COVID-19 Update 2020-2021

Information for students, faculty, and staff as we plan to return to campus

The below information is current as of November 19, 2020. 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 yalemusic.info@yale.edu.

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 fall 2020 semester, the school aims to successfully provide students with the ability to matriculate and complete requirements towards graduation with the fall semester coursework.

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

Continuation of study for spring semester

Performance experiences enhanced through technology

In response to the experiences of the community during the performance block, Associate Dean Michael Yaffe and the technology committee will convene the faculty, staff, and students of each performance area to address these issues immediately and to identify ways to bolster the experience of these disadvantaged groups in particular.

Performance opportunities are of utmost importance, and we will consult with peer institutions on successes they have had in this particular area.

Remote-study option

As in the fall semester, students may elect to complete the spring semester remotely by petitioning Deputy Dean Melvin Chen. It is important to note that stipends will be disbursed to all students who have a U.S. bank account. You may apply for remote study for spring 2021 via this online form. Applications are due Dec. 1, 2020.

Advances in technology

We are prepared to invest in technology to make possible a more robust experience for both remote and in-person activities. 

For example, we will create an eight-room suite with Zoom and recording capability for chamber music, orchestral rep classes, and studio classes. In opera, we will be working closely with faculty and staff to provide additional recording opportunities and linked rooms. Further, in choral conducting and the early-music voice program, Institute of Sacred Music staff and faculty are working to determine how technology can enhance spring semester curricular offerings. 

After Thanksgiving, we will be able to re-convene with the university’s Environmental Health and Safety office to review our current situation, meet with colleagues around the country about their in-person activities, and address what we can with health and safety a priority.

We will implement new technologies by Feb. 1, 2021. The possibilities of additional in-person activities will take longer to determine and will most definitely be influenced by conditions in the school and in New Haven.

During this same time, we will survey faculty and students to identify weaknesses in remote instruction and work to remedy these as best we can before the start of the spring semester.

 

Leaves for spring

These are the parameters and procedures associated with requesting a leave of absence, which students should carefully consider as decisions are being made about the spring semester:

  1. Considering the particular needs of students and programs in more adversely affected areas as outlined above (brass, woodwinds, voice, choral conducting), the deputy dean may consult with area coordinators and studio faculty to better inform evaluation of those requests.
  2. All leaves for the spring 2021 semester must be requested by Dec. 1, 2020—submitted via this online form – with a short explanation for the reason for the leave request.
  3. Other exceptional leave requests will be considered as usual.
  4. Importantly, so that you may make an informed decision about the spring semester, it is critical that you consider the fact that while on leave, you are not an enrolled student. As per university regulations, this means that you will not have access to:
    –health insurance
    –stipends and fellowship funds
    –YSM facilities and resources, both in-person and online
    –university facilities and libraries
    –lessons and seminars
    –classes
    –school-wide special events
    –employment in any capacity at YSM
    –career counseling
    –Student Relief Fund and the Belding Fund
    –visas: if you are an international student, you cannot be in the United States on a student visa if you are on leave since you are not enrolled.
  1. The deputy dean brings forward recommendations for leave requests to the dean for final approval.
  2. Students will be notified about their requests for leaves no later than Dec. 11, 2020.

 

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Return to Campus Fall 2020

The school will employ dual delivery of courses with an online block of academic courses (September 8-October 13) followed by a residential block of performance courses (October 14-November 25). Private lessons and studio seminars will be taught throughout the semester both in-person and remotely, depending on the decision of each faculty member.

 

  1. Academic Block

Students returning to campus for the academic block should schedule their return date in adherence to any state restrictions put in place by the state of Connecticut or international travel restrictions and quarantines. Please provide your projected return to campus date to yalemusic.info@yale.edu if you have not done so already. We recommend you continue to monitor restrictions prior to the start of the semester as guidance may change. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Connecticut, please visit https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus.

Students may choose to remain off campus during the academic block for lessons and studio classes if agreed upon by student and major teacher in advance.

 

  1. Performance Block

All students are expected to be present in person for the performance block. Students needing to discuss their options should contact Deputy Dean Melvin Chen as soon as possible.

All students must arrive on campus by September 30 prior to the performance block to abide by a 14-day quarantine due to any state restrictions put in place by the state of Connecticut or international travel restrictions, as well as completing COVID-19 on-arrival testing.

The performance block is planned for in-person performance activities with risk mitigation protocols in place for all YSM facilities. If pandemic conditions cause a revision of this block, the faculty will work to provide online instruction for the required activities during this part of the semester.

 

  1. Continuation of Academic Block and Exams

Following the Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, the academic block resumes online, along with remote private lessons and studio seminars. Students will take remainder of academic classes online during this final block (November 26-December 9) and encouraged to do so from home. Some private lessons may take place on campus provided mutual consent between major teacher and student.

Final academic projects, lessons, seminars, and exams will conclude December 9-15. Please refer to the YSM 2020-2021 academic calendar for full dates and deadlines.

Fellowships will be disbursed to students’ banner accounts upon their arrival to campus.

The school will support undergraduate lessons for credit. These will be held online with no practice facilities available for use. For more information on this program, visit https://music.yale.edu/music-lessons-program or contact kyung.yu@yale.edu, director of undergraduate lessons program.

Thanksgiving Break

Test before you travel

If you will be traveling over Thanksgiving, please obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to leaving New Haven to protect the health of friends, loved ones, and destination communities. Please allow enough time to receive the results before you travel. To accommodate demand, the university will increase available testing capacity for the week leading up to the holiday. Students residing on campus should remain on their regular testing schedules during that time. Other members of the campus community may schedule tests through the Yale COVID-19 Screening Program and should allow enough time to receive the results before they travel. | Schedule

If you intend to use YSM buildings after Thanksgiving break, we strongly discourage you from traveling over Thanksgiving or attending any gatherings. These are high-risk activities that significantly increase the probability of becoming infected and transmitting illness. All access to YSM buildings will be removed on the evening of Wed, Nov. 25. After Thanksgiving, in-person participation in activities is optional—you are not required to be on campus in December. Students, faculty, and staff who intend to use YSM facilities between Nov. 28 and Dec. 18 must submit a form (available on ArtsVision) requesting to have their access restored.

 

If you will be staying in New Haven during Thanksgiving break and would like to return to campus in December:

  • You must submit the form by 10 a.m. on Mon, Nov. 23, or you will be subject to the additional precautions described in the section below.
  • During the break, you agree to remain in New Haven County, and you agree to refrain from attending any gatherings of more than 10 people. At any gathering, masks must be worn at all times unless outdoors; physical distancing of at least six feet must always be maintained. 
  • You will have access to YSM facilities starting on Saturday, Nov. 28.
  • We strongly encourage you to take voluntary COVID-19 screening tests on Monday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 4.

 

If you plan to travel outside of New Haven County during Thanksgiving:

  • Please make every effort to submit the form by 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 23.
  • You must have received a negative COVID-19 test result in the 72 hours prior to leaving Yale.
  • Upon your return to New Haven, you must self-quarantine and take two COVID-19 screening tests (on Monday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 4).
  • After receiving two negative results, you may leave self-quarantine, and you will be allowed to use YSM facilities.

 

Testing availability during Thanksgiving week

All asymptomatic test sites will be closed beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 25, through Thanksgiving Day. Sites will reopen on Friday and Saturday.

 

Please note that the University may change these protocols at any time in response to the public health situation.

International Students

OISS Virtual Orientation and Immigration Check-in

Friday, Sept. 11 | 9 a.m. EDT

New international students are required to complete the immigration check-in with OISS to activate your visa status and attend one orientation session. Returning YSM students (starting a new Yale degree) must also complete the immigration check-in with OISS, but attendance at the orientation session is optional. The immigration check-in can be completed only after your arrival in the U.S. and must be completed by your I-20 program start date. To complete your immigration check-in, please log in to connect.oiss.yale.edu. Here you may upload your immigration documents in your Passport to Yale. Second, update your address on Yale SIS following these instructions

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 Mihwa Lee 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

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.

Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing

To use YSM buildings and register for classes, you must complete any required quarantine, receive a negative result on a gateway covid-19 test, sign the Compact, and complete the online training.

At this time, students from affected U.S. states must quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival to Connecticut; even if you receive a negative result on your gateway test, testing out of the state-mandated self-quarantine is not permitted. Failure to abide by this quarantine could result in a $1000 fine from the State.  We recommend you continue to monitor state restrictions prior to the start of the semester as guidance will continue to change; the state has been updating the list of restricted states on Tuesdays at noon.  For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Connecticut, please visit https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus.

All international students must quarantine in their residences until they receive a negative test result; once you receive a negative test result, you no longer need to remain in self-quarantine.

 

Viral testing for graduate and professional students

The testing policies described here are based on information about the spread of COVID-19, emerging public health and scientific findings, and guidance from government officials. Testing includes both pre-arrival and at-arrival testing, as well as ongoing screening of asymptomatic individuals during the semester.

The frequency of required testing in this program reflects an analysis of testing protocols that would be most likely to limit the rapid spread of the infection. The program uses an observed, self-administered swab in the front of the nostrils to collect a specimen, which is sent for viral (PCR) testing, the current preferred method for detecting viral infection.

Prior to arrival to campus (New Haven)

  • The university’s pre-arrival testing requirements, which follow, apply to all graduate and professional students. 
  • All graduate and professional students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to have a viral (PCR) test before arriving on campus.
  • The university will reimburse the cost of the pre-arrival viral (PCR) test up to $120; to obtain reimbursement, YSM students should email receipts to Patty Torello, the YSM business manager. Students will then be provided with a voucher to bring to the Treasury at 2 Whitney Avenue to collect their cash reimbursement, Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • If the pre-arrival test is positive, the student should seek medical advice and isolate in their “home” location for at least 10 days and at least 24 hours following resolution of a fever, if present. Students with a positive test should not travel to New Haven but should begin their studies remotely. 

Upon arrival to campus (New Haven)

  • All students arriving on campus or already on campus must have a viral (PCR) test prior to the start of the fall semester. Please schedule your on-arrival test through the Yale COVID-19 Screening Program. Testing appointments are currently available. If you are already on-campus or in the New Haven area, you are encouraged to schedule now.
  • Students who have remained in the CT area and were tested before July 13, 2020 in accordance with the university research reopening, must have a repeat test within 14 days of the start of the fall semester.
  • All students must quarantine in their residences until a negative arrival test result is received.
  • Travel advisory restrictions: Anyone arriving from a state covered by the State of CT Travel Advisory is required to register and to quarantine for 14 days in their dormitory or other Connecticut residence. You may leave quarantine for testing. Note that those arriving from international locations are not required to quarantine once they have received a negative test result.
  • Failure to abide by this quarantine could result in a $1000 fine from the State.

Ongoing screening

  • Students in high-density dormitory housing (Helen Hadley Hall and Harkness Hall) are required to be tested twice per week throughout the semester.  
  • Students who do not live in high-density dormitory housing are not required to be retested but are strongly encouraged to obtain additional testing on a voluntary basis through the Yale COVID-19 Screening Program, up to one time per week, especially if they have concerns about exposure.
  • Students who have questions about the advisability and frequency of additional asymptomatic testing may call the COVID Campus Resource Line, which is staffed by health care professionals, at 203-432-6604.

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.

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..

Symptoms:

  • 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

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. 

Masks

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 https://ehs.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/face-masks-coverings.pdf

Public Performances, Campus Visitors, and Travel

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: https://covid19.yale.edu/.  

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

To do our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19, travel outside of Connecticut through the fall semester is strongly discouraged. Any YSM student who must travel outside Connecticut this semester is required to notify the Health and Safety Leader by submitting the Travel Notification form (available in the Student Services section of the Student Resources tab on ArtsVision). More information on travel guidance may be found here: https://covid19.yale.edu/.

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

Availability and reservations

  • Practice rooms in Hendrie Hall will be available for individual use beginning Sept. 1. Students affiliated with the Institute of Sacred music will not have access to YSM facilities and should instead use rooms at the ISM.
  • Practice rooms in Sprague Memorial Hall and at 320 Temple St. are closed for the fall term.  
  • Rooms must be reserved through ArtsVision (see below) in advance. No walk-ins, no exceptions.  
  • Each YSM student may reserve one, three-hour block of practice per day. Reservations may be made up to 48 hours in advance, beginning Aug. 30.  
  • Practice rooms will remain locked when not in use and empty, for at least one hour between reservations, to allow for air turnover.  

Room use 

  • Only one individual is allowed in each room.   
  • 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.  

Arrival and sign-in 

  • Students must sign-in at the table in the student lounge in Hendrie Hall. Please follow the 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 

  • Please leave the practice room promptly at the end of your practice session and make your way to the table in the student lounge in Hendrie Hall to sign out.  
  • Students must sign out at the same table at which they signed in. Do not use other exits, do not leave the building without signing out.  
  • Students who leave Hendrie Hall before the end of their three-hour reservation and plan to return should alert a practice-room monitor.  

Reserving a practice room in ArtsVision

  • Go to music.yale.edu/artsvision 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. 
  • Select “Click to Reserve” the slot of your choice. 
  • Read the guidelines and select “I Agree—Confirm Reservation.”
  • Your reservation will now appear in the “—My Events—" filter on your calendar.
  • To cancel a reservation, select “Click to Release” and confirm your cancelation.

 

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 Recommendations and Improvement

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 connection 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.

 

Technology recommendations for remote learning and instruction

Computer

  • 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

 

Webcam

  • 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

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 expected to abide by the Statement of Expectations.

COVID-19 Testing for Faculty and Staff

All faculty and student-facing staff who will be on campus during the fall term will be required to have a test for COVID-19 at the start of the semester.

On-campus staff who do not interact with students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to have a test for COVID-19 at the start of the semester through the program. Faculty and staff working on campusmay seek free additional testing up to once a week through Yale’s COVID-19 Screening Program. A limited number of faculty and staff who have daily contact with students residing in dormitories may be required to be tested for COVID-19 every week.

Faculty and staff who test positive will be asked to self-isolate at home for at least 14 days and until a health care provider informs them it is safe to return to campus. 

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

Guidance about Yale’s contact tracing program: https://covid19.yale.edu/yale-covid-19-contact-tracing-program

Mandatory Training

 

Faculty and staff returning to campus must complete COVID-19 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

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..

Symptoms:

  • 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

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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