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.

Watch this video for an overview of Berklee's isolation and quarantine protocols. The information in this video may no longer be consistent with current protocols. Refer to the written text on this website for the latest on Berklee's policies and processes.

Isolation Versus Quarantine

The terms “quarantine” and “isolation” both refer to the process of maintaining physical separation from other people for a period of time to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

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.

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. 

Students, faculty, staff, vendors, and contractors who are on campus at any point during the spring or summer 2021 semesters will be required to quarantine and/or isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus as a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Those in isolation or quarantine will not be allowed to resume campus activities until they meet the criteria specified in the sections below.

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.

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 Contact Tracing for details on this process).


Quarantine Procedures

If you have not tested positive for COVID-19, but have been in close contact with someone who has, you will be required to quarantine (unless you are fully vaccinated; see details below). “Close contact” is defined as being within six feet of a COVID-19–positive individual for a total of 15 minutes or more. 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 required to go into quarantine (see Contact Tracing for details on this process).