COVID Policy

The National Docent Symposium Council and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art are committed to this symposium being a safe place to learn. Therefore, to participate in the symposium, all registrants must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Such requirement shall also apply to any subsequent booster vaccinations that may be recommended or required by the relevant health authorities.

Participants must provide a record of vaccination in order to participate in the symposium. It is also recommended that they bring a record with them to Kansas City, since some of the venues for tours and workshops may require it.

Please submit a copy of your vaccination record (a copy of the vaccination card or a digital image of the card) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 15, 2022. Vaccine information will not be shared and will be maintained as confidential. If a record is not submitted by that date, registrants will not be permitted to participate in the symposium and their registration fees will be refunded.

Participants may request an exception from this vaccination policy if the vaccine is medically contraindicated for them or medical necessity requires a delay in vaccination. Participants also may be legally entitled to a reasonable accommodation if they cannot be vaccinated and/or wear a face covering (as otherwise required by this policy) because of a disability, or if the provisions in this policy for vaccination, and/or testing for COVID-19, and/or wearing a face covering conflict with a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Registrants seeking an exception or reasonable accommodation must contact NDS Symposium planners directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; planners will work with museum staff to determine next steps. Please know that the nature of the venue and program does not allow for full accommodation of those who are not fully vaccinated; therefore, fully vaccinated registrants will be given priority.

In addition, masks must be worn throughout the symposium sessions, when riding buses to sites away from the hotel, and when visiting tour, workshop, and dinner venues (except when eating). (The mask requirement is subject to change should conditions improve.)

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