Update: September 1, 2022
As of September 1, 2022, Levine Music no longer requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend in-person lessons, classes, or performances at our campuses. All of Levine’s COVID-19 safety protocols are made in consultation with our team of infection preventionists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Ensuring the Safety of our Building
Following the guidance and advice of our medical consultants, our approach addresses strategies pertaining to air flow, surface disinfecting, and social distancing.
Air Handling and Air Flow
Levine hired an outside consultant to assess the HVAC systems at our DC Campus: NW. Upgrades were made to ensure appropriate ventilation and filtration. We have invested in plasma air cleaning technology and our HVAC systems have been calibrated to increase outdoor air intake.
Windows and doors will remain open whenever possible to allow for the continual flow of air. Additionally, we have purchased portable air purifiers for all six of our physical campuses to reflect the highest CADR rating as recommended by the EPA for the correct room sizes and square footage to maximize air filtration.
Surface Disinfecting and Cleaning
PMM, Levine Music’s cleaning company at the DC Campus: NW, continues to provide enhanced cleaning throughout our DC Campus: NW, including daily disinfecting wipe downs focusing on high-touch points. PMM is using one of the over 100 acceptable cleaners approved by the CDC.
Hand sanitizer is accessible throughout our campuses.
Levine has installed signage to help direct traffic to minimize contact. Reminders to wash hands and maintain social distancing are also posted.
When Not to Come to CampusAll members of our community must stay home or go home if they are feeling sick or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Faculty or staff members should notify Human Resources and their supervisor immediately. Possible symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
COVID-19 VaccinationLevine highly recommends protecting yourself and your children against COVID-19 by staying up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations. For more details on vaccine availability near you, please visit the websites below and speak with your healthcare provider. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/getting-child-teen-vaccinated.html
MasksMasking is optional for most on-campus activities, however, wearing a high-quality mask is still required for any activity in spaces at maximum room capacity (where no distancing is possible). Cloth masks are no longer considered adequate facial coverings but may be used as an additional facial covering with a surgical mask underneath. Individuals wishing to continue masking may do so for any activity and for any reason.
Social Distancing and Shared SpacesA 6-foot marking system is in place to visually demonstrate recommended social distancing.
- Hallways & Stairwells
- Follow posted signage for traffic moving up and down the stairs and through the halls
- Limited use to two people at a time or one household group.
- Open and available for use.
- Studios & Classrooms
- Do not use Levine phones in shared spaces, including studios.
Regular HandwashingIndividuals on campus should wash their hands on entry/exit of buildings, before and after lessons, and before and after bathroom use. Signs are posted to remind everyone of effective hand-washing procedures.
Instruments and MaterialsWhenever possible, students will use their own instruments and materials. When this negatively impacts a student’s educational experience, following the recommended protocol of washing or sanitizing hands before and after the activity is required.
Institutional ResponsibilityLevine will strictly enforce all the above protocols. In turn, Levine will provide appropriate protective equipment and materials, including masks, hand sanitizers, and signage for movement throughout the building.
Returning to Campus After a Positive COVID-19 TestPlease be advised that community members are advised to seek PCR testing. Negative results from rapid antigen tests cannot be accepted, and students will be instructed to re-test with a PCR test to ensure the most accurate level of testing and a safe return to campus. Regardless of vaccination status, individuals should isolate from campus for 10 days following a positive COVID-19 case.
- For asymptomatic cases, use date of positive test as day 0.
- For symptomatic cases, use date of symptom onset as day 0.
- For individuals who become symptomatic after testing positive, day 0 resets to the onset of symptoms, not the test date.
- Individuals should be fever-free for 24 hours and be experiencing noticeably improved symptoms prior to return.
Returning to Campus After an ExposureFor individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19:
- Non-test option: If PCR testing is not possible, isolate from campus for 10 days. Follow strict mask and distancing guidelines between day 10-14.
- Testing option: Vaccinated exposed individuals with a negative PCR test on day 5 or later may return to in-person learning. Strict mask use and distancing should continue between day 5-14.
- Non-test option: If PCR testing is not possible, isolate from campus for 14 days to verify negative status.
- Testing option: Isolate from campus for 10 days and seek a PCR test between days 6-8 after exposure. Strict mask use and distancing should continue between days 10-14.