Last updated: September 21, 2021

In-person programs for K-12 students and minors operated by MIT departments, labs, and centers are permitted to operate on and off campus.

All in-person K-12 programs sponsored or led by MIT students or student organizations are paused until further notice; this applies to both on- and off-campus in-person activities. Virtual or remote programming is still permitted, and the pause will be re-evaluated at the end of September.

Third-party programs for K-12 students and minors continue to be prohibited on MIT’s campus.

K-12 students are not allowed to audit MIT classes in fall 2021.

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

Children under age 12 are eligible for 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 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 not required outdoors for vaccinated individuals.

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