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The latest information about COVID-19 protocols at Manhattan School of Music

Key mask and vaccine policy information 

  • Masks are optional at MSM for students, faculty, and staff beginning June 23, 2022;  Details below
  • MSM remains a vaccine-required campus; proof of vaccinations and boosters for MSM students, faculty, and staff are required by August 10, 2022. Please send proof by filling out this form.
  • The wearing of masks is optional inside MSM performance halls.

COVID-19 Protocols for Students, Employees, and Independent Contractors:

August 22, 2022

Dear MSM Community,

The fall semester is almost here!  As we gear up to welcome the MSM Community back to campus, we write with a brief overview of our policies relating to the ongoing navigation of COVID-19. As vaccinations and medicines have been developed to combat the effects of the disease (particularly minimizing severe illness and death), most of our past restrictions have been scaled back for the upcoming academic year; as always this has been done in concert with guidance from our state and local health officials.

Please carefully read the following guidelines to learn about updates (and please take a couple of minutes to review the updated COVID-19 Vaccination Policy on our website):

Daily Health Screening via Envoy HAS ENDED

Students, faculty, and staff entering campus will only be required to show their MSM ID to gain access to campus.

Please note, however, that if you test positive for COVID-19, you must notify MSM’s COVID Response team immediately by filling out this form. Upon receipt of any such email, COVID Response will respond to explain current guidelines for those who test positive.

Vaccines and Boosters REQUIRED

All MSM students, faculty, and staff entering the MSM campus must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, everyone ages 18 and older must have received at least one COVID-19 booster vaccination (details can be found here).

Everyone in the MSM Community should by now have submitted proof of their vaccination and booster status (or exemption request) using this form. Most of you already submitted this information last year, or more recently through the Admission process or New Hire process. If you have not submitted this documentation, do so immediately.

Vaccine Exemption Testing Continues

To access campus, Community members with approved vaccine exemptions must continue to submit weekly PCR test results to the COVID Response Manager following the instructions provided by the Manager.

“Mask Optional” Policy in Effect

Masks are optional on campus (please respect the decision of those in the Community to wear a mask or not).  MSM will continue to monitor city, state, and CDC guidelines, and may reinstate a mandatory masking policy or other protocols as appropriate.

Thank you for your ongoing adherence to MSM’s health and safety protocols relating to COVID-19.  We look forward to having the whole MSM Community back on campus in the days ahead.  Meantime, enjoy what remains of summer!

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