CJC Health and Safety Guidelines


CJC Health and Safety Guidelines

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Updated August 2021
CJC Health and Safety Guidelines 2021

A living document as of April 2021, subject to updates

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

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.

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

A complete schedule of fall 2021 classes, workshops and concerts is available online at cjc.edu.

California Jazz Conservatory Health and Safety Guidelines 2021 acknowledges and takes into consideration participants’ 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

COVID-19 policy. In the interest of providing the best possible health and safety conditions for our campus community, all in-person participants are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. This includes staff, faculty and students in classes and workshops, and performers and audience members at concerts.  Based on current CDC guidelines, all participants must wear masks regardless of vaccination status with the exception of horn players and vocalists in classes/workshops and performers in concerts, providing they maximize physical distancing. 

The California Jazz Conservatory kindly requests that anyone feeling unwell refrain from attending in-person events of any kind.

Participants who are exempted from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination for medical reasons only, must provide the California Jazz Conservatory with verification of exemption from a licensed medical professional, and proof of negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours of each event, to participate. Note: As a testing option, PMH Laboratory is available to conduct free weekly tests at the California Jazz Conservatory, beginning August 16, 2021.

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 their COVID-19 antigen testing platforms. They are both Real-Time PCR test methods with 99% sensitivity and 99% specificity rates, making the platform highly sensitive. This sensitivity allows PMH to accurately report active COVID-19 infections. PMH also performs antibody testing using the Abbott ARCHITECT i1000SR instrumentation. IgG testing helps determine whether a person has had prior exposure to COVID-19. Abbott sensitivity rate is 99.6%. The 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 or Concerns

For all COVID-related questions or concerns, 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