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COVID-19 NYFA Update

Covid-19 NYFA
FALL 2021

NYFA looks forward to returning primarily to in-person, on-campus learning at all NYFA campuses. As part of our plan some lecture-based classes that benefit from the Zoom environment will be held online which has proved very successful in recent semesters.

For this plan to succeed, it has become clear that vaccination against COVID-19 is the most effective tool we have. We are pleased to see that an increasing number of our community have already been vaccinated and with vaccinations increasingly available to all, we are hopeful that life will be much more like before the pandemic.

To make this possible, NYFA is requiring all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before Fall Semester classes begin on the New York and Los Angeles Campuses, with exceptions for medical or religious reasons. We believe this is the best way to ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. Our South Beach Campus operates under a different state law which does not permit a mandate for vaccination. Therefore, we are strongly urging all in our community on the South Beach campus to be fully vaccinated by Fall so that we may return to the richness of in-person working and learning, creating and collaborating together.

During these months of pandemic, the New York Film Academy has found new resilience and renewed purpose as a community, and we have forged ahead together in our work as artists and educators.


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Safety First

Our faculty and administration have been working every day to ensure that students have been able to continue their studies safely throughout. NYFA is confident that we can offer our programs safely when we return to campus this Fall while maintaining our renowned hands-on approach to learning.
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Our Reopening Plan

In designing our reopening plan, our Task Forces and Committees carefully reviewed all available guidance from government, health agencies, public health experts, as well as protocols being developed by the film industry for production. All our decisions have been made through an intensive process of deliberation and always with the health of our students, faculty, and staff at the forefront. NYFA brought on a medical consultant, Dr. Peter Bloland, to assist in our decision making. Dr. Bloland is an infectious disease expert and formerly of the CDC, where he served as leader of the CDC SARS Response Team.


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Arrival and Self-Quarantine

Students and employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to arrival to the campus region are not required to self-quarantine. Any students or employees who are exempt from vaccination are expected to arrive or reside in the region of the host campus for at least 10 days prior to their first day on campus and follow guidelines for self-quarantine which require staying at home, wearing masks for essential travel, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and other behaviors recommended by the CDC for protecting oneself and others from illness.

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Physical (or "Social") Distancing

NYFA already benefits from its small class sizes, usually 8-16 students. This maximizes student and faculty interaction, and will now allow us to practice physical distancing more easily than many schools. To further promote distancing we will be staggering class start times to lower the number of people entering our space at any given time. Once a significant majority of students and employees are fully vaccinated, physical distancing protocols may relax on all campuses.



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Testing

PRE-ENTRY TESTING
All students and employees are required to get a RT-PCR COVID-19 diagnostic test within 7 days prior to the first day on campus and need to provide a negative test result and have no symptoms to be permitted entry to campus.

ON-CAMPUS SURVEILLANCE TESTING
Participation in regular surveillance testing is mandatory for all students and employees who are not fully vaccinated and attending on-campus classes/activities. Vaccinated students and employees may be required to participate in random sample testing as well.


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Protective Facial Coverings (aka “Masks”)

Wearing an appropriate facial covering is considered one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of spreading and contracting the virus. Therefore, all employees and students will be strictly required to wear a well-fitted quality mask or cloth facial covering when entering a NYFA facility, and for the duration of time spent on campus and when participating in NYFA productions and activities.
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Cleaning and Disinfecting


All classrooms, furniture, equipment, and facilities will be disinfected regularly. All high-touch surfaces (elevator buttons, hallway, classroom and bathroom door handles, faucets) are protected by Nanoseptic Sleeves for continuously self-cleaning touchpoints. Students will be trained on special protocols for safely handling equipment in production. Hand sanitizer will be available in all spaces.
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Monitoring and protecting the health of our community

NYFA has developed a special mobile App that all students and employees currently use to report any symptoms that could be indicative of COVID-19 each day they are scheduled to be on campus. This allows NYFA to monitor and support the health of the community and limit possible exposure to the virus on campus. It also helps with the important work of contact tracing in the event that there is a case of COVID-19 in our community. Individuals who are experiencing any of the symptoms that have been identified as related to possible COVID-19 infection are not be permitted on campus until they have been tested and cleared. Once a significant majority of students and employees are fully vaccinated, health screening protocols for vaccinated individuals may relax on our campuses.

Safety Training

Our safety protocols are only effective if we cooperate and work together to keep our community safe. All students and employees participate in health and safety training to help them understand and comply with health and safety protocols and sign an acknowledgement agreement that underscores their responsibilities.

NYFA will make adjustments or additions to practices according to the current conditions and vaccination levels of each campus, and as necessary for the well-being of the community.

NYFA's COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet regularly to analyze the latest recommendations and information from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as well as national, state and local public health and education authorities to ensure that we are coordinating our efforts to implement guidelines and best practices in accordance to these agencies, for each campus as appropriate to that city.
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Student Wellness

To promote and sustain student wellness, our student support services are providing online counseling services (individual therapy and coping skills groups), creative virtual student life activities, and focused online assistance to veterans, international students, and students with disabilities needing help acclimating to the altered learning platform. Other important NYFA student support services and offices - Title IX, student conduct, financial aid, academic advising, library, writing center, and housing - are also accessible online and remain active in addressing students' needs.





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ADMISSIONS

NYFA has temporarily moved its in person Open Houses, Auditions and Portfolio Review activities online. Our team is available to work with prospective students on the application processes - including reviewing portfolios and holding virtual auditions.

Video Submissions - Applicants can submit their audition or creative portfolio digitally. Please see our requirements here and contact us at roger@nyfa.edu if you have any questions about submitting your requirements digitally.

Virtual Meetings - NYFA's Admissions Specialists would be delighted to meet with prospective students virtually to discuss our programs, locations and answer all questions related to the NYFA experience, as well as to conduct auditions and portfolio reviews. Please contact us at roger@nyfa.edu with any questions and to set up a virtual information meeting. We look forward to hearing from you.

Virtual Open House - NYFA will continue to conduct our Open Houses on a regular basis - please see the schedule of upcoming virtual events here.

Online Workshops - NYFA is currently offering an array of "Hands-Online" workshops in all disciplines, to learn more visit: https://www.nyfa.edu/online-workshops/

We look forward to fully coming together once gain in the Fall semester. Until then, please know that the global NYFA community has grown stronger than ever before and is here to support you. Stay safe and reach out to us with any questions or assistance you may need to info@nyfa.edu.



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