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COVID-19 Updates & Information

Staying safe and
making music at Merit

At Merit, your health & safety are our priority. We’ve instituted strict rules and safety guidelines for keeping our community safe during in-person music making.

We intend to deliver all scheduled in-person instruction this fall in accordance with current safety best practices. To that end, we will continue monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and updating our policies, procedures, and protocols according to the latest public health guidance.

↓ See below for the latest rules and safety guidelines at Merit’s Joy Faith Knapp Music Center.

Merit School of Music Building COVID-19 Safety Guidelines


We’re doing everything possible to keep you safe and healthy! Read about the steps we’re taking.

Following CDC guidelines

We’re on top of it. Merit’s cross-departmental Policy & Safety Teams meet weekly to review new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and respond to potential active spread.

Keeping our building safe & clean

  • Our upgraded HVAC system increases air circulation throughout the building and introduces more fresh outdoor air.
  • We’re limiting the number of people in our building to minimize the risk of transmission.
  • Parents/Caregivers who are fully vaccinated are welcome to enter Merit’s building with their student.
  • When possible, we observe 3-foot social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are offered throughout our building.

Instituting vaccination & PPE requirements

  • All Merit faculty and staff are required to be fully-vaccinated*.
  • Everyone entering Merit’s building is required to wear masks.
  • We will provide wind instrument players with specialized PPE to help block aerosol spray.
*Except for employees who are exempt for medical or religious reasons.


We need your help to make sure everyone in our building stays healthy. Here’s how you can do your part!

Let us know if you test positive for COVID-19

If a student or any member of a student’s household tests positive for COVID-19, please report it to Merit immediately.

Stay home if…

You have tested positive for COVID-19, are under quarantine instructions from a doctor or another institution, or if you’re exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, such as:

  • Fever (100.4 F or higher)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Joint and muscle pain

Report risky behavior

For the wellbeing of Merit’s students, faculty, and staff, please email [email protected] if you notice any risky behavior or unsafe conditions in our building, such as:

  • Someone seems sick
  • Someone isn’t wearing a mask
  • Someone isn’t observing proper social distancing
  • Something needs to be disinfected and cleaned
  • Someone is in our building who hasn’t signed up to be here


Learn more about the steps we’re taking to keep our community safe and healthy during in-person music making in our Safety Guidelines Handbook.

The handbook includes:

  • A flow chart to help you decide whether or not you should be visiting Merit
  • Our full COVID-19 guidelines
  • Our exposure and communication plan for informing families of any positive COVID-19 cases

→ Questions? Email [email protected] for help

COVID-19 Merit Flow Chart


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