Healthy and Fun Summer 2021

Pre-College COVID-19 operations for in-person on-campus offerings.

Plans for summer Brown Pre-College in-person programs for 2021 focus on protecting the health of the community while providing students with a unique opportunity to experience living and learning on the Brown University campus. While the structure of the program will look different this summer, students can expect challenging college-level academics and enriching extracurricular activities.

This page is focused on providing general information about on-campus policies and protocols for students and their families to support health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional information will be included on this page and shared with students studying in-person in their individual student portals.

Please note: The information provided on this page supersedes similar content explaining non-pandemic operations on other pages of this website.

As of March 26, 2021

Guiding Principles

Planning On-Campus Pre-College Offerings

We prioritize the health and safety of the Brown community, including seasonal employees and Pre-College students.

We base decisions on guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other public health experts, as well as Brown University health and safety protocols.

We will adjust decisions based on public health conditions and guidance at the time programs are offered.

Health & Safety Protocols

Protocols for Vaccinations, Testing, Health and Safety

Due to the age of the Pre-College student population, we do not assume that all students will be vaccinated by the time they arrive on campus. Regardless of whether a student has been vaccinated at the time they arrive on campus, they will be expected to abide by all health and safety policies and protocols established by the programs. 

Students and families should review Rhode Island state policies associated with quarantining prior to making travel plans to ensure that you follow requirements. If cross-border or international travel requires quarantining, the student will need to do so away from the Brown campus prior to arrival. Students should plan to arrive on campus the Saturday prior to their course starting, as there is likely to be scheduled COVID-19 testing upon arrival. 

Students and staff will be required to participate in routine COVID-19 testing protocols throughout the duration of their program. 

To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, students who test positive while participating in the program and do not need hospitalization will receive a new residence hall assignment designated for quarantine and isolation. This is also the case for close contacts of the students who may have been exposed. 

Pre-College students who relocate for these reasons will be unable to leave their rooms until it is safe for them to return to their original residence hall room (as of 3/26/2021, this is a period of at least 10 days, but families can continue to check the Isolation/Quarantine information on Brown’s COVID-19 response website,, for any updates to that protocol). Students in this situation will be provided necessary health services support, meal delivery, and additional care. While students will be able to remain on campus throughout this period, we recommend that families make contingency plans prior to the start of the program about how they can safely pick up their student if they are moved to isolation or quarantine, due to the length of time that students will be isolated.

Students who are uncomfortable abiding by all of these protocols on campus should drop their on-campus course and select an online course as soon as possible. Students who do not abide by testing and other protocols while participating in the program will be dismissed and required to depart the Brown campus within 36 hours of that decision.

We have not yet established protocols for family and friends who may want to accompany the student when they check in to the programs, but it is likely that we will restrict the number of people who can do so and enforce other safety guidelines, as needed. There will be health and safety protocols shared with students and families later in the spring through their student portal. 

The On-Campus Experience

To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, Brown University has followed strict public health protocols over the last year, which will continue through the summer. As a result, students attending the Pre-College program this summer will participate in a highly structured and supervised experience.

This structure will include:

  • consistent oversight by residential staff helping to ensure students are following safety protocols, including mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand-washing;
  • pre-assigned groups that keep students together who are taking the same class, living in the same location, and participating in activities throughout the day and evening; and
  • a daily schedule that includes class, study time, meals, activities, and breaks (see Schedule Example below). 

Students will be allowed to take one course at a time to ensure they are living and learning within a single group. Students should consider carefully the course they are enrolled in as it is unlikely they will be able to switch courses once they are on campus participating in that course’s group.

Students will stay in single rooms for the duration of their time in the program. Students' rooms will be near other students who are enrolled in their same course.

Pre-College students will likely pick up their meals at a dining hall and eat elsewhere with a small group of peers.

Example Weekday Schedule

Please note: these schedules may be adjusted slightly as planning continues. In addition, these schedules indicate days when testing will take place. While we haven’t finalized a testing schedule, students will likely participate in testing 2-3 times each week while they are on campus.

Example Morning Course Schedule:

6:00 – 7:30 am Time for individual morning workout
7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 – 11:30 am Class
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 pm Outdoor programming
3:00 – 4:30 pm Study hall with classmates
4:30 – 5:00 pm Testing with classmates
(testing frequency has yet to be determined)
5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner
6:30 – 8:00 pm Individual study time/free time
8:00 – 9:00 pm Individual study time/online events and student orgs
9:00 – 10:00 pm Residential programming with classmates
10:00 pm - 6:00 am Curfew

Example Early Afternoon Course Schedule:

7:00 – 8:30 am Time for individual morning workout
8:30 – 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 am Outdoor programming
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 – 3:00 pm Class
3:00 – 5:30 pm Study hall with classmates
5:30 – 6:00 pm Testing with classmates
(testing frequency has yet to be determined)
6:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 – 8:00 pm Individual study time/free time
8:00 – 9:00 pm Individual study time/online events and student orgs
9:00 – 10:00 pm Residential programming with classmates
10:00 pm - 6:00 am Curfew

Example Late Afternoon Course Schedule:

6:30 – 8:00 am Time for individual morning workout
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 am Study hall with classmates
10:30 – 11:00 am Testing with classmates
(testing frequency has yet to be determined)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Outdoor Programming
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 pm Individual study time/free time
3:30 – 6:30 pm Class
6:30 – 7:30 pm Dinner
8:00 – 9:00 pm Individual study time/online events and student orgs
9:00 – 10:00 pm Residential programming with classmates
10:00 pm - 6:00 am Curfew

Brown Pre-College is committed to offering a summer program that is both safe and provides students with challenging, exciting, and impactful experiences that will help you prepare for the next steps in your academic journey.

Have questions? Need help? We’re here for you.

Email us or call us at (401) 863-7900 during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST).