Brooklyn Conservatory of Music COVID-19 Policy for 2021-2022

At this time, BKCM will continue to keep our mask requirement in place for the building through the summer semester. We will reevaluate whether we will continue to keep our mask policy in place in the fall for the 2022-2023 academic year. 
In recognition of the improving public health environment and the movement towards a loosening of pandemic restriction, BKCM plans to institute some changes to our health policies, effective immediately:
  1. Temperature checks will no longer be required upon entry
  2. Contact tracing / Sign in sheets will no longer be required upon entry
  3. For all vaccinated individuals, Covid testing is no longer required for first time entry to the building or upon return from vacations / school breaks. Please note that proof of vaccination will continue to be required for all eligible people (ages 5+) who enter the building.
  4. CMS and Music Therapy parents will now be permitted in the building to pick up and drop off their students, and to speak with teachers briefly at the start and end of lessons. Proof of vaccine will be required for entry.
Please be advised, waiting areas such as landings and the Conservatory lobby are still restricted in an effort to keep our space clear and our capacity low. With that in mind, please make every effort to limit time speaking to teachers/therapists to approximately five minutes or less.
Our garden has Wifi, is heated and is open to the public. We hope you’ll enjoy waiting in that space, especially when spring comes and the Conservatory cherry trees are in bloom.
Vaccine policy: BKCM requires proof of vaccination against Covid-19 for all who are eligible (ages 5 and up) for entry to the building.
Please be reminded that our vaccine policy for students ages 5 and up (announced on November 19th) went into effect January 31, 2022. 5 – 11 year olds are required to be fully vaccinated (2 Pfizer doses) by January 31, 2022. Students turning 5 will have three (3) months from their birthday to be vaccinated without additional testing requirements.

Vaccine records may be emailed to healthandsafety@bkcm.org, or shown to the Safety Monitors at the front door.

Testing exception: Eligible students in the 5 – 11 year old age group who are not fully vaccinated by January 31st will be required to submit weekly rapid tests from a certified testing site within 24 hours of their lesson or class (students who attend multiple lessons or classes per week only need to submit one test per week).

Medical exemptions will be permitted.

As of July 1, 2022 all who are eligible will be required to be vaccinated in order to be admitted to the building. As of July 1, 2022 there will no longer be a testing exception.

All test info can be emailed to healthandsafety@bkcm.org or shown to one of our Safety Monitors upon entering the building for your first lesson or class.

The regimen of health protocols that we have had in place will continue into the new year, including:

  • Vaccination compliance by all entering building (5 and up)

  • Daily health screenings (temperature taking) / attestation

  • Mask wearing

  • Investment in air filtration, humidification and purifiers

  • Reduced building capacity

  • Outdoor waiting areas

Masks: Close fitting masks covering both the nose and mouth are required at all times in our building. BKCM strongly encourages the use of surgical masks with a nose wire, i.e. N95, KN95, or KN94 masks.

If you feel sick, go remote!: A reminder to all students, clients, faculty and staff not to come to the building if you are sick or experiencing any kind of symptoms. We will accommodate those who are feeling sick with remote lessons whenever possible!


For community members who test positive for COVID, we will continue to use CDC guidelines as the basis for our policies:

Per the CDC, for all individuals regardless of vaccination status:

“Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation for the public. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.”


IF you were exposed to someone with Covid-19, AND:

(1) You have been boosted


(2) You have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months


(3) You completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

THEN, you should:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days (though masks are always required at BKCM!)

  • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

IF you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, AND:

(1) You completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted


(2) You completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted


(3) You are unvaccinated

THEN, you should:

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days (though masks are always required at BKCM!)

  • Test on day 5 if possible.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

How do I submit my proof of vaccination/negative tests?

All vaccine records and negative PCR Covid-19 or rapid test results can be emailed to healthandsafety@bkcm.org. You can also present them to our building Safety Monitors on the first day of classes or lessons. We are only accepting rapid tests for aerosol instrumentalists; these results can also be emailed to healthandsafety@bkcm.org.

BKCM will accept all valid forms of vaccine confirmation including physical vaccine cards, copies/screen shots of vaccine cards (with ID if requested by our Safety Monitors), Excelsior pass, etc.

All medical records will remain strictly confidential.

Drop Off & Pick Up

Consistent with last year’s policy and until further notice, BKCM will not permit families or caretakers to wait inside our building. Family and community members should plan for drop off and pick up of their children. Aside from traffic coming and going to studios, we expect our landing areas, hallways, stairwells, and lobbies to be free of people.

Families and caretakers should plan to drop off all children five (5) years of age and older. Families will only be allowed to accompany children under five years old to their classrooms. BKCM Safety Monitors will be available to escort students to their studios. Additional accommodations will be permissible for extenuating circumstances or families with need pertaining to students and clients with disability and medical needs who are accompanied by family, caretakers, or aides.

*Suzuki families will be permitted to have parents/caretakers in lessons as is consistent with the Suzuki method and pedagogy.

Waiting Areas:

In connection with the reopening of our school in October 2020, BKCM acquired and transformed the adjacent vacant lot into a new community garden with tents, tables, chairs, lights, heating and WiFi. The space is open to the public. We encourage families and caretakers to make use of BKCM’s new community garden space as a waiting / gathering area during a child’s lesson or class.

The 2021-2022 school year began Sunday, September 12th. You can find a copy of our annual calendar here, or on our website. Please also be on the lookout for additional program specific information from our program directors and our faculty prior to the school year starting. While our health and safety policies are applicable across divisions, there may be some differences in operating plans depending on which division you are enrolled in. If you have questions that relate to your program, or your student / family’s unique circumstances, you are encouraged to reach out to myself or your Program Directors.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and care with our Covid-19 policies. As always, our team will continue to monitor the changing landscape surrounding Covid, and will keep our community updated on any additional guidance on anticipated changes. It will take everyone’s full participation to ensure that our community continues to remain healthy and safe from Covid-19.

We’re grateful for your commitment to music education and music therapy and we can’t wait to see you all in September. Keep practicing, and take care until then!

Yes, you CAN register for the 2022 – 2023 school year!

For information on enrollment and to sign up for a trial lesson, please call our registrars at (718) 622-3300.

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