Last updated: January 25, 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

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.

Until further notice, food and/or drink may not be provided or consumed at MIT-sponsored events and/or meetings, including all K-12 programs and events held on and off campus. Grab-and-go style food options are also no longer allowed.

Vaccination requirements

Minors eligible for vaccination must be fully vaccinated or have a medical or religious exemption in order to participate in MIT events and programs. Effective January 14, 2022, visiting minors who are eligible for a booster vaccination must also have received the booster shot.

Children aged 5 to 11 must be fully vaccinated or have a medical or religious exemption by February 2, 2022 in order to participate in MIT programs and events. 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 vaccinated and boosted or exempt.

Tim Tickets

MIT K-12 programs must use Tim Tickets, MIT’s new visitor and event pass system, to collect contact information and attestation of vaccination or exemption from all program participants (or their parents or guardians). Tim Tickets must be used for both indoor and outdoor programs.

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.

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.

Program registration

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.

Face coverings

Authorized K-12 visitors must follow MIT’s face covering policy, which requires everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a well-fitting face covering while indoors. Face coverings are optional outdoors for vaccinated individuals.

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.

Unvaccinated individuals and children who are not yet eligible for vaccination must also wear face coverings when outdoors if they cannot maintain 3 feet of physical distance.

To align with the City of Cambridge emergency order effective September 3, 2021, MIT’s face covering policy applies to all individuals over age two.

Parental consent

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.

Additional resources

If you have questions about K-12 students and programs, or any other Covid-related policies, please email