Keeping Our Community Healthy

The health and safety of the Berklee community are our top priorities. 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 and other institutions’ experiences show us that with implementation of robust safety protocols, we can effectively protect the safety of community members and keep our infection rate low. 

We will continue to adapt our plans as we learn from the experiences of our peer institutions at Tufts, Emerson, Boston University, Northeastern, MIT, the ProArts Consortium, and elsewhere, and collect critical information about new developments in safety measures for reducing the spread of the virus.

Berklee Summer Programs' Health and Safety Campaign

We have developed a comprehensive health and safety campaign in accordance with guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and other trusted sources. Along with the information provided below, detailed explanations of our testing and tracing protocols, as well as of general health and safety requirements, will be available through a series of webinars.

  • Face coverings: Strict mask-wearing guidelines will be required and enforced as necessary. See below for more details.

  • Testing: We will have COVID-19 screening support and a strong surveillance testing protocol that will seek to identify asymptomatic cases among students, faculty, and staff before community spread occurs. 

  • Room capacities: We have used industry-specific guidance to determine room occupancy limits for all instructional spaces. These capacity adjustments allow individuals using the room to distance at the recommended six feet. 

  • 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 daily, and high-touch areas will be wiped down throughout the day.

  • Mandatory social compact: All summer program participants, staff, and faculty who will be on campus this summer are required to sign a social compact of shared responsibility agreeing to the following conditions for the safety of our shared environment:

    • We will practice social distancing.

    • We will wear facial coverings.

    • We will wash hands regularly.

    • We will wipe down our work spaces after using them.

    • We will complete a daily health screening to attest that we are well and do not have any symptoms related to COVID-19.

 

Guidelines for Facial Coverings

Masks must be worn at all times by everyone in the Berklee community. All students are responsible for bringing their own masks with them to their program.

 

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