UNH Youth Programs

COVID-19 Protocols 2022-23

(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 necessary to protect all individuals.

Entering the 2022-23 academic year, the following protocols are in place. Note that protocols 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.

Protocols or requirements may differ depending on the type of program. The program manager will communicate to participant families any adjustments to these protocols for their program.


  • We strongly recommend that participants are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and available boosters, but it is not a requirement to participate.
  • We strongly recommend that participants take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours prior to arrival, or day of arrival. If the test is positive, the participant should not go to the program site. (See ‘Additional Important Information’ for testing requirements for overnight participants).

Youth program protocols may include:

1. Physical distancing: 3-ft or 6-ft when eating/drinking when possible.

2. Face coverings:

  • Masks are not required indoors but are recommended in spaces or during activities where distancing is a challenge. The CDC recommends masking on public transportation.
  • It is possible that masks may be required indoors if the NH county where the program is being held falls into the “High” COVID-19 community level per the CDC County Tracker, or if UNH requires mask wearing as part of university protocols. Masks are not required during strenuous physical activity or while sleeping or eating.
  • 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.

3. A health screening may be encouraged at a program/event. We request that families ensure their child is not feeling ill before attending the program.

4. Use of ‘cohort groups’ as a recommended strategy to reduce potential COVID-19 exposure.

5. Frequent cleaning and sanitation.

6. Encouraging frequent handwashing/sanitation, respiratory etiquette (sneeze in your sleeve).



Additional Important Information:

  • 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. We recommend the student be tested for COVID-19.
  • For an overnight program, arrival testing will be conducted. Rapid tests are acceptable and should be done by the student/parent. Details will be communicated from the program manager.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Large group activities may be restricted or have limitations put in place based on current conditions.


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 protocols.

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

Updated 8-9-22