Health, safety and privacy are paramount for Kennedy Krieger Institute.

We are continuously monitoring and responding to the changing public health environment.


Mask wearing is currently required on the Neurobehavioral Unit (NBU). This applies to all staff members on the NBU, as well as visitors who meet the criteria for wearing a mask. The criteria includes anyone who is 2 years or older, able to remove their mask without assistance and able to tolerate the mask behaviorally.

At all other Kennedy Krieger locations, mask wearing is strongly recommended but no longer required. This applies to all personnel, patients, students, research subjects and visitors.

Telehealth/virtual visits

If you already have an appointment, there’s no need to cancel.

Please call the clinic where you have the appointment (the number is on your appointment confirmation letter) to confirm if you should come in person, or if your appointment is through our telehealth system.

For new appointments, we will advise how the appointment will be delivered and provide easy instructions for all telephone or video appointments. 

Our inpatient hospital continues to serve patients and is working hard to ensure the continued safety of our patients, families and staff members. Click here for more information about inpatient hospital admissions.

Health Alert:

Please tell a nurse, doctor, or other healthcare professional as soon as possible if you:

  • Have traveled outside the U.S. in the past 21 days
  • Have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, muscle aches, headache, diarrhea and loss of taste or smell, nausea/vomiting, runny nose/congestion, and unexplained fatigue.
  • Have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Have been tested for COVID-19

What To Do If You Are Sick:

  • If you are sick, please do not come to your appointment. Please call to reschedule. We will make every effort to see you as soon as possible.
  • If you do come to your appointment AND do not pass screening for possible COVID-19 symptoms, we will not see you for your appointment. You will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Our focus is on the safety and health of all who come to Kennedy Krieger.

How To Protect Yourself:

Continue to practice everyday preventive actions now: 

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily. 
  • Wear a mask in public when community transmission is high, if you are unvaccinated and/or at high risk of severe illness.  
  • Wash your hands often! 
  • Get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and its variants.
  • Get your seasonal flu vaccine. 

Events & Classes

Kennedy Krieger Institute scheduled events happening at Kennedy Krieger, or in other locations, may be impacted by changes to the public health environment. Please check the specific event notice in this section of the Web site to confirm the status of the meeting or event in which you are interested or registered to attend. Meetings should be conducted virtually whenever possible, especially during times of increased transmission.

If you are planning an indoor event, you must adhere to the following procedures: 

  • Be cautious and make choices that keep everyone safe.Provide virtual options for those who prefer not to gather in person.
  • Masking is recommended but not required. Universal Masking may be in place in some areas of the Institute.
  • External attendees are welcome.
    •  Please self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. If symptomatic, please do not attend on site.
  • There are no limitations on the number of attendees for gatherings, however, the room capacity must still be followed.
    • Meeting planners should consider room size to ensure the space can accommodate personal space, when feasible.
  • Food and drinks may be served. Attendees are encouraged to allow for personal space while eating and drinking, if possible.
    • Approved vendors only for catered events.
  • Avoid personal contact (e.g., hugs, handshakes, etc.).
  • Frequent hand hygiene always encouraged!

If you are planning an onsite or virtual conference, please contact as soon as possible to start the process of requesting a new event.

Additional Resources:

More information can be found via the links below: