Covid-19 Policy for K-12 Students and Programs

Update effective: October 11, 2022

In-person programs for K-12 students and minors are permitted to operate on and off campus, including:

  • Programs operated by MIT departments, labs, and centers
  • Programs led by MIT students and student organizations
  • Third party-sponsored programs

Food and drinks are allowed – and may be provided and consumed – at MIT-sponsored events and meetings, including K-12 programs and activities held on and off campus. For more information about food and drinks at MIT-sponsored events and programs, see the guidance on eating indoors and FAQs for Event Planners.

Vaccination requirements

Minors eligible for vaccination must be full vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19 or have a medical or religious exemption in order to participate in MIT events and programs.

Temporary staff and volunteers working with MIT K-12 programs must also be fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19 or have an exemption.

Minors as visitors

All visitors, including minors, must follow MIT’s campus access and visitors policy.

Minors must be escorted by a Covid Pass holder when inside MIT facilities and may not be granted unescorted access via Tim Tickets. Children under 12 must either be accompanied by a parent or guardian or be participating in a registered MIT K-12 program.

Auditing classes: K-12 students may audit MIT classes in spring 2022. The sponsoring faculty member must enroll the auditing student into Covid Pass to enable access and ensure compliance with MIT’s vaccination requirement. The sponsoring faculty member must also remove the student from Covid Pass at the end of the term. K-12 students who are in Covid Pass will not be eligible to participate in MIT’s Covid-19 testing.

Note that minors who are residents of MIT Housing (e.g., children of graduate student residents or heads of house) are subject to rules established for MIT residence halls.

Program registration

All MIT programs and activities that serve minors must be registered on the Protection of Minors website at least 30 days before they plan to begin. Additionally, background checks are usually required for programs that include minors.

Face coverings

Effective March 14, 2022, face coverings are optional in indoor spaces at MIT. (See the City of Cambridge order lifting the mask requirement for indoor public places, effective March 13, 2022.)

If you choose to wear a mask, the CDC continues to recommend that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.

Parental consent

Program sponsors must collect parental consent forms for all participants (including the new Covid Acknowledgement form) and may impose some additional restrictions, including limiting group size, requiring daily health attestations, or choosing to offer remote or virtual K-12 programming.

Additional resources

If you have questions about K-12 students and programs, or any other Covid-related policies, please email