Dear members of the Berklee community,
We have received a number of inquiries regarding the cancelation of classes today and the shift to remote learning for the next three school days. We are writing to share information to help our students, faculty, and staff effectively navigate these brief changes.
We want to make clear that our overall COVID-19 positivity rate is low and our vaccination rate is high. As part of our regular monitoring, we noted an uptick in the positivity rate among our students; we attribute this rise in student cases to off-campus gatherings. We know our students, faculty, and staff want to be on campus, and we need everyone’s help to encourage students to follow established safety protocols while off campus. If, as a community, we continue to maintain the practices that keep us safe, it will help us to resume on-campus learning on November 29, and maintain our on-campus presence through the end of the fall semester.
As you know, all Friday, Monday, and Tuesday classes at our Boston campus will be held remotely. Students may not access classrooms to take their classes. If students are unable to participate in their classes in their residence halls or off-campus housing, they should contact their faculty member directly to determine how to proceed.
Though classes are remote, Berklee’s Boston campus remains open. On-campus staff will continue to work on campus, and in some cases, student employees may be asked to come to work on campus, depending on their role and responsibilities. Please see the list of facilities below for specific information about each of them.
We encourage all members of our community to get both a flu and COVID-19 booster shot at their earliest convenience. All Berklee community members are eligible for COVID-19 boosters if it has been at least six months since they completed their primary COVID-19 vaccination series. The CDC has determined that it is safe to get both a flu shot and COVID-19 booster the same day. Booster shots are available at the Tufts vaccination clinic at 276 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116. Regular clinic hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The clinic will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. On Saturday, November 27, it will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Regular hours will resume Monday, November 29. Vaccines at the clinic are free.
There are no changes to testing protocols for this week. The Berklee Testing Center has expanded hours to accommodate those who may be traveling during the break. We will update you soon with information about testing protocols upon return to campus. Until then, stay safe.
The Berklee Response Team