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HCD COVID-19 Policies

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If you have any questions about the changes outlined, please contact us at: 

In collaboration with the University of Hartford, the Hartt School Community continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19.

We are taking steps to keep our you and your families healthy and informed. 

 

HCD STUDENT VACCINATION POLICY

Following the University of Hartford’s COVID-19 and vaccination policies, all Hartt Community Division students ages 12 and up, and guardians/practice partners attending student lessons will be required by the University to be vaccinated in order to study at any of the HCD locations. The first vaccination dose must be received by August 31, 2021 and the second dose (if needed) must be received by September 21, 2021 in order to participate in HCD programming that begins on Sept. 7, 2021. All students that have received exemptions will not be permitted to participate in lessons or ensembles in person without documentation of a negative weekly COVID test.

*Students turning twelve must be fully vaccinated within two months of their twelfth birthday. Fully vaccinated is defined as having received both doses of the vaccine and the two weeks following the second dose.

Please see instructions to access Vaccination Content and Instructions for Uploading Documents here

Coming Onto Campus:

Please download the LiveSafe app and complete a Daily Health Screening on behalf of your student each time you come to campus. This is how the University will be contact tracing and keeping track of general wellness issues. When you begin your daily health screening, you will see a pull-down menu giving you choice of student, employee, or visitor/guest. HCD families/students will register as guests. Learn more about LiveSafe
 

  • Students, faculty, or staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test result must report that to hcdcovid@hartford.edu with the Interim Executive Director of HCD, Dr. Michelle Fiertek, on carbon copy: fiertek@hartford.edu.  
  • Students who test positive or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms must isolate at home for 10 days from exposure or first symptom. In order to return to in-person instruction on the 11th day (or after) the student/guardian must email hcdcovid@hartford.edu stating that the student is now symptom free and has been cleared to return to schools/activities by a medical professional. A negative test is not required to return to in-person instruction. 

Definitions 

ISOLATION 


A student that has COVID-19 and must remain at home and participate in instruction remotely. Absence from instruction as a result of COVID-19 infections will be considered excused, and students will work with their teachers to determine the best method for making up missed lessons/work.  

QUARANTINE 

A student who was exposed to COVID-19, and is unvaccinated, needs to wait and see if they develop symptoms. A quarantine period of 10 days from the last exposure to the infected person is required. Students should remain home for the quarantine period and may work with instructors to receive remote instruction. Unvaccinated students may also be asked to quarantine if they have had no known exposure but are awaiting a COVID-19 test while exhibiting symptoms. Vaccinated students that are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms may also be asked to quarantine.

To maintain the health and well-being of the University community, it is essential that those community members with an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement participate in ongoing COVID-19 testing throughout the academic year. This policy refers to viral testing only (not antibody testing), which determines whether you have a current COVID-19 infection.

On-going Vaccine Exemption Requirements  

For Students   

  • All students with a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine requirement must complete weekly testing with their own chosen providers
  • These tests are not optional. All students that have received exemptions will not be permitted to participate in lessons, classes or ensembles in person without documentation of a negative weekly COVID test. Weekly negative test results must be emailed to hcdcovid@hartford.edu on a weekly basis, within 48 hours of scheduled lesson/class.  
  • Failure to complete these tests will result in withdrawal from HCD programs, with reimbursement following the HCD financial policies schedule. 
  • Students are responsible for all costs of their weekly testing.  
  • Students, faculty, or staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test result must report that to hcdcovid@hartford.edu with the Interim Executive Director of HCD, Dr. Michelle Fiertek, on carbon copy: fiertek@hartford.edu
  • Students who test positive or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms must isolate at home for 10 days from exposure or first symptom and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to be allowed back to in-person instruction. Please email your negative test result to hcdcovid@hartford.edu.
  • Anyone who may have been exposed during lessons/classes to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by HCD.

Definitions 

ISOLATION 

A student that has COVID-19 and must remain at home and participate in instruction remotely. Absence from instruction as a result of COVID-19 infections will be considered excused, and students will work with their teachers to determine the best method for making up missed lessons/work.  

QUARANTINE 

A student who was exposed to COVID-19, and is unvaccinated, needs to wait and see if they develop symptoms. A quarantine period of 10 days from the last exposure to the infected person is required. Students should remain home for the quarantine period and may work with instructors to receive remote instruction. Unvaccinated students may also be asked to quarantine if they have had no known exposure but are awaiting a COVID-19 test while exhibiting symptoms. Vaccinated students that are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms may also be asked to quarantine. 

Medical Exemption

According to University of Hartford policy, all students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to return to campus or have an exemption on file. Students claiming a medical exemption on the basis that a given immunization is medically contraindicated should complete the following statement and attach a letter signed by a physician licensed to practice medicine stating that in the physician’s opinion, such immunization is medically contraindicated and send this form and the letter to hcdcovid@hartford.edu.

 Religious Exemption

To request a religious exemption, this form must be on file with the University of Hartford. Upon completion of this form, it must be emailed to hcdcovid@hartford.edu.

Please note that requesting a religious exemption is a two-step process. Step 1 is completing this form and having it notarized. Step 2 will be a meeting with a medical provider to discuss the risk and responsibilities of remaining non-immunized. Once both steps are complete, you will be notified by September 7, 2021, as to whether this request for an exemption has been approved.

Our HCD teachers must be able to concentrate fully on teaching. They are not medical professionals who can take on, or should take on, the responsibility of assessing the health of our students. We ask that, if your child is exhibiting any symptoms which might be interpreted as a possible COVID-19 infection, you keep your child home to fully recover. This is the case even if you have recently been tested and received negative results. Read more.

The decision to be remote or in-person is a highly personal one. Teachers will be working with you directly to determine your preferred method of instructional delivery, and you will be able to pivot as needed throughout the year. We only ask that your choice is communicated clearly and in advance to your teacher so that they can arrange their schedules accordingly. Any student who chooses to remain remote for private lessons will be accommodated without issue.

Regardless of vaccination status everyone is required to wear a mask when indoors, as well as physically distance. Groups of more than 5 are asked to not gather in waiting areas. Masks are only required outdoors when it is not possible to physically distance.  All private lesson students are responsible for their own masks, singers masks, and bell covers. Please work with your instructor to choose the best PPE for your instrument. 

Wind and brass players in the large ensembles and singers in the choirs* will be provided with specialized Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks and bell covers (as applicable). String players and percussionists in ensembles will supply their own masks, as no specialized mask is necessary. *our youngest singers in Youth Choir will simply be required to wear a regular face mask. Specialized masks will be issued for grades 6+

Any instrument that requires drainage of water while playing will require the player to carry in/out their own absorbent pad or capped container to collect this condensation. Emptying of valves will not be allowed onto the floor - only onto the pads or into the container. 

Attending Your Child's Lesson

Teachers may ask that parents do not sit in on traditional student's classes/lessons if the teacher feels the proximity poses an extra health risk in the room.

Guardians/practice partners attending student lessons have until September 20 to upload their vaccination card in the same manner a child's document is uploaded.  Click here for Directions on how to upload your card.  

HCD Audience Protocols

All HCD audience members will need to follow the protocols listed below.

1. Individuals of any age have now been cleared by the University to attend HCD performances. All individuals ages 12+ attending a performance must be fully vaccinated. Audience members under the age of 12 are currently not required, but are recommended, to be vaccinated.

2. All Individuals are required to fill out the LiveSafe App prior to visiting campus. Learn more about LiveSafe. 

3. All individuals (with the exception of Hartt Faculty/Staff/College Students*) need to present proof of ID (if they possess an ID) and a vaccination card to gain entrance into the facility. 

4. If this is not a ticketed event, prior to the recital/concert you will be sent, via email and by the instructor coordinating the event, a Sign Up Genius link where you can reserve a free ticket to each performance. Please use a specific individual name for each requested slot. If your name is not on the Sign Up Genius list, you will not be granted admittance. Ticketed events will be run through our Box Office. We are currently running audience capacity at 75% for the large venues, and 50% for the small venues.

5. Regardless of vaccination status, everyone is required to wear a mask indoors. Performers are required to be masked during their performance.

*For University Community Members (Faculty/Staff/College Students), you will need to present your student/faculty/staff ID at the door and make a reservation via Sign Up Genius. Please seat yourself together in an area distanced from that of the non-University Community Members.

Read more about the University of Hartford’s revised guest policy.

 

Performer Protocols:

· Performers may be any age.

· Performers must continue to be masked during their performance