Creating a Safe Environment

The Colburn School’s utmost priority lies in the health and safety of its staff, faculty, students and families, and visitors. To protect our community as we begin to resume activity on campus, we have implemented comprehensive on-campus safety protocols following the guidance of local, regional, and national health experts, including the County of Los Angeles, the State of California, the California Department of Public Health (LACDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

These steps include:

  • New ultraviolet (UV) lighting installed to disinfect the air circulating within our buildings and clean the air inside of the ductwork. UV lighting has been known to vastly improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) by reducing bacteria, viruses, and mold that either grow or pass through the air handling systems, reducing the risk of cold, flu, allergies, and other illness associated with air handling systems.
  • System implemented to flush all floors with 100 percent outside air for 2 hours a day during non-peak hours in order to keep the buildings’ core temperature as stable as possible without running equipment during high peak times. In addition, The Colburn School’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed to meet all required ventilation standards and building codes by allowing enough fresh outdoor air to control contaminant levels in buildings.
  • Reconfiguration of our facilities and spaces to reduce the risk associated with virus transmission, including the installation of data, video, and fiber optic cables to connect Grand Rehearsal Hall, Mayman Hall, the Mayman Hall Green Room, Dance Studios A and B, Heifetz Studio, and Zipper Hall. With low-latency monitors in place, musicians or dancers in any room can interact for rehearsals, lessons, or performances while remaining socially distanced.

    Campus map noting locations with livestream capability

  • De-densifying campus by limiting access to the buildings and requiring all occupants to adhere to physical distancing measures. This results in higher per person outdoor airflow rates to control contaminants, including COVID-19.
  • Strict protocols for access to campus, including a health screening and temperature check. Additional testing is required for those who will be in proximity to others while on campus.
  • Face masks are required in all common areas of campus. To allow masks to be worn at all times, eating is prohibited indoors on campus and water fountains are inactive.
  • Hand sanitizers, tissues, and trash cans are available for visitor use in the lobbies of the Grand and Olive buildings. Soap and water for handwashing is available in all restrooms and are restocked regularly.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing of campus spaces on a regular basis to reduce the spread of viruses and risk of exposure to occupants and workers by following the CDC recommendations and guidance. Custodial employees have also been trained on cleaning procedures to disinfect facilities.
  • Cleaning frequency will increase by several fold as campus spaces are re-occupied and the Custodial department returns to full strength. The description below reflects operations with a Custodial staff at full strength:
  1. High-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces: cleaning and sanitizing will be performed three times per day or once per shift (tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles/rails, drinking fountains/bottle filling stations, vending machine buttons, shared printers and copy machines, elevator button/panels and stairwells).
  2. Base Building Restrooms: cleaning and sanitizing three times per day or once per shift (toilets, partitions, sinks, faucets, countertops, handles, light switches), and checking and replenishing dispensers.
  3. Kitchens areas: cleaning and sanitizing three times per day or once per shift (countertops, tables, sink, faucets/handles, dispensers, light switches), and wiping down appliances.
  4. Soft and porous materials: carpets and upholstered furniture will be vacuumed once per week and sanitized with EPA-approved cleaner.
  5. Hard floors: floors will be swept and wet mopped once per week with an EPA-approved cleaner.