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Important Information from Northwestern University and CTD

We are excited to be hosting in-person programming for students and are looking forward to a summer full of fun, learning, and friendships.

We are also aware of the continuing impact of the pandemic and are prepared to respond if conditions change. We want to assure the members of our community that we continue to prioritize the well-being of our students and staff.

Conditions can change quickly with COVID-19. Below are responses to frequently asked questions about what might occur should we experience significant community spread that impacts programming, particularly at our residential programs.

Are Northwestern and CTD staff members monitoring campus and local COVID-19 conditions?

Yes. Northwestern University COVID-19 Health and Safety policies are reviewed regularly and periodically updated in response to ongoing data monitoring and guidance from public health officials. Program administrators are taking a conditions-based approach to managing program activities based on risk levels as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How are program activities affected by COVID-19 conditions?

Based on Northwestern University guidance, and as warranted by current public health conditions both on campus and in the local community, COVID-19 health and safety protocols may include measures such as masking, distancing, testing, additional cleaning, and changes to scheduled program activities (e.g., more outdoor versus indoor or on campus versus off-campus for residential programs). Some large group and indoor activities at the residential programs may be limited or cancelled if the situation requires it. Our in-person staff at all sites are vaccinated subject to limited exceptions, and programs are following site specific guidance regarding health checks and testing.

What happens if a course needs to be cancelled?

If CTD cancels a course, we will notify enrolled families and affected staff immediately. Please make sure your email address is correct and check that your primary cell phone number is up to date in your MyCTD account so that you can receive emergency notification text messages.

Also, we strongly recommend that you explore the option of travel insurance, since the situation with COVID-19 can change quickly. Though CTD can refund the cost of tuition, we are unable to reimburse travel expenses

If the course cancellation occurs in advance of a program start date, you will be offered other course options or provided a full refund if there are no seats available in other courses or the available course options are not feasible for your family.

If the cancellation occurs after a program has already begun, you will be offered a course option in another program session or provided with a full refund if there are no other program sessions with course options that are feasible for your family. 

Are there restrictions on enrollment in residential programming this summer?

Following Northwestern University's COVID-19 Health & Safety guidance, students must be 12 years old by the time their residential camp begins. Additionally, if a student tests positive for COVID-19 while in our care, a parent or parent-authorized adult must pick up the student within eight hours of the positive test result. We are also limiting program sizes based on residential space and staffing and to meet health and safety guidelines.

Where can I find more information about my child’s program and who to contact if an issue arises?

Please make sure you read your welcome email — sent a few days prior to the program start to the primary email we have on file — and review the Enrolled Student information, which is available in your MyCTD account.

Log in, click on the student’s name, under All Courses find the course session, and click the pink View Application Detail button. Scroll down to the Enrolled Student Information.

Please note that while programs are in session, email and call response times will vary, because staff are working with students and managing on-campus activities. We will return calls and emails as quickly as possible, prioritizing the most immediate needs.

Other General Information for Program Planning

For your convenience, we have provided links to our program pages below. We encourage you to check for updated information on this web page.

Links to Program and Employment Web Pages

For the most current information on the University’s response to the pandemic, we ask that you visit the University's COVID-19 and Campus Updates page. As described above, we at CTD are working closely with our senior leadership within the School of Education and Social Policy to respond to the most recent developments as they pertain to our programs and services. Please note that since CTD students are minors and are not University undergraduate students, CTD program protocols and requirements may differ slightly from those listed on the University’s student and staff pages.

CTD works with Northwestern’s COVID-19 Response Team to plan for all our academic day and residential programs whether on the Northwestern campus or at off-campus locations. Off-campus programs also include planning with the host institution’s leaders.

The well-being of our students, staff members, and community is our highest priority. We will provide updates on our specific events and programs via email to enrolled students and hired staff, and on individual program webpages as we continue to receive guidance from the University and local public health officials.


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