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COVID-19 NYFA Update

Covid-19 NYFA

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.


With the promising roll-out of effective vaccines, we hope to see more improvement in health conditions. Where infection rates continue to decrease in the communities where NYFA campuses are located, we plan to expand in-person opportunities for the Summer semester and offer a hybrid model of instruction. We will continue to follow our COVID Safety Plan that provides students the best possible opportunity to learn and create while meeting best practices for operation of schools during the risk of COVID-19 including: reducing the density of the campus, maintaining safe hygiene practices, tracking the health of all of our students, faculty, and staff,and providing for contingencies in the unfortunate event that there is an incidence of COVID-19 in our community. At all times, NYFA will only implement in-person instruction when permitted to do so by local public health authorities and NYFA deems it is safe.

FALL 2021

NYFA plans to return fully to campus in the Fall Semester, while at the same time maintaining key safety measures that may include holding some classes online to help reduce campus density. The virtual setting has proven exceptionally effective for certain classes and meetings, and NYFA will incorporate the improvements that we have learned for everyone’s benefit. Even the most optimistic scenarios will require all students, faculty, and staff to commit to following all safety guidelines on and off campus so that our community remains healthy. This vigilance is imperative even as infection rates fall and as more of the NYFA community becomes fully vaccinated. We also recognize that a change in conditions could require schools to move to 100% remote learning and activities at any time and we are well prepared for this if it occurs.

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In support of our safety and learning goals, our faculty and department leaders created a hybrid model of instruction whereby students will attend the classes on campus that most benefit from learning in person, such as hands-on production classes, and will attend most of their lecture and discussion-based classes online in the interactive Zoom environment that has proved very successful in the recent semesters. In this model, students will attend less than half of their classes on campus each week and the remainder online. This will ensure that the campus buildings are always under 50% occupied, which will aid in the many other protective measures we will all be following.

NYFA will also accommodate students who are not able to attend some or all of the on-campus classes in person by employing technology that will allow them to get the best possible experience. As we have done in the prior semesters, faculty will offer alternative project work for those students who cannot attend in person and need to complete their productions and projects remotely. In addition, all students will continue to have one-on-one consultations with faculty online. Please note, vulnerable faculty and students will have the opportunity to request accommodations.

In-person classes will be offered at varying times depending on the campus, in compliance with state and county mandates, and when NYFA determines that community metrics allow for safe on-campus learning.

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Arrival and Self-Quarantine

All students and employees are expected to arrive or reside in the region of the host campus for at least 14 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.

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All students 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. While this testing requirement does not eliminate the risk of COVID-19, we have determined that ensuring that everyone has been tested shortly before their first day on campus is a useful measure and helps establish a baseline for our community infection rate at the beginning of the semester or program.

NYFA is conducting weekly testing of 25% of the campus population during the Spring semester to help identify individuals who may be harboring the virus but are asymptomatic. Students/employees will be randomly selected to self-administer a RT-PCR COVID-19 diagnostic test on days scheduled to attend on-campus classes/activities. Testing will be at no cost to students/employees. Participation in surveillance testing is mandatory for all students and employees attending on-campus classes/activities.

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Protective Facial Coverings (aka “Masks”)

At this time, 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 3-layer masks or cloth facial coverings when entering a NYFA facility, and for the duration of time spent on campus and when participating in NYFA productions and activities. We will distribute one high quality NYFA reusable mask with one set of PM2.5 replaceable filters to all students and employees.
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Cleaning and Disinfecting

All classrooms, furniture, equipment, and facilities will be disinfected before and after each use. 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 will use to report any symptoms that could be indicative of COVID-19 each day they are scheduled to be on campus, and daily during the 14 days prior to the start of classes. This will allow NYFA to monitor and support the health of the community and limit possible exposure to the virus on campus. It will also help 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 will not be permitted on campus until they have been tested and cleared.

Safety Training

Our safety protocols will only be effective if we cooperate and work together to keep our community safe. Every student and employee will 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 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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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 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 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:

Until the time comes that we can once again be together, 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

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