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Important News and Information Related to CIP Programs

COVID-19 Coronavirus Preparedness


The CIP leadership team continues to convene on a daily basis and reviewing information from health experts, federal and state officials, as well as staff related to our student and staff well-being.

Admissions Updates

CIP National Admissions Office remains open and our staff continue to be available at all CIP Centers to work with prospective families for rolling admissions options during the 2020-2021 programming year and 2021-2022 year. We will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis as space allows. On-site tours with certain limitations are now taking place at most CIP centers. All visitors are required follow CIP's updated guest and visitor policies which include self-health attestation, adhering to room capacities, wearing of face masks and social distancing. Interested families and professionals can contact us to discuss enrollment options, setup a virtual tour, or for any questions you may have during this time.

In lieu of CIP's in-person Experience Day Information Sessions events, interested families and professionals can view our online Experience Day and participate in virtual and in-person tours. View CIP's Virtual Experience Day Presentation here.


Summer@CIP Summer Programs

2021 Summer@CIP two-week summer programs for high school sophomores to recent high school graduates are on track for in-person. CIP's highly-successful two-week Virtual Summer Sessions @ CIP online program will continue in 2021. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact our admissions office to begin the process early. Please visit for more information.

CIP centers are operating in-person at all five program locations. Depending on the program site and their respective state and local guidelines, centers are operating from a range of mostly in-person to mostly remote, and adapting as allowed, CIP has set up services so that in-person and online services can be interchanged fluidly when needed, thus preserving continuity of learning and prioritizing safety. CIP's life skills services within the apartment and community are considered essential and therefore all CIP students are receiving regular in-person services in that domain.

CIP's Community Guidelines require the use of facial coverings for all CIP appointments, appropriate social distancing practices, daily self-health attestation, small group sizes, and frequent hand-washing and sanitation practices. All students and staff receive training on CDC guidelines and CIP's internal practices related to COVID-19. CIP's National Office and program site leadership meet at a minimum of twice a week to review COVID-19 health and safety needs.

Students will also have the option to stay through the non-programming periods. This limits the need to travel.


2020-2021 Fall and Beyond

CIP has made important changes to the way we operate while staying true to our core mission. This includes: 

  • New year-round support options within the student housing setting. Throughout the next year ahead, the option of staying in student housing during scheduled non-programming times will be offered to CIP students. This helps to prevent unnecessary travel and takes into consideration the health needs of not just students but their families as well. During CIP's new "stay-over periods" students will retain focus on independent living and socialization while being provided limited in-person and remote support for items such as cooking, cleaning, AM/PM checks, and on-call phone support. There will be no additional cost from CIP to stay over.


  • Contingency planning. Per our staffing and service changes mentioned above, students will be given the option of staying within their CIP student housing if an increased presence of COVID-19, influenza, or other communicable disease is detected in any region CIP operates, and health officials call for any type of shelter in place, use of PPE, or other similar instruction. CIP will shift to our hybrid service model (a mix between in-person and remote online) for those remaining in housing, and to our remote learning model for those who return home. While we do not expect disruptions in the coming year to the same extent as we’ve recently faced with COVID-19, we want families to have options and we at CIP will continue our strong focus on continuity of learning, community, and adapting to change.


CIP's Six-Point Plan for Health & Safety:

The following is a high-level overview:

Student Health & Hygiene 

Goal: To help ensure students understand and practice key health and hygiene practices specific to COVID-19 and related diseases and to ensure a level of appropriate self-care is followed if experiencing symptoms or illness.

Staff COVID-19 Education & Response

Goal: To train staff members in best practices related to the prevention of COVID-19 and to provide support for students in following related health and hygiene practices.

Administrative & Student Services Protocols

Goal: To adapt and modify CIP’s physical settings, staffing structure, student programming, services, and supporting activities in order to retain our focus on student learning and engagement while providing a safe and healthy environment.

Collaboration with State & Local Health Officials

Goal: To obtain expert guidance on an ongoing basis related to local community trends and resources and assistance in guiding CIP’s plans and decision making.

Contingency Plans

Goal: To clearly outline additional scenarios, triggering events, and related action plans in the case of serious business and/or program disruptions (such as discontinuation of on-site and in-residence services) specific to COVID-19 and related communicable diseases.

Communication Practices

Goal: To continue to review and revise internal and external communication practices and related communication channels as needed, ensuring all parties continue to coordinate and stay informed on a timely basis.

More information has been communicated directly via email to parents and students.

Also see: CIP Adapting Specialized Education to Online Learning


COVID-19 General Prevention

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help mitigate the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Limit your travel
  • Wash your hands: with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Wash your whole hand (front, back and in between fingers).  Rinse and dry thoroughly. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Always continue to wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. Use a paper towel to dry your hands and to open the door

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