COVID-19 Update 2020-2021

Information for students, faculty, and staff

The below information is current as of Feb. 1, 2021. Please visit this page regularly for updates as information is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For questions or concerns, please contact us at

our promise to you

As a graduate school of music for performers and composers, the school values private lesson instruction, chamber music, and large ensembles as well as theory, history, and other academic classes. In the decision to return to campus during the 2020-2021 academic year, the school aims to successfully provide students with the ability to matriculate and complete requirements towards graduation with the fall semester coursework.

The main objectives for the following return to YSM plans are:         

  1. to provide appropriate courses and activities commensurate with the degree requirements of YSM
  2. to ensure facilities are equipped with the proper risk mitigation plans against COVID-19 infection
  3. to provide technology with high-quality sound as an effective alternative to in-person instruction

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Messages from the Dean

Throughout the year, the Dean of the Yale School of Music sends important announcements and other communications to students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Yale community regarding events on and off campus, policy changes, calendar updates, and other critical news. Messages from the Dean's Office are archived here. 

Student Resources

Required testing spring 2021

All YSM students who are studying in person are required to receive weekly COVID-19 tests starting the week of Feb. 1. 

  • Each week, you will need to schedule a test. 
  • You may test on any day of the week, but it's best to test on the same day every week. Test sites are open daily.
  • At eight days without a test, you'll get a reminder text; the YSM H&S leader will also be notified. At 10 days without a test, your ID access to campus will be revoked; if you live on campus, you'll only have access to your residence hall. ID access is restored twice per day. If you test in the morning, your access will be restored around 2 p.m. If you test in the afternoon, it will be restored the next day around 9 a.m.

YSM students can also schedule a second voluntary test every week.

Mandatory daily health check

Complete the health check survey daily before you go to campus or leave your on-campus residence. We recommend that you set a reminder alarm on your phone.

There are three options for performing your Daily Health Check:

  1. If you have web access click here
  2. If you do not have web access, please inform your Health and Safety leader directly at (203) 432-4159.
  3. Printable Daily Health Check form


If you have any of these symptoms (see below) you must:

  • Stay home and call your dean, departmental designee, or supervisor to let them know you will be staying home.
  • Call your primary care provider, Yale Employee Health at (203)-432-7978, Student Health at (203)-432-0312 or the Campus Covid Resource Line at (203)-432-6604.
  • Clinical staff will provide you with clinical guidance and direction depending on your symptoms.
  • Do not return to campus or leave your on-campus residence until you have clinical guidance to do so.
  • If you are not a member of Yale Health, contact Yale Employee Health (203)-432-7978 or Student Health at (203)-432-0312 if your primary care clinician advises you to self-isolate and remain at home.  It is important that we have this information..


  • Fever greater than 99.9F or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Mandatory training and Yale Community Compact

Please complete before returning to campus

All faculty, staff, and students returning to campus will be required to complete online training.

Travel guidelines

The university is strictly adhering to government regulations regarding travel. Read the full requirements here. This semester, if at any point you need to travel out of state for more than 24 hours, students must notify the YSM Health and Safety Leader (HSL) in advance.  Please remember that student travel outside New Haven county is permitted only for essential reasons this semester and the university discourages travel due to the higher risk it poses for the transmission of infection. Connecticut is continuing to experience an average daily rate for COVID-19 that places most of the state in red alert. At such time as the public health environment improves, the university may ease the travel restrictions for students.

  • Before traveling, you must notify the YSM HSL. 
  • The YSM HSL will indicate which H&S precautions you must take upon your return.
  • Prior to returning to in-person activity on campus, you may be required to quarantine for 10 days OR get two tests spaced five days apart (i.e. if your first test is Monday, your second test will be Friday) and self-quarantine until you receive a second negative test result. You may leave quarantine only for your tests and then return promptly to quarantine. Schedule a test. When you receive your second negative test result, please fill out this YSM form to have your campus access restored.

Protocols for facilities use


The school has removed 50% of furniture in all buildings and closed all shared kitchens and public spaces used as lounges for the foreseeable future. Occupancy limits will be posted in each room. Copy machines will be restricted to designated staff who will practice cleaning protocols after each use.


General use protocols for:

  • Ensemble and classrooms
    • 50% of all classroom chairs have been removed
    • Rooms will be set up based on social distancing maximums
    • Occupants may not move, remove, or add furniture to rooms. This includes music stands, chairs, benches, etc.
  • Practice rooms
    • See below
  • Faculty studios and office spaces
    • Students may use faculty studios (by permission only) for practice when not in use for lessons. This practice will require room reservations through ArtsVision in advance.
  • Bathrooms, stairwells, and elevators
    • All bathrooms have been designated as single person use at a time
    • Elevators have been marked for social distance numbers


Practice room reservations and policies


  • To enter a building, all COVID-19 safety compliance requirements must be met. 
  • Students affiliated with the Institute of Sacred Music may access YSM facilities in addition to rooms at the ISM. 
  • Most faculty studios in Hendrie Hall and Leigh Hall are available for lessons and practice. Studio coordinators will manage and schedule the use of those rooms. 
  • The Sprague Memorial Hall basement is available only for use of the octet suite (see below). 
  • Rooms must be reserved through ArtsVision (see below) in advance. No walk-ins, no exceptions. 

Practice room use 

  • Only one individual is allowed in each room during a practice session. 
  • You may remove your mask only once you are inside and alone in a practice room.  
  • Do not eat in the practice room. Only water is permitted.  
  • Please follow physical-distancing, mask-wearing, and safety guidelines when leaving the practice room to use a restroom or water-bottle refilling station.  
  • Failure to follow health and safety guidelines puts you and others at risk. Students who repeatedly fail to comply with these guidelines may have their practice-room privileges revoked.  
  • Cleaning instructions will be posted in each room.
  • Practice rooms will remain locked when not in use and empty, for at least one hour between reservations, to allow for air turnover.   

Practice room quotas

  • PIanists: four hours per day
  • All other students: three hours per day
  • Additional practice hours may be scheduled through the studio coordinators​​​​
  • Reservations may be made up to 48 hours in advance. 

Practice room reservations 

There is a new and improved format on ArtsVision for spring semester practice-room requests. Go to and log in using the “Yale NetID Log in” button. 

  • Using the menu, click on “Room Requests.” 
  • Select a date and use the “Rooms” drop-down menu to choose what kind of available rooms you’d like to see. 
  • Navigate to the desired room and time, and then click and drag to select the desired amount of time. 
  • Enter any event details and click “OK.” You do not need to include your name. 
  • Your reservation will now appear in the “—My Events—" filter on your calendar. 
  • To cancel a reservation, go to “Room Requests” and click on the event, then select “Cancel Event.” 
  • Contact Belinda Conrad or Rachel Glodo with any questions. 

Arrival and sign-in 

  • Students must sign in at the table in the student lounge in Hendrie Hall or the entryway of Leigh Hall. Please follow posted signage and maintain a distance of six feet between yourself and others at all times. 
  • Arrive five minutes before your scheduled reservation to sign in and gain access to your room. 
  • Students may be asked to wait for the next available practice-room monitor to unlock their reserved room. 

Departure and sign-out 

  • You must leave the room promptly at the end of your reservation and make your way to the check-in table to sign out. 

  • Students must sign out at the same table at which they signed in. Do not use other exits and do not leave the building without signing out. 
  • Students who leave the building before the end of their reservation but plan to return must alert a monitor. 


Classrooms and studios 

You may request a classroom or studio for practice, rehearsal, or recording via your studio coordinator. If you do not have a studio coordinator, please contact Tara Deming directly. 


Collaborative piano 

  • Rehearsals with collaborative pianists are scheduled in ArtsVision by the pianist. 
  • Rehearsals must be scheduled at least three days in advance. 
  • Additional details about collaborative piano policies are available in the Student Resources tab of ArtsVision. 


Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols

University Facilities will be providing daily cleaning and disinfecting of common spaces including classrooms, breakrooms, bathrooms, lounges, and gathering areas. This also includes common touch points such as doorknobs/handles, railings, elevators, and tables/chairs. The areas will be wiped down twice daily. 

Technology updates

The school has improved the quality of sound for music lessons online through new programming and other techniques. The school has equipped faculty studios with high-quality microphones and computers with ethernet connections for improved remote instruction. 

At this time, the Technology Committee recommends the use of Zoom's High Fidelity Music Mode with a reliable Ethernet connection, wired headphones, and an external microphone. 

Instructional videos on all aspects of online instruction can be found in the online Canvas orientation.


Wired suites 

There are multiple wired suites throughout the school. Vocalists and ISM affiliates should contact their department coordinators for information. String players should expect to collaborate in classrooms unless working with an unmasked colleague. Wind and brass players may access the wired suites as follows. 


Octet suite 

The octet suite in the basement of Sprague Memorial Hall allows up to eight players to perform synchronously with microphones, video monitors, and headphones. There will be no noticeable latency in the suite, which will be equipped with Zoom and recording capabilities. 

  • The octet suite is only for wind and brass players. 
  • Chamber music and Yale Philharmonia rehearsals will be scheduled in the suite. 
  • Additional rehearsals may be requested through Matthew Matheny within 72 hours (three days) of the open date. You may view availability on ArtsVision using the Zoom Calendar and choosing the “Octet Suite” filter. 
  • A key is required to access your assigned room in the suite. 
  • Sign in with the Leigh Hall monitor to check out your key. 
  • Keys must be returned to the Leigh Hall monitor promptly after your scheduled room use. 


Trio and duo suites 

There are two suites on the first and third floors of Hendrie Hall that allow collaborations between two or three people. 

  • Use of the suites is scheduled by the collaborative pianists and for chamber music and Yale Philharmonia. 
  • Time in the suite that is unclaimed by chamber musicians, the Yale Philharmonia, or collaborative pianists may be requested through your studio coordinator within 72 hours (three days) of the open date. You may view availability on ArtsVision using the Zoom calendar and choosing the corresponding filter. 


Technology recommendations for remote learning and instruction


  • A computer (Mac or Windows) less than 5 years old
    • 4 GB RAM
  • Mac: MacOS 10.9 or later 
    • Note: Yale’s AnyConnect VPN requires macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later. If you require the use of the VPN, you must first update your OS. We recommend upgrading to High Sierra instead of CatalinamacOS High Sierra Download - Apple WebsiteIf you are using any specialized software (music notation, video editing, DAW etc.), be sure to check your version’s compatibility with High Sierra.
  • Windows: Windows 7 or later
  • Many companies offer special pricing and payment plans for computer purchases around the start of the school year.


External USB-compatible microphone or interface



  • Either built-in (part of your computer) or external (connected by USB)


Ethernet internet connection 

  • A hard-wired internet connection using an ethernet cable
  • Minimum speed: 10Mbps Download, 10Mbps Upload (you can test your speed here)
  • Many internet providers offer student rates and special offers for beginning service


Headphones or earbuds

  • Wired is best, but Bluetooth is acceptable

Degree recitals

In-person degree recitals

Degree-recital-date requests are due Feb. 15. Students studying in person who do not request a recital date will be assigned one. Use the Book Your Recital form on ArtsVision to submit your date request. Contact Tara Deming with questions.

If you plan to perform with a pianist, contact Collaborative Piano Coordinator Minji Nam by Feb. 21 to make the request. Details about the services provided by YSM Collaborative Pianists can be found on ArtsVision.

As soon as the details of your recital are determined, submit the Recital Program Form found on ArtsVision so a PDF program can be created for you. The form is due two weeks before your recital.

Recitals scheduled in YSM facilities will be streamed to the school's website.


Remote degree recitals

Scheduling and requirements are administered by your major teacher. Once the details are determined, fill out the Recital Program Form found on ArtsVision so a PDF program can be created for you. The deadline to submit the form is two weeks before your recital. After the recital, you must provide a program and recording to the Office of Student Services for your academic record. Please refer to the Feb. 10 email from Belinda Conrad for additional details.

Remote degree recitals will not be streamed to the school's website.

Short-term absences

Students may request up to 10 days of absence for personal or professional commitments each academic year. During the spring 2021 semester, absences may result from a lapse in COVID-19 safety compliance. Absences are counted each day during which you miss an in-person commitment such as Yale Philharmonia or chamber music. Any absence that results from a student's actions will be counted; if an absence is due to a delay in test results or other administrative error, the absence will not be counted. Short-term absences may be requested using the form found on ArtsVision, due 30 days prior to the anticipated absence. The Office of the Deputy Dean manages all approved and unapproved absences.

Collaborative piano policy


For the full collaborative piano policy, please download the full PDF. Below you will find pertinent excerpts as it relates to requests, scheduling, and recordings.


Requests for pianists

Because the number of collaborative pianists is limited, it is important to make arrangements as early as possible and to limit the amount of time each collaborative pianist spends on individual events. All requests for pianists should be sent to the collaborative piano coordinator. In your request, include the date and time of the event, and the repertoire, and be prepared to provide the score(s) as soon as possible. For the 2020-2021 academic year, please leave the music in the piano coordinator’s mailbox, and send it via email as a PDF.

Requests for pianists must be received by the following deadlines:

  • Lesson, studio seminar, or master-class, playing standard repertoire: seven days in advance
  • Lesson, studio seminar, or master class, playing non-standard repertoire: two weeks in advance
  • Fall semester degree recitals: seven weeks in advance
  • Spring semester degree and non-degree recitals: seven weeks in advance or Feb. 21, 2021, whichever is earlier. Repertoire must be included.
    • Informal recitals: not approved for spring 2021
  • Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition (will not occur in 2021): three weeks in advance of department preliminary round

Repertoire for recitals in which an assigned pianist is playing must be provided as soon as possible and must be finalized at least four weeks in advance. Requests received after the deadline will be considered but might not be granted.

Collaborative piano fellow duties (maximum) are:

  • One hour of rehearsal per lesson, studio seminar, or master class
  • Four to five hours of additional rehearsal per recital, as needed
  • One dress rehearsal



Room reservations are always made by the collaborative pianist and will appear in your ArtsVision calendar. Rehearsals must be scheduled at least three days in advance. Collaborative pianists have no obligation to schedule any rehearsal with less than three days’ notice. Two masked individuals (the pianist and one instrumentalist) may meet in the same room. In this situation, masks must be worn at all times and physical distancing of at least six feet must be maintained. Unmasked performers may collaborate via wired rooms, which allow an instrumentalist and a pianist to play in separate rooms in real-time and with low latency.



Additional spaces for collaboration and recording are currently being configured. Collaborative pianists are not obligated to participate in recording sessions. However, if you request a collaborative pianist at least one month in advance of your recording date, the coordinator will try to fulfill that request. Such requests for collaborative pianists for audio or video recordings or off-campus competitions will be treated as private engagements and will be paid for by the student. You may contact the individual collaborative pianists for their rates.

International students

If you intend to accept an off-campus job for performance and/or teaching in the U.S. as required by your degree program, your visa status must be activated and you must receive a Curricular Practical Training authorization before your performance/teaching work starts.

As of now, returning international students with valid student visas are approved to reside in New Haven and enroll at YSM for the 2020-2021 academic year. New students, in order to receive a student visa, must primarily enroll in in-person instruction once they arrive at YSM. For those international students yet to secure a student visa, please make an appointment at the U.S. embassy and let us know where you are at in the process.

All OISS advising and programming will take place online. Please contact the School of Music OISS adviser’s Kira Bellucci or make an appointment online to discuss your needs.

Additionally, Yale's Health & Safety Guidelines are requiring all students and scholars arriving from outside of the United States or coming from states with high prevalence of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days in accordance with the CDC and prevailing public health guidance and as required by the State of Connecticut. Note that those arriving from international locations are not required to quarantine once they have received a negative test result.


FAQs for current students

FAQs for newly admitted students

Contact tracing and isolation


Students who test positive through the university testing program will be referred for contact tracing and will be required to isolate until released by Yale Health. Medical monitoring and advice will be provided by Yale Health during isolation.

Yale will strive to provide on-campus isolation housing free of charge to any enrolled student (undergraduate, graduate or professional) in the event that they receive a positive COVID test.  

  • Isolation rooms are located on Old Campus in Bingham and Welch Halls.  
  • A reassignment to isolation housing is mandatory for students who test positive and who are living in dense, on-campus housing, namely undergraduates living in the residential colleges and on Old Campus as well as residents of Helen Hadley and Harkness Halls.  
  • All other students living on or off campus who test positive must isolate in their own housing or may request to move to on-campus isolation housing.  
  • On-campus isolation rooms are available only for those who test positive; individuals identified by the contact tracing team as close contacts of isolated students are required to quarantine in their own residences. 
  • If the University reaches 50% of capacity in the isolation rooms, students not residing in dense, on-campus housing who test positive may be asked to isolate in their own housing.

This testing program is intended to detect infection in asymptomatic individuals and does not replace Yale’s testing and care protocols for individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19. The university will continue to provide testing and care for symptomatic individuals through Yale Health. Additionally, while the required testing in the screening program is designed to protect the community from an outbreak, voluntary testing will also be available to asymptomatic individuals who have concerns that they may have been exposed to the virus.

Compliance with testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine is a component of the Community Compact, which reflects our strong and shared commitment to promote the health and safety of all community members. All members of our university community must also abide by other public health and safety measures designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 viral transmission on our campus and in the surrounding New Haven community. These include wearing a face covering, social distancing, and regular hand washing. Testing is not a substitute for these behavioral measures in containing the spread of the virus.

Risk mitigation principles

YSM is committed to providing facilities and personal protocols that mitigate risk of the spread of COVID-19. This does not mean that the buildings are 100% safe, however if the actions listed below are followed, the risk will remain manageable for in-person activities to take place. It will require mutual support and mutual sacrifice to keep the risk low.

These six mitigation techniques all taken together serve as the best effort we can make to ensure limited transmission of the virus. It is understood that some of these techniques won’t be possible in all circumstances, however it must be also understood that if one of them is absent, other techniques must be employed to bring risk mitigation to a manageable level.

  1. Masks must be worn at all times in all spaces throughout YSM facilities. It is understood that woodwind and brass players and singers will need to remove masks to perform. 
  2. Social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet is required in all rooms, corridors, rehearsal rooms, offices, and any other space. When masks cannot be worn (woodwind and brass playing and singing), social distancing should be at least 15 feet between individuals performing and teaching. Rooms have been reviewed to determine where activities can safely take place.
  3. The use of outside air either through HVAC systems or by the opening of windows.
  4. An hour gap between uses of each room (will be programmed into ArtsVision). Rooms will be locked after each use and all uses of rooms must be reserved in advance through ArtsVision. No exceptions.
  5. Frequent hand washing with soap or proper hand sanitizer for 20 seconds as often as feasible.
  6. Cleaning of surfaces after use of each room (protocol will be announced).

Masks, social distancing, and other preventative measures

Wearing a mask or face-covering and social distancing are among the most effective ways to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

Social distancing

All individuals on campus must maintain at least 6 feet of space from others when in public spaces.  

  • All courses with in-person instruction will be conducted with social distancing requirements in place that address both spatial and aerosolization considerations. Among these are private lessons, chamber music rehearsals, large ensembles, seminars, and classroom instruction. 


All individuals on campus must wear masks or face-coverings when in public spaces.

  • Masks or face-coverings and social distancing are not required when people are in their own residential college suite or apartment or alone in an office or practice room.
  • Masks or face-coverings are not necessary when people are eating or exercising outdoors while maintaining at least 6 feet of space from others.

Each member of the YSM community has been provided with 3 free cloth face coverings (two ply cotton). These masks were evaluated by Industrial Hygienists in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Among the face coverings on the market, EHS found these face coverings to be comfortable, and that they provide good filtration, source control, and coverage for most people. Alternatively, students are welcome to purchase face coverings that fit best them. Please note that masks with exhalation valves are not permitted. For images of acceptable and unacceptable face masks, please visit

Performance activities outside of Yale

Until conditions improve, we are asking all YSM students and faculty to abide by the following performance-related precautions:

After engaging in any of the following activities outside Yale, whether out-of-state or anywhere in Connecticut, you are asked to 
quarantine and test as a safety precaution. 
However, please note that fully-vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine and test after engaging in these activities.

  • In-person teaching at another institution
  • Performances with an in-person audience (or religious services with an in-person congregation and/or in-person choir)
  • Rehearsals, recordings, or performances with a large ensemble

The following activities do not require quarantine or additional testing:

  • Masked rehearsals with your primary chamber ensemble (for example, a quartet)
  • Masked recordings and performances (without a live audience) with the same primary chamber ensemble

Public performances and campus visitors

The School of Music will not present public performances during the fall semester. Some performance activity may be streamed online. Degree recitals will take place either remotely or on-campus and will be scheduled through the School’s Operations ManagerAny performance activity will take place without an audience.

No YSM student activities will be held in person on campus. Group gatherings should be hosted virtually when possible. All in-person gatherings must adhere to CDC and Connecticut safety regulations – wearing masks and ensuring physical distancing of not less than six feet. More guidelines for University Events and Group Gatherings may be found here:  

Visitors will not be are not permitted on campus, and may not enter YSM buildings

Health and wellness

If you experience fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, stay home and contact a healthcare provider for guidance—do not go to a health care facility before you have called your health care provider or a hospital emergency room for instructions. 

  • If you are a Yale student or Yale Health member, you should contact Internal Medicine (203-432-0038), Student Health (203-432-0312), or Pediatrics (203-432-0206). For nights and weekends, please call Yale Health Acute Care (203-432-0123).
  • If you are an Aetna member or have other healthcare coverage, please contact your physician.
  • All members of the Yale community may also contact the Campus COVID Resource Line (203-432-6604).
  • Avoid contact with others to limit spread. 
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands. Wash your hands with soap and water after coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose. (See CDC handwashing video.) Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Wear a face mask or face covering to minimize the risk of spread of infection.
  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 at any time, please call the Campus COVID Resource Line (203-432-6604), so we can initiate contact tracing and other infection control measures.

Faculty and Staff Resources

Faculty and staff should reference the student resources information above. Below is additional information pertinent to the return of faculty and staff to campus.

Statement of Expectations for faculty and staff

All faculty and staff are asked to read and adhere to the university’s Statement of Expectations, which has been updated for the spring semester

COVID-19 testing for faculty and staff

Before returning to campus

All faculty and staff who remained in Connecticut over the break are strongly encouraged to receive one screening test prior to in-person activity on campus. If you spent more than 24 hours outside of Connecticut in any state or country (or any length of time if close contact with any individual from outside of Connecticut was involved), and you intend to be on campus within two weeks of your return, you must complete the protocols described in Out-of-state travel below. 



During the semester, please note that faculty and staff can receive up to two tests per week through the Yale screening program.

Guidance about Yale’s contact tracing program

Guidance for what to do while isolating: Fact Sheet for Faculty and Staff

Mandatory training

Spring COVID-19 training

The training program for faculty, staff, and trainees has been updated for spring 2021. Everyone authorized to be on campus — even those who have taken the training previously — must take the new Return to Yale Campus Training.

We also encourage everyone to review regularly the full list of health guidelines. Refer to Yale’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines in preparation for return to campus.


Mandatory Daily Health Check

You must complete the Daily Health Check every day that you will be on campus. Make it part of your morning routine and set a reminder on your phone. 

If you have any of these symptoms (see below) you must:

  • Stay home and call your dean, departmental designee, or supervisor to let them know you will be staying home.
  • Call your primary care provider, Yale Employee Health at (203)-432-7978, Student Health at (203)-432-0312 or the Campus Covid Resource Line at (203)-432-6604.
  • Clinical staff will provide you with clinical guidance and direction depending on your symptoms.
  • Do not return to campus or leave your on-campus residence until you have clinical guidance to do so.
  • If you are not a member of Yale Health, contact Yale Employee Health (203)-432-7978 or Student Health at (203)-432-0312 if your primary care clinician advises you to self-isolate and remain at home.  It is important that we have this information..


  • Fever greater than 99.9F or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Out-of-state faculty

The university is now allowing fully-vaccinated out-of-state faculty to return to in-person teaching, effective immediately.

Out-of-state faculty, to return to in-person teaching, must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit your COVID-19 vaccination record to the university. Once the university notifies YSM that it has verified your vaccination, YSM staff will be in touch with you to finalize the details of your return.
  2. Complete the Spring 2021 COVID-19 training if you have not done so already. Please note that you need to complete the spring training even if you have already completed the fall training.
  3. Complete the Daily Health Check every day that you will be on campus.

Individuals are considered fully-vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Please note that fully-vaccinated individuals must continue to abide by all current state, university, and YSM health and safety protocols, including mask wearing, physical distancing, the daily health check, and any required testing. Additionally, the university’s travel guidelines and the YSM guidelines for performance activity outside Yale still apply to all members of the YSM community; please review these policies carefully, as they have recently changed for fully-vaccinated individuals.

Workplace guidance

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Yale University has developed protocols for the phased return to campus that are consistent with federal, state, and local public health guidance. Employees with specific questions should consult with their managers or the Employee Service Center at 203-432-5552. Managers are strongly encouraged to contact their HR Generalist to consult on their workforce planning, as there may be contractual and policy implications.

For workplace guidance, as well as a list of resources available to support staff who are managing work and family responsibilities through the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit

COVID-19 Workplace Guidance: Includes resources for childcare, wellness, eldercare, disabilities, and more.
What to Expect When You Are Approved to Return to Work On Campus

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