Information for Students and Families
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COVID - TESTING AND VACCINES
What is the University’s Vaccine Requirement?
For vaccine requirements/updates for students please visit https://www.rochester.edu/coronavirus-update/for-students-important-details-on-covid-19-vaccinations/
If I am unvaccinated, do I need to have a mask or use a bell cover?
Unvaccinated musicians, regardless of instrument, must wear a mask and bell cover (if applicable) at all times. The only exception is if an unvaccinated musician is alone in a practice room, as they may remove their mask and bell cover in this case. Vaccinated musicians may perform without a mask and bell cover but may choose to wear them if they have concerns about their safety.
Is physical distancing required for strings, percussion, and keyboard instruments?
For musicians playing non-aerosol producing instrument (strings, percussion, and keyboard instruments), no physical distancing is required regardless of vaccination status.
Is physical distancing required for brass, woodwind, and voice)?
For musicians who produce aerosols (brass, woodwind, and voice), unvaccinated musicians must be distanced at least 6’ from others at all times (e.g. ensembles, chamber music, private lessons, other performance or practice scenarios). Vaccinated musicians have no distancing requirement while performing or practicing.
Is downtime still needed in between rehearsals and performances?
No downtime or air exchange is required between rehearsals and performances regardless of whether unvaccinated musicians are using the space.
If I am unvaccinated, are there certain practice rooms and rehearsals spaces I should use?
Unvaccinated students will be restricted to specific practice rooms and rehearsal spaces. Practice rooms will be set aside for unvaccinated students, and these rooms will follow the same safety protocols that were in place last year. These rules include the requirement that the students sign out their practice rooms in advance, that there be 30 minutes of downtime between practice sessions, and that an individual student occupy the room for a maximum of 2 hours. Unvaccinated students may be unmasked in a practice room if they are alone, but if another individual enters the space then masks must be worn along with bell covers, if applicable. In the designated unvaccinated rehearsal spaces, all students, faculty coaches, and/or collaborative pianists – regardless of vaccination status – must wear a mask, maintain 6’ of distance, limit music-making to 30 minutes for aerosol-producing instruments or 60 minutes for non-aerosol producing instruments, and ensure that there is 30 minutes of downtime in between sessions.
There are no additional restrictions on unvaccinated musicians beyond masking and, if applicable, distancing. Otherwise, unvaccinated musicians may perform in all ensembles alongside their vaccinated colleagues.
DETAILS FOR FALL 2021 SEMESTER
What Physical Distancing Requirements are there for fall?
There is no physical distancing requirement for musicians who play a non-aerosol producing instrument (strings, percussion, and keyboard instruments), regardless of vaccination status.
There is no physical distancing requirement for vaccinated musicians who play an aerosol producing instrument (brass, woodwinds, and voice).
Unvaccinated musicians who play an aerosol producing instrument must be distanced at least 6’ from others at all times.
What is the masking policy for fall for ensembles or chamber music groups?
All members of an ensemble or chamber music group must wear a mask and, if appropriate, a bell cover. Musicians who play a wind instrument will be 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.
The conductor/coach of an ensemble may be unmasked when leading rehearsals as long as they remain 6’ away from all members of the ensemble. If the layout of the room prevents the conductor/coach from maintaining appropriate distance then a mask must be worn. We will not be able to accommodate requests for a new room assignment solely to meet this requirement.
For performances and dress rehearsals ONLY, a vaccinated musician may be unmasked in the following situations:
- The musician is performing alone on stage,
- The musician is performing on stage with a pianist (the pianist must be masked and the soloist must be at least 6’ away), or
- The musician is a soloist with an ensemble (the ensemble members must be masked and the soloist must be at least 6’ away).
What is the masking policy for lessons?
In an applied lesson, a vaccinated teacher may remove their mask as long as 6’ of distance can be maintained from the student(s) in the room. We will not be able to accommodate requests for a new room assignment solely to meet this requirement. Students must leave their mask in place at all times.
What is the practice room policy?
We will revert to our pre-COVID practice room policies for all students. When alone in a room, fully vaccinated students may remove their mask when practicing. However, students with an approved exemption to the University’s vaccine requirement must leave their mask on at all times – even when practicing alone in a room. Additionally, unvaccinated woodwind and brass students must leave their bell covers on as well while practicing.
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HEALTH AND SAFETY
University of Rochester's CARE Network
The University of Rochester’s CARE Network enables members of the University community to help each other! You can express their concern about a person, incident, or issue by submitting one of the following reports online:
- CARE Referral
- Bias-Related Incident Report
- Community Concern Report
Making a referral or submitting a report initiates a review process and/or coordinated response involving the appropriate individuals, staff, and offices. For report forms and other information about CARE, go to https://www.rochester.edu/care/