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COVID-19 Updates

This page contains information for the Curtis community as we continue to work towards reopening our campus. Community members should plan to revisit this page regularly for updates.

The information below is current as of January 14, 2022.

Reentry and Reopening Plan 

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Spring 2022 Semester FAQ 

Students

Curtis requires all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Curtis recognizes those vaccines which have received full approval and/or Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) or have been pre-qualified for Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization (AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinovac).

All current and incoming students are required to show proof of immunization against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus and enrolling. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the law provides an exemption to this requirement if the student demonstrates a medical contraindication to vaccination. Note: Unlike the meningococcal requirement (which is only required for Lenfest Hall), the COVID-19 vaccine is required for all students, living on-campus and off-campus.

Curtis also requires that its students and employees receive a vaccine booster shot in the spring 2022 semester. Proof of the booster shot should be submitted to Kimberly Gould at kimberly.gould@curtis.edu by March 1, 2022.

Curtis will continue to follow all local, state, and national guidelines with respect to COVID-19 mitigation. As conditions and/or the above guidelines change, protocols will be updated as appropriate.

All academic classes will begin the spring semester online. Faculty will be prepared to hold classes in this manner for the foreseeable future. A date for the return of in-person classes will be determined based on local, state, and national guidance as well as the overall health of the Curtis community.

Individual lessons and 1-on-1 musical instruction will continue to be in-person on campus at the discretion of each faculty member.

In accordance with mandates in place from the City of Philadelphia, all individuals continue to be required to wear masks indoors while on campus—regardless of vaccination status. Limited exceptions apply to winds, brass, and voice students when playing/singing; while eating; and when alone in an office or studio. 

Yes, please refer to the Reentry and Reopening Plan for details on current testing requirements and protocols.

Small and large ensembles will not rehearse or meet in person at the beginning of the second semester. This includes group coachings, studio classes, repertoire classes, and orchestra. Virtual sessions in these areas will be discussed and likely be at each faculty member’s discretion. We will re-evaluate these arrangements based on testing results as January moves forward.

Recitals at the beginning of the spring semester may take place without an in-person audience, based on guidance from health officials.

Two fully-staged opera productions are planned for the spring semester. At the beginning of the second semester, vocal groups will not rehearse or coach in person.

Yes, however classes scheduled for the beginning of the second semester may be postponed or canceled.

All nonimmigrant students should consult with Dean Tarditi to ensure they are in possession of valid documents. The USCIS guidance issued in March 2020 will remain in effect through the 2021–22 school year, which affords most international students the flexibility to study fully online or fully in-person and maintain status.

Yes. The fall semester room reservation protocols remain in place. In addition to the facilities at Lenfest Hall, 1726 will be come available to students in the coming weeks. 

For the beginning of the second semester, dining services will be to-go only. No sit-down, in-person dining will be permitted. 

As conditions change, this will be reevaluated. 

Curtis understands that there may be restrictions or concerns that make returning to campus impractical or even impossible for the spring. The school is now accredited to offer courses through distance education. Students unable to travel to Philadelphia will be able to continue their studies remotely to provide as much access as possible. If you will not be returning to Philadelphia in the spring, please be sure to communicate your plans with Dean Bryan so you can be accommodated. 

Beginning January 8, gaining initial access to campus facilities will require proof of a negative test (PCR test report, rapid antigen test photo, etc.) taken within 72 hours of entry. Residential students arriving to campus without proof of a negative test will be required to quarantine until results from the January 10 required testing clinic are available. Likewise, off-campus students will not have campus access until results from the January 10 tests are available if no negative test result has been previously provided.

Curtis has rooms on hold at a nearby hotel for quarantine/isolation purposes.  

Students wishing to discuss deferring their spring semester enrollment should contact Dean Bryan. Each student’s unique situation will be considered in making a determination.

All academic classes will begin the semester online. Faculty will be prepared to hold classes in this manner for the foreseeable future. Individual lessons and 1-on-1 musical instruction will continue to be in-person on campus at the discretion of each faculty member.

Curtis is closely monitoring the conditions and will provide updates as the situation changes.

Beginning Tuesday, January 18, the library and archives will be open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to visit the library during those hours to check out or return scores, browse the shelves, scan, print, etc. A library and archives staff member will be on hand to assist. 

Librarians and archivists are available by e-mail to assist with class help and library and archive resources at library@curtis.edu. If you have any questions about orchestra repertoire, please contact the Orchestra Librarian, elaine.li@curtis.edu.

Textbook information will be released in advance of the beginning of the second semester.

To fully engage with the various activities and classes that will be scheduled throughout the year, students should own/have regular access to a laptop and external microphone. Many students also find a good pair of headphones useful as well. You can see a full list of Supported Personal AV Hardware for Remote Learning and Instruction here. Please contact Ms. McAuley regarding need-based financial assistance for technology purchases.

Yes.  Physical wellness services, such as Alexander Technique and chiropractic care, can be provided safely within these guidelines. Penn Student Health Services will be fully open and operational for in-person visits with a physician or nurse. Mental health services will remain available via telehealth and may occur in person at the discretion of the clinician. Various other wellness programs will be offered remotely and in-person as capacity allows. Any student with a health or wellness need may contact a member of the Student Life team for assistance.

Faculty

Faculty should communicate requests directly to Darin Kelly, registrar. Mr. Kelly will advise on space availability.

We anticipate that faculty members may use spaces on campus beginning February 1 to practice, pending availability.

If you need additional equipment or assistance, please contact Dean Bryan. Curtis may be able to subsidize the purchase of resources necessary to be fully engaged in the online delivery of lessons, coachings, and classes. 

All academic classes will begin the spring semester online. Faculty will be prepared to hold classes in this manner for the foreseeable future. A date for the return of in-person classes will be determined based on local, state, and national guidance as well as the overall health of the Curtis community.

Individual lessons and 1-on-1 musical instruction will continue to be in-person on campus at the discretion of each faculty member.

Beginning Tuesday, January 18, the library and archives will be open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to visit the library during those hours to check out or return scores, browse the shelves, scan, print, etc. A library and archives staff member will be on hand to assist. 

Please email library@curtis.edu with any questions. 

Textbook information will be released in advance of the beginning of the second semester. Please contact your department chair with specific questions.

Yes. Curtis requires all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Curtis recognizes those vaccines which have received full approval and/or Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) or have been pre-qualified for Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization (AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinovac).

Curtis now also requires that students and employees receive a COVID booster shot for the spring semester. Curtis will hold another booster clinic on campus early in the spring semester for anyone who has not already obtained a booster shot.

The only legitimate exemptions from Curtis’s vaccine requirement are a medical contraindication to vaccination, a request for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA/Rehabilitation Act, or religious or personally-held beliefs protected under Title VII. The Office of Human Resources is requesting employees provide proof of fully vaccinated status and will maintain this information confidentially.

Proof of booster shots should be submitted to Kimberly Gould at kimberly.gould@curtis.edu by March 1, 2022.

Curtis will continue to follow all local, state, and national guidelines with respect to COVID-19 mitigation. As conditions and/or the above guidelines change, protocols will be updated as appropriate.

All academic classes will begin the spring semester online. Faculty will be prepared to hold classes in this manner for the foreseeable future. A date for the return of in-person classes will be determined based on local, state, and national guidance as well as the overall health of the Curtis community.

Individual lessons and 1-on-1 musical instruction will continue to be in-person on campus at the discretion of each faculty member.

In accordance with mandates in place from the City of Philadelphia, all individuals continue to be required to wear masks indoors while on campus—regardless of vaccination status. Limited exceptions apply to winds, brass, and voice students while playing/singing; while eating; and when alone in an office or studio.

Please refer to the Reentry and Reopening Plan for details on current testing requirements and protocols.

If a faculty member who has been on campus tests positive for COVID-19, they must report their positive test confidentially to Human Resources, who will ask contact tracing questions to determine if any other Curtis community members may now be at risk. When speaking with other community members as part of a contact tracing procedure, Curtis will not release the name of the individual who tested positive. Curtis will simply inform those on the contact tracing list that an individual with whom they may have been in contact with recently has tested positive, that they should be monitoring their condition for the next two weeks while working from home, and should practice aggressive mitigation. 

Staff

We are finding that working from home benefits staff in many ways. Even after the pandemic is over, we will be an organization that supports staff working from home when possible.

Curtis has been working with staff to provide necessary equipment and reasonable accommodations to continue their remote work throughout the pandemic. If you believe you require additional, reasonable accommodations to continue your remote work, please speak with Kim Gould about your specific situation.

Going forward, in consultation with managers and employees, the Human Resources Office will categorize staff according to their need to come to campus for essential work functions. Essential staff will be expected to work on campus five days per week in their designated workspace and will be categorized as fully on-campus employees. Most staff will have a hybrid schedule of working part-time on campus and part-time from home. There will be two categories of hybrid employees: the first will work three to four days per week on campus in their designated workspaces; employees in the second hybrid category the second will work one to two days per week on campus in a shared workspace. A last small group of selected staff members will be designated as fully remote and will work from home five days per week.

Anyone entering the Curtis campus is required to self-assess their own symptoms. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should get tested and stay home and away from others.

For the spring semester, any staff member who is on campus regularly (3 or more days per week) is required to participate in the school’s weekly on-campus PCR testing.

In addition to wearing masks, staff should practice social distancing while on campus, maintaining the CDC-recommended physical distance as much as possible.

Curtis requires all members of the community (students, staff, and faculty) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Curtis now also requires that its students and employees receive booster shots for the spring semester. The only legitimate exemptions from this requirement are a medical contraindication to vaccination, a request for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA/Rehabilitation Act, or religious or personally held beliefs protected under Title VII.

At this time, Curtis recognizes those vaccines which have received full approval and/or Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) or have been pre-qualified for Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization (AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinovac).

An additional booster shot clinic will be held on campus early in the spring semester. Proof of vaccine booster shots should be submitted to Kimberly Gould at kimberly.gould@curtis.edu by March 1, 2022.

Curtis will continue to follow all local, state, and national guidelines with respect to COVID-19 mitigation. As conditions and/or the above guidelines change, protocols will be updated as appropriate.

In accordance with mandates in place from the City of Philadelphia, all individuals continue to be required to wear masks indoors while on campus—regardless of vaccination status. Limited exceptions apply to individuals while eating or when alone in an office. 

For the beginning of the second semester, staff are encouraged to work from home whenever possible. 

Please refer to the Reentry and Reopening Plan for details on current testing requirements and protocols. 

New for the spring semester: Staff members who are on campus three or more days per week will be required to participate in the school's weekly on-campus PCR testing clinics. 

If a staff member who has been on campus tests positive for COVID-19, they must report their positive test confidentially to Human Resources, who will ask contact tracing questions to determine if any other Curtis community members may now be at risk. When speaking with other community members as part of a contact tracing procedure, Curtis will not release the name of the individual who tested positive. Curtis will simply inform those on the contact tracing list that an individual with whom they may have been in contact with recently has tested positive, that they should be monitoring their condition for the next two weeks while working from home and should practice aggressive mitigation. 

Yes, you may bring guests to campus for meetings and other work-related activities. Guests must be fully-vaccinated and abide by Curtis’s COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks while on campus. Please provide proof of vaccination to Kim Gould prior to bringing your guests on campus. No more than 5 guests are permitted per staff member at one time. Not all requests can be accommodated. 

Pending availability, it is anticipated that staff members may begin using campus practice facilities beginning February 1. 

Prospective Students

Applicants who advance to the final round will audition in a live virtual or in-person format during February and March. The format of these auditions may vary by department and is still under review. We recognize that the Curtis applicant group is global and diverse, and many students may encounter difficulty arranging safe and affordable travel to Philadelphia amid the pandemic. If you cannot arrange for travel to Philadelphia, the admissions team will work with you to coordinate safe and equitable accommodations for your audition, which may include recorded submissions or auditions in a live virtual format.

If auditions in your department are held in person, Curtis will require proof of vaccination and may also require proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Curtis recognizes vaccines that have received full approval or Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) or have been pre-qualified for Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization (AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinovac).

Please visit Curtis.edu to see repertoire, eligibility, and guidelines for each department, and e-mail admissions@curtis.edu with any questions. 

Due to the pandemic, Curtis will waive the necessity of presenting SAT and TOEFL scores for enrollment in Bachelor level classes for the 2022–23 academic year. Program requirements are currently being re-examined for the 2023–24 admissions process.

Curtis is restricting the number of guests allowed on campus. Visits must be requested in advance and not all requests will be approved. Visitors must provide proof of vaccination prior to entry and must comply with all protocols, including masking. 

Audience Members

Our priority is the health and safety of our community, and we are constantly monitoring conditions and recommended protocols following guidance from local and national officials. Recitals at the beginning of the spring semester may take place without an in-person audience, based on guidance from health officials. Updates will be announced as soon as they are available.

Audience members attending any in-person Curtis event are required to comply with all COVID protocols, including masking and vaccination requirements.

Yes. All guests 5 years of age and older are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for entry into any public Curtis performance/event. This policy applies to all venues and spaces. 

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes: original paper vaccine card, photo/digital copy of the original vaccine card, or Clear Health Pass app or similar. Adults 18+ will be required to show photo identification with their vaccination proof. 

Yes, staff, volunteers, and guests are required to wear masks at all times at public Curtis events and performances (except when consuming food or beverage). This applies to all venues. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted. 

Some artists may be exempt from wearing a mask while performing.

 

 

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