Recent Updates: The New School plans to re-open its New York City campus for in-person teaching and learning in fall 2021. Learn more.

  • The New School operates in full compliance with New York State phased reopening plans. In keeping with those protocols, the university reports COVID-19 testing results daily to the State. A summary of those results is published in a public COVID-19 Report Card, along with results from other higher education institutions and K-12 schools.

    The steps below outline our process for assessing the COVID-related circumstances that would require the university to temporarily limit in-person learning and activities on its New York City campus during the spring 2021 semester.  

    Health metrics

    Campus measures

    The greater of 100 individuals or 5% of the total on-campus population – inclusive of students, faculty, and staff – test positive for COVID-19 within a rolling 14-day period.

    The university will immediately transition all in-person learning to remote formats and will limit all on-campus activities for a period of at least 14 days, in coordination with the NYC Department of Health. This includes in-person instruction, academic activity (e.g., research), and task time (e.g., in the Making Center and rehearsal spaces).

    Remote access to all university resources (including academic, library, etc.) continues.

    Residence halls will remain open.

    Additional Scenarios 

    The New School actively monitors data acquired through its health screening and COVID-19 testing programs to identify positive cases on campus. The university is also alerted to any building-specific staffing or maintenance issues that may interfere with our ability to safely operate our buildings. Should a positive case be identified on campus or a safety issue arise in one of our facilities, the university will determine whether a temporary or indefinite shutdown of campus activity is necessary to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19.

    Given the fluid nature of the pandemic, The New School may have to adjust campus access due to guidance or mandates from the NYC Department of Health and NYS Department of Health, which may impact academic and residential services.

    In the event of a cluster of cases in the residence halls, The New School — in collaboration with the Department of Health — may need to quarantine a floor or even an entire hall for a period of 14 days. In that event, the university would provide students with supportive services, including access to food and to alternate remote learning opportunities.

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