K-12 students and programs
Update effective: March 14, 2022
In-person programs for K-12 students and minors are permitted to operate on and off campus, including:
- Programs operated by MIT departments, labs, and centers
- Programs led by MIT students and student organizations
- Third party-sponsored programs
Food and drinks are allowed – and may be provided and consumed – at MIT-sponsored events and meetings, including K-12 programs and activities held on and off campus. For more information about food and drinks at MIT-sponsored events and programs, see the guidance on eating indoors and FAQs for Event Planners.
Minors eligible for vaccination must be up to date with their Covid vaccinations (including boosters if eligible) or have a medical or religious exemption in order to participate in MIT events and programs.
Children under age 5 are eligible to participate in MIT programs and events under a medical exemption from the vaccination requirement, as they are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.
Temporary staff and volunteers working with MIT K-12 programs must also be up to date on Covid vaccinations or exempt.
Minors as visitors
All visitors, including minors, must follow MIT’s campus access and visitors policy.
Minors must be escorted by a Covid Pass holder when inside MIT facilities and may not be granted unescorted access via Tim Tickets. Children under 12 must either be accompanied by a parent or guardian or be participating in a registered MIT K-12 program.
Auditing classes: K-12 students may audit MIT classes in spring 2022. The sponsoring faculty member must enroll the auditing student into Covid Pass to enable access and ensure compliance with the vaccination and booster requirement. The sponsoring faculty member must also remove the student from Covid Pass at the end of the term. K-12 students who are in Covid Pass will not be eligible for or required to participate in MIT’s Covid-19 testing.
Note that minors who are residents of MIT Housing (e.g., children of graduate student residents or heads of house) are subject to rules established for MIT residence halls.
All MIT programs and activities that serve minors must be registered on the Protection of Minors website at least 30 days before they plan to begin. Additionally, background checks are usually required for programs that include minors.
Individuals who are unvaccinated or not up to date with their vaccinations are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks indoors and outdoors when unable to maintain 3 feet of physical distance per Massachusetts DPH guidance.
If you choose to wear a mask, the CDC continues to recommend that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently. However, some masks provide better protection than others. For example, a cloth mask may not provide as much protection as a higher-quality mask, such as a KF94.
MIT highly recommends and prefers the use of higher-quality masks.
Program sponsors must collect parental consent forms for all participants (including the new Covid Acknowledgement form) and may impose some additional restrictions, including limiting group size, requiring daily health attestations, or choosing to offer remote or virtual K-12 programming.
- MIT’s Protection of Minors website (program registration and resources)
- FAQ for K-12 program staff
- MIT Housing: graduate students and undergraduate students (Division of Student Life)
- MIT Athletic Facilities (DAPER)
- MIT Student Organizations, Leadership, and Engagement Office (SOLE)
If you have questions about K-12 students and programs, or any other Covid-related policies, please email email@example.com.