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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 the Fall 2020 start. We continue to consider applications for the 2020-2021 program year on a case-by-case basis. As of June 15th, On-site tours with certain limitations are now taking place at most CIP centers. 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.

NEW: View CIP's Virtual Experience Day Presentation



Our Summer@CIP two-week summer programs for high school sophomores to recent high school graduates have been cancelled at all locations. A new two-week Virtual Summer Sessions @ CIP online program is now available for 2020! Please visit or contact us or complete and inquiry form if your have an interest in enrolling.

View our latest communications on our Summer Program blog.

Policy Changes (Updated 6/11/2020)

Remote distance learning services are continuing to be provided to all CIP students. An optional return to student housing for the remainder of the 2019-2020 is underway at all five CIP locations. Students who are continuing with us for the 2020-2021 program year will also have the additional option to stay through the non-programming period until the fall early start and orientation. This limits the need to travel.

2020-2021 Fall and Beyond

Going into the Fall 2020-2021 program year CIP is making important changes to the way we operate while staying true to our core mission at hand. 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 overs.


  • New Fall Orientation and Timeline. All returning 2020-2021 CIP students will participate in a new Fall Orientation which will include detailed exercises and training specific to managing health and hygiene issues surrounding COVID-19. Learning these critical life skills is imperative for the world we now live in. This new orientation will begin two weeks earlier than usual. This equates to two additional weeks of programming to next year’s calendar to address these valuable subject areas and to get an early jump on the program year ahead. There will be no additional fee for this extended programming time. 


  • Contingency planning. 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 be prepared to work with students to follow that guidance. Per our staffing and service changes mentioned above, students will be given the option of staying within their CIP student housing in this type of scenario. 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 that 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: Often 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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