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COVID-19 Policy Statements for Summer 2022

Program Statements

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VSA 2022

June 24, 2022

Programs for Talented Youth’s on-campus experiences through Vanderbilt Summer Academy are designed to provide students with the opportunity to take part in a unique residential community of learners. Our policies are developed to support the safety of our students and the larger VSA community. Based on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the policies outlined below remain subject to change. All policies are subject to change and will reflect mitigation and management guidance from CDC and Vanderbilt University health professionals. 

At this time, after admission into the program, individual COVID-19 vaccination status reporting is optional as part of the VSA health forms and paperwork needed for program participation.** Vaccination reporting is not required for students or staff and will not be used during admission consideration or be considered in roommate assignments.  

**Please note that participation in the Vanderbilt Occupational Experience (managed through Vanderbilt University Medical Center) that is a part of the Med School 101 course will require proof of vaccination. As Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is a distinct organization that is separate from Vanderbilt University, VUMC develops separate policies on health and safety requirements for Observers. VUMC policies can be be different from Vanderbilt University’s policies for VSA.

What is your policy on masking and distancing?* 

Vanderbilt University no longer requires masking or physical distancing indoors. “Mask optional” means it is an individual’s choice whether to wear a mask or not. All individuals, including VSA students, will have the option of bringing and wearing a mask, including in classrooms, residential spaces, dining spaces,and community spaces.  VSA will continue to support those who want to wear a mask at any time for any reason, and expects all community members to respect one another as well. There will no longer be physical distancing requirements, whether an individual is masking or not.  

What if my child tests positive for COVID-19 while at VSA?

As your child’s health and the health of others at VSA are our priority, parents will be contacted if their child shows signs of illness. If a positive COVID test is confirmed while a VSA student is in residence, VSA will inform the student’s parents or guardians. Parents or guardians will have 24 hours to pick up the student and relocate them to another living arrangement off campus for a period of isolation. VSA will endeavor to work with parents or guardians who encounter extenuating circumstances due to factors such as distance and travel restrictions. Deposit and tuition payments for VSA are nonrefundable.  

After a positive test result, VSA students can return to campus housing 5 days after their symptoms began or the positive test result, whichever is earlier, with the improvement of symptoms and no fever. If symptoms have not improved after 5 days, VSA students should not return until they have been 24 hours with no fever not to exceed a 10-day isolation. 

Regardless of COVID-19 policy updates, the application fee for VSA is nonrefundable. Policy updates will be announced as they become available and will remain subject to change. Deposit and tuition payments for VSA are nonrefundable after the communicated deadlines regardless of any changes in COVID-19 policies. 

While PTY is currently planning to welcome students to campus in Summer 2022 and to operate on-campus programs, if Vanderbilt University decides that it is in the best interest of students, staff, and the wider community to suspend VSA 2022, families will have the option of receiving a deposit and/or tuition refunded or credited to their account for a future program. The application fee, however, is nonrefundable. 

SAVY 2022

June 24, 2022

Programs for Talented Youth’s on-campus experiences through Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young are designed to provide students with the opportunity to take part in a unique community of learners. Our policies are developed to support the safety of our students and the larger SAVY community. Based on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the policies outlined below remain subject to change. All policies are subject to change and will reflect mitigation and management guidance from CDC and Vanderbilt University health professionals.

At this time, after admission into the program, individual COVID-19 vaccination status reporting is optional as part of the SAVY health forms and paperwork needed for program participation. Vaccination reporting is not required for students or staff and will not be used during admission consideration.

What is your policy on masking and distancing? 

Vanderbilt University no longer requires masking or physical distancing indoors. “Mask optional” means it is an individual’s choice whether to wear a mask or not. All individuals, including SAVY students, will have the option of bringing and wearing a mask, including in classrooms, dining spaces, and community spaces. SAVY will continue to support those who want to wear a mask at any time for any reason and expects all community members to respect one another as well. There will no longer be physical distancing requirements, whether an individual is masking or not.

What if my student tests positive for COVID before or during SAVY? 

SAVY requires parent or guardian to pick up a participant within two hours for positive test or if the child becomes symptomatic. 

We request that parents share any positive test result while your student is in SAVY or within two days of departing SAVY. 

If a child tests positive before SAVY, the child may attend SAVY 5 days after their symptoms started or they received their positive test result, whichever is earlier, and with improving symptoms.  

Regardless of COVID-19 policy updates, the application fee for SAVY is nonrefundable. Policy updates will be announced as they become available and will remain subject to change. Deposit and tuition payments for SAVY are nonrefundable after the communicated deadlines regardless of any changes in COVID-19 policies.  

While PTY is currently planning to welcome students to campus in Summer 2022 and to operate on-campus programs, if Vanderbilt University decides that it is in the best interest of students, staff, and the wider community to suspend SAVY 2022, families will have the option of receiving a deposit and/or tuition refunded or credited to their account for a future program. The application fee, however, is nonrefundable.