Summer@Eastman COVID Information Central

During the pandemic, the Eastman School of Music has served as a model for music schools and programs, as it has kept its community (students, faculty, staff) safe since March 2020. Thanks to constant COVID monitoring and re-evaluating of guidelines and protocols by the University of Rochester’s COVID Response Team, Eastman students have been able to pursue their studies and perform in person since Fall 2020.

In order to keep everyone safe on campus, we expect all Summer@Eastman participants to follow the same requirements and protocols established by the University of Rochester. Please carefully read the information below.

COVID PROTOCOLS FOR SUMMER@EASTMAN 2022
(Latest update: April 15, 2022)

As of April 6, 2022, booster shots are no longer required. Additional details below:

POLICIES FOR PARTICIPANTS ATTENDING ONLINE PROGRAMS

All Summer@ Eastman participants must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (2nd dose of Pfizer, Moderna or 1st dose of J&J/Janssen vaccines). As of April 6, 2022, booster shots are no longer required. Students must submit a scanned copy of their COVID-19 vaccine card which includes the following information: name, date of birth, vaccine manufacturer, lot number, and date each dose was given. We do plan to allow for limited medical exemptions; anyone interested in this option should contact academicaffairs@esm.rochester.edu for instructions.

Questions? Contact the Summer@Eastman office at: summer@esm.rochester.edu

POLICIES FOR IN-PERSON PARTICIPANTS STAYING OFF-CAMPUS (INCLUDING COMMUTERS)

All Summer@ Eastman participants must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (2nd dose of Pfizer, Moderna or 1st dose of J&J/Janssen vaccines). As of April 6, 2022, booster shots are no longer required. Students must submit a scanned copy of their COVID-19 vaccine card which includes the following information: name, date of birth, vaccine manufacturer, lot number, and date each dose was given. We do plan to allow for limited medical exemptions; anyone interested in this option should contact academicaffairs@esm.rochester.edu for instructions.

In addition to the vaccination requirement, all participants attending in-person programs must wear a mask in accordance with University of Rochester policies. The one exception is for professionally-made masks for musicians, which may continue to be used when performing; in non-performance situations, however, everyone must follow the non-cloth mask policy. Musicians who play an instrument with a mouthpiece must cut a small hole/slit in their mask so that their nose and sides of the mouth remain covered when they are playing. Brass and woodwind musicians are required to use a bell cover at all times. Brass players must use a container/rag to collect their condensation.

All participants attending an in-person program but residing off-campus must have a quarantine and isolation plan in case of COVID exposure or infection. This includes:

  • Space away from other people while waiting for test results
  • Food (either self-prepared or delivery)
  • WiFi and equipment (laptop, tablet, cell phone) to keep attending class and stay in touch with family and friends
  • Plans to get back home, if staying in Rochester is not possible

Participants and/or their parents are obligated to inform program directors of any symptoms immediately.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Commuter participants who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be allowed on campus to participate in programs, courses, activities, meals, or social events. However, they are strongly encouraged to remain involved virtually, when possible.

Questions? Contact the Summer@Eastman office at: summer@esm.rochester.edu

POLICIES FOR PARTICIPANTS IN HIGH SCHOOL RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS (STAYING AT THE EASTMAN STUDENT LIVING CENTER)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions for Summer 2022, on-campus housing and meals at the Eastman Student Living Center (SLC) will only be available to high school students age 15 to 17 years old. All collegiate and adult participants will be responsible for their own off-campus lodging and meals.

All Summer@ Eastman participants must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (2nd dose of Pfizer, Moderna or 1st dose of J&J/Janssen vaccines). As of April 6, 2022, booster shots are no longer required. Students must submit a scanned copy of their COVID-19 vaccine card which includes the following information: name, date of birth, vaccine manufacturer, lot number, and date each dose was given. We do plan to allow for limited medical exemptions; anyone interested in this option should contact academicaffairs@esm.rochester.edu for instructions.

In addition to the vaccination requirement, all participants attending in-person programs must wear a mask in accordance with University of Rochester policies. The one exception is for professionally-made masks for musicians, which may continue to be used when performing; in non-performance situations, however, everyone must follow the non-cloth mask policy. Musicians who play an instrument with a mouthpiece must cut a small hole/slit in their mask so that their nose and sides of the mouth remain covered when they are playing. Brass and woodwind musicians are required to use a bell cover at all times. Brass players must use a container/rag to collect their condensation.

All students residing in the Eastman Student Living Center (SLC) are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result at check-in. The test must be administered 72 hours prior to arrival at the SLC.

Information about protocols for COVID-19 symptoms/exposure (for students residing in the SLC):

Participants are obligated to inform program directors of any symptoms immediately.

Anyone showing symptoms or who is known to have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus will be quarantined and tested. Once test results are known, students with a negative test result will be released back to their room and may continue with their program.

Students with a positive test result will be placed in isolation. Any participant with a confirmed positive test for COVID-19 must be picked up by a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult within 24 hours. A fee of $500 will be placed on a student’s bill should this transition take longer than 24 hours. Every student should have a backup plan in place for returning home unexpectedly due to a positive COVID test, and families should consider what travel restrictions may be in place for students in this situation.

Please discuss the following with your family before coming to campus:

  1. With consideration to your known health and mental health factors, discuss the impact of potential on-campus quarantine or isolation on your physical and emotional wellness.
  2. In anticipation of possible quarantine/isolation, consider packing light for the Summer@Eastman program you will be attending.
  3. If you live within driving distance of Eastman, would you be able to return home in a private vehicle? Note that if you are instructed to quarantine or isolate, given current NY State and Federal guidelines you cannot travel on any public transportation (bus, train, plane, Uber, Lyft, taxi).
  4. If someone from your family plans to pick you up from campus to take you home to quarantine or isolate, how much time will they need to arrive?
  5. If staying at the Student Living Center, do you have an alternate local location available for isolation/quarantine (relatives living nearby, family friends, etc.)?

Questions? Contact the Summer@Eastman office at: summer@esm.rochester.edu

USEFUL RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION

Eastman’s COVID-19 Resource Center website
Information and updates for the Eastman community

The University of Rochester’s COVID-19 Resource Center
Central source for information about University of Rochester policies and procedures

The University of Rochester’s COVID-19 Dashboard
Virus testing and case information updated daily, for the River Campus, Medical Center, and Eastman

University of Rochester travel guidelines
Information about university-related travel

New York State travel guidelines
Traveler health form, testing/quarantine requirements, and other guidance

 

Questions? Contact the Summer@Eastman office or the Eastman Community Music School.