On-Campus Health & Safety Guidelines FAQ
Please note that the following policies and procedures only apply to College Mentors activities occurring on college campuses. To learn more about College Mentors at Home, please visit this page.
What should I consider before enrolling in College Mentors for Kids on campus?
We advise anyone who lives in a household with someone or who is themselves at higher risk for complications as a result of COVID-19 to consult with a healthcare professional before joining College Mentors for Kids.
How will participants be screened at College Mentors for Kids?
Depending on your school district, your child may be screened at the beginning of the school day. If this is the case, then any child who attends school will be allowed to attend College Mentors that same day.
For areas that are not conducting health checks at school, we ask that families take their child’s temperature and confirm that they do not have a cough, fever (temperature over 100.4 F), chills, difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell or any other COVID symptom within the last 72 hours that cannot be attributed to another health condition before bringing them to activity.
Similarly, all mentors and chapter staff should self-screen before attending activity via the procedures outlined above. Anyone who has either exhibited symptoms or knowingly come into contact with someone who exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend College Mentors for Kids activity!
Who will be required to wear masks?
Mentors and chapter staff will need to wear masks since some carriers of COVID-19 may be asymptomatic. Children are welcome to wear masks as their families prefer. If campus, state, or federal regulations require everyone to wear masks, your child will be required to wear masks during activities too. College Mentors will provide masks for anyone who does not already have one.
Will social distancing be implemented?
Kids will be separated into static groups known as buddy families for the duration of the activity, including to and from campus on the bus. Elementary students and chapter staff will be seated one per seat on the bus, although students living in the same house can sit together. For elementary schools that have similar measures in place for the school day, chapters are advised to coordinate buddy families to align with those groupings as much as possible.
What will cleaning and disinfecting procedures look like?
Chapter staff should ensure that the bus, homerooms, and any supplies used by buddies are adequately disinfected before use. If transportation companies and universities do not have processes in place to disinfect buses and rooms before buddies enter, chapter staff may do so themselves via instructions from National Office. Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the duration of activities. Additionally, some supplies will be kept separated by buddy family.
How will snack time be conducted?
All children will thoroughly wash their hands immediately before and after snack time, and chapter staff will wear gloves while handing out snack items. The use of communal water fountains is strongly discouraged while buddies are on campus.
What will drop-off/pick-up look like?
A bus will arrive at the elementary/middle school at the end of the day to bring the kids to campus. In addition to the bus driver, at least two college students will ride the bus with the kids each week to ensure that they arrive on campus safely. Elementary students and chapter staff will be seated one per seat on the bus, although students living in the same house can sit together.
Pick-up varies by chapter. At some sites, you may need to pick up your child from campus or the elementary/middle school. At other sites, the bus can drop the children off at home or community centers. You will be able to see all of the transportation options available for your child’s school when you register your child, and you will have an opportunity to choose the one that best fits your needs. Please note that at some chapters, only one transportation option is available. Whatever option you choose, social distancing will be implemented. If your child is dropped off at home, the process will remain the same. If you pick-up your child either from campus or from the elementary school, we ask that you remain in your car and have proper ID ready to display to a chapter staff member through the window. Upon verification by chapter staff, children will then be escorted to their car.
What happens if someone in College Mentors tests positive for COVID-19?
Chapter leaders are required to alert National Office within one hour of learning that someone, whether mentor or child, has tested positive for COVID-19. College Mentors National Office will work together with chapter leaders to ensure all impacted parties are alerted as quickly as possible. The health and safety of participants is top priority in College Mentors for Kids.