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.

Entering our summer youth program season, 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.


  • Strongly Recommend Up to Date Vaccinations and Available Boosters.
  • If a staff member/volunteer or participant is feeling ill: DO NOT GO TO THE PROGRAM SITE!
  • Face coverings are not required, but staff/volunteers are supportive of anyone who wishes to wear a mask. Note: face covering may be required for some or all participants if there is a case of a positive COVID-19 test result. Staff/Participants must provide their own non-cloth masks.
  • Continue to utilize COVID prevention protocols such as frequent handwashing, cleaning, and respiratory etiquette (e.g. sneeze in your sleeve).

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

COVID-19 TESTING - Summer 2023

Participants & Staff:

  • For day camp participants, COVID-19 testing is the responsibility of the family.
  • Overnight programs will be provided rapid tests for participant/staff use.
  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms can go to the Youth Programs Nurse during the youth clinic hours or call during off-hours as outlined on Health Information for Staff document.
  • Testing will only occur for someone who is symptomatic.
  • Staff MUST contact the Youth Program Nurse if there are participants/staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Parents/Guardians of OVERNIGHT programs must complete a COVID-19 Testing Consent (for both overnight and commuting students). Signed consent forms will be collected on check in day.
  • If consent for a COVID-19 rapid test is not provided and the student is experiencing symptoms, they will need to be picked up immediately and leave the program.
  • UNH follows the CDC: Isolation & Precautions for People with COVID-19


All decisions on whether a student remains and/or returns to a program are the discretion of the summer youth program nurse or other UNH healthcare staff.

If Symptomatic

Participation if Positive Test

Participation if Negative Test

  • DAY: Parent/Guardian contacted to pick up student immediately. It may be recommended that the student take a rapid COVID test, which is the responsibility of the family, before returning to camp.
  • OVERNIGHT: Student will be asked to leave program or take a rapid test. Parent/guardian is informed.
  • ALL: Student masks and isolates w/supervision until parent/guardian arrives (Day); or until test result is ready (Overnight).
  • ALL: Review guidelines outlined in the next columns if the student wishes to return to the program.


  • Student leaves the program immediately and at least on that day. UNH cannot provide overnight ill student care.
  • Student can return five (5) days* after positive COVID-19 test result if symptoms are resolving and they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
  • Student will mask indoors and distance as possible until at least Day 11.
  • Given the length of most day programs, the student is unlikely to return.


  • Student may remain at the Youth
    Program Nurse discretion or can choose to leave.
  • If student remains/returns, must wear a mask and distance as possible indoors.
  • Student may be asked to leave program if symptoms worsen.


*Positive COVID-19 test result isolation calendar (per CDC guidelines)

If you had symptoms:

  • Day 0 of isolation is day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive
  • Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms started

If you did not have symptoms:

  • Day 0 is the day you were tested (not the day you received a positive test result)
  • Day 1 is the first full day following the day you were tested



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 6-7-23