Frequently Asked Questions

To keep our community safe and provide the best possible learning environment for our students, the Colburn School will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students living in the School’s residence halls.

Students should be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus. Proof of vaccination will be required before students may make an appointment to move in; any vaccines approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) are acceptable. All students will also be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test upon initial arrival on the Colburn campus. Should a student have a positive test result, s/he will be required to strictly quarantine in their room or a medical suite for a period of 14 days.

The only exception to the vaccination requirement is for students residing outside the United States who are unable to receive an acceptable vaccine. These students must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight to Los Angeles. Students should come directly to Colburn upon their arrival in Los Angeles; otherwise they will be required to provide proof of an additional negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival on campus. Unvaccinated students must receive their first dose of the vaccine within 72 hours of their arrival on campus and provide proof of full vaccination no later than 6 weeks after their arrival at Colburn. Students who are under the age of 18 will need a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Consent form signed by a parent or guardian, authorizing a Colburn designate to accompany them to be vaccinated. Until they are fully vaccinated, students will be required to undergo rapid testing twice weekly, complete a daily health check, and remain masked and socially distanced at all times when outside their room; students may also be required to remain on the Colburn campus until fully vaccinated.

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons, and these requests must be submitted by July 1, 2021 to Provost Adrian Daly (adaly@colburnschool.edu). Colburn will provide reasonable accommodations to these students so long as the failure to be immunized will not prevent the student from fulfilling the essential functions or curricular requirements of the academic program. Students granted a vaccination exemption will not be permitted to live in on-campus housing during the COVID-19 health emergency.

Students must be fully vaccinated by August 18 before moving into the Residence Hall. The only exceptions will be for those students who are unable to receive the vaccine prior to arriving at Colburn who must begin or continue the vaccination process within 72 hours of arrival at Colburn. Students requesting an exemption from the vaccination requirement for the Residence Hall will need to make alternate housing arrangements if approved. The deadline to submit a request for an exemption to the Provost is Thursday, July 1, 2021.

It is not currently possible to receive the vaccine at the Colburn School at this time. However, there are many options near the School to receive the vaccine – pharmacies, Urgent Care, medical centers.

No. COVID-19 vaccines are free to the public. If you have health insurance, the insurance company may be billed for the cost, but you will not have any out-of-pocket costs.

Conservatory of Music students should upload their vaccination documentation here.

Vaccination Cards or documentation for Approved Exemptions must be uploaded by Monday, August 2, 2021.

For U.S. immunizations, the COVID-19 vaccination card issued by the CDC to vaccination sites is accepted.

For non-U.S. immunizations, please upload proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine with the following information in English: 1. Your full name, 2. Your date of birth, 3. The name of the vaccine you received, 4. The date(s) you received the vaccine, 5. Documentation must be from a healthcare organization or vaccination site. If your documentation is not in English, you must provide a notarized translation in addition to the vaccination documentation. If you completed a 2-dose series, please upload documentation that shows both doses administered. You may upload each dose individually as you get them or together. but you will not be able to make a move-in appointment unless both doses are uploaded and reviewed. If the documentation uploaded is missing any required information, you will be contacted directly for clarification.

Students who are unvaccinated must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight to Los Angeles. Students should come directly to Colburn upon their arrival in Los Angeles; otherwise they will be required to provide proof of an additional negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival on campus*. Unvaccinated students must receive their first dose of the vaccine within 72 hours of their arrival on campus and provide proof of full vaccination no later than 6 weeks after their arrival at Colburn. Until they are fully vaccinated, students will be required to undergo rapid testing twice weekly, complete a daily health check, and remain masked and socially distanced at all times when outside their room; students may also be required to remain on the Colburn campus until fully vaccinated.

*Students will be allowed to move in to the Residence Hall while waiting for results of second PCR test. If the test is positive, the student will be required to a strict quarantine for 3 days or until they can provide a negative PCR test. Students who are not vaccinated will be required to take rapid tests twice a week until fully inoculated.

The Colburn School will be following the Los Angeles Department of Health guidelines. Requirements to be updated after June 15, 2021. At the current time, all individuals on campus must complete the daily health check using the LiveSafe app.

Any vaccines approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) are acceptable.

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons, and these requests must be submitted by July 1, 2021 to Provost Adrian Daly (adaly@colburnschool.edu). Colburn will provide reasonable accommodations to these students so long as the failure to be immunized will not prevent the student from fulfilling the essential functions or curricular requirements of the academic program. Students granted a vaccination exemption will not be permitted to live in on-campus housing during the COVID-19 health emergency.

Requests for exemptions must be submitted to Provost Adrian Daly (adaly@colburnschool.edu) by July 1, 2021.

The School will be following guidelines from the Los Angeles Department of Health for permissible activities for unvaccinated students on campus. We anticipate guidelines being updated within the next several weeks and will update this page as soon as information is available. Students who receive a medical or religious exemption will be allowed on campus.

Students who are not vaccinated will be required to wear a mask when on campus and socially distance. Students may not be able to participate in in-person classes or performance activities if the class or event is not socially distanced in structure. A daily health check via LiveSafe will be required. Students who receive an exemption will not be allowed to live in on-campus housing.

Yes.

No.

Yes, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been approved for 12-17 year olds.

Yes. Students under the age of 18 are required to submit the Pfizer Vaccine Consent Form authorizing a Colburn designate to accompany them to be vaccinated if a parent or guardian are not accompanying the student.

All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to make sure they meet safety standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. CDC and the FDA will keep monitoring the vaccines to look for safety issues after they are authorized and in use.

The most common side effects are pain and swelling in the arm where you received the shot. In addition, you may have fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. The side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Colburn School will be following the Los Angeles Department of Health guidelines. Currently, masks are required indoors at the School unless someone is in a room working/practicing alone. Requirements will be updated as information is provided.

Yes. Colburn will allow students who can demonstrate that they are living outside of the United States and are unable to be vaccinated to move into the Residence Hall as early as August 7. Residence Life will reach out directly to individuals who have indicated that they cannot receive a vaccine before arriving in the United States.

Yes. A rapid test will be required for all students upon arrival to campus before moving in to the Residence Hall. The Colburn School will provide rapid tests at check-in at the School.

No. However, students will need to be mindful of movement in Los Angeles where they might be exposed to the virus.