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August 13, 2021

With the beginning of the fall semester quickly approaching, I write to share and reiterate key operational information that will allow us to proceed with our plans for an in-person experience and the return of a normal level of activity on campus. I am confident that the guidelines we have in place – which have been carefully crafted in partnership with the University’s leadership and public health experts – will minimize our COVID risks as we return to classes, lessons, rehearsals, and performances this fall.

Vaccines

Vaccination remains the most important step you can take to keep yourself, your family, and the Peabody community safe.  Johns Hopkins University has required all faculty, staff, and students who plan to be on campus to have documented their full vaccination or to have applied for an exception as of August 1, and more than 80% have done so.

If you are not fully vaccinated, this link will outline vaccination options available to you. You may also attend a University-hosted on-campus vaccine clinic. The Vaccine clinics are open to students, faculty, and staff, and information regarding how students can schedule appointments for the vaccine clinic will be sent out separately.

If you are traveling to Peabody and are not fully vaccinated when you arrive, you will need to receive a COVID test at Peabody or another JHU testing center, schedule your vaccination as soon as possible, and isolate until you receive a negative result.

More details about how to get vaccinated, who needs to get vaccinated, what to do if you are not vaccinated, and how to apply for an exception to the mandate can be found on JHU’s COVID information website.

Masking and Distancing

Given the rise in COVID-19 cases in Maryland associated with the Delta variant, and in accordance with the current Baltimore City mandate, Johns Hopkins University has reinstated its mandate that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors. Indoor face-coverings are universally mandated across all campuses except in the following situations:

  • In single-occupancy offices and shared office locations where 6-foot distancing can be maintained;
  • In residence hall dorm rooms/suites/apartments, only with roommates;
  • When eating or drinking at a distance of at least 6 feet from any other person.

Except when eating, physical distancing requirements have been lifted indoors and outdoors, though continued distancing is recommended for those who are not vaccinated. Eating meals in indoor shared spaces is restricted to those areas where 6-foot distance can be maintained. The Peabody Dining Hall will return to the grab-and-go dining model and – due to the size of the space – dining services will only be available to students.

Testing

Asymptomatic COVID testing continues to be available at nine JHU COVID testing sites, and is required once weekly for all vaccinated undergraduates and twice weekly for unvaccinated faculty, students, and staff. Asymptomatic testing on-demand remains available for all affiliates.

Students, staff, and faculty are strongly encouraged to use Johns Hopkins resources when symptomatic or concerned about exposure to COVID-19. All affiliates are eligible to call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center (JHCCC) at 443-287-8500.

More Information

Specific guidance around masking, distancing, and timing for private lessons and ensemble classes – including information on bell covers, instrument bags, and use of the low-latency studios – is available on the Peabody Website.

Daily health checks through Prodensity remain required for all JHU affiliates coming to campus. Preparatory families who do not have access to Prodensity should continue to use the AUXS app; more detailed guidance for Preparatory students and families is forthcoming. Visitors and guests will be allowed on campus and must follow the same COVID safety rules as JHU affiliates.

As always, Peabody and Johns Hopkins will continue to monitor public health conditions and adjust our COVID safety protocols as needed.

While we will have to continue to be mindful of the ongoing pandemic and our responsibilities to protect ourselves and each other, I am very much looking forward to a fall semester that brings us back together and brings music and dance, teaching and learning back to Peabody’s Mt. Vernon campus. I thank you for your continued commitment to our community.