Last Updated: May 27, 2022
After a successful program in 2021, the Massachusetts Boys State 2022 program will continue to follow the latest COVID health and safety guideline as recommended by local, state and federal health agencies.
Boys State will require the parent/guardians of the attending student to sign an attestation that the individual has no COVID-19 symptoms and has met one of the following conditions:
- Full vaccination (defined as two weeks after their 2nd dose in a 2-dose series such as Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen) OR
- Received a negative result on a COVID PCR test administered in the 72 hours or COVID Rapid Antigen test administered in the 48 hours prior to arrival on campus.
Note, if the student recently recovered from COVID 19 within the past 90 days, please only receive a COVID Rapid Antigen test, as it is possible for the PCR test to remain positive within 90 days of the infection.
The attestation form will be available during Boys State Check-In on Saturday, June 11. If the student will be arriving on campus without a parent/guardian, please complete Boys State Health Attestation Form before arrival on campus.
The American Legion and the program staff have monitored guidance and regulations issued by appropriate agencies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, special orders and declarations by the Office of the Governor, and the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) as well as other relevant federal agencies. The policies and procedures of our host campus, Stonehill College, also govern elements of our program.
- We appreciate that every individual’s actual/sense of risk, sense of safety, and sense of concern varies based on a variety of factors. With appreciation for these differences, there are mitigation efforts we have chosen to take, and in some cases are required to take. It is essential that certain steps are followed to ensure student is able to attend and fully participate in this year’s program, and to protect student, as well as other students and staff, to the extent possible, from COVID exposure and/or infection.
- We strongly encourage all families to vaccinate and booster their student against COVID-19, if eligible, with one of the vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by the FDA, in consultation with their healthcare provider.
- No organization or set of protocols can guarantee that students will not become exposed to COVID-19, even with reasonable containment efforts:
- COVID-19 is contagious and believed to spread primarily through person-to-person contact;
- exposure is possible.