Keeping Our Community Healthy

Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked methodically on plans to bring students to campus in the safest, most enriching way possible, while effectively protecting the safety of community members and keeping 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. The latest protocols for Berklee’s Boston campus can be viewed here.

Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination is required for students participating in a summer program.

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 ages 5 and older are eligible for vaccination in the United States and many 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.

Age 17 and under: Full vaccination required (1 or 2 doses to complete series, depending on vaccine brand); Only FDA- and WHO-approved vaccines accepted; most recent dose must be administered at least 14 days prior to the start of the summer program; booster dose strongly recommended for this age group, if eligible.

Age 18 and over: Full vaccination required (1 or 2 doses to complete series, depending on vaccine brand); Only FDA- and WHO-approved vaccines accepted; most recent dose must be administered at least 14 days prior to the start of the summer program; booster dose required for this age group if most recent dose was more than 6 months prior to the start of the summer program.

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.

 

Testing

A negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test must be administered prior to arrival on-campus, regardless of vaccination status. Please bring a time-stamped photo of the student holding a negative test result to check-in.

  • A PCR test must be administered within 72 hours
  • An antigen test must be administered within 24 hours

COVID-19 testing is not required after check-in unless a student is symptomatic or elects to be tested as a personal choice.

 

Masks

While you check in for your program you will be required to wear a mask. After check in, masks are optional and not required for the duration of the program.

 

Please review the information below, and be aware of the policies associated with your particular program if you or your student tests positive for COVID-19 while attending a Berklee Summer Program.

 

Quarantine

Community members who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact. However, close contacts are encouraged to wear a mask for three days after exposure. Please note that alternative housing will not be provided to individuals that are identified as a close contact of their roommate.

 

Isolation

Berklee’s COVID-19 isolation protocols are based on guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please note that the information on this page is subject to change. The community will be notified of any changes accordingly. 

Students who need to go home early due to a positive COVID test result will be eligible for either a prorated refund or to apply the credit to another eligible summer program.

Please review the isolation policy for your program:

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