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. 

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. Isolation after a confirmed infection can last for 10 days or more.

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. Quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19 typically lasts for eight to 10 days from the last day of suspected exposure. If you are fully vaccinated, per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines, you do not need to quarantine if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive.

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, you will be required to isolate.

  • Residential students who test positive will be isolated on campus for 10 days. During this time, all relevant resources and services (e.g., food delivery, daily check-ins, etc.) will be made available. 
  • Commuter students who test positive will be required to isolate at home for 10 days. 

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).

  • Vaccinated students will be notified of potential exposure by the CTT, but they will not be required to quarantine. Instead, they’ll be asked to closely monitor their symptoms for 14 days and participate in additional testing at the Berklee Testing Center (one test on day one, and one on day four or five after exposure). 
  • Unvaccinated students who have an approved religious or medical exemption will be required to quarantine off campus if they are identified as having potential exposure to COVID-19. In these instances, students’ emergency contacts will be notified. Unvaccinated students will follow the guidelines below.