Berklee College of Music closed Thursday, starting remote classes Friday

BOSTON — Classes at Berklee College of Music were cancelled Thursday and plans to start remote classes Friday, according to an alert posted to a “COVID-19 Updates” section of its school website.

Berklee says remote classes will be in effect through Tuesday, November 23.

The school is then closed for Thanksgiving recess from November 24–26.

The reason behind the decision is based on a recent increase in cases among students according to Berklee President Erica Muhl.

“Berklee’s Boston campus remains open. Due to our careful testing protocols, we detected a recent uptick in positive cases of COVID-19 in our student population. Our faculty and staff positivity rates have remained low; we attribute the rise in student cases to off-campus student gatherings. While our community-wide positivity rate is still well below the current rate in Boston and the state of Massachusetts, we are taking additional proactive steps to protect our community over the coming days, including minimizing campus-based activities and shifting from in-person to remote instruction through Tuesday, November 23. It is our intention to return to in-person instruction on Monday, November 29,” said Muhl in a message to students.

Berklee has approximately 6,000 undergraduate students and more then 600 graduate students.

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