UNH Youth Programs

2023 COVID-19 Guidelines

(Subject to Change)

The health & safety of our youth program participants, families, and UNH staff and students are our priority. COVID-19 prevention strategies are helpful in protecting all individuals.

As of January 1, 2023, the following guidelines are in place for UNH youth programs. Note that guidelines may be adjusted based on COVID-19 recommendations from UNH, the State of NH, or national health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control.

Guidelines may differ depending on the type of program. The program manager will communicate to participant families any adjustments to these guidelines for their program.


  • We strongly recommend that staff, volunteers, and participants are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and available boosters, but it is not a requirement.

  • We strongly recommend that staff, volunteers, and participants at an overnight program take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours prior to arrival, or day of arrival. If the test is positive, the person should not go to the program site.
  • If a staff member, volunteer or participant feels ill, they should not attend the program or event.

if a child is feeling ill, do not send them to the youth program/event!

Additional Information:

1. Face coverings:

  • Masks are not required indoors but UNH staff & volunteers are supportive of anyone who wishes to wear a mask.
  • Students must provide their own face coverings; they should not be cloth masks.
  • Masks may be recommended per CDC guidelines for any participant in the instance of a positive COVID-19 test result within the program.

2. Frequent cleaning, sanitation, handwashing, and respiratory etiquette (e.g. sneeze in your sleeve) will be encouraged.

3. If a student feels ill during a program, the parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the child immediately. The child will be isolated, under staff supervision, until the parent/guardian arrives. It may be recommended that the student take a COVID-19 test, which is the responsibility of the family, before returning to camp.

4. For overnight programs on the Durham campus, should a student feel ill, a parent/guardian or other authorized adult must pick up the child that same day. UNH cannot provide overnight isolation, quarantine, or care for an ill student. Off campus overnight programs will also require parent/guardian pick up either that day or as soon as possible, working with program staff.

5. For overnight programs, rapid testing may be required if a student begins to feel ill during the program. Additional students, such as a roommate, may also be tested. Testing will occur only with parent/guardian consent. Additional testing information/guidelines will be provided to enrolled students prior to the session start.

6. UNH follows the CDC guidelines for Quarantine & Isolation and for Exposure to COVID-19. These will be followed to determine continued participation in a program after a positive COVID-19 test result or exposure to COVID-19.


A youth program may need to be cancelled due to changing COVID-19 situations. Should that occur:

  • If a program is cancelled by UNH before it begins, a full refund is provided. 
  • If a program is cancelled by UNH in progress, a pro-rated refund is provided.
  • If a student has to miss any amount of participation due to illness or infection once enrolled, no refund is guaranteed.  Program managers will make a determination based on individual circumstances.
  • For cancellation situations unrelated to COVID-19, any potential refunds will follow program-specific procedures.

Please contact the program director if you have questions or concerns related to these guidelines.

Thank you for your help in keeping your families and the UNH community healthy!


Posted 1-3-23