The latest information about COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-2022 academic year at Manhattan School of Music
MSM’s Pandemic Response Team continues to monitor the COVID-19 statistics in New York City and on campus. In consideration of several factors both locally and on campus, they have recommended to Provost Griggs and me, and we have concurred, that effective immediately MSM will resume requiring masks at all times on campus, except when actively performing or participating in class, or when actively eating and drinking. This requirement will remain in place through at least the end of the semester (Monday, May 23) and applies to all students, faculty, and staff. Masks should be worn in all backstage areas prior to entering stage and after returning from stage.
This development comes as we look ahead to Commencement in just over two weeks. In the meantime, there are still dozens of performances and hundreds of juries that will take place during this time. Our main objective is to utilize as many strategies as we can during the next few weeks to limit the impact COVID-19 may have on any of these crucial year-end events and celebrations.
As a reminder, to further reduce your chances of being exposed to COVID-19, we would like to reiterate the following suggestions from Dean Tolliver’s email to students last week:
Although we had hoped we would not have to reinstitute this requirement, we are a community which supports each other and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation in adhering to our mask mandate on campus through the end of the semester.
Proof of vaccination is required for attending performances at MSM. Masks must be worn inside performance spaces.
Booster shots are required for all MSM Community members. Deadline for submission of proof: February 15.
Results and Hours
The clinic’s hours as of February 1, 2022 are from 10AM to 3:30PM on Mondays to Wednesdays, and Saturdays. If you need to get tested, please plan accordingly.
Additionally, if you have recently tested and have not received your results after 3 days, you may stop by the clinic and ask directly for your results. If your results have been received, they can give you your results at that time.
Booster Shots offered at the MSM Testing Center
The MSM clinic offers Pfizer and Moderna boosters to all eligible individuals, no appointment necessary. As a reminder, booster shots are required for all eligible students, staff, and faculty by February 15.
Once you have received your booster shot, please upload a copy of your updated vaccine card here: Booster Submission Form
As a majority of faculty have not been on campus since March 2020, I want to provide a summary of important environmental improvements made as we prepared for the last academic year, when more than 500+ students and approximately 85 faculty were on campus for instruction.
Dear MSM Community,
Given the continuing decrease in COVID-19 case numbers in New York City, the ongoing efficacy of vaccine boosters, and recently revised New York City, New York State, and CDC guidance, Manhattan School of Music will be discontinuing its on-campus mask mandate for the College and moving to a ‘mask-optional’ policy on campus beginning Monday, March 14, 2022.
The one exception to this policy update is that until further notice MSM will continue to require masks and proof of vaccination for all audience members attending a performance that is open to the public.
The effective date of this welcome new development comes two years after MSM took the decision to temporarily close its campus at the outset of the pandemic, a decision that soon afterwards led to the School’s full pivot to online learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.
MSM’s Mask-Optional Policy
MSM’s mask mandate and vaccine requirement will still be enforced for all performances and concerts that are open to the public. Guests of students, faculty, and staff will also still be required to show proof of vaccination. All members of our community will continue to complete a daily health questionnaire via Envoy. These policies will remain in place until further notice.
We are hopeful that conditions continue to improve in the coming weeks and months, but as we have all learned by now, public health conditions can change rapidly. MSM will continue to monitor city and state guidelines, and update our policies accordingly.
Executive Vice President and Provost
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