End of Block 2 and Winter Break Reminders

Thursday, Dec 10, 2020
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Dear Students,

As our Block 2 activities peak—with finals in the classroom and performances in the studios—we are writing to update you on our progress and provide some important reminders.

In the building and online, our work together continues—whether it's the Juilliard Orchestra recording with conductor Peter Oundjian in 543, ChoreoComp and New Dances preparations, or the play Three Sisters being performed both on Zoom and live in the drama theater, we are all finding new ways to perform, and we look forward to sharing those performances with the world. I also want to take this opportunity to thank our extraordinary faculty members, who have reinvented their teaching for the hybrid environment. By making safety and excellence in teaching and learning our priorities, we have been able to bring students and faculty together to create meaningful in-person and online learning opportunities, collaborations, and performances.

With regard to public health at Juilliard, we have reason to be encouraged. Thanks to everyone’s strict adherence to safety, testing, and tracing protocols, we have managed to maintain a very low infection rate. Still we must remain vigilant: “COVID fatigue” is real, and the public health situation in parts of the city, state, and nationwide continues to worsen. That is why it is absolutely vital that we each renew our commitment to the Community Pledge, and that each day we take all necessary precautions to protect ourselves and those around us.

Below, you will find information on the following:

  • Exit Testing Before Winter Break
  • Update on Quarantine Rules for Contacts
  • Building Hours Over Winter Break
  • Block 3 Baseline Testing and Quarantine Requirements
  • Block 3 Quarantine Details for Residence Hall Students
  • Reminder About the New Block 3/Spring Semester Calendar
  • Registration Reminder
  • Please Consider Downloading the New York Covid App

We recognize that keeping up with this ever-evolving situation is a challenge, and we appreciate your careful attention to these important matters.

Finally, I want to personally wish all of you a health, safe, and restful holiday break. The break is a moment to recharge and prepare for a spring that we all hope will bring new possibilities and further opportunities to learn and make great art together.

Adam Meyer


Exit Testing Before Winter Break

Following guidance from Governor Cuomo’s office, if you travel out of New York State during winter break, or at any other time, you are required to:

  1. Fill out Juilliard’s travel form two weeks prior to travel. For winter break travel, please fill this out no later than tomorrow, Friday, December 11.
  2. Take a COVID test no later than three days prior to your expected travel for winter break. As a reminder, all residential students are required to test weekly, and all students living off campus who plan to come to the Diamond Building for any reason during a given week will be required to test that week. Tests taken at Juilliard next week (week of December 14) will qualify as your pre-travel test.
  3. Upon your return to New York State, follow the quarantine and testing rules 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.

Update on Quarantine Rules for Contacts

​​​​Although the CDC has issued revised quarantine guidelines, Juilliard must continue to follow the guidance of New York State health authorities, which calls for a full 14-day quarantine following exposure if you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Building Hours and Access Over Winter Break

Winter break is from Saturday, December 19, through Sunday, January 10.

The Diamond Building will operate under limited winter break hours from Sunday, December 20, through Friday, January 8. During this time, the Diamond Building will be open Monday-Friday, 8am-10pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 8am-8pm, except for the following:

  • December 24, Christmas Eve (8am-6pm)
  • December 25, Christmas Day (Diamond Building closed)
  • December 31, New Year’s Eve (8am-6pm)
  • January 1, New Year’s Day (Diamond Building closed)

Students who have approval to access the building at the end of Block 2 will be permitted to reserve practice rooms over the Winter Break.

No new building access approvals or reactivations will be granted between December 19 and January 6, so please be sure to provide any requirements prior to the winter break if you would like to access the building during that time.

Block 3 building access will begin on Saturday, January 9, as long as all testing and quarantine requirements are met.

Block 3 Baseline Testing and Quarantine Requirements

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

  • 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 (required 72 hours or less prior to your arrival in New York State) will qualify. The 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 (required after a minimum three-day quarantine after arrival) will qualify.
  • If you are not required to quarantine due to travel, you should seek a baseline test dated within 10 days of your first entry (or reentry) to the Juilliard facilities.

For those who leave New York State between Blocks 2 and 3 (or who are arriving for the first time for Block 3), you are required to follow New York State quarantine and testing guidelines upon your return to New York. We recommend that you adhere to the following schedule if you plan to utilize the building from the start of Block 3:

  • Obtain pre-travel test: 72 hours or less prior to arrival time in New York State
  • Arrive in New York state: Saturday, January 2
  • Observe three-day quarantine: for a minimum of three days, measured from time of arrival
  • Obtain post-travel test: Wednesday, January 6
  • Post-travel negative test result: must be received and submitted before approval to enter the building will be granted
  • Block 3 starts: Monday, January 11

Juilliard will offer testing for both Residence Hall and non-Residence Hall students on Wednesday, January 6. Those who take advantage of this testing can use this as both their required post-travel test (if their arrival date is January 2) and their Block 3 baseline line test.

Students who take a test outside of Juilliard must electronically send a pdf, scan, or photo of their negative test result to Student Health Services ([email protected]) or upload it to Medicat (located in OKTA).

Block 3 Quarantine Details for Residence Hall Students

Residence Hall students who are required to quarantine upon arrival must arrive on Saturday, January 2, and follow the schedule above. Residence Hall students required to quarantine will not be allowed to arrive prior to January 2.

Residence Hall students who are not required to quarantine should take their baseline test in their home community 10 days or fewer prior to arriving on campus and should arrive on January 9 or 10.

Reminder About New Block 3/Spring Semester Calendar

As a reminder, on November 24, we announced a new schedule for Block 3, including an earlier start to spring semester academic classes. Please review that announcement carefully here.

Registration Reminder

Online registration for the spring semester opens in January:

  • For the complete registration schedule, click here.
  • To confirm your registration date and time, go to WebAdvisor and click the My Notifications link.

Before you register, be sure to review your outstanding degree requirements by going to WebAdvisor and selecting Evaluate My Degree. Contact the Office of the Registrar if you have any further questions about the registration process.

Please Consider Downloading the New York Covid App

We encourage you to consider downloading the COVID Alert App released by New York State. Developed by Apple and Google, the app works by letting users know if they’ve been in close proximity for 10 minutes or more to someone who has tested positive for the virus, or who later tests positive. New York State has said the following for your information: “The app does so while maintaining individual privacy and security. It will never collect, transmit, or store personal information or your location, and it is completely anonymous.” For the app to be effective, a significant number of New Yorkers need to download it. You can find more details on the app here—COVID Alert NY. We have been asked to help spread the word, and we encourage you to do the same.