Current COVID-19 Protocols 

Participants in ISEEN activities must, among other requirements: 

  • Provide a copy of their *COVID-19 Vaccination Card (with booster if eligible) *Vaccine card may also be required to enter off-campus excursion sites and locations  
  • A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start of the Institute 
  • Bring with them two rapid Covid tests to administer on Day 1 and Day 3 of the Institute 
  • Be free of infection and circumstances (including recent travel and exposure to others) which might indicate the possibility of infection
  • Frequently sanitize hands and equipment
  • Minimize close personal contact with others and wear a face cover as required by applicable requirements
  • Immediately report to staff any condition or conduct which might indicate the presence of,  or contribute to the spread of, the virus or any other communicable disease and remove themselves from the activity or condition.

ISEEN is actively monitoring the incidence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and the Washington DC metro area specifically. ISEEN is following guidance from our host school, and Virginia and Washington DC local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding face masks, social distancing,  large gatherings, and school/education events including CDC recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Currently, older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are considered to be at increased risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Examples of underlying health conditions include heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, people with weakened immune systems, and people who are pregnant. The CDC recommends that people in high-risk groups consult with their healthcare provider about attending any large gathering.

At the Summer Institute, participants will adhere to CDC recommendations on how to keep themselves and others healthy:
  • Wear a mask in all indoor spaces and outdoors in crowds or when social distancing (6 feet) is not possible. 
  • Practice social or physical distancing, staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths away) from other people who are not from 
  • your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.