PLEASE NOTE: As of June 1, 2021, students in our 2-year professional training programs will be required to have at least one COVID-19 vaccination at least two weeks prior to start of classes.
NYCDA’s reopening plan, submitted to New York State, conforms to both mandatory and recommended guidelines for opening and maintaining a safe campus. The full plan is posted on campus, and available to students and parents via email upon request. Main points are below:
On the campus
- Students, faculty and staff will be required to complete a quick health and COVID-19 exposure survey prior to entry to campus each day, including temperature check and response to questions.
- Students in class will remain 3′ apart at all times.
- Face masks will be distributed by the school and worn properly at all times by all persons on campus. As of June 1, vaccinated 2-year degree students will be allowed to remove masks when performing scene work in class.
- Plastic dividers and floor markings indicating proper distancing in common areas will be added to the campus as necessary.
- All commonly touched campus surfaces will be cleaned with bleach dilution twice daily.
- Mini market and vending machine areas will be supplied with disposable gloves for use when opening coolers and using self-checkout keypads.
- Eating on campus will be done inside floor-marked squares to maintain 6′ distance between students.
- Campus windows will be open as much as possible to maximize fresh air flow.
- Classes not requiring students to work collaboratively, i.e. Film Genres, will be taught online to relieve crowding on campus.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be placed outside each studio and classroom.
- Water fountains will be decommissioned and students will be encouraged to bring or purchase bottled water.
- HVAC will use HEPA filters, and additional HEPA filters will be placed in classes without windows.
- Visitors to campus and alumni use of facilities will be suspended until further notice to minimize additional exposure for students.
in the event of covid-19 cases among the student population
- If exposed students are sharing a room or suite in our residence, they will be moved to isolated housing.
- New York Department of Health will conduct testing of student and contact tracing. We will follow DOH instructions on quarantine of affected students.
- Students forced to quarantine will be able to join online classwork to keep up with their courses.
- NYCDA policy requires Student Services to follow up with students who
are absent from class, to keep in close contact with student and parents
when a student falls ill, and to arrange for transportation and accompany students to the ER if they need