Keeping Our Community Healthy

Our highest priority is to ensure the safety of all of our faculty, staff, and students. We are aware that while exposure to COVID-19 presents a threat to everyone, the threat to college-age students is dramatically lower, and some members of our community are at greater risk than others. We will follow guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and other trusted sources in keeping our campus clean and establishing a working and learning environment that will minimize the spread of germs to the greatest extent possible. 

In order to maintain a safe campus, we will require every member of our community to sign a social compact agreeing to the following conditions for the safety of our shared environment: 

  • We will practice social distancing.

  • We will wear facial coverings.

  • We will wash our hands regularly.

  • We will wipe down our work spaces after using them.

  • We will strictly limit travel to and from campus during the term.

More information about this policy will be distributed before the start of the fall semester.

We are currently studying federal, state, and local government policies, as well as options for testing and contact tracing in concert with other institutions of higher education in our area, and expect to communicate more details before students return to campus. Our partners at Tufts Medical Center will continue to support the health and wellness needs of our students, and we are working closely with their infectious-diseases team to provide additional robust medical services directly related to COVID-19.

The Public Health Commission has comprehensive information available on the City of Boston COVID-19 website about efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. For information on statewide initiatives, visit mass.gov.

Testing, Screening, and Quarantining

We will follow the isolation, quarantine, disinfection, contact tracing, and other protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to minimize as best as possible the spread of COVID-19. We are monitoring the guidelines and requirements set forth by the Department of Public Health and will share more information as it becomes available.

  • Students: Our plans will include required testing and screening of all students who enroll in our on-campus programs. In addition, all students will be expected to complete a daily self-attestation of COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to class each day.

  • Faculty and Staff: All faculty and staff who are expected to come back to work on campus must undergo a COVID-19 test and provide evidence of a negative test result before being permitted to return to campus. In addition, all faculty and staff will be expected to complete a daily self-attestation of COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to work each day.

When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, we will update our immunization requirements to be in compliance with mandates set forth by the Department of Public Health. Learn more about Berklee’s immunization policy for students.

Accommodations for Community Members at Increased Risk

  • Students: We encourage you to contact your physician in order to best assess the risks of living and/or studying on campus. For more information, or to request accommodations, please contact accessibilityresources@berklee.edu
  • Faculty and Staff: If your health condition falls within one of the Center for Disease Control’s high-risk categories, as described in the CDC guidelines, you may seek a Temporary COVID-19 Workplace Accommodation through Human Resources using the Reasonable Accommodation process. You are not required to disclose if you are in a high-risk category based upon age or a preexisting medical condition. If you voluntarily disclose any medical information, it will be handled with the highest degree of sensitivity and confidentiality.

Facial Coverings

Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to those nearby. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals wear face masks to slow the spread of the virus, as well as to help keep people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. We expect you to bring your own mask.

  • Students: You will be required to wear a facial covering at all times, with few exceptions. All students arriving on campus will need to bring a facial covering with them. 

    Private lessons and vocal ensembles will be conducted remotely (Berklee College of Music) or in small groups of three to five students (Boston Conservatory at Berklee) so that students do not have masks interfering with their performance. The Professional Performance Division, including the Ensemble Department, is exploring additional tools that will keep students safe while performing.

  • Faculty and Staff: All community members will be required to wear masks or cloth face coverings over the nose and mouth at all times in public, when within six feet of another person who is not a member of the same household, when in group settings in the workplace, or where social distancing is more difficult. We expect you to bring your own mask.

Information for Faculty and Staff

Learn more about guidelines for returning to work on campus for faculty (login required) and staff (login required), including safety and personal protection, buildings and facilities, symptoms and illness, and more.