Coronavirus Preparedness at SFCM

What you need to know about SFCM steps to maintain a healthy campus, updated here as needed.

Updated March 21 with Student FAQs.

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Since January, SFCM senior leadership has met regularly to discuss COVID-19 (coronavirus) and taken action to ensure a healthy learning and living environment. There have been no reports of any SFCM staff, faculty or student with either COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis, and mitigating interruption of services is the focus of our efforts. In other words, keeping students safe and on track toward degree progress is our top priority.

This post is to provide campus-wide updates in addition to the communications that have been emailed to students, parents, faculty and staff:


On Friday, March 13th, SFCM began Spring Break, which is now extended through Sunday, April 5. All scheduled classes, lessons, and performances are suspended during this time with online learning starting on Monday, April 6. Students, Faculty, and Staff may retrieve any personal items from campus such as instruments or laptops through Friday, March 20, at which time only essential personnel will be admitted to the building until after the Shelter-in-Place order is lifted. Faculty and staff are to continue working remotely as has already begun.


All performances are suspended through April 5. Students who have recitals planned during this time may choose to reschedule if they wish, and our goal is to have all graduating student recitals completed before the end of the semester. Some events have been postponed while other, online events are being created regularly, such as the new Tiny Dorm Concerts.

Please visit the performance calendar for details on each specific event.


All in-person Pre-College instruction will move online starting Saturday, April 4 pending further notice. Any missed lessons or classes over the previous weeks will be rescheduled and move online as well. Open Classroom Day has been postponed to the end of the school year.   


Beginning Monday, April 6, SFCM will offer academic classes and lessons online. We will be communicating with students in the coming weeks regarding online procedures and rescheduling educational requirements as needed. Meanwhile, read the student FAQ.


Students may continue to live in the Panoramic or return home for Spring Break if they wish to do so. SFCM is restricting non-resident access to student housing at Panoramic until April 7, 2020. As such, all overnight guest requests are cancelled until April 7. 


SFCM students that are unable to return home for the summer may contact the Office of Student Affairs, Residential Life at to discuss summer housing options.


SFCM is strongly discouraging all non-essential travel. Many airlines are issuing fee waivers for travel reservations that are cancelled or changed.


Café Crème is closed until further notice.


In addition to increasing hand sanitizing stations throughout the building, several steps have been taken to keep germs at bay.

  • Automatic sanitizer dispensers are now located at the building entrance as well as across from the elevators on the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th floors. Additional sanitizer dispensers are located outside frequently used spaces, including classrooms on the 3rd and 5th floor, TAC (Technology and Applied Composition) labs, faculty and staff lounge, Admissions/Registrar Office, Library Services desk, and Student Services Center.
  • The IT department is wiping down keyboards in public spaces such as the TAC labs, classrooms, and the Library every day.
  • All pianos are being sterilized twice per week.
  • We are regularly wiping door handles, student and teacher desks, and many other touch surfaces throughout the building using special formulated Bactericidal and Virucidal wipes that kill COVID19, H1N1, HBV, HCV, HIV-1, and other diseases.
  • New hand washing signage has been added to all bathrooms to remind everyone of recommended washing best practices (more on this below).
  • Hand sanitizing stations have also been added to the Bowes construction site. We want our construction crew to stay healthy and keep building progress on time.
  • Please use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available and if your hands do not look dirty. Apply hand sanitizer to both hands and rub hands covering all surfaces until dry. If your hands dry before 10 seconds you did not use enough. Apply more and repeat.
  • We have also ordered 1oz. travel size Purell hand sanitizers that will be available at Student Services, Security Desk and potentially other areas when they arrive.


More than a mask and liquid sanitizer, thorough and frequent hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of contagions and to keep yourself from getting sick. When to wash your hands:

  • Before and after using keyboards (computers and pianos)
  • After using the restroom
  • After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
  • When treating a cut or wound
  • After contact with a sick person
  • Before and after eating, cooking, or serving food
  • When touching another person’s hands or touching an animal or pet
  • After handling garbage
  • After touching frequently touched areas (doorknobs) or contaminated items (dirty laundry or dishes)

There is no recommendation to wear masks in San Francisco at this time. However, if you choose to wear a face mask, it is important to understand that face masks are not a substitute for hand washing which is the priority.

Lastly, even with frequently cleaned hands, avoid touching your face. Study after study shows that germs are often spread by hand contact with our face. Wiping down your phone with alcohol is also a precaution that can help kill germs.


SFCM encourages all students to get their health insurance card. All students should have this available in case they need to contact or visit a doctor. Students should not wait until they are feeling unwell to try to track down this information.

How to get your card: 

If a student is on the SFCM Student Health Insurance Plan, they can search their email for the subject "San Francisco Conservatory of Music - Welcome to the Student Health Insurance Plan!" from Gallagher Student Health. It details how to download the health insurance card from UnitedHealthcare.

If a student is on their family health insurance or an individual health insurance, we encourage students to take the time to find out what local doctor and urgent care they could visit if advised to see a medical professional. Additionally, health insurance telemedicine options might be available based on the student or family’s health insurance plan.

All students have access to One Medical memberships, which provide free telemedicine services. One Medical also takes the SFCM Student Health Insurance Plan as well as a variety of additional health insurance programs.

Anyone who develops a fever and lower respiratory symptoms, such as coughing or shortness of breath, should first call their doctor or health care provider and share their travel history before visiting.


We are following updates from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and World Health Organization

Any updates on campus plans will be posted on this page if needed.