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COVID Safety Plan

Last updated: November 17, 2020 4:30 pm EST. Please check this page often for updates.

 

Last Revision: October 28, 2020

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

A: Preparation of Facilities and Policies for Reopening

B: Repopulation of Facilities: Expectations of Employees and Students

C: Maintenance of Health and Safety Guidance

D: Density Management 

E: Illness Response and Containment 

F: Communications and Trainings

G: Suspension or Shutdown of On-Campus Activities

H: Noncompliance and Disciplinary Measures

Appendices:

I: COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for NYFA Physical Productions

II: COVID ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND PLEDGE TO FOLLOW SAFETY GUIDELINES (Student)

III: COVID ACKNOWLEDGMENT AGREEMENT (Employee)

IV: ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY (Visitor)

V: Daily COVID-19 Symptom Attestation Form

VI: Reasons for Denial of Campus Access

VII: NYFA Self-Quarantine and Self-Isolation Guidelines

 

Introduction

 

The purpose of the New York Film Academy COVID Safety Plan is to establish clear guidelines for behavior and operational procedures that best promote safety and mitigate risk of illness spread.

 

The NYFA COVID Safety Plan incorporates best practice guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Center for Infectious Disease and Research and Policy (CIDRAP), State and Local Public Health Departments, the American College Health Association (ACHA), state Departments of Education, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), and industry protocols for film production. The research and deliberation invested in creating this protocol is testament to NYFA’s deep and prevailing concern for the health and well-being of NYFA students, faculty and staff and its mission to align with national and global efforts to mitigate and suppress the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease.

 

Aligning with our mission to protect the health and safety of our community above all else, the New York Film Academy will only re-open or remain open for in-person instruction if permitted by local and state authorities for each campus, AND if the metrics for safe re-opening and remaining open, as determined by appropriate authorities, are met.

 

NYFA acknowledges that the measures outlined in this document minimize but do not eliminate the risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection.

This is a living document. Guidelines may be revised in response to emerging information about the novel coronavirus and consequent updates to public health department directives.

Please read the protocol detailed below. Full compliance by all employees and students in order to enter NYFA facilities to work and/or attend classes is expected; noncompliance with the following guidelines may be subject to disciplinary action.

 

  1. Preparation of Facilities and Policies for Reopening

    1. Students and Employees at risk or living with someone at risk of severe illness are to request accommodations. To request accommodations, vulnerable employees and students are to report their needs to the HR Director or Dean of Students, respectively, prior to reopening.

    2. Attendance policies and sick leave policies are liberalized and amended to foster compliance with health guidelines, respond to students and employees experiencing symptoms, awaiting COVID-19 RT-PCR diagnostic test results, undergoing recommended

      self-quarantine, and recovering from COVID-19 illness. Regarding students, however, NYFA is obligated to follow federal regulatory guidelines for attendance and withdrawal.

    3. Ample supplies of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and OSHA cleaning and disinfecting agents are purchased.

    4. Ample supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are purchased.

    5. Furniture in offices and classrooms is organized to ensure physical distancing prior to reopening.

    6. Protective screens are installed prior to reopening to protect employees in reception areas and employees exposed to frequent contact with visitors and the NYFA community.

    7. Restrooms, common areas, high touch surfaces, furniture (including upholstered) are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected according to OSHA and CDC guidelines.

    8. Use of restroom facilities adjusted to accommodate physical distancing guidelines.

    9. All High-touch surfaces (elevator buttons, hallway, classroom and bathroom door handles, faucets) are treated with Nanoseptic Sleeves prior to reopening.

    10. Shared/frequently used appliances such as: refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, tea kettles, etc. are removed or made unavailable for use.

    11. NYFA COVID Symptom Tracker App is designed and tested.

    12. Members of the NYFA COVID-19 Administration Team are identified and/or hired and trained to perform temperature scans, review data collected through the NYFA COVID Symptom Tracker App, perform contact tracing, comply with all privacy laws, respond to student and employee reports of symptoms, manage the operation of the Isolation Room, report COVID-19 positive test results to local public health departments, offer support and guidance to NYFA students and employees in

      self-quarantine and self-isolation, process and safely store student and employee COVID-19 RT-PCR diagnostic test results, respond to reports of noncompliance, and communicate observations and concerns to NYFA COVID-19 RESPONSE TASK FORCE members.

       

       

  2. Repopulation of Facilities: Expectations of Employees and Students

    1. All employees and students residing in the region of the host campus must practice strict physical distancing and all CDC recommended personal hygiene practices for the 14 days prior to entering campus. Employees and students are to adhere to best practices for minimizing transmission of the virus prior to entering campus and each and every day during this time of public health emergency.

    2. All employees and students arriving to campus from regions outside each campus location are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. For self-quarantine guidelines, see Appendix VII, Self-Quarantine and Self-Isolation Guidelines. Additional directives for quarantine may be required in the state of campus location.

       

    3. TESTING: All students and employees are required to be tested for COVID-19 and submit confirmation of negative results to covidteamla@nyfa.educovidteamny@nyfa.educovidteamsb@nyfa.edu prior to campus entry. Documentation of test results must indicate that a RT-PCR COVID-19 test was administered 2-6 days prior to the first day of campus entry and that the test result was negative. Information on where to access testing is detailed in the Self Quarantine and Self-Isolation Guidelines. If denied access to free COVID-19 testing and denied insurance coverage for COVID-19 testing, contact HR or the Campus Dean.

       

    4. TRAINING: All employees and students are required to view and complete the COVID-19 Health and Safety Training Video posted to Paycom and The Hub.

    5. All employees and students are required to sign agreements to strictly follow all NYFA directed safety protocols and acknowledge the potential risks posed by COVID-19. See Appendices II and III, COVID-19 Acknowledgement Agreement for Students and COVID-19 Acknowledgement Agreement for Employees, respectively.

    6. SYMPTOM TRACKING: Employees and students are required to report symptoms via the NYFA COVID Symptom Tracker App, for each of the 14 days prior to the first day of class and each day that they are scheduled to appear on campus.

    7. TEMPERATURE SCREENING: All individuals when entering any NYFA facility will be subjected to temperature screening, in compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Temperatures will be measured with touchless infrared thermometers by a Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator. Individuals with a temperature above 99.5 F will not be granted entry and directed to pursue RT-PCR diagnostic testing for COVID-19.

    8. WEARING MASKS: Only individuals wearing masks or cloth facial coverings are allowed entry. A supply of disposable coverings will be available for temporary replacement for individuals who forget to bring their own masks.

       

    9. Individuals experiencing any one of the following symptoms (unexplained or unrelated to known or diagnosed chronic and/or preexisting medical conditions) will be prohibited from entering the building and directed to visit a COVID-19 testing facility near home or campus for administration of a RT-PCR COVID-19 diagnostic test..

      1. Cough, Fever (above 99.5), Chills, Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing, Sore Throat, Fatigue, Headache, New Loss of Taste or Smell, Muscle or Body Aches,

        Congestion or Runny Nose, Diarrhea, Nausea or Vomiting

      2. Individuals with symptoms who have been tested for COVID-19 must stay home and wait to receive their COVID-19 RT-PCR COVID-19 diagnostic test results.

      3. Individuals who receive a positive test result will not be granted access to any NYFA facility until all of the following conditions are true: 1) Ten days have passed since the day symptoms first appeared (if asymptomatic, ten days have passed since day of diagnostic (RT-PCR) testing); 2) Individual has been fever free for 24 hours since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; 3) symptoms are significantly improved; and 4) the individual has not been exposed within the past 14 days to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

      4. Individuals who have had no exposure within the past 14 days to a person with confirmed COVID-19 and who receive a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR diagnostic test result can return to campus EITHER three days after the day they were tested if all symptoms are significantly improved OR one day after they were tested if all symptoms are fully resolved.

        1. i. If symptoms are not improved within 3 days or if new COVID-19 related symptoms have emerged, individuals are required to request a second RT-PCR COVID -19 diagnostic
          test to confirm the reliability of the first test administered. 

      5. Any individual who has had exposure within 14 days to a person with confirmed COVID-19 will not be permitted entry to campus until the 14 day quarantine period is ended.

    10. Individuals who are in sustained or regular contact with persons confirmed with COVID-19 are not allowed building entry.

    11. Employees and students who have recovered from suspected or test-confirmed COVID-19, will not be granted entry into the building unless all of conditions noted below are true:

      1. Ten days have passed since the first day symptoms first appeared.

      2. The individual has been fever free for 24 hours since last fever without the use of fever reducing medications.

      3. The individual is no longer experiencing symptoms, or all symptoms are SIGNIFICANTLY Improved.

      4. The individual meets all criteria above and the individual has not been exposed to a person with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

    12. PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Physical distancing (at least 6 ft) must be maintained in reception areas, lobbies, restrooms and all open areas in the facility.

    13. Classrooms are designed to maximize distancing. As in all spaces, individuals must wear appropriate facial coverings at all times.

    14. Individuals waiting to enter buildings, lobbies and elevators must stand 6 feet behind the person ahead and observe signage or markers.

    15. VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS: Individuals who have conditions/behaviors associated with severe disease (65 years and older, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, asthma, weakened immune system, cancer, lung disease, heart disease, renal failure) are strongly discouraged from entering any NYFA facility.

      1. Such students will be permitted to study with NYFA remotely, and NYFA will attempt to the best of our ability to provide lessons in the remote environment.

      2. Such employees will be accommodated if their work can be done remotely, and upon approval of their supervisor.

      3. Any vulnerable employees are encouraged to disclose their health and safety concerns to HR for telework options.

      4. Any vulnerable students are encouraged to disclose their health and safety concerns to the designated campus administrator to discuss options for online learning.

    16. INDIVIDUALS MEDICALLY UNABLE TO WEAR FACE MASKS: Students/Employees with specific medical conditions for whom wearing face masks may cause discomfort or concern, will be offered, upon request to the Dean of Students (students) or HR (employees), the opportunity to work/study remotely for the duration of the semester. Students/employees with medical conditions and/or disabilities wanting to work/learn on campus, but unable to wear a NYFA face mask or comparable 3 layer face covering, will be offered the opportunity to file a request for an ADA accommodation through the Accessibility Office (students) or HR (employees). Once medical documentation is submitted and the medical necessity for modification of the fack mask policy is substantiated, NYFA will provide the student/employee, at NYFA's expense, a silicone face mask inner support frame, designed to improve breathability when appropriate face coverings are worn. If this option is not acceptable to the student/employee, the student/employee may wear a comparable face covering of his/her/their own choosing, provided that the mask is reviewed and approved by the NYFA medical consultant.

    17. Employees and students are encouraged to avoid public transportation and travel to campus via alternative means (walking, cycling, driving in single occupancy cars).

       

       

       

  3. Maintenance of Health and Safety Guidance

    1. Guidelines for Safe Behavior:

      1. WEARING MASKS: Employees and students are required to wear NYFA masks or masks of comparable quality (3-layer cloth masks) for the duration of time spent on campus, except if and exactly when authorized by a NYFA staff or faculty member for a NYFA authorized purpose. NYFA will distribute to all students and employees one NYFA reusable mask with one set of PM2.5 replaceable filters. A supply of disposable coverings will be available for temporary replacement for individuals who forget to bring their masks. 

        1. Students/Employees with specific medical conditions for whom wearing face masks may cause discomfort or concern, will be offered, upon request to the Dean of Students (students) or HR (employees), the opportunity to work/study remotely for the duration of the semester.

        2. Students/employees with medical conditions and/or disabilities, wanting to not wear a NYFA mask or comparable 3 layer face covering and wanting to work/learn on campus, must request ADA accommodations through either the NYFA Accessibility Office (students) or HR (employees).

      2. Students/employees with medical conditions and/or disabilities, wanting to not wear a NYFA mask or comparable 3 layer face covering and wanting to work/learn on campus, must request ADA accommodations through either the NYFA Accessibility Office (students) or HR (employees).

        1. Elevators are to accommodate only 2 persons at a time. Masks must be worn in elevators, as in all spaces.

        2. Before entering the elevator, individuals are to give right of way to persons exiting the elevator. The person exiting the elevator and the person entering the elevator must be at least six feet apart at all times.

      3. PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Employees and students must maximize physical distancing as allowed by the spaces occupied.

      4. Elevators are to accommodate only 2 persons at a time. Masks must be worn in elevators, as in all spaces.

      5. Before entering the elevator, individuals are to give right of way to persons exiting the elevator. The person exiting the elevator and the person entering the elevator must be at least six feet apart at all times.

      6. FREQUENT HAND WASHING/SANITIZING:Employees and students must wash hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, and particularly after touching high-touch surfaces. Employees and students must use sanitizer available in dispensers placed throughout campus when access to soap and water is not readily available. Employees and students are strongly encouraged to carry their own travel supply of hand sanitizer to use when off-campus and on-campus, when accessing the dispensers on campus is not immediately possible. Do not use hand sanitizers containing methanol, per FDA Advisory

      7. Employees and students must sanitize or wash hands before and after use of any shared objects, such as computers, cameras, etc.

      8. OTHER ESSENTIAL HEALTH AND HYGIENE PRACTICES: Employees and students must be vigilant in practicing good personal hygiene on and off campus to safeguard their own health and safety. Beyond wearing masks, physical distancing and frequent hand washing/use of hand sanitizer, these practices include:

        1. avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

        2. cover coughs and sneezes with tissues (or sleeves) and throw tissues in covered, lined trash cans.

        3. avoid close contact with people who are sick.

        4. shower and wear clean clothes daily.

        5. wash reusable masks daily.

        6. do not share food and drink.

        7. do not share personal belongings such as water bottles, make up, make up applicators, cell phones, tablets, laptops.

        8. do not share paper, scripts and other written materials should be shared digitally.

        9. students and faculty are to maintain occupancy of one chair throughout the duration of class.

        10. employees and students must refrain from shaking hands or engaging in other close physical greetings with coworkers and peers.

        11. students and employees are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu during fall semester, per public health departments’ directives; the fewer people contracting the flu will prevent the overburden of hospitals and supply chains across the country. A combination of both viruses, or one after the other, may also negatively impact an individual’s health, respiratory health and overall ability to recover.

      9. SYMPTOMS PROTOCOL: Employees and students experiencing any of the symptoms below will be required to immediately leave campus, pursue RT-PCR diagnostic testing for COVID-19: (If the symptoms below are unexplained and/or not known to be related to a chronic or preexisting medical condition) and report symptoms and testing outcomes to the Campus COVID-19 Administrator. Employees and students leaving campus to request testing must self-isolate until test results are received.

        1. Fever (above 99.5)

        2. Cough

        3. Chills

        4. Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing

        5. Fatigue

        6. Muscle of Body Aches

        7. Headache

        8. New Loss of Taste or Smell

        9. Sore Throat

        10. Congestion or Runny Nose

        11. Diarrhea

        12. Nausea or Vomiting

      10. ENDING ISOLATION AFTER CONFIRMED COVID-19 (AS NOTED BY A POSITIVE RT-PCR COVID-19 DIAGNOSTIC TEST RESULT): Individuals who receive a positive diagnostic COVID-19 test result will not be granted reentry  to any NYFA facility until all of the following conditions are true: 1) Ten days have passed since the day symptoms first appeared; 2) Individual has been fever free for 24 hours since last fever without the use of fever reducing medications; and 3) Symptoms are significantly improved.

      11. ENDING ISOLATION AFTER REPORTING SYMPTOMS RELATED TO COVID-19 AND RECEIVING A NEGATIVE RT-PCR COVID-19 DIAGNOSTIC TEST RESULT: Individuals who are not in quarantine for probable exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 and who receive a negative COVID -19 RT-PCR test result can return to campus EITHER three days after the day they were tested IF AND ONLY IF all symptoms are significantly improved and the individual is fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 72 hours OR one day after the day they received a NEGATIVE RT-PCR COVID-19 Diagnostic test result and IF AND ONLY IF all symptoms are completely resolved AND they have been in consultation with and released from self-isolation by the Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator.

        1. If symptoms are not improved within 3 days or if new symptoms have emerged, individuals are required to request a second COVID-19 RT-PCR diagnostic test to confirm the reliability of the first test administered.

      12. NYFA TRAVEL GUIDELINES: Until further notice, NYFA strongly discourages all nonessential travel. Students/employees needing to travel outside their campus region while classes are in session or during Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return to their campus region and before participating in any in-person NYFA class or activity.

    2. Failure to follow the guidelines above may result in losing on-campus privileges and other disciplinary action.

    3. Students and employees reporting a positive COVID-19 Antibody Test (indication of prior coronavirus infection) result remain accountable for following all guidelines noted above.

    4. Guidelines for Safe Building and Environment Maintenance:

      1. Hand sanitizer receptacles are placed strategically throughout the building and are continually monitored and refilled, as needed.

      2. Soap dispensers in all bathrooms are monitored and refilled, as needed.

      3. Paper towel supplies in all restrooms are monitored and replenished as needed.

      4. All High-touch surfaces (elevator buttons, hallway, classroom and bathroom door handles, faucets) are protected by Nanoseptic Sleeves for continuously self-cleaning touchpoints.

      5. Cleaning/Disinfecting activities are logged and reviewed daily.

      6. Employees are provided cleansers/disinfectants and encouraged to frequently clean the surfaces of their office spaces. Employees are required to unclutter desks to facilitate effective cleaning/disinfecting.

      7. A log of all students, employees and any other essential entrants to campus facilities is maintained and reviewed for contact tracing purposes.

      8. Floor markings to promote physical distancing are monitored and replaced as needed.

      9. Building ventilation systems are monitored to ensure optimum functioning.

      10. Microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, teapots are not available for use.

      11. Shared objects and equipment are disinfected after each use/class.

      12. Unauthorized visitors are denied entry to campus. Authorized visitors must complete symptom check and temperature screening.

      13. Any room not scheduled for use is locked, when possible, and prohibited from use.

         

         

  4. Density Management

    1. Campus occupancy will be less than 50% normal capacity at all times, accomplished accordingly:

      1. Programs adopt a hybrid model of instruction to limit the number of class hours delivered in-person.

      2. Preference for in person instruction are given to classes that most require hands-on learning.

      3. Staff able to perform their duties remotely may, with supervisor’s approval, continue to work from home.

      4. Offices and workspaces onsite are arranged or staffed to maximize social distancing.

      5. Class starting times are staggered to the extent that students and instructors will occupy campus for specific blocks of time, not to exceed 4 hours, when possible.

      6. Lounges are closed.

      7. Students eat meals off-campus, before and after scheduled class-time, except under special approved circumstances.

      8. Employees can contact a designated COVID Team Administrator for campus specific spaces for breaks and meals.

      9. Athletic events are cancelled.

      10. Student life activities, such as Orientation, club meetings, social events, and educational programming are offered exclusively online.

      11. Student Support and Administrative Services such as Counseling Services, Veterans Services, International Student Services, Accessibility Services, Housing, Library Services, Writing Center, Language Lab, Title IX, Student Conduct, Grievance, Academic Advising, Bursar, Financial Aid, and Registrar are offered primarily online.

         

         

  5. Illness Response and Containment

    1. Illness Response:

      1. Employees and students feeling ill on campus are to immediately contact the Campus Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator to report symptoms.

      2. The Campus Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator based on nature and severity of reported symptoms directs student/employee to the nearest testing facility, and assists in accessing transportation, if needed.

      3. If symptoms are severe and/or the individual cannot immediately leave the NYFA facility, the student/employee is directed to the NYFA Isolation Room. This room serves as a holding room until an individual with symptoms can be safely transferred to a health care facility for evaluation/treatment. Only the individual experiencing symptoms and the COVID-19 Team Administrator can occupy the Isolation Room at any given time; both must wear NYFA masks or masks of comparable quality to enter Isolation Room.

         

      4. The Campus Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator secures individuals contact information to follow up with outcome of assessment and/or testing.

    2. Containment:

      1. Isolation Room is closed after use. It is cleaned/disinfected at least 24 hours after evacuation.

      2. In the event the student or employee experiencing symptoms tests positive for COVID-19, Designated COVID-19 TeamAdministrator contacts the Public Health Department to report confirmed case of COVID-19 and receive direction.

      3. Campus Designated Covid-19 Team Administrator contacts the Campus Director of Operations to report confirmed cases of COVID-19 of students, faculty, or staff.

      4. Community is notified via alert system of potential exposure to SARS-CoV2.

      5. Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator, if directed by Public Health Department personnel, begins the contact tracing process.

      6. If contact tracing is mandated, individuals suspected of having had close contact (within 6 feet or in a closed space for 15 minutes or longer, 48 hours prior to symptom onset) or with infected student/employee are notified of exposure and directed to self-quarantine. Students and employees will be contacted and directed to self-quarantine by the local public health department or the Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator. As per ADA regulations, the identity of the infected individual is not disclosed.

      7. Campus Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator contacts the student or employee who tested positive for COVID-19 to assist with contact tracing, access names of NYFA students and employees having had close contact with infected person, and determine if the person with COVID-19, if directed to recover at home, is able to live in isolation from others and access safe meal and medication delivery. If any individual needs assistance complying with

        self-isolation directives, the Designated COVID-19 Administrator seeks support from the local public health department and local resources.

      8. Students and employees who are directed to self-quarantine or self-isolate will receive, in addition to guidance that may be provided by the local public health department, a NYFA communication describing CDC guidelines for effective self-quarantine and self-isolation and lists of resources for access to testing or medical assistance.

      9. Per public health department directives, buildings may be closed for 2-5 days for deep cleaning/disinfecting. Building reopens upon direction and approval of the local public health department.

      10. During any time of building closure, all classes are delivered via the online platform.

         

         

         

  6. Communications and Trainings

    1. Communications:

      1. Health guidance to reflect emerging and updated information regarding local virus transmission, community spread and CDC and local public health department directives and resources is published to the HUB, reviewed daily and revised when needed.

      2. External communication to the NYFA website is updated to inform communities of campus actions in response to new and emerging health directives, illness spread on campuses and in relevant regions and states, and any notable changes to operation and delivery of instruction.

      3. Students and employees receive confirmation of receipt and safe storage of submitted documentation of test results required to resume campus activity at times testing is required to enter campus at start of the semester, in response to reported symptom(s).

      4. Employee and student symptoms are communicated via the COVID Symptom Tracker App to NYFA staff trained to observe ADA and FERPA privacy laws. NYFA Staff monitors employee and student compliance with required communication of symptoms.

      5. Records indicative of positive symptoms are reviewed daily by the Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator. The Designated Team COVID-19 Administrator contacts employees and students reporting positive symptoms to confirm that individuals with symptoms are not entering NYFA facilities and are seeking testing, as directed.

      6. The Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator follows-up with employees and students seeking testing in response to reported symptoms to provide support to individuals needing to self-quarantine while awaiting test results, and to secure test results once received.

      7. An electronic handout outlining CDC and public health department guidelines for self-isolation, self-quarantine, seeking urgent medical assistance, and when it is safe to terminate self-quarantine and return to campus is included in this document and distributed to students and employees before reopening and if and when students and employees are directed to self-quarantine in response to exposure to COVID-19 or self-isolate in response to testing positive for

        COVID-19. See Appendix VII, Self Quarantine and Self-Isolation Guidelines.

      8. Monitoring congregate reports of COVID-19 symptoms, the COVID-19 Team Administrator notifies the COVID-19 Task Force of any remarkable spikes of symptoms of illness within NYFA populations or within any NYFA housing facility, where applicable. If it is decided that immediate transition for one of more programs from a hybrid to an exclusively online learning environment is necessary, the appropriate Department Chairs are notified, and students and instructors are informed of said decisions by COVID-19 Response Task Force members (HR and Campus Deans).

         

      9. Should a student or employee test positive for COVID-19, the Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator calls the Public Health Department for guidance and, if advised, proceeds with contract tracing within the NYFA community.

      10. The Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator informs the Director of Operations of the exposure to the community to COVID-19.

      11. The Director of Operations sends out a Health Alert notifying the community of exposure and immediate closure of facilities.

      12. The Director of Operations alerts the community when it is safe to repopulate campus facilities.

         

    2. Trainings:

      1. Students and employees must complete an online training course to educate the community on best practice strategies to promote individual health and safety and mitigate community spread of COVID-19 and, in particular, the expectations of safe behavior as outlined in the NYFA COVID Safety Plan.

      2. Health and Safety practices during a pandemic will be addressed in Student Orientation.

      3. Posters are displayed in strategic areas throughout campus providing instruction on washing hands effectively, maintaining physical distance, and best practice guidance on wearing and washing masks.

      4. Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator will participate in a CDC Contact Tracing training course.

         

         

         

  7. Suspension or Shutdown of On-Campus Activities

    NYFA is fully prepared to transition, if and whenever necessary and for as long as necessary, from hybrid to 100% online study. All faculty and staff are trained and prepared to adapt readily to an online platform, which NYFA has been using since March 16, 2020 to date.

    1. Operational Activities:

      1. In the event of a spike, as determined through analysis by the COVID-19 Team Administrator, in COVID-19 symptoms reported by students of one cohort or multiple cohorts within one program, students in that cohort or program (department) and all associated instructors will transition from a hybrid to an exclusively online platform until test results confirm that it is safe to return to campus.  Employees performing essential administrative tasks are provided directives on whether to remain on campus to perform their duties or work remotely.

      2. In the circumstances noted above, instructors of said programs may be present on campus to teach their courses within the online environment, if and only if cases of COVID-19 have not been confirmed and/or the premises have been adequately disinfected.

      3. If the positivity rate in the NYFA Community across any number of cohorts or departments at any time exceeds the acceptable positivity rate of the region in which a campus is located, the campus will shut down for an indefinite period of time and all instruction delivery will transition to an exclusively online platform.

      4. All facilities will shut down in response to directives from local and state governments or health agencies.

      5. Should NYFA be a hotspot of transmission within a community not evidencing wide community spread, a NYFA shutdown may be temporary; no campus will reopen, however, without guidance and approval from local public health departments.

    2. Moving Out:

      1. Housing Coordinators provide upon request resources to help students move out of NYFA student residences, where applicable, should they decide to do so in the event of extended campus closure.

         

         

         

  8. Noncompliance and Disciplinary Measures

To support one another and maintain an environment conducive to learning and reaching our potentials as artists, students, and educators, the best practice guidelines for promoting health and mitigating risk of illness, as presented in the NYFA COVID Safety Plan, will be strictly enforced. Noncompliance with the health and safety guidelines contained in the NYFA COVID-19 Safety Plan will be viewed as conduct that potentially threatens the health and safety of our community. Any student or employee found responsible for failing to comply with the health and safety guidelines noted in this protocol may be subject to suspension or expulsion from their programs or termination of employment.

It is the responsibility of each member of the NYFA community to kindly and gently remind peers and colleagues to comply with safety guidelines. If a safety concern is not readily resolved through the initial and respectful request of compliance, reports of violations are to be immediately directed to the on campus Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator. The NYFA COVID-19 Team Administrator will take immediate appropriate action and/or process the violation per NYFA policies.

Anyone feeling uncomfortable engaging in direct but gentle confrontation with an individual who is violating the COVID Safety Plan is invited to seek assistance from a NYFA faculty or staff member and/or contact immediately the COVID-19 Team Administrator to report the observed violation.

Responding to one another with kindness, sensitivity and respect remains paramount, especially during this time of fear and uncertainty. Behaviors of bullying, harassment, or discrimination will be considered violations of NYFA Student and Employee Codes of Conduct and NYFA institutional discrimination policies and will be processed accordingly.

 

 

APPENDIX I:

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for NYFA Physical Productions

Each student, faculty and staff member on a NYFA student production, including Acting for Film shoots, Production Workshops or Student Film Projects, has a role and responsibility to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and their fellow cast and crew. It is important that all faculty and students understand their obligations to eliminate or minimize the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 while on set.

These recommendations are the result of the consensus among NYFA Production Safety Committee members across NYFA’s three campuses of New York, Los Angeles, and Miami and outline guidance regarding protective measures to be considered and used during preproduction and production, in addition to safety compliance and education.

NYFA Production Safety Committee recognizes that COVID-19 Pandemic is unprecedented and many of the policies are currently being discussed and updated by the Industry and Health organizations. Therefore, it considers the present document as a living document subject to further discussion and engagement between NYFA administration, staff, faculty and students and continued monitoring of industry and public health officials’ updates. We are acutely aware that evolving guidelines issued by SAG, Film LA, and the Mayor's Office (NY) may impact productions requiring permits and the use of union actors (please see supplemental document). As circumstances change, and new policies are issued, the guidance and protocols under which production occurs may be adjusted accordingly.

 

  1. Pre-Production

    1. Greenlight Process:

      1. All production planning must happen remotely.

      2. It must be updated with the new safety measures.

      3. A Digital Greenlight Form must be created for all Departments and all projects. The Greenlight Process will include risk calculation. All shoots, projects and exercises must be deemed low risk to gain approval. Analysis for low risk, unmasked interior shoots will include the use of one or more risk calculators, such as those provided here  
        https://indoor-covid-safety.herokuapp.com
        https://mycovidrisk.app

      4. A greenlighted interior shoot with unmasked actors requires that the actors receive a negative COVID test within 6 days preceding the shoot, and quarantine from the day of the test until the shoot wraps, with the presence and travel to set the only exception to quarantine requirements.*

        *Please note, these are minimum requirements for all NYFA campuses. Each campus may have additional or different more stringent requirements, based on needs or circumstances particular to each campus. 

    2. Casting:

      1. Casting must be conducted remotely, most casting services already offer virtual casting or are preparing to set up for this new need.

         

    3. Locations:

      1. Planning for adequate holding areas (green rooms on outdoor shoots when weather allows it) and restrooms to accommodate Actors and Crew members when they are not on the main set. (Students will be required to provide an explanation of on set protocol and ways for cast and crew to maintain physical distance whenever possible.

      2. Planning for location must clearly indicate how many people are allowed per square footage as per the NYFA COVID Safety Plan.

      3. Indoor residential locations must be vacated for the entire duration of the shoot when applicable.

      4. Scout: The number of people accessing the location scout will be in relation to the approved amount of square footage of 43 sq. ft., per person per crew member.

      5. Tech Scout: DP, Gaffer, and any other personnel must carry out the tech scout in groups of max 3 people. No more than two crew members at a time, must enter an interior location, always maintaining physical distance.

      6. Locations considerations must include:

        1. Is the location used by other people, is it open to the general public?

          Indoor locations must be vacated after each day’s wrap.

        2. Can exclusive use of work areas be arranged for prep and shoot? Can the space accommodate the approved amount of square footage, 43 sq. ft. per person per cast/crew member?

        3. Can it be thoroughly cleaned before and after all work commences?

        4. If residential, is the location inhabited and are any residents in a vulnerable category?

        5. Can multiple locations be as close to one another as possible to limit moves? (Cast & Crew either move themselves in their own vehicle or are moved by vans large enough to accommodate physical distancing).

        6. Is there a location’s specific COVID-19 Management Plan that we should be aware of?

    4. Communications:

      1. Production Meetings must be conducted only remotely.

      2. Self-Health screenings will include questions in regards to “individuals posing a risk” (e.g. have you recently arrived from a foreign country?). This information will be collected by either a NYFA Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator or a compliance officer.

      3. Digital Delivery: Script must be delivered digitally (via Google Drive or Google Classroom) and with appropriate software for script breakdown.

         

    5. Budgeting Safety Measures:

      1. Including safety measures in Budget/Schedule.

      2. Minimizing the total on-set population.

      3. Including required supplies (e.g. renting collapsible trash cans).

      4. Hiring a compliance monitor (if using SAG actors).

    6. Scene Cheating:

      1. Masks must be worn at all times for interior shoots, including during takes, unless during the greenlight process, through risk analysis based on details of the interior space, physical behaviors of the actors and crew, number of people on set, among other details indicate the removal of the actors’ masks* during takes is deemed “low risk.” 

      2. Intimate scenes must be addressed as we usually do for stunts and a storyboard and shot list must be created to prove how to cheat them. Any physical contact will be restricted unless following Safe Way forward Guidelines.

      3. Actors must be a minimum of 6 feet apart when not wearing a mask during a take for outdoor shoots and for approved “low risk” interior shoots, and actors must be wearing 3-layer masks during rehearsals. During takes, unmasked actors must be standing still/seated and talking in a normal tone. Loud talking or slightly more physical activity will require greater physical distance – 8 feet or more. Unmasked strenuous physical activity is not permitted on interior shoots.

      4. Consider hiring people who are cohabitating for intimacy and/or proximity scenes, provided they can provide proof of co-occupancy (proof of address). Cohabitating actors must still maintain appropriate distance from all other individuals on set.

        *Please note, these are minimum requirements for all NYFA campuses. Each campus may have additional or different more stringent requirements, based on needs or circumstances particular to each campus. 

         
  2. Production

    1. Cast and Crew limitations:

      1. Individuals admitted to location at any particular time, must be limited to essential personnel only.

      2. Non-NYFA Cast & Crew must sign an Aknowledgement and Waive of Liability (Visitor) form.

      3. The SAFE WAY FORWARD - A Joint Report of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters’ Committees for COVID-19 Safety Guidelines defines production zones as A, B, C, where “A” is the perimeter within which performers work on set with no protection alongside crew.

        1. Only essential personnel must be present. Everyone else must watch in remote viewing when possible, practice physical distancing and use PPE. People’s access to the filming zone must be cleared and names must be on a checklist for COVID-19 tracing.

        2. Entrance to, and movement between, production zones must be monitored by the Compliance Officer.

    2. Infection Control:

      1. Cast and crew must report symptoms via the COVID Symptom Tracker App.

      2. Cast and crew must have been screened for temperature before being allowed to enter location. Compliance Officer checks the temperature.

      3. Cast and crew must enter and exit on clearly indicated one-way corridors and be guided by visible physical indicators (e.g., cones, duct tape or signage) marking 6 feet of distance must be placed in areas where people must congregate, such as bathrooms, eating/meal areas, make-up and costume holding rooms.

         

    3. Infection Protection:

      1. Cast and crew must practice physical distancing which involves maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from any other person at all times, except when doing so is incompatible with one’s job duties.

      2. Cast and crew must avoid physical touching including greeting styles such as hand-shake, elbow or fist, hugs or high-fives.

      3. Cast and crew must wear masks or facial coverings. Actors may remove masks on exterior shoots during takes only, while maintaining appropriate physical distance. Actors on approved “low risk” interior shoots may also remove masks during takes, while maintaining appropriate physical distance.

      4. Production must have an approved plan for PPE equipment for Cast and Crew.

      5. PPE and any other individual item will be placed in designated areas to minimize risk of cross contamination.

      6. Holding Areas for Actors and Crews will be properly cleaned and disinfected before and after use.

      7. The Safety and Infection Protection Rules must be clearly readable on signage on Locations.

      8. Cast and crew have to be provided with the opportunity to frequently wash and sanitize hands.

      9. Trash cans for disposing of PPE must be provided.

      10. Equipment must be cleaned and disinfected prior to use and cleaned and disinfected regularly, per this COVID Safety Plan.

      11. Shared Equipment must be cleaned between individual uses. If such frequent and careful cleaning practices are not practical (that is, if sanitization between users cannot be ensured and monitored by Compliance Monitor or 1st AD), specific solutions must be accorded on a one-on-one basis.

      12. Department specific guidelines

        1. Camera, Grips and Lighting:

          1. Prohibit students outside of the lighting department from handling lighting equipment.

          2. Prohibit students outside of the grip department from handling grip equipment.

          3. Prohibit students outside of the camera and grip department from handling camera equipment.

          4. Restrict view finders to individual use only.

        2. Sound:

          1. Boom microphones should be used whenever possible. If lavalier microphones are absolutely necessary, actors must affix the microphone to themselves.

          2. Prevent swapping of wireless microphone belts and pouches between cast members.

          3. Prohibit handling of sound equipment by anyone outside of the sound department, other than lavaliers as per point 1 above.

          4. Dispatch sound cards or drives (cleaned with disinfectant wipes) to the data wrangler as infrequently as possible.

      13. Actors must do their own hair and makeup using either their own products or the production can provide each actor a personal makeup/hair kit. In the case of special make-up (like fake blood, prosthetics) that may require personnel working with actors where physical distancing cannot be maintained, personnel must wear a shield /visor in addition to the mask.

      14. Wardrobe/costumes must be sanitized overnight when possible. Spray fabric disinfectants COVID-19 compliant must be provided.

      15. Props - must to be sanitized as often as possible and according to this COVID Safety Plan.

      16. NOTHING must be shared.

    4. Workday/Craft and Meals:

      1. Cast & Crew who wish to bring their own food must store it in a separate place. Food and drink cannot be shared.

      2. Buffets must not be permitted. All meals must be delivered as single serving portions with individually wrapped, disposable utensils only - and distributed in such a fashion as to avoid surface contamination. All drinks must be in single serving containers, ie. water bottles and cans.

      3. No overtime. Shoot Days are limited to 10 hours, including lunch and anticipate activities taking longer to accomplish than in the past.

      4. Meals breaks:

        1. Small crews could take breaks at the same time and seating must be arranged to promote distancing, and in prescribed room/space so that at-work groupings are maintained on breaks (as opposed to be exposed to other working groups);

        2. Medium and large-size crews - staggered lunches when necessary for crews over 10.

           

           

  3. Safety Compliance & Education

    1. Compliance officers for non-SAG films: one crew member must assume this position. (among their tasks: checklist on safety protocols submitted as a daily production report).

      1. They must be trained in all measures contained in this NYFA COVID Safety Plan, infection Protection, disinfection, testing locations, social distancing, and proper use of PPE (personal protective equipment).

    2. Safety Concerns: It is each individual’s responsibility to kindly and respectfully remind peers and colleagues (cast and crew) to comply with safety guidelines. NYFA Students should report unresolved safety concerns to the Department Chair and Designated COVID-19 Team Administrator.

    3. Failure to Comply: NYFA students failing to comply with all protocols of Appendix I of the NYFA COVID Safety Plan may be subject to disciplinary action. The student director is responsible for ensuring that outside cast and crew members comply with safety guidelines. A student director who does not enforce such guidelines of outside cast and crew may be subject to disciplinary action.

      1. A daily COVID-19 compliance report is recorded by the Compliance Officer and submitted to the Producer or 1st AD. All submitted compliance reports will be collected and included in the Production Binder.

 

 

Source Materials:

The Safe Way Forward

IWLMSC Task Force White Paper

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health - Reopening Protocol for Music, Television and Film Production

 

 

APPENDIX II:

 

 

APPENDIX III:

 

 

 

APPENDIX IV

 

 

 

APPENDIX V:

Daily COVID-19 Symptom Attestation Form

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX VI:

Reasons for Denial of Campus Access

NYFA reserves the right to deny access to any person who has not followed the COVID Safety Plan measures put in place, or who has not successfully passed the required health checks.

Reasons access may be denied to campus could include, but is not limited to:

  • Incomplete COVID Acknowledgement Agreement: Acknowledgement must be read, signed and submitted before the first day of return to campus.

  • Incomplete COVID Symptom Tracker: Tracker must be completed to gain access to campus on days scheduled to work, attend class or any NYFA sponsored activity.

  • COVID Symptom Tracker records “Yes” to one or more of the symptoms noted on the symptom tracker checklist, indicating the individual does not feel completely well that day.

  • Not scheduled to be on-campus and does not have pre-approval from Campus Dean.

  • Non-compliance with mask policy and all health precautionary measures as contained in this document or as directed by NYFA.

  • Fever registered as above 99.5 F or 37.5 C.

  • Student or employee is sharing a household with someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

  • Fourteen days have not passed since directed to self-quarantine.

  • Fourteen days have not passed since directed to self-isolate or conditions for reentry after receiving negative COVID-19 test result are not met.

  • Conditions for safe return after receiving COVID-19 positive result are not met.

 

 

APPENDIX VII:

NYFA Self-Quarantine and Self-Isolation Guidelines

NYFA values the health and safety of all members of its community, always and especially now, during this time of global illness and uncertainty. If you are arriving to campus from a region outside of your campus location, or if you have been exposed to someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID-19, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or if you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate. The guidelines below for both self-quarantine and self-isolation are endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state public health agencies as best practice for mitigating risk of community transmission of illness.

 

Please carefully read the guidelines detailed below. For assistance, please contact NYFA Staff (contact information provided under NYFA Resources).

 

 

  1. GUIDELINES FOR SELF-QUARANTINE FOR WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 OR FOR WHEN YOU ARE ARRIVING TO CAMPUS FROM A REGION OUTSIDE YOUR CAMPUS LOCATION ( PLEASE REFER TO CDC SELF QUARANTINE GUIDELINES FOR ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE)

    1. Limiting Exposure to Others:

      1. Do not report to campus for at least 14 days. If you develop symptoms, additional days of self isolation may be required.

      2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Leave the home only for essential outings (grocery stores, pharmacies) and solitary, recreational exercise.

      3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are in quarantine.

      4. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and significantly limit your activities in public.

      5. Practice physical distancing by keeping 6 feet (2 meters) distance from others at all times.

      6. Wear a mask whenever you leave the home and are unable to strictly maintain physical distancing guidelines.

      7. Do not visit friends and family members who are at high risk for developing severe illness--older adults, individuals with weakened immune systems and/or chronic illnesses.

      8. Avoid sharing household items, including drinking cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding. Wash these items thoroughly after using.

    2. Practicing Effective Personal Hygiene:

      1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer.

      2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

      3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

      4. Avoid shaking hands and other close physical greetings with others

      5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home, such as door and refrigerator handles, keyboards, tablets, phones, remotes, counter tops, light switches, kitchen and bathroom faucets, etc.

      6. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, cover your cough or sneeze with a sleeve (not your hands).
         

    3. Monitoring for Symptoms:

      1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times each day.

      2. Watch for symptoms and keep a daily record of your temperature and the symptoms you experience.

      3. Stay home, except to seek medical care and/or diagnostic testing if you have a fever of 99.5 or above OR if have ONE of the symptoms noted below.

         

    4. Feeling Sick:

      Should you feel sick or not quite well, seek testing or contact your medical provider should you experience any one of the following:

      • Fever (Temperature above 99.5)

      • Cough

      • Difficulty Breathing or Shortness of Breath

      • Headache

      • Chills

      • Loss of Taste and/or Smell    

      • Fatigue

      • Muscle or Body Aches

      • Sore Throat

      • Congestion or Runny Nose

      • Nausea or Vomiting

      • Diarrhea
         

    5. Get a RT-PCR Diagnostic COVID-19 Test:

      NYFA is requiring all students/employees to get tested and submit documentation affirming a negative COVID-19 test result should they experience one or more of the symptoms noted above. The sites noted below administer the most sensitive and specific COVID-19 Diagnostic test, known as the RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.
       

  2. GUIDELINES FOR SELF ISOLATION FOR WHEN YOU HAVE SUSPECTED OR CONFIRMED COVID-19 (OR IF REQUIRED BY STATE ORDINANCE)

    1. Limiting Exposure to Others (see above)

    2. Practicing Effective Hygiene (see above)

    3. Additional Precautionary Measures:

      1. Separate yourself from others by staying in a separate room and using a separate bathroom, if possible. Additional guidance is available for living in close quarters and shared housing.

      2. If sleeping in a separate room is not possible, sleep in a separate bed, maintain 6 feet (2 meter) distance between beds, sleep head toe, and keep a window open or a fan operating to bring in or circulate air, if possible.

      3. If using a separate bathroom is not possible, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the bathroom after each use.

      4. Have meals delivered to your room and eat separately from members of your household.

      5. Do not prepare and share food with members of your household.

      6. Follow the directives provided by health care professionals.

      7. Continue to monitor and keep a daily record of your symptoms.

      8. Contact your medical provider to report any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
         

    4. Monitoring Symptoms and Seeking Emergency Care:

      Seek Emergency Medical Attention immediately – Call 9.1.1. or call ahead to your local emergency facility and notify the operator that you may have COVID-19- if you experience any of the following symptoms:

      1. Severe Difficulty Breathing

      2. Persistent Pain or Pressure in Chest

      3. New Confusion

      4. Inability to Wake or Stay Awake

      5. Bluish Lips or Face
         

    5. Testing Positive For COVID-19

       

      1. Follow CDC guidelines for Isolation, should you test positive for COVID-19.

      2. Contact your campus Dean of Students (students) or HR Director (employees) for assistance in accessing medical care, adhering to isolation directives, and arranging meal and pharmaceutical deliveries (offered in some cities at no cost by local public health agencies). NYFA adheres to CDC and ADA privacy guidelines in regard to sharing identify and personal health information during public health emergencies.

      3. If you receive a call from NYS Contact Tracing, LA County Department of Health or Miami Dade County Department of Health, PLEASE answer the call and support state and city Contact Tracing efforts. If you test positive, a COVID Contact Tracer will also help you access resources you may need to live comfortably and healthfully in isolation. The Tracer will also work with you to identify and reach out via phone and text to anyone you’ve been in contact with while you were infectious to trace and contain the spread of the virus. Your privacy will be protected throughout this process.
         

    6. GUIDELINES FOR ENDING QUARANTINE (FOR EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 AND FOR ARRIVING FROM AN OUTSIDE REGION):
      You may attend classes and NYFA activities or return to campus for work when ONE of the following conditions is completely true, as per CDC Guidelines for Ending Quarantine:

      1. You have been in quarantine (for probable exposure to COVID-19 or post-travel) for 14 days and you have not experienced any of the symptoms of concern, noted above. Although a NEGATIVE COVID-19 RT-PCR diagnostic test result will not release you from quarantine, getting tested for COVID-19 at least 5 days though preferably 8 days after exposure is recommended by local health departments.

      2. You have been in quarantine (for probable exposure to COVID-19 or post-travel) AND you experience one or more symptoms of concern AND you report your symptom(s) to the COVID -19 Team Administrator AND you are directed to self-isolate.

       
    7. GUIDELINES FOR ENDING ISOLATION FOR SUSPECTED COVID-19:

      You may attend classes and NYFA activities or return to campus for work when ONE of the following conditions is completely true:

      1. You have not been in contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 within the past 14 days AND you are currently in isolation for suspected COVID-19 AND you have experienced one or more symptoms of concern AND upon getting tested you receive a NEGATIVE RT-PCR COVID-19 Diagnostic Test result AND you have had no new symptoms of concern AND all of your symptoms have been improving for at least three days AND you have had no fever for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

      2. You have been in isolation for suspected COVID-19 AND you have experienced one or more symptoms of concern AND upon getting tested for COVID-19 you receive a NEGATIVE RT-PCR COVID-19 Diagnostic test result AND you have experienced no new symptoms of concern AND you have consulted with the campus COVID-19 Team Administrator and your campus COVID-19 Team Administrator has released you from self-isolation.

      3. If you have been in isolation for suspected COVID-19 AND you have experienced one or more symptoms of concern AND upon getting a RT-PCR COVID-19 Diagnostic test, you receive a NEGATIVE test result AND since receiving your result you experience a new symptom or your symptom (s) are not improving, please contact a NYFA COVID-19 Team Administrator for guidance. You will be directed to get a second RT-PCR COVID-19 NEGATIVE test result and when you can participate in a NYFA in-person class or activity will be determined by the campus COVID-19 Administrator in accordance with CDC guidelines and in consultation with the NYFA medical consultant.

      4. None of the above is true AND in consultation with the COVID-19 Team Administrator and the NYFA medical consultant, you are released from isolation.
         

    8. GUIDELINES FOR ENDING ISOLATION FOR CONFIRMED COVID -19:

      You may attend classes and NYFA activities or return to campus for work when ONE of the following conditions is completely true, as per CDC Guidelines for Ending Isolation:

      1. You tested positive for COVID-19 AND you developed mild to moderate symptoms AND at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset AND you have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours since your last fever AND all of your symptoms have significantly improved.

      2. You tested positive for COVID-19 AND you never developed symptoms AND you have remained in isolation for 10 days beyond the day you were administered a diagnostic (PCR) COVID-19 test.

      3. If you tested positive for COVID-19 AND you developed severe symptoms, when you are safe to return to campus or attend NYFA activities will need to be determined by the NYFA COVID-19 Team Administrator and in consultation with the NYFA medical consultant.



      4.  
  3. MEDICAL AND CAMPUS RESOURCES

    1. Where to Go To Get Tested for COVID-19:

      Please refer to the links below for guidance and testing site locations near your campus: Although most cities offer free testing for COVID-19, sites not sponsored by the local public health departments may charge for testing. Should you pursue testing at a private health facility, please contact your health insurance carrier for information on coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment:

    2. Where to Go For Medical Care:

      1. Urgent Care Facilities: If you do not have a primary care physician, you may call and seek care at an urgent medical care facility located in close proximity to your home or campus. The Urgent Care Facilities located near each campus are noted below. These facilities accept NYFASHIP insurance. Copays may apply. Ask your insurance carrier regarding fees for COVID-19 testing, should you not have NYFASHIP coverage.

        • Los Angeles:
          Burbank Urgent Care 3413 Pacific Ave. #110
          Burbank, CA 91505
          818.953.4408
          Antibody testing ONLY

           
        • South Beach:
          Baptist Urgent Care 709 Alton Road
          Miami, FL 33139
          786.422.0184
          PCR Test

           
        • New York:

          CityMD (Find NYC location)
          PCR Test

      2. TeleHealth Options for Medical Care: Telemedicine is an option for all students, faculty and staff covered through the NYFA Student Health Insurance Plan (NYFASHIP), United Behavioral Health Care, and Kaiser.

        • Students covered by NYFASHIP: Copays for COVID-19 testing are waived during time of public health emergency; please verify before scheduling appointment.

          • Teladoc.com/Aetna 1-855-Teladoc (835-2362)

          • In network providers delivering synchronous virtual care (live video conferencing)

          • Video visit through the CVS MinuteClinic App.

        • Faculty/Staff covered by United Behavioral Health Care ($25 copay waived during public health emergency, but please verify at time of appointment):

        • Faculty/Staff covered by Kaiser: kp.org/getcare or call 1.833.574.2273 (please inquire about copay for COVID-19 testing)

           

    3. NYFA Resources:

      You will find COVID-19 Health information at NYFA Covid-19 Health and Campus Guidelines and Information. Please bookmark this page for easy access to all information relevant to COVID-19.

      PLEASE reach out to the campus COVID-19 Team Administrator for assistance during your time of quarantine or isolation.
       

      • New York Campus: covidteamny@nyfa.edu | Tel: 929.432.1432

      • Los Angeles Campus: covidteamla@nyfa.edu | Tel: 747.292.9992

      • South Beach Campus: covidteamsb@nyfa.edu | Tel: 786.687.4800


        1. Should you or someone within our NYFA community test positive for COVID-19, please notify one of the NYFA Staff members noted below:

 

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