UW System campuses preparing for return of precollege and youth programs this summer
MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System universities are preparing for the return of precollege and youth programs to campuses this summer with safety protocols in place and in consultation with local and state health authorities.
After widespread cancellations of such programs in summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin’s public universities are re-introducing the programs this year as a result of renewed demand, more advanced knowledge of how to contain virus spread, and increasing vaccinations across the state.
The return of precollege and youth programs is consistent with UW System’s plans for the fall 2021 semester, for which Thompson set a goal of at least 75 percent of classes offered in person.
“The pandemic is not over, but we can safely begin to return to pre-pandemic operations, including summer programs for youth and a strong majority of in-person classes this fall,” Thompson said. “We are creating a culture of responsibility on our campuses.”
The UW System is supporting system campuses in implementing COVID-19 mitigation strategies for precollege and youth programs by assisting in the development of mitigation protocols and planning guidance.
UW System’s goal is to make sure each UW System campus provides a safe environment for minors who participate in youth camps, activities, and programs on campus by mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
UW System’s Office of Compliance and Integrity works with precollege liaisons on each campus who advocate and implement youth protection policies and best practices.
The UW System has created COVID-19 guidance for all youth programming in accordance with guidance from Public Health Madison and Dane County; the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the American Camp Association; and other federal, state, and county agencies.
Some of the steps the UW System is taking to help campuses safely restart precollege and youth programs include:
- Training and implementation around pre-arrival testing, symptom screening, face coverings, physical distancing, hygiene measures, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
- Developing a systemwide youth testing program.
- Supporting campus precollege liaisons in building customized reopening plans for minors on campus.
- Providing guidance to campus youth program staff and administrators on how to establish and enforce specific processes for programs to meet youth protection standards.
- Offering monthly professional development opportunities for all youth-serving staff and precollege liaisons.
- Providing standardized templates for informing parents and participants of possible spread of COVID-19 and how to mitigate the spread.
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