Continuing Ed and Pre-College

CE precollege student draws outside the Met
CE students at Tillinghast Farm
CE student drawing outside

Continuing Education (CE) Protocol​

RISD Continuing Education (CE) in-person courses will follow all RISD COVID policies and protocols. For the purposes of these protocols, non-residential students are regarded as campus visitors.

Mask Requirements

CE and Pre-College programs follow current RISD policies related to masks, which are subject to change.

Public Spaces

Spaces that are open to the public—RISD Museum, Fleet Library, Nature Lab, Jolly Roger, Carr Haus, Portfolio and the RISD Store—follow RI State business guidelines and all RISD protocols.


RISD strongly encourages vaccination (including a booster dose) for all Continuing Education (CE) faculty and students for adult and youth (ages 6–17) in-person programming.

Continuing Education Faculty
ALL RISD Employees must disclose vaccination and booster status at the time of hire.


Symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for non-residential CE students must occur at their own discretion at state testing centers, pharmacies or their primary care physician.

Positive Cases

Any individual (vaccinated, boostered or unvaccinated) who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for a full 5 days and then wear a well-fitting mask for an additional 5 days.

  • Non-residential CE students who test positive must notify RISD Continuing Education staff by emailing and their instructor immediately.
  • Non-residential students who test positive will not be admitted on campus for FIVE days from their positive test date.
  • Residential Pre-College students who test positive must notify and RISD Health Services immediately. If RISD Health Services is closed then RISD Public Safety must be notified immediately.

Pre-College Residential Programs

RISD Pre-College will follow all policies outlined above, with additional protocol specific to residential students:

Health Services

All students participating in RISD Pre-College will have daily (during business hours) access to RISD Health Services.


Pre-College students are required to submit proof of vaccination — including booster — via the registration process upon admittance into the program.

Religious or Medical Exemptions
Students may submit a request for exemption from the vaccination requirement via the Medicat portal. Individuals with vaccination exemptions may be subject to additional health safety protocols. 

Types of Testing

Students experiencing COVID-like symptoms should contact Health Services to determine what type of visit or test they recommend for you.

CE and Pre-College programs follow current RISD policies related to testing, which are subject to change.

Symptomatic Testing
Symptomatic testing for residential pre-college students will be available via Health Services. Students can also get their own rapid tests from RISD Public Safety and RAs, then report results to RISD Health Services.


  • Designated isolation housing will be provided for residential pre-college students. 
  • If they wish to do so, parents or guardians are permitted to pick up their student from the program after a positive test result is received. 
  • Additional information will be communicated directly to pre-college students and parents/guardians via email.