Quarantine and Isolation

The information outlined below provides an overview of Berklee’s COVID-19 quarantine and isolation procedures. Please note that this information is subject to change and the community will be notified of any changes accordingly. We continue to monitor and comply with guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Isolation Versus Quarantine

The terms “isolation” and "quarantine" both refer to the process of maintaining physical separation from other people for a period of time to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Berklee and our partners at Tufts Medical Center will follow the updated guidance from the CDC on quarantine and isolation periods.

Isolation: At Berklee, the term isolation refers to separating someone who is infected with COVID-19 (whether symptomatic or not) from people who are not infected. If you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, you will be required to isolate for five days, so long as you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you do not have a fever.

Quarantine: The term quarantine refers to separating individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are asymptomatic. 

Faculty Notifications

The Health and Wellness team will notify a student's faculty members if a student is unable to attend class due to a medical reason, such as being in quarantine or isolation.


Isolation Procedures

If you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, you will be required to isolate for five days, so long as you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you do not have a fever.

If you test positive or are in close contact with someone who does, it is critical that you wear a mask at all times around others to protect them from potential infection, whether or not you have symptoms and regardless of your vaccination status. 

We are making arrangements to have additional isolation space for our residential students.

When an individual tests positive through Berklee’s testing system, Tufts Medical Center will immediately notify Berklee’s contact tracing team (CTT) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to initiate the contact-tracing process (see Testing and Contact Tracing for details on this process).

 


Quarantine Procedures

When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, Berklee’s CTT will work with the individual to determine who may have been a close contact. If you have been identified as a close contact, you will be notified and will be required to follow the procedures below (see Testing and Contact Tracing for details on this process).

If you need to quarantine, please plan to do so in your residence hall or off-campus housing. Additional space is not available for students who need to quarantine; it is only for those who test positive and must isolate. Grab-and-go dining options will be made available for residential students in quarantine.