COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 and its effects on RSC.
Page last updated: March 30, 2021

1) The number of students and faculty allowed in each room will be limited based on social distancing calculations provided by Environmental Health and Engineering (EH&E). These social distancing capacity numbers will be displayed on a sign outside the door of each room.

2) Masks are required at all times for all individuals at The Rivers School Conservatory: faculty, staff, students, families and any guests attending an event at RSC.
– Masks will be provided to all RSC faculty, and one mask will be provided to each student at the start of the school year. All individuals are expected to bring a mask to campus daily, whether it is one provided by RSC or another that meets the requirements specified below.
– Any individual who does not follow this rule may be asked to leave campus.

3) Parents/guardians should remain in their cars when dropping off and picking up students, unless asked specifically by the student’s teacher to sit in on a lesson.
– There will be no parent waiting room available.

4) Only one person will be allowed in the restroom at a time. Remember to wash your hands as often as possible and after restroom use.

5) Only one person may use the elevator at a time.

6) All individuals are expected to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or to utilize the portable hand-sanitizer stations available in all entrances/hallways and bathrooms.

7) Intensive cleaning will happen on a nightly basis and a walk through cleaning person will wipe down high touch areas including door knobs, chairs, stands, and bathrooms daily.
– Piano students are expected to wipe down the keys before and after their lessons with provided disinfectant wipes.
– Faculty will wipe down instruction areas, bows etc. in between lessons with disinfectant wipes provided by RSC.

8) Student entry into Bradley Hall will be staggered. There will be no gathering, grouping or congregating inside or outside any of the buildings being used for RSC purposes at any time.

9) The RSC staff will be the COVID-19 contact persons.

10) All families and faculty must complete our community pledge prior to the start of the year, agreeing to a daily health screening process (additional information below).

RSC is aligning it’s Travel Policy with the State of Massachusetts Travel Advisory dated March 22, 2021. While this policy is not a requirement by the State, RSC strongly encourages everyone in the community to follow this advice. Based on this policy, your child would either need to provide a negative PCR COVID test or quarantine for 10 days. The test could be taken within 72 hours of your return to Massachusetts or immediately upon your arrival back in Massachusetts.

Students whose day schools close for any period of time due to the spread of COVID-19 are asked to transfer their RSC activities online and refrain from coming to campus until they are permitted to return to their school in-person.

Vaccinated individuals who have been identified as a close contact or who have traveled are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria. You must be:

  • Fully vaccinated, which is defined as being two weeks or more past the administration of the second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks or more past the administration of a single-dose vaccine
  • No more than three months past the administration of the last dose in the series
  • Asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure 

People who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after travel or after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Please note: Fully vaccinated people who do not quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If you experience symptoms, you should be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including SARS-CoV-2 testing, if indicated.

These quarantine recommendations for vaccinated people, including the criteria for timing following the administration of the last dose in the vaccination series, will be updated when more data become available and additional COVID-19 vaccines are authorized.

When, through travel or exposure, an individual is referred for quarantine, RSC will accept a photo of that individual’s vaccination card as proof to approve the exemption of quarantine, per the criteria outlined above. The travel policy will rely on the honor system for RSC employees.

Prevention and Mitigation of Transmission
While available COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated high efficacy at preventing severe and/or symptomatic COVID-19, there is currently limited information on how much the vaccines might reduce transmission and how long protection lasts. At this time, vaccinated people should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Staying at least six feet away from others
  • Avoiding crowds
  • Avoiding poorly ventilated spaces
  • Covering coughs and sneezes 
  • Washing hands often 
  • Following travel guidance
  • Following any applicable workplace or school guidance

SmartMusic – A web-based suite of music tools including a metronome, music library, sight reading exercises, and some recorded accompaniments.

Cadenza LiveIf you have an Apple device, you can use this app to practice with live orchestra recordings of a variety of classical pieces. The app will slow down and speed up alongside you as you play with it. Some of the orchestra recordings are free, some are paid.

Click here to complete the RSC Community Pledge
Click here to read RSC’s Reopening Plan in full
Click here to give us feedback on RSC’s remote learning

If you have requests for other resources to be made available on this web page, please feel free to share your requests with Ernie Gurish or Marissa Birne.

Most Recent RSC Announcement: August 17, 2020
Dear RSC Families,

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the summer, although it’s been an unusual one! It’s almost back-to-school season, which means that our fall start date of September 14th, 2020 is quickly approaching. Due to COVID-19, we know that this fall will be different than in past years. All of us at RSC have been working tirelessly to make sure that you can count on us to prioritize student learning while minimizing risk.

Throughout this process, we have worked closely with Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E), an environmental consulting firm which has guided 40+ schools and universities in their efforts to reopen. Every decision we have made has been thought through and vetted, and we feel confident in the reopening plan we have put in place.

We are pleased to share this plan with you today: As you will read, RSC will open on a hybrid model which allows for a combination of remote and in-person instruction to accommodate individual needs and comfort levels. Please follow the link below to view the full details of our plan. We hope this document provides a clear explanation of what you can expect from RSC and gives students, families, and employees the resources they need to resolve any questions or concerns. Your safety is of paramount importance to us.

We look forward to seeing you again soon, whether you opt to return to campus or remain remote. RYO students will also receive orchestra-specific information later this week. To all of our families — Thank you, as always, for being a valued part of our community!


Gabriella Sanna
Director of The Rivers School Conservatory

Previous RSC Announcements are linked below:
April 21, 2020
March 26, 2020
March 16, 2020
March 12, 2020