Keeping Our Community Healthy

Over the past several months, we have been working methodically on a plan to bring our summer program students to campus in the safest, most enriching way possible. Epidemiological models show us that with the implementation of robust safety protocols, we can effectively protect the safety of community members and keep our infection rate low. In accordance with guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), we have developed a comprehensive health and safety campaign to keep all members of our community healthy. This campaign will continue to adapt based on updated guidance and learnings from our undergraduate population.

Berklee Summer Programs' Health and Safety Campaign

The following is an outline of the necessary precautions we plan to implement this summer:

  • Room capacities: We have used industry-specific guidance to determine room occupancy limits for all instructional spaces. 

  • Air filtration: We will ensure that building and classroom spaces have appropriate air filtration, in addition to air purification where appropriate, and will make schedule adjustments to ensure proper air recirculation when necessary.
  • Protective space barriers: Plexiglass barriers will be installed in high-traffic reception areas, and portable shields will be supplied for ensemble rooms and other spaces where groups that include woodwind or brass players and/or vocalists gather to make music.

  • Room cleaning: Spaces and surfaces across campus will be cleaned regularly, and high-touch areas will be wiped down throughout the day.

Below you will find procedures we expect all members of our community to follow.


Vaccination

For programs beginning July 1 or later this summer, we will require COVID-19 vaccination for participating students.

The vaccines approved for emergency use in the United States and abroad have proven effective in reducing the spread and severity of COVID-19, and are becoming more accessible each day. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 are now eligible for vaccination, as is anyone older in the United States and many other countries around the world. In addition, the Massachusetts Higher Education Testing Group recommends that all institutions strive to get their campuses as close to a 100 percent vaccination rate as possible. 

You will need to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination through the Magnus Health portal, where you are required to submit other health and immunization records. Vaccines approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) are accepted. For vaccines that require more than one dose, the vaccination record must show that the series began (first shot was administered) at least 14 days prior to the start of your program. You receive credentials to the Magnus Health portal via email once your program is paid in full and your account is activated. Information about exemptions for religious or health reasons can be found in the portal.

If you are in the United States and have questions about how to sign up to get vaccinated, you can learn more at cdc.gov or mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine. You may also find it useful to visit sites such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and local medical/community health centers to sign up for vaccine appointments as they become available. For students outside the United States, you can learn more from the WHO's COVID-19 resource area.


Required Online Training Course

To help ensure everyone's safety, you must complete an online training module. In this module, you will review key takeaways from Berklee’s Health and Safety campaign and then go through a short, multiple choice quiz to make sure you fully understand Berklee’s protocols. Through the online training module, you will electronically sign the Berklee Social Compact in which you consent to participate in the testing protocols and commit to following the health and safety guidelines.

You will receive instructions on how to complete this course via email.


Face and Instrument Coverings

Students are responsible for bringing their own masks with them to the program. Masks are not required for anyone who is vaccinated.


Testing

Berklee supports a strong surveillance testing protocol that seeks to identify asymptomatic cases among students, faculty, and staff before community spread occurs. 

Before arriving to campus, all students must receive a negative COVID-19 result on a PCR test administered not more than 72 hours before. If you submit documentation from a non-PCR test, 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. 

During the program, you are expected to complete a series of COVID-19 tests at Berklee’s testing center and report any developing symptoms. You must adhere to these policies, or your campus access will immediately be restricted.

To submit documentation of your negative PCR test, schedule tests at Berklee’s COVID-19 Testing Center, view test results, and report any new symptoms (daily attestation is only required for programs beginning in June), you will use an app called CoVerified. All summer program students will receive more information about when to download the app closer to the start of their program. Please do not download the app until you receive an email with more details.

Berklee's COVID-19 Testing Center

Location: 167 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

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


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. 

Questions About Contact Tracing

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


Quarantine Versus Isolation

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. 

The term quarantine refers to separating individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. A quarantine helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are asymptomatic. A quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19 typically lasts between eight and 10 days from the last day of suspected exposure. 

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 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.

For all summer program students who are required to quarantine, it is recommended that a parent or guardian drive to campus and retrieve you so that you may complete quarantine in the comfort of your own home. You may not use public transportation to travel and will not be dismissed if you cannot be driven directly home.

If you are not able to return home without using public transportation, Berklee can provide a room in our residence halls to quarantine.

During quarantine, Berklee will provide opportunities for remote instruction in your summer program. If you do not feel well enough to participate in class, please inform Berklee Summer Programs at 617-747-2245 or summer@berklee.edu.


Isolation Procedures

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to isolate. 

For all summer program students who are required to isolate, it is recommended that a parent or guardian drive to campus and retrieve you so that you may complete isolation in the comfort of your own home. You may not use public transportation to travel and will not be dismissed if you cannot be driven directly home.

If you are not able to return home without using public transportation, Berklee can provide a room in our residence halls to isolate.

During isolation, Berklee will provide opportunities for remote instruction in your summer program. If you do not feel well enough to participate in class, please inform Berklee Summer Programs at 617-747-2245 or summer@berklee.edu


Reporting and Addressing Unsafe Behavior


Frequently Asked Questions 

Get More Information

By requesting information from Berklee, you will receive emails about our educational programs, student resources, facilities, and more based on your selections.