Colburn School Response and Planning

With the health and safety of our community foremost in mind, the Colburn School has carefully tracked the course of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County over the past 13 months. Currently, COVID cases in Los Angeles County continue to steadily decline and vaccine availability is increasing daily. These positive trends have allowed us to plan for a resumption of limited activity on campus this spring, adhering closely to all county, state, and federal guidelines and pending final approval by the LA County Department of Public Health.

Increased vaccine availability is an essential element of our return to campus plan, and Colburn strongly encourages all members of our community to be vaccinated when they are eligible. It is our goal to have all employees working on campus vaccinated in the coming months.

When vaccine availability increases further, we strongly recommend that all students in residential programs who are 16 and older be vaccinated regardless of whether they live on or off campus. This includes all students in the Conservatory, Music Academy, and Dance Academy. To the greatest extent possible, we will be asking these students to be vaccinated before returning to campus. If eligible students are not able to vaccinate prior to the start of the Fall term, we will work with them to ensure they can be vaccinated once they are back in Los Angeles.

Until COVID transmission rates dramatically decrease and vaccines are approved for populations younger than 16, we will continue to implement comprehensive campus safety and screening protocols to protect our younger students and entire campus community.

As always, our reopening plans will be dependent on final approval by the LA County Department of Public Health, but we hope that with the appropriate precautions in place and continued vaccine availability, we can look forward to a vibrant Fall semester on campus. We look forward to welcoming you back to School soon.

Key Dates

March

  • Pfizer announces positive results in a Phase 3 vaccine trial in adolescents 12 to 15 years of age. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated 100% efficacy and robust antibody responses, exceeding those recorded earlier in vaccinated participants aged 16 to 25 years old, and was well tolerated.

April–May

  • LA County enters Tier 2/Moderate/Orange allowing increased indoor activity with modifications (April 5)
  • California vaccine eligibility expands to anyone 16 and older (April 15)
  • Limited activity resumes on the Colburn campus, including:
    1. Chamber music and jazz combo rehearsals
    2. Instruction in larger spaces or outdoors
    3. Studio use for advanced dancers and Dance Academy students
    4. Recording and live-streamed performances from campus

June–September

  • Full reopening anticipated in in California, conclusion of Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan (June 15)
  • Community School summer programs take place in-person following strict health and safety protocols (June–August)
  • Residence hall and Café reopen (August)
  • Residential student populations returns, including entire Conservatory student body and Academy students (August)