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

POLICIES FOR PARTICIPANTS ATTENDING ONLINE PROGRAMS

All Summer@ Eastman participants must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Students must be at least two weeks past the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) or two weeks past the first dose of a single-dose vaccine (J&J/Janssen). 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. While it’s not a current University requirement for enrolled students to receive the booster shot, it is anticipated that by summer it will become a mandate. We do plan to allow for limited medical exemptions; anyone interested in this option should contact academicaffairs@esm.rochester.edu for instructions.

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

All Summer@ Eastman participants must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Students must be at least two weeks past the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) or two weeks past the first dose of a single-dose vaccine (J&J/Janssen). 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. While it’s not a current University requirement for enrolled students to receive the booster shot, it is anticipated that by summer it will become a mandate. 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 and New York State policies. Musicians who play a woodwind or brass instrument are expected to cut a small slit in their mask to allow for their mouthpiece, but this slit must be modest so that the majority of the mask is left intact. The sides of the mouth and chin must remain covered by the mask at all times. Bell covers must also be used.

In-person participants must also complete a daily symptom tracker in order to remain compliant with University policies. The symptom tracker app is available to Summer participants for download once registration has been completed.

All participants attending an in-person program but residing off-campus must report their symptoms via the symptom tracker app and 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.

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

The Eastman School of Music is committed to delivering programs safely in person this summer. Given the constantly-changing situation, we are continuously monitoring the status of the COVID pandemic and the effects it might have on our summer programs. We are guided by health experts from the University of Rochester (UR) in our decision-making and will communicate relevant information with students immediately.

As of now, we are requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated and to wear a mask. It is most likely that we will require Summer students residing in on-campus housing to also provide proof of a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to check-in. We will know more as the pandemic status changes over the coming weeks.

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.