Testing and Contact Tracing

Please note that this information is subject to change, and the community will be notified of any changes accordingly.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is a critical and mandatory component of Berklee’s health and safety plan for all students, faculty, and staff who are on campus.

Students who are attending the summer 2021 semester or intensives will follow the same testing protocols as the spring semester (see below). You will receive more information about your testing days later this spring.

As you plan your summer semester arrival, note that you must receive a negative COVID-19 result on a PCR test administered not more than 72 hours before you arrive on campus (i.e., your program start date or move-in day). You must submit your PCR test by 5:00 p.m. the day before your program starts.

  • Only PCR tests will be accepted. If you upload a result from a non-PCR test (e.g., rapid/antigen), you will need to get tested again, which may impact your ability to start your program on time. 
  • You should not come to campus until you have proof of your negative test result, which you can upload in advance or show upon your arrival. You will receive instructions about how to upload your result in CoVerified before your program begins.
  • Students who are currently on campus for the spring semester: If you continue your regular testing schedule between the spring and summer semesters, you do not need to complete a pre-arrival quarantine or submit an extra PCR test result. If you fall out of your testing cadence between semesters, you will need to get a PCR-based test (from an external, non-Berklee testing site) 72 hours or less before you start classes.

Read about the summer semester arrival guidelines.

Berklee's COVID-19 Testing Center

Location: 167 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Throughout the semester, all students, faculty, staff, and contract employees must schedule and complete a COVID-19 test twice per week at Berklee’s COVID-19 Testing Center. You must adhere to this policy, or you will immediately be restricted from campus. 

If you miss a test, your campus access will be restricted. You will need to get tested and receive a negative test result before your access will be reinstated.

If you choose to get tested off-site, you will not be reimbursed. Berklee is covering the cost of testing that is completed at the designated Berklee testing location.

Scheduling Your Test

Use the CoVerified app to schedule your twice-weekly tests on your assigned days and see your results. Learn about the CoVerified app

If you have questions about your testing schedule, please email covidhealthcoordinator@berklee.edu.


Contact Tracing

Contact tracers (CTs) are trained professionals within the Berklee community who reach out to those who have tested positive to help identify people who may have been in close contact with an infected individual. CTs will share isolation and quarantine protocols to help keep our community safe and protected from further spreading of the virus. Berklee CTs are not medical professionals and will not provide medical advice or clinical support. 

The CTs will call from 339-666-2940; if you get a call from that number, make sure you answer the phone. You can also contact the tracing team at this number from Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Watch this video for an overview of Berklee's contact tracing 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.

Questions About Contact Tracing

General questions regarding contact tracing at Berklee can be directed to cttm@berklee.edu or 339-666-2940.


Daily Symptom Reporting

Before you come to campus each day, you need to do a daily symptom report (also called a daily attestation) through the CoVerified app. Using the app, you will answer questions pertaining to your health, COVID-19 symptoms, and potential exposure to determine whether or not you are cleared to come to campus and if you can enter Berklee buildings that day. Learn about the CoVerified app.

If You Do Not Receive Clearance

If you do not receive clearance on a particular day, you must do the following: