CJC Health and Safety Guidelines


CJC Health and Safety Guidelines

April 2021

CJC Health and Safety Guidelines 2021

A living document as of April 2021, subject to updates

Given the widespread availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in our country now, the California Jazz Conservatory will offer its education and performance programs in a hybrid format – both in person and online – beginning fall, 2021.

As a general rule:

  • most instrumental and vocal performance classes will run in person;
  • most non-performance classes, will run online.

The California Jazz Conservatory is committed to maximizing the health and safety of its collective campus community of faculty, staff, students and visitors, by adhering to the health and safety protocols set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and select California public health officials and legal advisors. Health and safety are viewed as a shared responsibility at the California Jazz Conservatory. The California Jazz Conservatory collective campus community is required to comply with the following health and safety guidelines to be eligible to participate in any of the school’s various activities this coming fall, 2021.

California Jazz Conservatory Health and Safety Guidelines 2021 acknowledges and takes into consideration varying viewpoints and/or reservations concerning COVID health and safety measures. These include, but are not limited to, standard protocols such as wearing masks/face coverings, participating in mandatory temperature checks, regularly sanitizing/washing hands, submitting to testing for COVID and/or receiving one of the COVID vaccines. Therefore, the California Jazz Conservatory has provided both in-person and online options for participation that it believes will most effectively protect its collective campus community, while at the same time, enable everyone to participate in at least one or more activities, safely.


Health and Safety Guidelines
For the health and safety of the collective campus community, the California Jazz Conservatory requires that participants in both the CJC and Jazzschool programs adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Joining a long list of long-established educational institutions, students and faculty taking part in any in-person classes/workshops – performance or other – are required to show proof of vaccination to participate. Students and faculty taking part in online classes/workshops are not required to show proof of vaccination.
  • Students and/or faculty may request an exemption from vaccination, for medical reasons only, with verification from a licensed health professional, before participating in person. Those who are approved for an exemption may participate unvaccinated at their own risk, and sign a written agreement holding the California Jazz Conservatory harmless in the case of infection from COVID-19, or any of its variants.
  • NOTE: Those students/faculty who are vaccinated may be placed in ensembles/classes with other students and/or faculty who are unvaccinated. No vaccine available today is 100% effective; however, vaccination provides protection from getting seriously ill and dying from COVID-19. Accordingly, masks/face coverings are mandatory – with or without proof of vaccination – at all times, unless otherwise noted.For a comprehensive set of guidelines regarding masks/face coverings, visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Taken from California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response (ca covid-19 – CA.gov), the following chart lists various options for masks/face coverings according to their respective effectiveness:

Less effective

  • Cloth masks with 1 or 2 layers
  • Bandana
  • Gaiter


  • Fitted medical mask
  • Cloth mask with 3 layers
  • Double mask (medical + cloth)
  • KN95


  • N95

The California Jazz Conservatory kindly requests that all members of its campus community provide their own personal masks/face coverings. Disposable masks will be available upon request, only if absolutely necessary.

  • Hand sanitization and a temperature check is required upon entry; frequent hand washing is recommended.
  • Those participating in in-person classes must remain socially distanced.

NOTE: The California Jazz Conservatory requires all persons who are feeling unwell to refrain from attending in-person class(es). The CDC advises to watch for the following symptoms in particular:

  • Fever 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

COVID-Related Refund Policy
The California Jazz Conservatory will grant a refund to any CJC or Jazzschool student who becomes ill from COVID-19 or one of its variants for the remainder of the term, with verification from a licensed physician.

Campus Facilities Due Diligence
To mitigate the spread of COVID, the California Jazz Conservatory will take the following steps to ensure the health and safety of its campus community:

  • Provide every classroom at both our 2087 and 2040 Addison Street campus facilities with a BIOGS 2.0 Ultra Quiet Air Purifier by Rabbit Air. For more information, visit https://www.rabbitair.com/pages/about-us.
  • Expand janitorial service’s hours to sanitize classrooms and lavatories with CDC-approved products, including wiping down door handles, white boards and markers, music stands, chairs and table tops1.
  • Provide optional on-campus COVID testing. Optional testing will be available on a weekly basis through PMH Laboratory, Inc., starting August, 2021.

Testing is covered by each participant’s health provider with proof of insurance.

  • For those wishing to participate in COVID testing, please contact the California Jazz Conservatory administrative staff for easy-to-follow instructions on how to receive a test.

About PMH Laboratory

PMH Laboratory, Inc.is a high complexity diagnostic testing laboratory.They are currently performing RT-PCR and antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2. PMH has been performing SARS-CoV-2 testing for organizations, schools, and private events since May, 2020, including the Berkeley Unified School District and the Berkeley-based Crowden Music Center.

PMH Laboratory sends healthcare staff to businesses/organizations/schools to do On-Site Testing for COVID-19. All services are billed to the participant’s health insurance, including employer group plans, individual/family plans, Medicare, Medicaid, and State Health Exchanges. PMH does not charge the employer/organization to host the event.

PMH Laboratory utilizes Thermo Scientific Taq-Pac and Sequonce as our COVID-19 antigen testing platforms. They are both Real-Time PCR test methods with 99% sensitivity and 99% specificity rates, making our platform highly sensitive. This sensitivity allows PMH to accurately report active COVID-19 infections. PMH also performs antibody testing using the Abbott ARCHITECTi1000SR instrumentation. IgG testing helps determine whether a person has had prior exposure to COVID-19. Abbott sensitivity rate 99.6%. Abbott IgG test is one of the most successful antibody tests available on the market. Testing will contribute to keeping the California Jazz Conservatory and its collective constituency safe throughout the fall, and beyond, if that becomes necessary.

CJC Campus Community Code of Conduct
In an effort to maintain the health and safety of the collective campus community, any participant violating the following health and safety guidelines to any extent will be given a verbal directive to correct the violation. If the verbal directive is not taken into account in a timely way, a written notice will be issued, dismissing the participant immediately, without either refund or renumeration, depending on the respective role of the participant.

Questions, Concerns or Complaints
For all COVID-related questions, concerns or complaints, email the California Jazz Conservatory administrative staff at: healthandsafety@cjc.edu or call the main office at (510) 845.5373 X 0.

Toward a healthy and safe fall 2021,

California Jazz Conservatory Office of the President

1 The CDC states “Spread from touching surfaces is not thought to be a common way that COVID-19 spreads.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html