Reopening Town Hall with Dr. Anthony Harris
On August 13 we hosted a Reopening Town Hall with Dr. Anthony Harris to share our efforts for a safe reopening this fall and address questions. Dr. Harris and his team of infectious disease specialists from the University of Maryland have been assisting with our reopening plans and safety protocols.
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 five 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 the DC Campus: NW. In addition to daily disinfecting wipe downs focusing on high touch points, PMM provides electrostatic cleaning every Friday. As more students return, we will have an additional worker for a more frequent surface disinfecting. PMM is using one of the over 100 acceptable cleaners approved by the CDC.
Each studio contains instructions to safely clean all studio instruments after each use approved by Levine’s Head Piano Technician. Each studio has an easily visible sign detailing cleaning procedures upon entry and exit as an additional precaution to Levine’s regular cleaning schedule. There is a basket with supplies in each studio in use.
Hand sanitizer is accessible throughout the building. Levine has secured a plexiglass shield at the West entrance desk, hand hygiene signs, masks, instant thermometers, and face shields. We have Installed touchless water bottle filling stations to replace water fountains. Faculty and students coming to campus should bring their own filled water bottles.
Levine has installed signage to help direct traffic to minimize contact. Reminders to wash hands and maintain social distancing are also posted.
To create additional outdoor spaces for learning, performing, and gathering in small groups, we have installed a 82’ x 66’ tent in the lower-level parking lot at the DC Campus: NW.
Levine’s Health Suite at the DC Campus: NW is on the lower level in the office just inside the doorway to the west parking lot. This provides a more isolated space near an exterior door should a health situation demand it. It is also where PPE for employees is stored.
When Not to Come to Campus
All 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.
Health Screening at Home
Prior to arrival, all individuals must fill out the health screening on the AUXS app two hours prior to arrival.
Need help? Contact our AUXS support team at AUXSsupport@levinemusic.org
After September 7, in order to gain in-person access to any of the Levine campuses, all eligible individuals ages 12 and older must provide proof of completed vaccination or have received an approved accommodation for medical or religious reasons.
Requirements for newly eligible age groups will be announced on a rolling basis.
Masks – Indoor Policy
As we serve a community of students of all ages and vaccinations are not yet available for our youngest community members, everyone must wear masks correctly to cover both nose and mouth at all times while indoors on campus in public spaces including hallways, studios, and offices regardless of vaccination status. Faculty and students are asked to bring their own mask from home. Spare masks are available at the front desk if needed. Neck gaiters, bandanas, and any mask that contains a vent are not acceptable facial coverings. Anyone wearing one of these will be asked to replace it immediately.
Please note that a mask mandate remains in place at Strathmore throughout the building, including studios, regarding of vaccination status. This is a building-wide regulation and not at the discretion of Levine Music.
Masks – Outdoor Policy
Students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated are not required to wear masks outdoors when participating in activities at Levine. However, when unvaccinated students who are not currently eligible for vaccination are included, all individuals must wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
APPROVED MASKS & BELL COVERS:
- Protec Instrumentalist Face Mask (Small) | J.W. Pepper Sheet Music (jwpepper.com)
- Musicians Face Mask | Bell Barrier Official Website
- Broadway Relief Project
- For Music Therapy only: Safe’N’Clear, Inc. – The only FDA approved mask with clear window made in the USA (safenclear.com)
Social Distancing and Shared Spaces
A 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.
- Before exiting for the day, faculty should disinfect touched surfaces including pianos.
Individuals 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 handwashing procedures.
Instruments and Materials
Whenever 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.
Levine 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. At no point will the number in the building exceed CDC or DC guidelines.
Reporting a Positive Status
It is imperative for families, faculty and staff to report any confirmed cases of COVID-19 to Levine, as well as occasions of close contact with someone known to have tested positive for the virus. In such instances, all protocols for quarantining must be followed.
Please 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.