COVID-19 Updates

The safety and wellbeing of our community is of utmost concern to the College. We are committed to providing regular updates about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and COVID-19 based on trusted and verified news sources from public health agencies and adjusting our own policies, practices and recommendations accordingly.

Hello Students – 

Thank you again for being so cooperative with our need to continue to wear masks on campus.  Unfortunately, our cases have continued to rise in spite of our efforts.  As a result, we have determined to move all classes to Zoom for the next two weeks.  This will be effective beginning tomorrow (Wednesday 5/18) and we plan to return to in-person classes on Tuesday, May 31.

The following adjustments will be made during this time:

  1. We will continue to require twice weekly testing during this time and you may come to campus to test between 9am-4pm Mondays and Thursdays.  This is very important in order for us to track the progress and monitor results.  
  2. The campus will remain open by appointment only using the Room Booker system (instructions attached) and you will only be able to utilize the campus for your allotted session.  Campus will be open from 9am-11pm each day of the week.  The café will not be open during this time.
  3. The Cadence shuttle will only run from 3-10pm and will resume normal schedule beginning Tuesday, May 31.
  4. Masks will need to be worn at all times while on campus and we highly encourage masks to be worn anytime you are in close contact with others.
  5. If at any time you either test positive or are experiencing Covid symptoms, please notify health@lacm.edu as soon as possible.

We are taking these measures in order to reduce the number of individuals on campus at any one time.  Our sincere hope is that this action will limit the spread so that we can safely continue to be on campus together and move back toward a mask optional policy – hopefully in time for end of quarter performances! 

Thank you again for complying with these protocols and please be very safe and cautious off campus as well.  We need to work together as a community and your efforts are appreciated.

Hello LACM Students! 

I want to first offer HUGE congratulations to all of the students who graduated this quarter – what a massive accomplishment and we are all so proud of you! 

For the rest of you, I wanted to update you on a few things regarding COVID-19 protocols and adjustments as we move into the Spring 2022 quarter: 

  1. In keeping with recommendations and guidelines from California, LA County, and Pasadena Public Health department(s), we will be moving to a “mask optional” policy (to apply to students/faculty/staff who are fully vaccinated and boosted only) on the LACM campus beginning with the start of the Spring term (begins on April 4). That said, all faculty have the right to ask their students to keep their masks on while in their class(es) and students will be required to respect that request and comply.  Otherwise, masks are still highly recommended for all but we will no longer mandate the wearing of masks in all indoor campus spaces.  If you are not vaccinated due to qualified exemptions, or have not yet received the booster shot, you will need to continue to wear your mask at all times while indoors. 
  2. We are reducing the testing requirement for all students who are fully vaccinated and boosted to once per week. Any student not fully vaccinated will need to continue to test twice weekly until further notice.  This will be enforced and any absences due to lack of testing will not be excused.  As a reminder, testing is offered in the LACM South Courtyard free of charge on Mondays and Thursdays @ 7:30am-4pm.  Please also be aware that each student must register their insurance information with the testing company, in order to be eligible to receive the PCR test.  For any who do not have insurance, a rapid antigen test will be provided to you. 
  3. You need to continue to bring your own microphone to all classes requiring performance vocally. For performances on the Garage or PH stages, LACM microphones can be used with protective filters. 
  4. Guests – for guests on campus or for performances, they will need to be fully vaccinated. If they also provide a PCR test within 72 hours of the visit, they may remove their mask while indoors.  Without a provided test, they will be required to wear their mask throughout their visit on campus.  Should a PCR test not be feasible to obtain, rapid antigen tests will be available to purchase for $15 at the LACM South entrance.  If a rapid test is selected, they will be required to continue to wear their mask while indoors on campus. 
  5. There will be no online/Zoom option for classes for the Spring 2022 quarter and beyond. If you are ill, you should not attend classes – but you will need to speak directly to your faculty regarding missed class lecture content and receiving additional time to complete assignments if you are offered an excused absence.  Please make sure to attend class consistently while also being mindful of symptoms that could be contagious to others.  Up to two excused absences may be issued per class per quarter, if faculty and Department Head approve. 
  6. Campus Clear will still be required for each entry to campus (per day). If you present symptoms, you must report on Campus Clear and arrange for a PCR test in order to return to campus, or contact iris@lacm.edu to test on campus during one of the scheduled testing days.  If you are deemed not to have Covid, you may return to classes when you are feeling better.  If your test result is positive for Covid, you must quarantine for 5 days (with 24 hours free of symptoms), and test on the 6th day in order to receive clearance to return to campus.  If PCR results continue to come back positive after having had no symptoms for at least 24 hours, a rapid negative test result may be acceptable to return to campus.  You may either purchase a home test and bring with you to campus to administer in sight of the front desk security staff, or you can purchase a rapid antigen test from LACM for $15. 

While we are very excited to see the case numbers continue to drop drastically, we are still proceeding cautiously with the intent to keep our LACM Campus safe for all.  All adjustments to protocol and policy will be based on the guidance of the California, LA County, and Pasadena Public Health department(s) and are subject to change. 

Please continue to be mindful of social distancing, hand sanitizing and frequent washing, along with wearing your mask whenever possible.  While we may be loosening our mandates, we do so with the trust that you will proceed responsibly and with an attitude of courtesy to your fellow classmates and the staff and faculty of LACM. 

If we do this right as a community, we can continue to see progress achieved and a steady restoration to a more normal state of operations on campus.  We’re proud of all of you and very grateful that you’ve been so compliant with restrictions that we know have felt limiting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s our sincere hope that we are moving toward a time when most, if not all, restrictions will be eliminated, and we can return to the normalcy and comfort we all long for. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Best,

Erin Workman
EVP, Los Angeles College of Music 

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Dear LACM Students,

We are getting very excited to see (and hear) you all back on campus soon!  As we prepare to come back to campus on February 7, please make note of these important updates to our Covid-19 protocols.

VACCINE BOOSTER:

In keeping with Federal, State, and Local health department recommendations and guidelines, we have determined to require a vaccination booster for all LACM community members (faculty/students/staff).  This is the best way to keep our community safe and protected during these uncertain times.

All LACM students are required to have a vaccine booster by Friday, February 4.  Please upload your booster record to:  https://lacm.formstack.com/forms/booster_requirement

For information on locations to receive the booster, please visit the following sites or consult with your primary health care provider: https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/covid-19-vaccine/#vaccination-sites

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup/

TESTING:

All LACM students are required to submit a negative PCR test within 72 hours of your first campus entry.  A rapid antigen test is not sufficient to gain access to the campus.

The LACM testing team will be in the courtyard on Thursday and Friday, the week before classes (Feb 3 and Feb 4) from 9am-5pm.  Or you can get tested anywhere that offers a PCR test.  A reliable testing service with locations all over town is https://curative.com/. (A test on Feb. 3 will be acceptable for a Monday, Feb. 7 entry).

Upload your negative PCR test results here: https://lacm.formstack.com/forms/covid_19_test_results

Students will be required to test twice weekly for the remainder of the Winter 2022 quarter, due to the rapid transmission of the Omicron variant. 

Beginning on Monday, February 7, the LACM testing team will be in the courtyard Monday through Friday 7:30am-11:30am. Please make sure to schedule your tests accordingly per week.

CAMPUS CLEAR APP:

Reporting your health condition on Campus Clear will continue to be required to enter the campus.  You may exclude any conditions related to known seasonal allergies.  Any symptoms found to be unreported and leading to a positive test result can be fined to the student in the amount of $500.  This is not designed to be punitive, but it is of the highest importance for every student to be honest in reporting symptoms in order to prevent an outbreak on campus.  

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE SICK:

If you are ill, you must report your symptoms with integrity to the Campus Clear app and remain at home.  Your faculty have been advised to allow you to attend the class via Zoom or issue an excused absence if you are too ill to attend the class remotely.  However, it is your responsibility to notify your faculty in advance of the class that is either going to be attended remotely or missed.  If you fail to notify your faculty in advance of your absence, you will not be issued an excused absence or offered the opportunity to make up missed homework or course content.

Once your symptoms have been eliminated, you must receive a rapid negative test in order to receive campus access upon your return.  If you are symptom free, you may access the campus for testing during the noted testing hours or you may receive an off-campus test result and upload to https://lacm.formstack.com/forms/covid_19_test_results.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU TEST POSITIVE:

If you test positive for Covid-19 either on campus (rapid) or at an off-campus testing site, you must immediately report your test results to health@lacm.edu and upload to https://lacm.formstack.com/forms/covid_19_test_results.  If you tested on campus, you should immediately leave and quarantine at home.  The LACM health team will contact you with additional instructions, but it is imperative that you remove yourself from campus, notify the above mentioned, and immediately notify your faculty of any classes that will be missed or attended remotely as a result.  It is recommended that you immediately notify all close contacts as well (anyone you have been in the presence of for more than 15 minutes and less than six feet distance, or without a mask).  LACM Health will conduct contact tracing, but the sooner these individuals can be notified, the better.  

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO TESTS POSITIVE:

If you have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive, it will be required to quarantine until you are able to receive a rapid negative test.  If you are boosted, you may not be required to quarantine for a longer period.  If you are not, a 5-day quarantine will be required, along with a negative PCR test result in order to return to campus. Students in prolonged close contact with an individual (roommates, friends or partners who have not distanced fully, etc.) who has tested positive will be required to quarantine for 5 days (with a negative PCR test result on day 6 or later required in order to return to campus), even if boosted.

MASKS:

In keeping with health department guidelines, all LACM community members are required to wear a N95/KN95 mask at all times while on campus.  Cloth masks, or simple one-ply over the counter masks are no longer acceptable while on campus.  Should you arrive to campus wearing a mask that is unacceptable given these guidelines, you may be able to purchase one on campus if available.  Please do not assume that these masks will be available on campus and be sure to purchase the appropriate mask type in advance of arriving to campus.

We understand that these restrictions and protocols can be frustrating, but we appreciate your continued commitment to keeping our community and campus safe!  We are in this together and are so proud of how resilient you’ve been throughout the process.  If the music can continue in spite of these challenges, it has all been worth it!  We look forward to seeing you on campus beginning on Monday, February 7.

With gratitude,
LACM Administration

Please read this entire announcement regarding the Winter 2022 quarter:

ONLINE JANUARY 10 – FEBRUARY 4:  In light of the continued surge in COVID-19 cases, and in particular the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant, we have determined to hold all classes online only for the first 4 weeks of the Winter 2022 quarter.  This decision is made based on the daily case count as well as the reality that multiple LACM students and faculty members are currently testing positive.  We also recognize that many of you will have newly returned from traveling and this has shown to increase the risk of an outbreak of cases on campus.  This four-week period will give everyone ample time to test, quarantine as needed, and return safely for in-person instruction.

We plan to return fully in person to campus in the week of February 7.  You will receive Zoom invitations from each of your faculty but if you have any concerns or issues, please notify your Department Head and/or advising@lacm.edu for assistance.  For more information regarding how to attend your classes via Zoom, please refer to the attached instructions.  Please also check the attached required equipment list to make sure you have all resources necessary to complete your coursework remotely.

CAMPUS OPEN FOR FACILITIES USE: We will open the campus for facility use in week two, beginning Tuesday January 18, with the negative PCR test result required to access campus.  All students who will be accessing campus must continue to provide the weekly test result as well, including all students residing at the Cadence.  For those seeking to access campus in week two, testing will be provided next week on Monday (1/10) and Thursday (1/13) @ 11am-5pm.  And a negative PCR test result within 7 days of the first access to campus will be required.  Please submit your test results to: https://lacm.formstack.com/forms/weekly_covid_19_test_results

No student will be permitted to utilize campus facilities without this test result having been uploaded and delivered within the appropriate time frame.  This includes those who do not plan to come to campus during the first four weeks but will be returning the week of February 7.

Weekly testing will still be required for those accessing campus for facility use and the testing schedule on the LACM Campus (South Courtyard) for week(s) 1-4 will be on Mondays and Thursdays @ 11am-5pm and daily testing options to meet the weekly test requirement (M-F @ 7:30-11:30am) will resume as we fully return to campus the week of February 7.

CAMPUS OPEN HOURS: Starting Week 2, January 18, campus  hours will be : M-F 3pm-10:30pm and Sat & Sun 11am-6:30pm.  Masks are required at all times, along with all other current safety protocols, and the updated CDC recommendation is for these masks to either be surgical masks or KN95 masks.

*The  Cadence shuttle will not be running during the first four weeks of the quarter but the regular schedule will resume the week of February 7.

FACILITY USE RESTRICTIONS: No in-person performances, events, or large gatherings will be permitted on campus during the first four weeks.  It is required that no more than 5 individuals gather in classroom/rehearsal settings, with 6 ft distancing required at all times, and no more than one individual at a time be permitted to use the small practice rooms or DAW labs.  The North and South recording studios will not be accessible to students during the first four weeks of the quarter.  It is a continued requirement that each student who will be singing in a live or DAW setting bring and use only their own microphone, while also remaining masked at all times.  In addition, no guests will be permitted on campus during this time – current LACM students, faculty, and staff only.

BOOSTER SHOTS: We also believe that it is in the best interest of our entire community for every individual who is not exempt from vaccination requirements to receive the booster prior to returning to classes the week of February 7.  At this time, it is not a requirement, but it is highly recommended and has proven to drastically reduce or even eliminate symptoms should you test positive.  This also allows for lessened transmissibility of the virus.  This may be required at some point, so please make arrangements to receive the booster at your earliest convenience if you have not already. http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup/

We know that this may come as a disappointment to some of you, while hopefully easing the concerns that others of you have expressed.  We are hopeful that this decision will allow us to return more safely the week of February 7 and we will be able to resume classes in person at that time.  We are so appreciative of each of you and our collective efforts to remain safe as a community during these times.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourself and those around you protected and safe! 

Best Regards,
LACM Administration

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Hello Students!

Regarding the email sent last week requiring all students to receive a negative PCR test result prior to the start of classes (or your first class on campus), within 7 days of that date and preferably 72 hours, we have determined to offer testing on campus in the South Courtyard the following days:

Thursday 1/6 @ 9am-3pm
Friday 1/7 @ 9am-3pm

You will receive the results of the rapid test within 15 minutes and the PCR result within 48-72 hours.  You will need to upload your PCR test results to the following link in order to receive access to campus for the week of 1/10 (start of classes).  No student will be permitted on campus without having uploaded a negative PCR test result within the time frame noted.https://lacm.formstack.com/forms/weekly_covid_19_test_results 

This service is free of charge and we encourage you to make use of it.  If you are unable to come to campus to take advantage of this service, you will be responsible for procuring a negative PCR result and uploading to this same form.  For resources for testing in LA County, please visit: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/.  If you are travelling via LAX, you can also test outside Terminal 6 and receive a PCR result for $125 that will be delivered within 3-5 hours. https://www.flylax.com/travelsafely#CovidTest

We do understand that testing can present a difficulty for some and we encourage you to test on campus this week or contact health@lacm.edu should you need further guidance beyond the resources provided to you.

We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Best Regards,
LACM Administration

Hello LACM Students!

We hope you are enjoying your holiday break and look forward to seeing you back for our Winter 2022 quarter beginning on Monday, January 10.  Many of you may be wondering if we will be opening campus for rehearsals and facility use on the week of January 3rd, but we have determined not to do so in order to allow everyone to safely return from holidays and obtain a negative PCR test result prior to classes starting.  This decision is made out of an abundance of caution given the rapid transmission rate of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in particular.  A negative PCR test result within 7 days (72 hours preferred) of the first campus entry will be required for all students, faculty, and staff prior to being permitted on campus.

We will resume our weekly testing requirement for all students on campus beginning the week of January 10, but the negative PCR test result referenced above will need to be obtained on your own before returning to campus.  You will not be permitted entry to campus without having delivered your test result, no later than Noon on Sunday, January 9.  If you miss this deadline, there may be a delay in activating your campus badge and you should contact iris@lacm.edu with any concerns in this regard.  Please upload test results to:

Weekly Covid 19 Test Results:  https://lacm.formstack.com/forms/weekly_covid_19_test_results 

LACM will hold all classes on campus as planned, starting on the first day of the quarter, January 10. Certain private lessons (vocal, brass and woodwind and songwriting departments) will be scheduled via Zoom to avoid singing or playing wind instruments in confined spaces. We will be prepared to temporarily conduct classes via Zoom should new COVID-19 cases emerge during the quarter (we will follow health department protocols for guidance in determining when this is necessary).

We are trusting you to consider your fellow students and community members when returning from travel.  Please give yourself ample time to return, test, and be certain you have no symptoms prior to returning to campus.

As you all know, we had a small outbreak of cases at the end of the Fall quarter and it was determined that many have not been truthful when reporting symptoms via Campus Clear.  This outbreak could have been potentially avoided if those presenting symptoms had properly reported and remained off campus.  Because of this concerning issue, LACM will be implementing a $500 fine for any student who is discovered to have been dishonest in the reporting of symptoms via Campus Clear.

We have instructed all faculty members to make accommodations for students who need to remain at home when sick, but if there are concerns regarding a particular class in which this is an issue or concern, please report immediately to the Academic Advising Office advising@lacm.edu.

The safety of our community is of the utmost importance and we also would like to prevent any further disruption to in-person learning.  Until further notice, all safety protocols will continue to be adhered to – including the wearing of masks at all times while on the LACM campus. 

To review:

-LACM will conduct all classes in person (please reference above for the noted private lesson(s) exception) beginning January 10, 2022.

-A negative PCR test result must be delivered to LACM within 7 days (72 hours preferred) of the first entry to campus and no later than Noon on Sunday, January 9.  Please submit test results to:  https://lacm.formstack.com/forms/weekly_covid_19_test_results 

-The weekly on-campus testing requirement will resume beginning the week of January 10.

-A $500 fine will be assessed for any individual who is found to have been dishonest in reporting symptoms via Campus Clear.

-All safety protocols will be adhered to, including the wearing of masks at all times while on the LACM campus.

We know that these are challenging times, but we are so appreciative that we have been able to be back together on campus and making music as a community.  Every effort is in place to ensure that this collaboration and in person learning can continue without interruption.  Please do your part to respect these requirements and recognize that they are constructed for the protection of everyone in the community, as well as our unique learning environment.

For any general questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please contact EVP Erin Workman at erin@lacm.edu.

Dear LACM Students,

We would like to inform you that we have recently received information about a confirmed case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in at least one student at LACM.  Due to privacy mandates, we are unable to identify the student(s) who have reported the confirmed case.  You may have had an exposure to this case if you were either (1) on campus this week, (2) were within 6 feet of the infected person for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period, or (3) had unprotected contact with the infected person’s body fluids and/or secretions, for example, being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva, or providing care without using appropriate protective equipment.

As there is likely to be widespread potential exposure due to the activities and final exams/concerts this week, we are taking the precautionary measure to close the LACM campus effective immediately and for the remainder of the holiday break.  We will open campus for facility use on January 3rd and the Winter quarter will proceed on campus as planned, beginning on January 10th.  We will be requiring all students and staff to test prior to their first class on campus.  Testing hours will be expanded for the first week of the quarter to 7:30am-5:30pm, or you can deliver your own outside test result within 72 hours of coming to campus for the first time by uploading using this form:  https://lacm.formstack.com/forms/weekly_covid_19_test_results 

We also recommend that each of you receive a negative PCR lab test result prior to traveling.  For information on testing sites: covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.

We acknowledge that this will be a disappointment for those of you with remaining concerts and recitals.  We will reschedule each of these shows as soon as possible when we return for the Winter quarter.  We know you’ve worked very hard and we want to make sure you are able to present the results of your efforts!  Your department head(s) will be in contact to arrange for the rescheduling and for any questions you might have.

The following are the recommendations following a potential exposure, issued by the LA County Public Health Department:

NOTE: Persons who have recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days are exempt from quarantining or testing for COVID-19. However, these individuals should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

If you do not meet the quarantine exemption above, it is recommended to self-quarantine away from others and monitor symptoms for 10 days after your last exposure or until you receive a negative PCR test result 3-5 days following the potential exposure. If you are a fully vaccinated student and do not have symptoms, you may undergo a modified quarantine with certain conditions below, as recommended by the LA County Public Health Department:

  • Get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after your last potential exposure.
  • If you live at the Cadence and do not have symptoms, you should remain on campus in your residence, or off campus if you will be with your family during the holidays, until you have completed modified quarantine for 10 days or until receiving the negative test results as mentioned above (but you should definitely receive a PCR negative test result prior to traveling or coming in close contact with other individuals).
  • You should not participate in social activities or go to any indoor public- or community-setting until you receive a negative test result or have completed modified quarantine for the full 10 days.
  • If you receive a negative result from a test conducted 3 to 5 days after last exposure, you may be released from modified quarantine at that time.
  • If you receive a positive result OR you develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any point within 14 days of your last exposure, you must immediately isolate and follow Home Isolation Guidance (http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidisolation/). If your symptoms become severe, seek medical advice for further guidance. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include one of more of the following: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or new loss of taste or smell. Note this list does not include all possible symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you do test positive, please send your test results to health@lacm.edu
  • If you decline testing, you may be released from quarantine at Day 10 but must continue to monitor your health and adhere to COVID-19 prevention precautions through Day 14. See Home Quarantine Guidance (publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona 2019/covidquarantine/).

Ensuring that you and our educational environment is safe is of greatest importance to us. For additional questions about Coronavirus in Los Angeles County, please visit the LA County Department of Public Health coronavirus webpage at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact health@lacm.edu directly.

Sincerely,

The LACM Health Staff and Administration

The following policy is an addendum to the Reopening Plan and will be implemented for the remainder of the Fall 2021 term:

Limited guests, visitors, and alumni will be permitted on the LACM campus if fully vaccinated and with evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of coming to campus.

Such guests must be accompanied by the hosting student, faculty member, or employee of LACM. Unaccompanied and unauthorized guests will not be permitted to visit campus.

All visitors will need to bring proof of vaccination and negative test result confirmation upon arrival to LACM. A guest check-in form will need to be filled out and these documents uploaded prior to being cleared for entry. If a visitor arrives without this documentation, they will not be permitted on campus.

All visitors will also have their temperature taken at the door and masks will be required for the duration of the visit and while on the campus of LACM.

Once cleared for entry, the visitor will be issued a Visitor Pass and this must be worn visibly for the duration of the campus visit.

Safety protocols must be followed at all times and the individual(s) hosting the guest could be held responsible for any breach of LACM Covid-19 or Standards of Conduct policies.

For additional information, please review the LACM Reopening Plan: https://www.lacm.edu/covid19/

For questions or concerns, please contact Erin Workman at erin@lacm.edu

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We are very excited to announce that all Fall 2021 classes will be scheduled on campus, with the exception of private lessons in the Vocal, Songwriting, and Brass & Woodwind departments. This exception is due to the inability to provide a large enough classroom per lesson to ensure a safe environment for singers, horn players, and the teaching faculty.

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In accordance with the Los Angeles College of Music’s [LACM] duty to provide and maintain a campus that is free of known hazards, LACM is adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our students, faculty, and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, that may be reduced by vaccinations. This policy complies with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities, as applicable.

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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion.

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In January 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced additional funding available to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020.  In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.

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We are pleased to remind you that we will be opening the LACM campus for hybrid instruction for the Summer 2021 term, beginning on Tuesday July 6, 2021. All students can view their schedule on Populi in order to determine how many classes will be on campus versus how many will remain via Zoom. It should be noted that not all students will be assigned to a class on campus. Due to the continued capacity restrictions and requirements for distance, we have needed to prioritize performance classes that require additional equipment. As a result, many classes will necessarily need to continue remotely at this time.

Please click the links below to read the full campus re-opening plan and instructions for LACM community members.

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In January 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced additional funding available to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.

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LACM Spring 2021 Reopening Instructions

First Day of Campus Access: April 5, 2021 (Monday)
Hours of Campus Access: 9:30am-5pm Monday through Friday
Campus Availability: LACM South Only; Café and Studio will remain closed until further notice

Currently Enrolled in SP21 Students only; no Alumni or Guests until further notice

Shuttle to and from the Cadence will be provided M-F beginning 4/5 @ 9am at the Cadence and the last pickup from campus will be at 5pm.

First come first serve parking access in the LACM South parking lot. Please only park in LACM designated parking spots and not in those reserved for Goodwill or DaVita. You will be towed!

Please download the document below to read more!

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This pandemic has obviously lasted much longer than any of us could ever have anticipated. As a result, our initial hope to begin opening the campus for facility use and eventually classes has been delayed. However, we are very excited to see the rollout of the vaccine under way and LA County has moved into the Red Tier allowing us to finally plan for the return of students to campus!

https://covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19-news/los-angeles-county-announces-red-tier-re-openings-to-begin-monday/ https://www.cityofpasadena.net/city-manager/news-releases/city-of-pasadena-moves-into-red-tier-effective-monday-march-15/ https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

As the State of California, Los Angeles County, and City of Pasadena, release further guidance and instruction regarding the ability for higher education institutions to begin reopening at limited capacity (25%), Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) is planning for a multi-phase process now set to begin during the Spring quarter of 2021 (Phase One). We have thoroughly prepared for this reopening with advanced air filtering systems, reformatting of classrooms to ensure distance and safety, along with many other preparatory efforts noted in the remainder of this document. Please download the document below to read more!

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Hello LACM Community!

It is our great pleasure to inform you that our faculty and staff members are now eligible to receive the vaccine, which will bring us much closer to the reopening of campus becoming a reality.  We are seeing the case numbers decline weekly and this metric will determine the actual date for opening.

While we anticipate this partial opening of campus occurring at some point during the Spring quarter, the initial phase will be for facility use only (rehearsals, recording sessions, lab use, etc.) and we will update our reopening plan to outline the specific protocols as we get nearer to that time. Spring 2021 classes will remain remote so that we can prioritize the successful implementation of safety protocols with the partial reopening of campus.  This will also allow those students who are not currently located in Los Angeles to make plans to return before the Summer quarter begins.

We are expecting to be opening the campus for a hybrid class schedule for the Summer 2021 quarter.  And we are optimistic that we will be fully opened by Fall 2021.  To monitor the statistics, you can view at:  http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/data/index.htm

This is very exciting to be nearing what we hope will be the end of this very long year and challenging circumstances for all.  We still need to be vigilant and continue to take all safety precautions, but this is positive movement and we are grateful to be able to share the good news with you.

We will continue to keep you updated as the vaccination rollout continues and the moment we are permitted to open our campus, it will make us VERY happy to see and hear those of you who are able to make use of the facilities.  It will be so wonderful to hear these halls filled with music again and to be able to see you in person.  What a year it’s been!

Thank you for your continued perseverance.  We are all so impressed by your dedication to your craft, your studies, and the pursuit of your dreams.  In spite of the challenges, incredible music has been made this year!  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best Regards,
The LACM Administration

Hello LACM Community!

We hope that you are staying healthy, creative, and resilient during this time of continued restrictions due to the global pandemic.  We have been watching the progress of the vaccination rollout and are hopeful that our instructors will have access to the vaccine as early as February.

In LA County, individuals who are frontline essential healthcare workers (Phase 1A) or over the age of 65 (Phase 1B – Tier One) are receiving their vaccines now.  Those who work in the education sector are next in the order of eligibility of Phase 1B – Tier One.  While we have no guarantee of exactly when we will move into this phase, we are getting excited that the time could be coming very soon.  This would enable us to more fervently begin to plan for reopening.

https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#When-can-I-get-vaccinated

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidvaccinedistribution/

We are also closely watching the new presidential administration’s plan for allowing colleges to reopen.  In addition, and particularly as the case numbers in LA County continue to remain high and ICU units are at maximum capacity, we will be watching the outcome of CA Governor Newsom’s “Safe Schools for All” plan.  As we receive clarity about those guidelines, we will share with you and be able to determine a more specific timeline and method for reopening the LACM campus.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/National-Strategy-for-the-COVID-19-Response-and-Pandemic-Preparedness.pdf

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Safe-Schools-for-All-Plan-Summary.aspx

We will announce no later than March 1 the plan for the Spring 2021 quarter, so that you have time to prepare and make your plans.  Regardless of the format, we are confident that we will continue to see you thrive and create incredible music!  It has been nothing less than astounding to see how each of you have continued to create, grow, and rise to the challenges we are all facing during this time.

As always, we continue to be impressed and grateful for your tenacity.  Our community has only grown stronger and closer, as we’ve needed to support and rely upon one another.  We can’t wait to see you all in person one day again very soon!

Sincere Regards,
The LACM Administration

On March 27, 2020, the Federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pub L. No. 116-136, providing funds to institutions from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to make Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under student’s cost of attendance, such as food, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. As an institution receiving the Cares Act funds, Los Angeles College of Music is required to post certain information on its website. The required information is listed below and will be updated every 45 days. Subsequent reports are due quarterly and must be posted no later than 10 days after the calendar quarter (October 10, January 10, April 10, July 10). The following information is reported for the period, October 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. FINAL REPORTING

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Hello LACM Community!

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and we hope you’ll be able to take time to enjoy your families, whether it is in person or remote.  We are certainly grateful for each and every one of you!  We are so impressed with the resilience shown in the way you continue to adapt and rise to the challenges brought to all of us during this time.  We recognize that the remote learning format is not what anyone would have chosen, but the way that the music and the education persist and thrive is truly nothing less than amazing.

While we would love to make a different announcement today, it does not appear that LACM will be permitted to open campus facilities in January.  In order for each of you to make plans and in accordance with the most recent case number data, we are making the determination to keep all classes delivered in the remote format for the Winter 2021 quarter.  We will continue to monitor daily and, if there are changes to the case numbers that allow for us to open facilities mid-quarter, we will certainly do so.  But at this time, the LA County Public Health Department is only allowing a hybrid learning format for essential workers (medical professional training programs, law enforcement training, etc.).  As such, LACM does not fall into the category that would allow us to open campus in a hybrid format.

http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening_HigherEducation.pdf

https://www.cityofpasadena.net/covid-19/#dashboard

At the future point where the determination changes, we will move to open the campus for facility use and will begin a hybrid delivery of classes as we are able (Phase One of the Reopening Plan).  In the meantime, we will continue to provide excellent education and events regardless of format.

https://www.lacm.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/LACM-Reopening-Plan-Part-3.pdf

https://www.lacm.edu/covid19/

We are so appreciative for each of you, for not allowing these disappointments and challenges to deter your progress or interfere with the making of the music the world so desperately needs.  Your strength and tenacity are inspiring!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and thank you again for all you do.

Best regards,
Tom and the LACM Administration

On April 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of the second portion of funding to colleges and universities under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The goal of these funds is to “to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.”

The CARES Act establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act, which address the HEERF, allow institutions of higher education to use up to 50 percent of the funds they receive to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities, including marketing and advertising; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship (collectively referred to as “Recipient’s Institutional Costs”).

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On March 27, 2020, the Federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pub L. No. 116-136, providing funds to institutions from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to make Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under student’s cost of attendance, such as food, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. As an institution receiving the Cares Act funds, Los Angeles College of Music is required to post certain information on its website. The required information is listed below and will be updated every 45 days. The following information is reported for the period, June 1, 2020 – September 29, 2020.

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As the State of California, Los Angeles County, and City of Pasadena, release further guidance and instruction regarding the ability to begin reopening following this time of campus closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) is planning for a multi-phase process now set to begin during the Fall quarter of 2020 (Phase One). It was previously hoped for this Phase One (Remote Instruction and Limited Campus Access) to begin in Summer 2020. However, the institution has not yet been granted permission to open the campus to students for any facility or instructional use at all. For this reason, it has been determined that the Fall 2020 term will be conducted in a fully remote (online) learning format. If and when the institution has been cleared to reopen, LACM will commence to allow access to the campus for facility use (rehearsal, studio sessions, etc.) on a limited capacity basis and with full safety guidelines implemented and strictly enforced. IF it seems appropriate and feasible to do so, there may be a possibility of select courses held on campus. This is not a determination that is possible to make at this time. However, all students will have the ability to continue all coursework in a fully remote setting and physical presence in the area of Los Angeles/Pasadena is not required for the Fall 2020 term.

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On March 27, 2020, the Federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pub L. No. 116-136, providing funds to institutions from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to make Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under student’s cost of attendance, such as food, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. As an institution receiving the Cares Act funds, Los Angeles College of Music is required to post certain information on its website. The required information is listed below and will be updated every 45 days. The following information is reported for the period, June 1, 2020 – August 14, 2020.

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On March 27, 2020, the Federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pub L. No. 116-136, providing funds to institutions from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to make Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under student’s cost of attendance, such as food, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. The law requires institutions to report certain information related to the use of these funds. The following information is reported for the period June 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020.

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The Los Angeles College of Music is excited to share an updated Reopening Plan, comprised of three distinct phases.

  1. Phase One will commence in the Summer 2020 quarter and will continue to hold classes remotely, but a limited opening of campus facilities will likely occur as soon as local and state officials issue specific guidelines for doing so.
  2. Phase Two will commence in the Fall 2020 quarter and will feature a hybrid scheduling of classes; approximately one-third of classes will be held on campus, while the remainder will be delivered remotely.
  3. Phase Three represents a full opening of campus, with continued safety restrictions.

Please read the plan thoroughly and feel free to reach out to the members of the Reopening Plan Committee should any questions or concerns arise.

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State and Federal restrictions under the coronavirus pandemic have rapidly changed how LACM provides the academic curriculum to our students. As the situation continues to evolve, we are creatively exploring every avenue available to us with the strong support of our accreditation body – the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). In doing so, we are finding new ways to teach course material and the students are finding new ways to study and engage with faculty and their classmates.

In making the changes that accompany a shift to online learning, LACM insures that the course learning objectives are being met as mandated by NASM. The curriculum for each course has been carefully planned out by the instructors, under the guidance of the Department Heads, the Dean’s Office and the Academic Affairs Committee to give students the essential course elements in an online format.

We have also upgraded our Naxos Listening Library so all students have unlimited access to the library from their personal computers, pads or phones. And we’re adding JSTOR, the premiere online research resource to our library for students. JSTOR is the number one source for peer reviewed journal articles, books and periodicals and will be an invaluable asset for students as they write papers, prepare presentations and study a wealth of music topics.

Click the link below to download & read the full message from the Dean regarding online learning changes:

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Dear LACM Students

I firstly want to say that I miss all of you! I enjoy so much watching you learn and perform from my office each day and it’s just not the same without you on campus. The halls are empty of music and nobody is playing the piano on the Garage stage in the afternoon. I really miss that!  I hope you and your loved ones are safe and that you are managing as well as can be expected during these challenging times.

In my opinion, what makes LACM such a great school is the community you all belong to. All of you are so supportive of each other. I’m sure you are missing your friends and your teachers. I know they are missing you.

I also want to offer my deep gratitude for your patience and understanding as LACM responds to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Finals Week March 23-27

Good luck this week on any final exams that you are prepared to take. I know everyone was working quickly to make this possible. I’m looking forward to hearing your recitals when you get back on campus.

Spring Quarter Starts April 6

School will still start on April 6 as planned. Many of your classes will be taught remotely using Zoom video conferencing software and Populi. We have been using Zoom the last few weeks and it’s great. Your instructor will be right there talking to you live, just on your computer screen. You can see all your fellow students taking the class at the same time. You can ask live questions, discuss with each other, or type messages. I think you will really enjoy this. Those of you that are in different time zones, the classes will be recorded, and you will be able to watch them when you are able.  Further instructions about class times and how to use the Zoom software will come shortly.

On campus classes are set to resume May 11. This is 7 weeks away from today. I’m hoping a lot of progress will have been made.  Remember that technology is a great tool to continue collaborating remotely!

Stay safe, wash your hands, don’t cough on anyone; all this will pass, and life will get back to normal. Try to only watch trusted and verified news sources, stay optimistic and connected to each other!

All of us in the administration are looking forward to your return!

Sincerely,
Tom Aylesbury

Due to the announcement on May 12 by the Los Angeles County Public Health Director that LA County will remain under the Safer at Home Order through July, and projected to continue through August, the LACM campus will remain closed and all courses will continue to be delivered by remote instruction only.   This was reinforced on May 14 by the Pasadena Public Health Department. (https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/ALL-Curbside-Retail-Health-Officer-Order.pdf?v=1589499991719)

The announcement included an acknowledgment that restrictions could be lifted in part over the course of the next three months.  When a partial reopening of campus resources is a possibility, a very carefully pursued plan (outlined below) for safety and health precautions will be followed strictly.  At this time, it is not anticipated that the campus of LACM will fully reopen until the start of the Fall 2020 quarter, but we will continue to keep you apprised if any resources can be opened before that time.  In order to prevent any mid-quarter disruption, it has been determined that all coursework will be conducted remotely for the entire Summer 2020 quarter.

All Summer at LACM programs (including Summer Xperience and Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Camp) will be offered remotely only.  No courses or programs will occur on the LACM campus during the Summer 2020 term. For more information, please visit: www.lacm.edu/summeronline

For the full Reopening Plan, which includes the projection of possible scenarios for Fall 2020, please click below:

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Summer at LACM (Summer Xperience/Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Camp) 2020 Program(s) Update:

Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) remains committed to following all protocols and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The campus is currently planning to open for current LACM students to attend classes beginning July 6.

If it is deemed possible, the Summer at LACM program (includes Summer Xperience and Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Camp) will begin the week of June 29th.  LACM recognizes that it may not be possible to launch the Summer at LACM programs as planned, due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 circumstances.  If the program(s) were to be cancelled due to health and safety concerns for our community, full refunds will be issued to all participants who have registered.

LACM also recognizes that it may be necessary to limit the number of students, faculty, and staff who can be on campus at any given time once the campus reopens.  The institution is planning for this probability and will certainly place the greatest emphasis on making certain that the community can conduct learning in a safe and healthy environment for all.  If this requires the Summer at LACM programs not to run as scheduled, LACM will cancel and refund any monies paid by participants (this refers to Summer Xperience and Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Camp specifically).  A modified remote program may also be offered.

In addition, there remains the possibility that some Summer 2020 LACM classes may be required to remain in a distance learning format while others that are experiential in nature may be held in small class numbers on campus.  LACM will continue to monitor the situation and inform the community as soon as a firm decision is possible regarding format of classes, as well as additional programs.

Above all, the administration and faculty of LACM would like to thank the students, families and supporters, for showing such resilience and flexibility in a difficult time for all.  The strength of the institution is that of its students, and the spirit of creativity and optimism displayed is an inspiration for all involved in this quarter of distance learning.  Thank you and stay well, healthy, and safe!

Hello LACM Students:

The administration and faculty are working to make your WI20 final week of course content and exams available soon, and you should plan on taking your final exams online via Populi during the week of March 23-27.  Please access Populi by Friday of this week for any pending content to review or complete, and also check your email often for contact from your faculty.  Additional instructions will be coming shortly and we’d like to encourage you to reach out to your Academic Advisors and Department Heads should you have any concerns or questions.

LACM is planning to conduct classes online only during the weeks of April 6 – May 8 (week 1-5 of the quarter) and will plan to resume on campus courses, as permitted by the current status of the COVID-19 protocols and recommendations, the week of May 11 (week 6).  The online courses will be accelerated so that 10 weeks of course content will be delivered and completed within the first five weeks of the quarter.  When you return on May 11, you can expect for your course schedule to be primarily comprised of performance and lab-based classes.  All pending performances, recitals and showcases from WI20 will also be conducted during this time period.

We will be sending additional details and instructions over the next few days, but we did want you to be aware that we don’t anticipate being able to open the campus before May 11.  If that changes, we will certainly be in close contact as quickly as possible and will adjust as we are able.  We know that this situation has caused a disruption in our usual manner of delivering instruction, but we are confident that we’ll be able to remain connected and productive during this time of unusual circumstance.  Please know that we remain available to you during this time and all administrative staff will still be accessible via email and phone where possible.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding – we will get through this together as a community and will be stronger for the experience.

Best Regards,

Erin Workman / Executive Vice President, LACM

and

Daniel Walker / Dean of Academic Affairs, LACM

During these unique times, it has become vital for students to be connected to the interne. Fortunately, many large internet service providers are offering free internet services for the next few months to student households (K-21 and college) and low income households.

Charter/Spectrum services the Los Angeles area and is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter is also opening their Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.

https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

Comcast/Xfinity is initiating a 60 day pause on their current data plan, offering free unlimited data to all existing users. New, low income household customers, will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. This service is normally offered to low income household for $9.95/month, but for the next 60 days you can sign up for free if you live in a Comcast service area. For new and existing Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s internet service has been increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream for no additional fee. Comcast is also opening their Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots for free public use. For a map of Xfinity hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.

https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

Hello LACM Students!

We hope that this email finds you doing well and staying creative, healthy and safe.  We miss having you on campus and are looking forward to the day we’re all able to return!

We wanted to let you know that there has been an adjustment to our original anticipated opening of campus date (May 11th).  Due to the nationwide extension of social distancing guidelines until April 30th at the minimum, we have determined that it will be highly unlikely that we could open the campus when we originally hoped to.  We want there to be as little disruption as possible in your learning this quarter, so we’ve decided to hold the entire quarter online rather than just the first five weeks.  While this is not our preference and we know it is not yours either, we need to make sure that we comply with all federal and state guidelines as well as give you the absolute best quality of instruction we can offer during this time.

As a result, we are also shifting the start date of the Spring 2020 quarter to April 13th rather than April 6th.  The end date of the term will now be June 26th.  There will be a one-week break between the Spring quarter end and the beginning of the Summer quarter on July 6th.  All courses will now be on the traditional 10-week quarter schedule, with final exams occurring in the 11th week per usual.  We anticipate and are planning on campus being open fully for the Summer quarter and all students will need to plan on attending.  We will be eliminating summer breaks in order to accommodate the delivery of your performance and lab-based courses missed during this shift to online instruction.  It will be an exciting quarter of recitals and showcases, producing, collaborating, recording, and finally getting to hold a grand ceremony for our graduates of 2020!  We are very much looking forward to a quarter of music and celebrations on campus as we all come back together as a community.

We know that you may have some questions about this information and you can stay in close touch with your Department Head and Academic Advisors for clarity regarding your class schedule and what you can expect academically during the Spring 2020 quarter.  Your new class schedule will be available on Populi no later than Friday, April 10th.  We will also be sending additional information and details over the coming week, so please continue to check your email often.

Thank you all for being such an incredible community of creative and resilient artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, composers, and industry leaders.  We are so proud of you and encourage you to remain connected with your peers, collaborate remotely as often as possible, and keep positive and productive during this time.  This challenge will only strengthen us as a community!

Take care,
Tom & Erin

On March 30, LACM was notified that a person among the LACM campus community has been confirmed by medical professionals to have COVID-19.

The case involves an employee, who was last on campus March 11, and tested positive on March 30.

Facilities and equipment that have been used by the employee have been closed since March 12 and have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Across California, we are moving into a phase where there will be more cases of COVID-19, which underscores the measures LACM has already implemented to increase physical space of six feet or more for our campus community. This social distancing, combined with thorough hand-washing, cleaning surfaces and other hygiene measures, will help us reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Dear International Students:

If you do leave the U.S. and return, you should research (in advance of scheduling and purchasing return travel): any travel advisories or restrictions that apply to you, and be aware that you may be subject to health protocols such as enhanced screenings at airports, and mandatory quarantines, which can prevent you from starting work or school for approximately 14 days after your entry into this (or any other country). Therefore, choosing to leave the U.S. may have serious consequences on your academic progress and your visa status, for reasons that LACM cannot predict or control. Ultimately, your decision(s) to travel in and out of any country is a choice that you must make on your own (or in consultation with, and in agreement with your loved ones/dependents).

Please understand that the decision to stay in the U.S. or in any other country, or the decision to leave one location for a home country is a deeply personal one that considers finances, family, health needs, etc. LACM will not tell you what decision you should make; instead, we will give you the most accurate information available at any time, but the decision will be yours.

LACM highly recommends that all international students have health insurance while studying in the United States. We are able to offer international students four different health insurance options through Gallagher Student Health & Special Coverage. Click on the link to get a quote or browse international student health insurance plans.

Best Regards,
C. Thomas Aylesbury
President

ADMISSIONS

Q: Will this COVID-19 pandemic and temporary closure of the LACM Campus affect my admissions decision? 

A: No. As long as your application is complete, you will receive an admission decision from LACM. Please feel free to contact an admissions counselor to check your status (admissions@lacm.edu).  All administrative and student support services are available and operational during this time.

Q: For the SP20 quarter, what will the schedule be like and how will I get this information?

A: Not all classes that you’re registered for in SP20 will be possible to offer online.  Therefore, you’ll be notified of which classes on your schedule will be offered online beginning April 6 (lecture) and which classes will begin when the campus reopens on May 11 (performance).  Each class for SP20 will be accelerated so that the class is completed in five weeks rather than the usual ten weeks.  You will be notified via email and Populi of the schedule for each class you’ll be taking online for April 6-May 8, by Wednesday, April 1.

Q: What do I need to be able to take my classes online and what is the format of the online classes; should we be expecting more independent work and study, or live webinar? 

A: You will be participating in class lectures via Zoom (instructions to be emailed to you soon) and you’ll work in Populi to turn in assignments, view lessons, take exams, etc.  All you need is a good internet connection as well as a computer (preferred because of the larger screen size), iPad or tablet, smartphone, etc.  The classes will run very similar to any lecture class in that you will “meet” with your instructor and classmates at a set day/time (schedule will be emailed to you and posted on Populi) for the lecture, and you’ll have assignments/quizzes/projects/exams to complete via Populi just like you would in an on-campus lecture course. 

Q: Who do I contact if I’m having technical difficulties with my online classes or setting up my Zoom account?

A:  You can contact your Academic Advisor advising@lacm.edu

for assistance with Zoom, and support@lacm.edu if you’re having trouble accessing your lacm.edu email or Populi account.  Populi will be fully explained within your Online Orientation as well as the Virtual Campus Orientation that will be held on Friday, April 3.

Q: Will there be an on-campus orientation

A: Due to the mandated temporary closure of campus, all orientation activities will be conducted online.  There is an Online Orientation via Canvas and you should have received an invitation to setup your student e-mail and access the orientation.  If you haven’t yet received an invitation to set up your email, please contact support@lacm.edu.  There will also be a Virtual Campus Orientation held on Friday, April 3 via Zoom beginning at 10am PST.  Details and instructions for access will be sent by April 1.

 HOUSING

Q: If I go home for 8 weeks, do I have to pay rent at the Cadence? If I have already paid for future months, can I get a refund? 

A: The Cadence functions as a student dormitory-style apartment building, therefore we won’t be closing during the break and shift to online classes and students are welcome to stay for all or part of the campus closure. Therefore, the method of course delivery has no effect on the Cadence leases and all students are required to pay their upcoming rental installments and students who have paid ahead will not be issued refunds.  

Q: Given these troubled and unique times, can I just terminate my Housing License/Lease? 

A: The term of your current Cadence License Agreement is financially binding for all current students. Although we cannot terminate your existing License Agreement, please reach out to housing@lacm.edu to discuss other options.  

Q: I am an incoming Spring start student and I have made a reservation to stay in the Cadence Student Apartments, will this affect my move in date for the Spring quarter?  

A: Move in for the Spring Quarter will still be available and scheduled for April 1, 2020. If you do not anticipate moving into your Cadence unit on April 1, please contact a housing representative at housing@lacm.edu to discuss an adjusted term of your License agreement and alternative move in date. 

ACADEMICS

Q: I’m starting to worry about completing my assignments and final exams from WI20 – What should I study and where should I find that information?

A: The content of each course remaining from WI20 will be available from Friday, March 20, with final exams available in most classes beginning March 23rd and remaining open until 5pm on March 27th.  Faculty will be uploading the final content to Populi and will email you details as well. Navigate to each individual class, then on the left-hand side you will find assignments, files and lessons. You should see all the remaining material in those tabs. If you do not see the review material or are missing parts of it then please contact both your teacher and advising immediately.  You can also upload any pending assignments via Populi during this time.  Final Exams (for the courses that hold written exams) will be available after 9am on Monday, March 23rd.

Please be aware that not all finals will be given at this time. Some group technique classes, classes that require LACM facilities (such as labs and recording studios), performances, recitals and showcases from WI20 will be conducted during the last 5 weeks of Spring, or as soon as the campus is able to open.

Q: I travelled home as soon as the closure was announced and won’t be back until April 6. I do not have all the resources needed to complete all my work, what should I do?

A: We understand that some students may not be able to complete all their remaining assignments/work from WI20. Please do your best to complete as much work as possible before the start of the SP20 quarter, as it will only serve to make your workload more manageable once you return. If you do not have access to Pro Tools or Sibelius, please contact your academic advisor. We have a limited supply of free 90-day licenses. Students who already own Pro Tools will not qualify for the temporary license.

If you are unable to finish any work before March 27, please contact both your teacher and academic advisor to make them aware of what you can and can’t finish.  You should be aware that you’ll need to make up the final exam/assignments once the campus reopens.

Q: How much time will I have to take my finals?

A: All final exams for WI20 will open on Monday, March 23. Students will have until 5 pm on Friday, March 27 to view the review materials and complete the exam or send in final projects.

Q: Will our schedules be the same for the online classes as the on-campus classes once we return?

A:  Not all classes that you’re registered for in SP20 will be possible to offer online.  Therefore, you’ll be notified of which classes on your schedule will be offered online beginning April 6 (lecture) and which classes will begin when the campus reopens on May 11 (performance).  Each class for SP20 will be accelerated so that the class is completed in five weeks rather than the usual ten weeks.  You will be notified via email and Populi of the schedule for each class you’ll be taking online for April 6-May 8, by Wednesday, April 1.

Q: What do I need to be able to take my classes online and what will the classes be like?

A: You will be participating in class lectures via Zoom (instructions to be emailed to you soon) and you’ll work in Populi to turn in assignments, view lessons, take exams, etc.  All you need is a good internet connection as well as a computer (preferred because of the larger screen size), iPad or tablet, smartphone, etc.  The classes will run very similar to any lecture class in that you will “meet” with your instructor and classmates at a set day/time (schedule will be emailed to you and posted on Populi) for the lecture, and you’ll have assignments/quizzes/projects/exams to complete via Populi just like you would in an on-campus lecture course.

Q:  Will the quality of the online courses be the same as if I took them on campus?

A:  While the method of delivery has changed necessarily, the contact time with your faculty member and the quality of the content will not change at all.  You will still be able to ask questions, request a meeting with your faculty, interact in class discussions, participate in collaborative projects, etc.  Since the online courses are for lecture classes only and not performance, the primary difference is that Zoom will be the “classroom” instead of you personally walking into a physical classroom space on the LACM campus.  We obviously all look forward to being back on campus together, but we are confident that the online classes will maintain the same level of quality and clarity you experience on campus.

Q:  If I’m in a different time zone than PST and can’t join the live Zoom class, can I access it later?

A:  While we highly encourage everyone to do all they can to join the Zoom class as scheduled, we recognize that some students may have more difficulty doing that than others.  Every class will be recorded and the link to the recording will be shared with all enrolled students in the class.  This link will be posted on Populi as well, and will be available for 30 days.

Q: Who do I contact if I’m having technical difficulties with my online classes or setting up my Zoom account?

A:  You can contact your Academic Advisor for assistance with Zoom, and support@lacm.edu if you’re having trouble accessing your lacm.edu email or Populi account.

Q: I flew home to be with my family and am unsure if I need to be back before April 6 or May 11th?

A:  While the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation regarding timeline for reopening the campus, LACM intends to reopen for on-campus classes and events on May 11.  You do not need to be back to campus before May 11, as long as you have a good internet connection wherever you are staying in the meantime.

CAREER AND STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Q: Can I still meet with Career Counselors/Academic Advisors/Student Support? 

A: Yes! There are Career, Academic Advising & Student Support meetings being offered during the campus closure. All appointments will be via phone call. Counselors will call in during the time of your appointment. 

Q: How do I book a virtual appointment? 

Appointments are still on our usual booking service here – you can also find the link on Populi. 

Q: What if I have an international number? 

A: You can submit an alternative contact method on the appointment submission form. Counselors may be able to use Skype, FaceTime, WeChat, and WhatsApp as alternatives. 

Q: Will there be any Career & Student Services events/workshops?

A: All events/workshops have been postponed until campus reopens. 

FINANCIAL AID and BUSINESS OFFICE

Q: While the campus is closed, how do I get my financial aid check for living expenses?

A:  Please contact the Financial Aid staff at finaid@lacm.edu to make arrangements for your check to be mailed or picked up by appointment (if possible).

Q: What if I haven’t completed my financial aid paperwork yet?

A:  Please contact the Financial Aid staff at finaid@lacm.edu right away, so they can answer any questions you might have and help you to complete any pending requirements.

Q: Will there be any tuition discounts offered for SP20?

A:  LACM is not planning any tuition discounts at this time, since classes will continue and all services are fully operational during the campus closure.  All students registered for SP20 should plan to complete the courses available online from April 6 to May 8.  When the campus reopens on May 11, the performance courses and those that aren’t possible for online delivery will run for the remainder of the quarter.  All student support and career services remain available during this time, as well as all administrative functions and staff.

Q: Since the Spring start date has been changed to 04/13/2020, when will I receive my financial aid refund check?

Financial Aid disbursements will be received from the Department of Education on the week of April 13th. Once they are received, the Business Office will be cutting a check and mailing out refund checks.  If you have recently moved, please ensure to email finaid@lacm.edu your new mailing address so we can update our records.

Q: On March 13, 2020, the president announced that interest would be waived on all federally held student loans. Which loans are covered by the announcement?

A: All loans owned by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will have interest waived. That includes Direct Loans, as well as Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans held by ED. Please note that some FFEL Program loans are owned by commercial lenders, and some Perkins Loans are held by the institution you attended. These loans are not eligible for this benefit at this time. For active students,  the subsidized loan do not accrue interest while in school.  The unsubsidized loans are loans that accrue interest upon receiving the first disbursement and any recurring disbursement while attending school.  As of March 13, 2020, the interest will be waived on your unsubsidized loan.

Q: How long will interest be waived?

A: Interest will not accrue on federally held student loans for at least 60 days, beginning on March 13, 2020. ED may extend that period, depending on the status of the COVID-19 national emergency. (On March, 25, the U.S. Senate passed a bill extending the initial interest waiver to offer a total of six months of 0% APR on federal student loans,  as well as extend the coronavirus forbearance period for the same amount of time). For both active and grad students who applied for student loans,  please review the following link to get the most up to date information from the Department of Education.

https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus#main-content

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Q: Is Summer Xperience and the other programs for Summer at LACM still running?

A:  Yes!  We are looking forward to seeing you on campus this summer and are planning for full delivery of all scheduled programs.  While the situation is fluid and we will be compliant with all official mandates, we are hopeful that we will be able to run these programs in full and on campus.

Q: If I register for one of the Summer at LACM programs and the program cancels due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will I get a refund?

A:  Yes.  If LACM needs to cancel any programming, full refunds will be issued.  Make sure to reserve your spot now!

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Q:  Should I leave the United States during the campus closure and while online classes are happening April 6-May 8?

A: If you do leave the U.S. and return, you should research (in advance of scheduling and purchasing return travel) any travel advisories or restrictions that apply to you.  Be aware that you may be subject to health protocols such as enhanced screenings at airports and mandatory quarantines, which can prevent you from starting work or school for approximately 14 days after your entry into this (or any other) country. Therefore, choosing to leave the U.S. may have serious consequences on your academic progress and your visa status, for reasons that LACM cannot predict or control. Ultimately, your decision to travel in and out of any country is a choice that you must make on your own or in consultation, and in agreement with, your loved ones and/or dependents.

Please understand that the decision to stay in the U.S. or in any other country, or the decision to leave your current location for a home country, is a deeply personal one that considers finances, family, health needs, etc. LACM will not tell you what decision you should make; instead, we will give you the most accurate information available at any time, but the decision will be yours.

Q:  If I leave the United States, will I be able to return by May 11?

A:  Be sure your I-20 has a current signature from the LACM International Office (contact tom@lacm.edu for questions); the signature is considered current for one year only.  However, be mindful of the potential quarantine or 14-day waiting period requirement for re-entry during this time.  LACM cannot counsel you on the wisdom of staying in the United States versus going home to your country.  Please refer to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for specific port-of-entry screening processes, as well as any travel restrictions.

VETERAN AFFAIRS: 

Q: Will I still be eligible for my housing and education benefits?

A: We were advised by VA that students will still receive their VA funding as long as the student is still in active status. The quarter begins on 04/06/2020 and students will be receiving instruction in combination of online and ground classes.

Q: Is my enrollment going to be certified? 

A: Yes, we will be able to certify VA student enrollment. If you have questions regarding your enrollment certification please email veterans@lacm.edu.

Dear LACM Community –

In an effort to act with an abundance of caution and to protect our community against the effects and implications of COVID-19, we have determined that a suspension of classes is the most prudent plan of action.  This suspension will commence immediately and will sustain until the start of the Spring quarter on Monday, April 6.  During this time, the campus will be closed to all students, alumni and guests.  All performances and events will be postponed, including the graduation ceremony scheduled for March 28. 

Administrative offices will remain open and the staff of all departments will continue to be available for phone and email contact, along with individual appointments as needed.

Specific implications are as follows:

  • The issuing and completion of grades will be paused for the Winter 2020 term.  Remaining coursework and final exams, projects and performances will be rescheduled within the Spring 2020 term, schedule to be determined at a future date.
  • All recitals, final showcases and performances are postponed and will be scheduled within the Spring 2020 quarter; specific dates and times to be determined at a future date.
  • The 2020 graduation ceremony will need to be postponed as well; every effort will be made to give ample advance notice for the rescheduled date and location, as is allowable for us given the current circumstances and official guidelines.
  • LACM North and South Campus will be closed until April 3, 2020. Provided we are able to resume normal operations at that time, the campus will open per our usual campus access policy, and classes will resume on April 6, 2020.
  • The Cadence will remain open and available to all residents throughout this time of class suspension and in accordance with the terms of the license.
  • International Students will be contacted directly within the next 24 hours, with specific instructions from the International Office.
  • Students on Financial Aid should make sure to complete and return any pending paperwork regarding Spring 2020 term.  The Financial Aid staff remains available by phone, email (finaid@lacm.edu ) or individual meetings as needed.

We do recognize that this will come as a relief to some and perhaps with some difficulties for others.  If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, or negative implications from this decision please do not hesitate to contact our Student Support Counselor, Susan Bowling, at susan@lacm.edu.  Phone sessions will remain available by appointment throughout this time of class suspension. 

And please contact any member of the Administrative team with questions or concerns at any time.  We will get through this time as a community and united in our care and concern for the safety, health and wellbeing of each person.  We look forward to resuming classes on April 6 and will remain in close communication with all of you in the meantime.  You can also check for regular updates on our website at ttp://www.lacm.edu/covid19/.

Best Regards,

C. Thomas Aylesbury

President

The College continues to monitor communications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD), and other public health agencies regarding COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) on a regular basis and we are updating our own policies, practices and recommendations accordingly. We encourage the LACM community to obtain information from trusted and verified news sources and avoid rumor and speculation which can be especially misleading.

School Operations and Graduation

  • For now, the College will maintain normal operations. All classes and final performances will take place as scheduled.
  • Graduation to be held on March 28 will continue as planned.

Resources

  • LACM recognizes that COVID-19 may be causing stress or anxiety for people in our community. Students in need of emotional support are encouraged to contact our on campus Student Support Counselor directly at susan@lacm.edu.

Dear LACM Community,

As you may be aware, the City of Pasadena Public Health Department has declared a local state of emergency as a proactive step to allow our community to better prepare for the possible need to respond to COVID-19 (previously referred to as “coronavirus”).  This step is cautionary in nature and releases essential resources that will allow our community to be as prepared as possible in the event of the spread of COVID-19.  There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the City of Pasadena at this time.

We know that this news might be startling, but please rest assured that our health officials have consistently stated that this is merely a precautionary step designed to set the resources in place for optimal preparation.  We will remain vigilant and in close contact with Pasadena Public Health, and will communicate with you immediately if there should be any change in this information.

We have advised faculty, students, and staff to remain careful to protect themselves against illness during this flu season.  This includes washing hands regularly, remaining home if ill, covering mouths with a tissue when coughing (and disposing of it promptly), sanitizing shared surfaces, and the usual preventative measures to remain healthy during this time.

Our primary concern is the overall health and safety of our entire community.  We will continue to communicate with you should this situation change, but we wanted to assure you that school remains in session with no anticipated interruption and our community has been deemed safe by our public health officials.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Daniel Walker, Erin Workman, Kristin Barrios or myself.  To view the announcement by the Pasadena Public Health office, https://www.cityofpasadena.net/city-manager/news-releases/pasadena-declares-public-health-emergency-for-covid-19-response/.

Best Regards,
C. Thomas Aylesbury
President

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Contact Information

Tom Aylesbury
President
tom@lacm.edu

Erin Workman
Executive Vice President
erin@lacm.edu

Kristin Barrios
Controller
kristin@lacm.edu

Daniel Walker
Dean of Academic Affairs
daniel.w@lacm.edu

LACM Campus
(626) 568 8850