The NAPCA Foundation is committed to providing our college readiness and career exploration and planning programs in an environment that supports the health and well-being of all participants while taking every appropriate action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will make the necessary adjustments to our programming to adhere to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our university and school partners, and local health authorities. We will continue to monitor the situation related to COVID-19, along with the evolving public health guidelines and best practices related to hosting programs and events in 2021.
At NAPCA, we believe in healthy living and that starts with a clean environment for all of our program sites. Here’s what we’re doing to make sure all of our program sites are clean:
- Every day and night, each program site will be cleaned with a hospital-grade disinfectant.
- We will clean high use areas such as restrooms, classrooms, lunch areas, door handles, and railings frequently throughout the day.
- Disinfectant wipes will be available for students to wipe down classroom desks and equipment before and after use.
- We will install hand sanitation stations at our Welcome and Program Check-In desk, in classrooms, restrooms, and other areas on program sites.
- We will encourage frequent hand washing.
- We enforce our policy of students and staff staying home if they are sick.
The NAPCA Foundation, along with our university partners, will take every appropriate measure to provide students with a safe environment to learn and experience life on a college campus. Specific housing protocols and arrangements (housing students in single rooms, doubles, or suites, for example) will be set by location in conjunction with our university partners. All specific housing information will be provided to students and their parents as soon as it becomes available.
New commuter options have been created to give families flexibility.
We are mindful of the challenges caused by COVID-19. For that reason, as we did in 2020, we have relaxed our cancellation deadlines for 2021 to ensure that enrolled students will not forfeit deposits in the wake of uncertain times. Students may cancel their registrations for any reason by May 1, 2021 and receive a full refund. If at any time, the NAPCA Foundation closes a program, students may choose to receive a full refund or pre-register for 2022.
And you can help too! Here is what you can do:
- Stay home if you or your child is sick or feeling sick.
- It’s still not too late to get a flu shot!
- Wash / sanitize your hands.
- Cover coughing or sneezing with a tissue and disposing of it immediately or if a tissue is unavailable, cover youth using your forearm.
- We advise all of our members to follow CDC best practices to prevent illness.
Masks and Social Distancing
Students will be expected to follow all safety protocols, which may include the wearing of face masks, frequent handwashing, and social distancing. Failure to comply with established guidelines will result in dismissal from the program. Protocols will be based on the recommendations of the CDC and the requirements of our host universities and schools.
Thank you and stay healthy.
Dr. Aaron W. Smith
President & CEO