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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.   

Sincerely,

The Berklee Response Team

Dining Services

The Berklee Dining Hall at 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Cafe 24, and Cafe 939 are open normal hours. Archie’s Cafe at 1140 Boylston Street is closed Friday, November 19 through Sunday, November 28.

Visit Aramark's website, Berklee Campus Dish, for more information on dining options, hours of operation, and menu offerings at 160 Massachusetts Avenue.

Ensemble Operations and Rehearsal Rooms

College rehearsal room reservations and the Ensemble Operations office are closed Friday, November 19 through Sunday, November 28.

Conservatory practice room bookings already made through 25-Live will remain as scheduled. Ventilation time will be added after each booking where possible, although in some cases bookings may need to be reduced in duration to allow for time for airing out. New bookings should be made through the Music Division, and these will be scheduled with appropriate ventilation breaks between bookings.

The Stan Getz Library and Creative Technology Center

The Library and Creative Technology Center will return to normal operating hours as of Friday, November 19: 

Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Albert Alphin Library

The Albert Alphin library will operate during the following hours: 

Friday, November 19: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
Saturday, November 20: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 21 through Tuesday, November 23: 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Music Technology Labs and Studios 


Technology Labs 

Labs reopen Friday, November 19 with two-hour blocks to allow for ventilation time. The first 90 minutes is for active use, followed by 30 minutes with no occupancy for air recirculation.

Recording Studios and Production Suites 

Recording studios and production suites reopen Friday, November 19 with a maximum 90-minute reservation, followed by 30 minutes with no occupancy for air recirculation. This is reflected on Studio Practice time reservations. For Studio Project time, the room must be vacated for 30 minutes following a maximum 90 minutes of active use. Visit the Booking Office for more information or help in scheduling multi-hour sessions. 

Performance Halls and Box Office

Performance halls and the Box Office are closed Friday, November 19 through Sunday, November 28. 

Fordham Road

Fordham Road reopens Friday, November 19. All reservations will automatically include a 30-minute period at the conclusion of a 90-minute reservation for air recirculation. Visit the reservation page for more information. 

150 Massachusetts Avenue

The 150 Massachusetts Avenue front desk reopens on Friday, November 19. All reservations will automatically include a 30-minute period at the conclusion of a 90-minute reservation for air recirculation. Visit the reservation page for more information. 

171 Massachusetts Avenue

171 Massachusetts Avenue reopens Friday, November 19. All reservations will automatically include a 30-minute period at the conclusion of a 90-minute reservation for air recirculation. Visit the reservation page for more information. 

1108 and 1120 Boylston Street

1108 and 1120 Boylston Street practice rooms reopen Friday, November 19. All reservations will automatically include a 30-minute period at the conclusion of a 90-minute reservation for air recirculation. Visit the reservation page for more information. 

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