Important Quarantine and Testing Updates

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020
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Dear Students,

For those of you have returned to campus for Block 2, we are so thrilled to have you back. I’m happy to report that our planning for Block 2 is already resulting in rewarding on-campus work, with rehearsals and performances well underway. Whether you’re in-person or online, at a time of great uncertainty and stress, your focus and commitment inspires tremendous confidence in the future.

I’m also happy to report that we have successfully launched our on-campus community testing program. Thus far we have conducted over 200 routine tests, with no positive test results reported.Juilliard’s school “report card,” as required by New York State, can be found here.In addition, all students, faculty, and staff who have come to campus have received negative results on their baseline tests. While the news at Juilliard remains positive, cases in New York have gone up and cases around the country have gone up dramatically. This means that adherence to theCommunity Pledgeandall health and safety protocolsremains critical.

Today, we also want to share an important update to the school’s quarantine and testing rules as well as reminders about Thanksgiving and about Block 3 requests to remain online. We ask that you read this information carefully—you are responsible for complying with the information outlined in this message, which covers:

  • Updated Quarantine Rules
  • Block 3 Quarantine and Testing Rules
  • Quarantine Details for Residence Hall Students
  • Block 3 Arrivals
  • Thanksgiving Travel Reminder
  • Requests to Complete Block 3 Online—Deadline Reminder

Thank you for your attention to these important details. As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to[email protected].

Adam Meyer


Updated Quarantine Rules

New York State recently announced new quarantine rules that permit those traveling into New York State to “test out” of the full 14-day quarantine. The state has since clarified that this new rule applies to people arriving from both domestic and international locations. The only exception is for those coming from states that border New York—Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont—who will not be required to quarantine or test. Please note that these rules are subject to change at any time; we urge all community members to remain aware of any travel restrictions and quarantine rules.

Effective immediately and in keeping with New York State guidelines, Juilliard’s quarantine requirements are:

All travelers entering New York State from anywhere other than a bordering state shall quarantine for a period of 14 days, consistent with Department of Health regulations for quarantine,unless you complete BOTH of the following:

  1. Obtain a pre-travel test: For travelers who traveled outside of New York for more than 24 hours, such travelers must obtain testing within 72 hours prior to arrival in New York


  1. Such travelers must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine according to Department of Health guidelinesfor a minimum of three days, measured from time of arrival. On day four, the traveler may seek a post-travel diagnostic test, await the result, and if negative, then exit quarantine.

Anyone who fails to receive both of the required tests must quarantine for the full 14 days.

Travelers who leave New York State for less than 24 hours do not need to obtain a diagnostic test before departing and do not need to quarantine upon return. However, such travelers must fill out the traveler form upon entry and must obtain a diagnostic test on the fourth day after returning to New York.

Block 3 Quarantine and Testing Rules

Most Block 2 participants have completed their baseline testing requirement by now, but for further information about Block 2 building access, see our website.

Juilliard will also require ALL Block 3 participants to provide a negative baseline COVID diagnostic test dated shortly before your first entry (or re-entry) to the Juilliard facilities, even if you have already done a baseline test for Blocks 1 or 2.

  • This testing will help prevent anyone from unknowingly bringing the virus with them and give us a baseline understanding of the status of our community.
  • Residential students: This test must take place prior to your Block 3 return or move-in date. If New York State travel guidelines require you to quarantine and be tested, your pre-travel test will qualify. Results of your pre-travel test must be provided before you arrive on campus.
  • Students living off-campus: Your test must take place prior to your return to the Diamond building in Block 3. If New York State travel guidelines require you to quarantine and be tested, your post-travel test will qualify.

For those who leave New York State between Blocks 2 and 3 (or who are arriving for the first time for Block 3), we recommend that you adhere to the following schedule:

  • Obtain Pre-Travel Test: 72 hours prior to arrival time in New York State
  • Arrive in New York State: Thursday, December 31
  • Observe 3-day Quarantine: For a minimum of 3 days, measured from time of arrival
  • Obtain Post-Travel Test: Monday, January 4
  • Post-Travel test results must be submitted before approval to enter the building will be granted
  • Block 3 starts: Wednesday, January 6

Quarantine Details for Residence Hall Students

Residence Hall students who travel between Blocks 2 and 3, or who are arriving for the first time for Block 3, will be required to follow the quarantine “test out” procedures listed above. Students who travel will no longer be allowed to quarantine for 14 days in the Residence Hall in lieu of this new testing out procedure announced by the Governor's office. Quarantines due to illness or exposure to the virus while the student is in residence will continue to be supported.

During a required quarantine period, residence hall students will need to remain in their assigned bedroom and bathroom and will not be able to access any other parts of the Rose Building, nor will they be able to enter the Diamond Building. There is more information about this process below.

Due to the strict nature of New York State quarantine rules, students should plan to arrive on campus with enough supplies and clothing for the quarantine period.Further information about quarantining in the Residence Hall is available on the websiteor by writing to[email protected].

Block 3 Arrivals

Residence Hall students who are required to quarantine must arrive on Thursday, December 31. Travel-related quarantines will only be supported by the Residence Hall staff starting Thursday, December 31. These students will be tested on Monday, January 4 and will be released from quarantine once results are received. Residence hall students required to quarantine will not be allowed to arrive prior to December 31.

Residence Hall students who are not required to quarantine, and all non-Residence Hall students should arrive in time to take a post-travel baseline test on Monday, January 4. This will allow sufficient time to receive test results and process your approval to enter the building. Arrivals after this date must be approved by your department and will delay your access to the building for in-person work.

Thanksgiving and Travel Reminders

As a reminder, to limit risk of exposure to the virus, we are strongly discouraging any nonessential travel during the Thanksgiving break.

Following updated guidance from Governor Cuomo’s office, if you do travel out of New York State over Thanksgiving, or at any other time, you are required to:

  1. Fill out the travel format least two weeks prior to travel. For anyone traveling between November 23 and 29, you must submit this form by this Wednesday, November 11.
  2. Take a COVID test no later than 3 days before your expected travel away for Thanksgiving.
  3. Upon return to New York State, follow the above quarantine and testing rules as required by New York State. Returning students are required to submit confirmation of a negative test prior to resuming in-person activity on campus.

These rules may change in the coming weeks pending health conditions and governmental guidance.

Requests to Complete Block 3 Online—Deadline Reminder

As announced on October 26, the deadline to request to remain fully online for Block 3 is Wednesday, November 11. In order to plan Block 3 activities, we ask that you adhere to this deadline. To make this request, please fill out this form. Your individual department will then be in touch with you with further details on how performance-based work will be completed in Block 3.

For those students who choose this option, all Block 3 performance-based, technique, rehearsal, and small-group studio work will be done online. This will mean that Block 3 performance work will be replaced by virtual, individual, or written/research projects at the discretion of the student’s department.

Please note that students who choose to complete their Block 3 work fully online will not have access to the building. Residential students will be receiving communication shortly about the impacts that this has on their housing for spring semester.