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COVID-19 Information

During these challenging times, SFCM has continued to provide students with a first-class education, consistently adapting with a creative, Bay Area spirit.

Learn how we are providing our students with safe instruction, health and tuition support, free testing, and continued performance opportunities.

Recent Updates -- 2.16.22

The State of California is easing the indoor mask mandate starting on February 16, and San Francisco will follow the state's guidance. SFCM will adhere to the following policies until further notice.

  • SFCM will continue to require faculty, students, staff, visitors and patrons to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with a booster shot if eligible.
  • All students, faculty, staff and visitors will continue to wear masks in common areas; in classes, and during performances.
  • Vaccinated and boosted employees in offices and cubicles may remove their masks but should put them on when engaged with a student.
  • Vaccinated students and faculty with boosters will have the option to conduct one-on-one lessons without masks, provided that both parties agree.
  • All musicians during ensemble rehearsals and performances will continue to wear masks except for vocalists and wind players.
  • Pre-College will continue to enforce indoor masking in all spaces because the state's full mask mandate remains in effect for K-12 schools and after-school programs.

The rules adopted by SFCM starting today will resemble the rules we followed last Fall, before the surge of the Omicron variant. We will continue to re-evaluate our protocols every few weeks and make adjustments as needed.

 

1.25.22

Indoor Dining

  • Indoor dining is permitted ONLY in designated areas of both buildings.
  • Face masks can only be removed in these areas when actively eating or drinking. Otherwise, face masks should be worn properly in these areas at all times.
  • Avoid staying in these areas longer than necessary for dining, and avoid large group gatherings. In particular, the Cafe area of the Ann Getty Center should only be used for active dining, and not for meeting with other people.

Concert Audiences

  • SFCM plans to open up its concerts to general audiences starting February 7, both in the Ann Getty Center and the Bowes Center. This is contingent on Covid-19 cases both in our community and the city greatly decreasing between now and February 7.
  • All concert audiences, who are not SFCM community members, will be required to show proof of vaccination and booster shot to enter either building. Face masks must also be worn at all times.
  • SFCM community members can continue to use their SFCM badges as proof of vaccination and booster.
  • Tickets will be required for most concerts and in both buildings. More information regarding SFCM's new ticketing system will be announced soon.
  • All concerts before February 7 will be live-streamed. SFCM community members can still attend concerts as audience members before February 7.
  • Before February 7, small numbers of invited guests are only permitted for student and faculty recitals.

Musicians and Face Masks

  • Woodwind and brass players and vocalists can remove face masks ONLY when performing.
  • All other musicians must wear face masks at all times.

Guests

  • Starting January 31, any guests of SFCM community members must show proof of both vaccination and booster shot to enter either building.

 

1.4.22

  1. All students, faculty, and staff who are currently eligible for COVID-19 booster shots must submit evidence that they have received booster shots, before a deadline of January 31, 2022. Please contact your health care provider or check out the SFDPH website for information on where you may obtain a booster shot. If you have already received a COVID-19 booster shot, please complete this form. Contact osa@sfcm.edu with any concerns.
  2. All students who have traveled outside of the Bay Area for the Winter Break should monitor their health for any COVID-19 symptoms upon return. Consider “upgrading” your mask to a N95 or KN95 or similar mask or better protection while traveling with others that are outside your household.
  3. Students who live at Bowes Center and in other congregate housing will be tested 3 to 5 days after their return to campus. During the 3 to 5 days that you are waiting for testing, it is important that you monitor your health and not visit other living units. We have a limited number of home test kits for those that need results in 10-minutes before moving in with their roommate--email osa@sfcm.edu for more information on this; in this case, the student would still do a PCR lab test 3 to 5 days after arrival.

    In general, testing will be every weekday morning from 9:15AM to 11:45AM through January 28, 2022. An appointment won’t be necessary, but it will definitely help manage timing and demand. Testing is a PCR nasal self-swab that will be sent to a lab for results in about 24 to 36 hours.

    Steps to arrange your testing:
    • Please use this link to sign-up for the lab testing website; you should select the option that you do not have a personal QR Code (if you have not been tested by SFCM this academic year).
    • If asked, and if you do not have a state-issued driver’s license please put “N/A” in that field as well as the “state of issuance” field.
    • Save your personal QR code that you receive after signing up. You can save it to your device photos or phone wallet.
    • If you need help, please come to your testing appointment and we will help you. Please give yourself extra time during testing in this case.
    • You can schedule a specific testing time with the Office of Student Affairs by using this Calendly link.
  4. All students returning to the Bowes Center must refrain from visiting other living units through the month of January.
  5. Overnight guests are not permitted for residents of the Bowes Center through the month of January.
  6. Any student who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms should refrain from coming to campus or obtain negative test results before returning. Please refer to the SFDPH website for guidance and contact osa@sfcm.edu with any questions.
  7. In general, if you have symptoms and test positive for COVID 19, you should isolate until:
    • At least five (5) days have passed since your symptom(s) started AND
    • You no longer have fevers, AND
    • Your other symptoms are getting better, AND
    • You have a negative test collected on day 5 or later
  8. Masks must be worn in all shared spaces on campus, even if individuals are fully vaccinated and have had booster shots. This means that masks must be worn by 1) students and faculty in academic classes; 2) students and faculty during lessons and in ensembles; 3) and staff and faculty working in shared office spaces.

    Masks may be removed only during lessons and/or ensemble rehearsals and performances to accommodate singing and the playing of wind instruments; however, accommodations will be made for students or faculty who have reservations about engaging lessons or performances without masks.
  9. SFCM performances will be closed to the general public until further notice.

 

10.18.21

In response to SFDPH's updated guidelines concerning masks, SFCM's policy will be as follows:

Masks will be worn

  • In all common spaces at SFCM. This includes entrances, hallways, performance spaces, and classrooms.
  • By faculty and students during classes and some ensemble settings.
  • By staff when engaging one-on-one with students.

It is important to keep in mind that some members of the SFCM community may not be vaccinated due to medical or other approved reasons; therefore, masks will continue to be worn in spaces where people gather.

Masks may be removed

  • By vaccinated students and faculty during one-on-one lessons
  • By members of an ensemble, provided that all participants are vaccinated and the ensemble has received prior approval to remove masks.

Please keep in mind that students, faculty and staff have the right to wear their masks even in situations where they may be removed.

 

8.24.21

We're excited to welcome back all students and faculty on campus for this academic year, and we want to provide everyone with the safest setting possible, while fulfilling performance activities and classes. Please read below regarding the masking and distancing policies for the various groups of musicians and categories of performance activities. These policies may change throughout the school year.

Woodwinds and Brass

  • Private Lessons: If both student and faculty are fully vaccinated, both can participate in a lesson unmasked and without distancing restrictions. However, it is highly recommended that faculty wear face masks when possible and only remove face masks when having to demonstrate or play an instrument. If a pianist is involved in a lesson, the pianist must wear a face mask. Faculty are recommended to schedule 10 minutes of ventilation time between each lesson.
  • Studio Class: A student can only remove his/her face mask when playing in the class, AND if the student is fully vaccinated. All other students must wear their face masks when not playing. Faculty can remove face masks when demonstrating or playing in the class. Distancing is not required as long as both faculty and the student participants are fully vaccinated. Sectionals and Rep Classes: All students can participate without face masks ONLY if all people in the room (students and faculty) are fully vaccinated. 4 feet of distancing between people is recommended. These classes are typically booked in larger spaces that allow for distancing and improved ventilation.
  • Student and Departmental Recitals: Woodwind and brass players performing can remove their face masks once they step onto the stage, and only if all people on stage are fully vaccinated. Pianists and any other musicians who can wear face masks while performing must wear face masks at all times. Woodwind and brass players must put face masks back on as soon as the performance is done. Distancing restrictions are not required if all people on stage are fully vaccinated.
  • Water Valves: Instruments that need to empty water valves must do so on a towel. Water valves should not be emptied directly onto the floor of any space on campus facilities.

Voice

  • Private Lessons: If both student and faculty are fully vaccinated, both can participate in a lesson unmasked and without distancing restrictions. However, it is highly recommended that faculty wear face masks when possible and only remove face masks when having to demonstrate or sing. If a pianist is involved in a lesson, the pianist must wear a face mask. Faculty are recommended to schedule 10 minutes of ventilation time between each lesson.
  • Studio Class: A student can only remove his/her face mask when singing in the class, AND if the student is fully vaccinated. All other students must wear their face masks when not singing. Faculty can remove face masks when demonstrating or singing in the studio class. Distancing is not required as long as both faculty and the student participant are fully vaccinated.
  • Opera and Musical Theatre Classes and Rehearsals: All students can participate without face masks ONLY if all people in the room (students and faculty) are fully vaccinated. 4 feet of distancing between people is recommended. These classes are typically booked in larger spaces that allow for distancing and improved ventilation.
  • Student and Departmental Recitals: Vocalists performing can remove their face masks once they step onto the stage, and only if all people on stage are fully vaccinated. Pianists and any other musicians who can wear face masks while performing must wear face masks at all times. Vocalists must put face masks back on as soon as the performance is done. Distancing restrictions are not required if all people on stage are fully vaccinated.

Strings, Piano, Percussion, Harp, Guitar, Composition

  • Private Lessons: Faculty and students of these departments and instruments are not required to wear face masks in private lessons, and distancing is not required, if everyone in the room is fully vaccinated. However, it is highly recommended that faculty and students do wear face masks at all times. Collaborative pianists must wear face masks at all times. Faculty are also recommended to schedule 10 minutes of ventilation time between each lesson.
  • Studio Class: All people in the class must wear face masks at all times. Distancing is not required as long as both faculty and the student participant are fully vaccinated.
  • Sectionals and Rep Classes: All people in the class must wear face masks at all times. Distancing is not required as long as everyone in the room is fully vaccinated.
  • Student and Departmental Recitals: Only woodwind players, brass players and singers can remove masks on stage for performance. All other musicians must wear face masks at all times while performing. Distancing restrictions are not required if all people on stage are fully vaccinated.

Large Ensembles

  • Wind players and vocalists will be rehearsing and performing with masked musicians in various ensembles, with all musicians on stage, or in the pit, fully vaccinated. Wind players and vocalists can remove face masks when entering the stage. All other musicians must have face masks on at all times. Wind players and vocalists must put face masks back on once they exit the stage.
  • Chorus rehearsals and performances will be taking place this academic year. All singers in a chorus must be fully vaccinated. Masks are optional only during rehearsal and performance.

Faculty should feel comfortable applying additional masking and distancing requirements to their lessons and classes as they feel is necessary.

 

8.2.21

In response to orders issued by eight Bay Area health officers, including those representing San Francisco County, face coverings are required for all individuals -- regardless of vaccination status -- when indoors starting 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3. These orders include all SFCM students, employees and visitors on campus.

Please note that the orders allow for limited exceptions, including those listed for performances: "Performers at indoor live or recorded settings or events such as concerts, live music, film, television, recording studios, theater, opera, symphony, and professional sports may remove their Well-Fitted Masks while actively performing or practicing. If they remove their Well-Fitted Mask, performers must maintain at least six feet of distance from attendees and employees and are encouraged to maintain as much distance from other performers as possible. Performers are strongly urged to be Fully Vaccinated or regularly tested, and to wear their Well-Fitted Masks to the greatest extent possible. Attendees and employees must remain masked while attending or working at the performance except when another exception applies.”

For more information, please visit https://sf.gov/information/masks-and-face-coverings-added-protection-coronavirus. As always, thank you for your cooperation in ensuring a safe and healthy environment for performing, learning and teaching at SFCM.

6.15.21

With the issuance of new state and city guidelines as California continues its reopening process, SFCM is updating its protocols related to COVID-19 safety. Accordingly, starting on June 15, 2021:

  • The SFCM community is no longer required to complete the Daily Symptom Check before entering the SFCM campus, nor will security request proof that the check is complete. Faculty, students and staff must still show an SFCM-issued ID badge for entry.
  • SCFM will discontinue use of the Everbridge Contact Tracer phone application.

Once the state advises that vaccinated employees are no longer required to wear masks in the office, which is expected as of June 17, 2021, the following policies will apply:

  • Employees working in their own offices in suites 408, 414, PDEC, and the library will no longer be required to wear masks so long as they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Masks will be required in the atrium, classrooms, and performance spaces at SFCM's 50 Oak Street building through the summer to protect our community and visiting students, instructors, artists, and others.

While we anticipate welcoming in-person attendance for live performances at our 50 Oak Street halls this fall and at the new Bowes Center in the spring of 2022, we will continue to review guidance as it relates to concert venues and will make additional adjustments as needed.

We are thankful for your help in keeping our community healthy!

 

5.10.21

SFCM COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

SFCM is committed to restoring our immersive, in-person educational experience in fall 2021 to the extent permitted by federal, state, and local health directives. To achieve this goal and ensure the health and safety of our community, full vaccination against COVID-19 by all who are eligible to receive the vaccine will be required as a condition of studying, working, and/or living on campus beginning in the 2021 fall semester. This requirement will apply to all students and employees of SFCM.

COVID-19 vaccination should be completed no later than two weeks prior to arrival at SFCM for fall semester. SFCM will look to guidance by federal health authorities to determine which COVID-19 vaccines, other than the three that are currently authorized for use in the United States, will be accepted to meet SFCM's vaccination requirement. Accommodations will be made and assistance provided for individuals who are unable to access an authorized vaccine prior to their arrival at SFCM.

Medical and non-medical requests for exemptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

SFCM is committed to maintaining the privacy of student and employee information related to COVID-19 vaccination. Collegiate students should direct their questions to Susannah White (swhite@sfcm.edu), Director of Residential Life and International Student Services; Pre-College students and their families and Continuing Education students should direct their questions to Michael Roest, Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Pre-College and Continuing Education Division; and all faculty and staff should direct their questions to Michael Patterson, Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Administration.