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We want to thank you all for your support as we have navigated COVID-19 over the past three years. While it has been a challenge for the IMG Academy community, our protocols and policies have worked well to this point and your cooperation is greatly appreciated. All COVID-19 Protocols detailed here are subject to change at any time. Due to the declining cases of COVID-19 on campus and in our community, we have updated our pandemic protocols. Currently, masks are no longer universally required on campus. This decision was made based upon our local and community rate of COVID-19 and taking into account our three-year on-campus experience with the pandemic. Masks are still recommended as an effective means of decreasing one's chance of contracting the virus and will continue to be required according to CDC guidelines for individuals who have been positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days and those who have been contact traced.
Although masks requirements have been lifted, face coverings are still encouraged while indoors as well as practicing social distancing. High-quality N95 or KN95 masks are recommended by the CDC and provide the most effective protection against the coronavirus. Although student-athletes are not required to be fully vaccinated to attend IMG Academy, we continue to strongly encourage all students to become fully vaccinated as soon as they are eligible or as soon as possible. For the CDC’s most recent definitions of “fully vaccinated,” click here.
Masks will still be required in the following areas:
In addition to the change in our mask policy, we will no longer require testing of asymptomatic boarding students upon return to campus after non-IMG sanctioned overnight trips off-campus. Student-athletes will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms using the COVID Questionnaire and are advised to stay off campus until a negative test is obtained if they have symptoms.
Lastly, based upon recent medical recommendations from national organizations, we will be decreasing our Return-to-Play protocol for COVID-19 positive student-athletes from 7 days to 5 days.
At this point the following COVID-19 protocols will remain in place:
IMG Academy is continuing to use the utmost of caution regarding the health and safety of everyone on campus. We have been following guidelines recommended by the CDC, Johns Hopkins, and the Florida Department of Health. We have established specific protocol and procedures applicable to all campus visitors, employees, and our overall facilities.
Pre-Arrival Testing – Student-Athletes will not be required to test for COVID-19 prior to arriving on campus. Pre-travel testing is required for those experiencing COVID-like symptoms.
Overnight Leave Testing – Not required
Overnight Leave Questionnaire – Not required
Masks – Recommended indoors. Required for those in COVID protocols on campus, in Health Services or undergoing ATC or physical therapy treatment
COVID Positive Return to Play – 3 day Return-To-Play
COVID Fully Vaccinated – Will be primary shot series (<18) and primary shot series + booster (18 and above)
Contact Tracing – Contact tracing will be done to identify ONLY roommates of positive individuals.
Isolation/quarantine – For the Spring Semester, this will be conducted in open rooms in the dorms. There will be only limited time periods where APV units might be required.
IMG Academy personnel, athletes and any campus visitors will be required to comply with all social distancing guidelines in effect when on campus. The social distancing guidelines will be in accordance with the then-current federal, state and local recommendations, which is currently six feet.
Enhanced cleaning and sanitation methods will be employed based on CDC recommendations to reduce risk to staff and athletes on campus. Some key elements of the cleaning and sanitation plan are noted below:
IMG Academy continues to use the utmost of caution to ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. We have been following guidelines recommended by the CDC, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, and the Florida Department of Health, and have established specific protocols and procedures applicable to all campus visitors, employees, and our overall facilities.
For the most up-to-date travel restrictions, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website by clicking here.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is the exclusive provider of health services at IMG Academy. The Johns Hopkins All Children’s health services team on-site includes pediatric sports medicine specialists, nurses, and physical therapists. Their team has been an incredible resource as we’ve worked to ensure a safe and healthy campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Patrick Mularoni, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital medical director of health services at IMG Academy, has advised our leadership team and acted as liaison with local public health officials to keep IMGA up-to-date on the latest information.
Please be sure to complete your health and safety forms in SchoolDoc. Campers cannot participate in any camp activities until all required forms are completed.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital recommends that all campers traveling to IMG adhere to strict social distancing and mask use during their travel. Travelers should make sure to wash their hands regularly.
Before arriving on campus, we need to learn more about your camper’s recent health and travel history.
Upon arrival, all campers and families will be directed to the Campus Center or Academic Center Porch where the check-in process will be conducted. Only campers who have submitted all required documents will be allowed on campus.
Out of an abundance of caution we are limiting facility access for parents and families due to health and safety of our on-campus population. Campers should be brought to the Ascender Dorms where Campus Life staff will be waiting to assist with move-ins and will have activities outdoors for families to enjoy. Only parents will be allowed to enter the dorms for move in.
Please note the below reminders as you prepare to check-in with us:
Daily health screenings will conducted by IMG staff member. Campers exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms while on campus will be sent to Health Services. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital will then follow established procedures recommended by the Department of Health to isolate and administer a COVID-19 test for the individual if necessary. Isolation will occur either in Health Services or in the Ascender Dorms away from healthy campers.
For their safety and the safety of others, the camper will be unable to participate in camp activities until cleared by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. All campers are expected to abide by our Campus Health and Safety Protocols, as well as the IMG Academy Camp Rules.
A copy of the camp rules can be found in SchoolDoc.
For more information regarding COVID-19 and our purchace policy, please click here.
If a camper tests positive for COVID-19 at any point while attending camp at IMG Academy, IMG Academy’s Director of Health and Safety will work with JHACH and the Florida Department of Health to conduct any necessary contact tracing.
Parents/Guardians of the sick camper and parents/guardians of any campers who have been deemed a close contact, will be required to arrange for the camper to leave campus within 48 hours (international) or 24 hours (domestic) of receipt of notice.
While we know this is not ideal, it is essential in maintaining a safe environment for the remainder of the IMG Academy community.
Campers must be checked out of their residence hall by 11 a.m. on check-out day.
On November 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted international COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated non-US citizens and non-US immigrants. US citizens are advised not to travel internationally unless they are fully vaccinated.
Please consult the CDC for a complete list of current travel requirements.
The CDC currently recommend getting tested and/or staying home after higher risk travel. Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home and precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at travelers’ destinations.
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The Golf Club still remains open at this time, but please see their website for current policies or contact [email protected].