Perhaps some suggestions are:

  • Wearing a mask on public transportation such as planes and trains while coming to campus
  • Being cautious around those showing symptoms
  • In the days leading up to the program, avoiding large indoor events such as concerts, or using a mask if attending

We make these policies and suggestions in order to maximize the amount of learning, fun and connection to take place this summer. All of us at EXPLO deeply appreciate your efforts to help make this summer as enriching as possible for as many as possible. Please reach out to a member of our Admission Team with any questions – you can schedule a call, or give us a call at 781-762-7400.