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the new york youth symphony community health pact

The health and safety of NYYS community, comprised of students, families, faculty, and staff, are of the greatest importance to the NYYS. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic NYYS will hold 2021/2022 activities both online and in-person in accordance with governmental regulations. In order to keep everyone safe during in-person activities, we are asking our community members to abide by the following:

  • All Students, Faculty, and Staff are required to be vaccinated with an FDA emergency use authorized vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson) in order to participate in any of our programs during the 2021/22 season.
  • Proof of completed vaccination must be uploaded prior to September 1st as follows:
  • The NYYS will continue to rely on the most up-to-date medical information available and governmental guidance to make informed decisions about our vaccination requirement.
  • Individuals may request religious or medical exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination requirements which will be assessed on a case by case basis.
  • In addition to vaccinations, NYYS reserves the right to institute mask wearing and social distancing as needed during the year.
  • Take your temperature and self-evaluate any and all signs of illness in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines before coming to NYYS events. If you are feeling ill and/or exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and notify your artistic director. Please note that if you arrive to NYYS activities with a temperature over 100 degrees, you will be sent home.
  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home and notify the artistic staff of your program and Shauna Quill, NYYS executive director via squill[at]nyys[dot]org. Prior to returning to NYYS activities, you must submit a doctor’s note stating that you are negative and without symptoms to Ms. Quill.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, self-quarantine as suggested by the CDC. NYYS recommends getting a PCR test prior to returning to activities in case you are asymptomatic.
  • If traveling, follow state and local guidelines.