Public Safety Alerts and Closing Information | Berklee Valencia Campus

Public Safety Alerts and Closing Information

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Berklee’s campus in Valencia is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak in Europe in coordination with Berklee Valencia Medical Assistance Team and the state health authority, Conselleria de Sanitat Universal i Salut Pública en la Comunitat Valenciana. We are working to identify concerns and address your questions as they arise, and will continue to share information and decisions as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this challenging time as a community. Our first priority is and will remain the health of our students, faculty, and staff.

Coronavirus Updates

March 26, 2020, In an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the Spanish Government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the “state of alarm," declared on March 14, for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until April 12.

Previous Updates

March 23 Update

March 23, 2020, Today Beklee Valencia has transitioned to online/remote learning. Please note that as of today, no faculty or staff (unless formally designated as essential to day-to-day operations of campus) will be allowed on campus.

March 22 Update

March 22, 2020, The Spanish Government wants to extend the state of alarm, declared on March 14, for another 15 days in a bid to slow the coronavirus outbreak . If approved by the Spanish Congress, the lockdown will continue until April 11. The Spanish Congress will vote on the decision on March 25.

March 14 Update

March 14, 2020: Today the Spanish Cabinet announced a “state of alarm” for the next 15 days. All in-person classes are suspended. During the period of suspension, online education activity will continue. Leaving personal residences will only be permitted in the following cases:

a) Acquisition of food, medicines and other essential goods
b) Access to healthcare centers
c) Transportation to workplaces
d) Return transportation to habitual residences (this includes traveling to the airport for a flight home in the United States)
e) Care of elderly people and those with some kind of dependency
f) Transportation to financial institutions

We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide ongoing updates here.

The current state of affairs will continue to change. The Valencia team will support you as this situation evolves. The health of our students is our utmost priority.

March 13 Update

March 13, 2020: The Spanish Government has announced that the Prime Minister’s Cabinet is expected to meet tomorrow to approve the implementation of a “state of alarm.” Once implemented, the government will “limit the circulation or presence of people or vehicles at determined times or in determined places, or oblige them to comply with certain requirements.” This may affect international travel plans. Until further announcements are made, we are not yet clear about the impact on our community.

In addition, Valencia’s regional government has announced that tonight at midnight all bars and restaurants will close and all cultural and leisure events will be suspended. This includes theaters, sports centers, clubs or any kind of establishments with allocated seating.

The current state of affairs will continue to change. The Valencia team will support you as this situation evolves. The health of our students is our utmost priority.

Previously today

Valencia's regional government (the Generalitat Valenciana) has decided to suspend classes in all preschools, schools, and universities until further notice, effective March 16.

The situation continues to change rapidly, so please continue to check Berklee Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page for the latest updates. Please be advised that some of the information may not apply to Berklee Valencia students.

March 12 Update

March 12, 2020: Last evening, President Trump announced the suspension of all travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days beginning Friday at midnight US Eastern Daylight Time.
Please note that U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and their families are exempt from this suspension. Please read the full text of the proclamation here.

Berklee is fully committed to supporting students in their transition back to their home countries as the situation continues to develop, and ask that students and their relatives address all questions to our Student Affairs team at studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu.

Earlier Updates

March 11, 2020: Out of an abundance of caution and in collaboration with the faculty union, the chairs, and the deans, we have determined that the best way to limit our community’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 is to take the following steps, which are effective for our communities in both Boston and Valencia:

Online/remote learning: We plan to transition to an online/remote learning mode by Monday, March 23, after spring break. This change will allow students to continue their courses this semester with as few disruptions as possible. Faculty will receive a separate message this morning with more details about how to prepare. Please review this guide to make sure you’re ready to teach and work online, and read these tips for effective ways to work remotely.

Remote work: Starting Monday, March 16, most staff will transition to remote work until further notice. Senior leadership will identify the essential services and positions necessary to support the students who remain on campus after spring break. You will receive more information from your area leadership team. Please review this guide to make sure you’re set up to work remotely, and read these tips for effective ways to work remotely.

Events/performances/visiting artists/meetings: Effective Saturday, March 14, all performances, events, and visiting artists will be postponed, hosted online, or canceled until further notice.

Self-quarantine update: Given our updated policies, we are amending the self-quarantine policy to apply to people returning from countries designated as level 2 or 3. If you are a student in an on-campus residence hall who has recently returned from one of these countries, please register your travel and a staff member will reach out to you with more information.

Valencia Campus Information

Students in residence halls: If you are a student in Valencia living in Collegiate residence hall, you should return home during the break and stay there until further notice. We ask that everyone move out of the residence halls by Wednesday, March 18, and be sure to take all of their belongings. We recognize that travel arrangements may be difficult. Students who need to remain on campus due to extenuating circumstances may submit an appeal to stay on campus by Friday, March 13. Any students who do remain on campus will also study remotely, and there will be severely limited on-campus services, interactions, and facilities after spring break.

Off-campus students: For those students who don't live at the Collegiate residence hall and choose to stay in the Valencia area, please be advised that there will be severely limited on-campus services, interactions, and facilities during this time.

Facilities: Limited facilities will still be in use at the Valencia campus once the online/remote mode is launched on Monday, March 23. We will determine those ahead of this date, and communicate with our community.

Fallas: Fallas festivities have officially been postponed in Valencia in an effort to keep the situation contained.

Read the full update to students and faculty/staff.

March 10, 2020: Valencia's regional government (the Generalitat Valenciana), following instructions from the Spanish Ministry of Health, has decided to suspend the Fallas Festival until further notice. This decision has been made following the recommendations of experts and with the purpose of ensuring the wellbeing of the population.

March 10, 2020: As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, representatives from the college in both Valencia and Boston are meeting every day to assess the situation on all of our campuses and take the necessary steps to ensure that all our community members are safe and supported.

To that end, Berklee is offering a remote study option to all Valencia-enrolled students who voluntarily choose to leave the campus and return home (or someplace other than the Valencia campus) for the remainder of the spring semester.

Please note that at this time, all of our classes remain active on the physical campus. Should the Spanish health authorities enforce a campus closure, further information will be communicated at that time.

Students that voluntarily opt to leave during the spring semester and would like to be provided with a remote study option must fill out this form. Upon completion of this form, the student will be contacted by their program director to discuss the options that may be available. We will be as accommodating as possible during this time. Please note that course options may change with remote study.

Additionally, we ask that all students review the following information before making a final decision regarding all alternatives. Support in Valencia to all - undergraduate and graduate - students as they make this decision, can be accessed through Student Affairs (studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu) and Valencia Public Safety (valenciapublicsafety@berklee.edu). Specific support for our Study Abroad and First Year Abroad students can be accessed via the Study Abroad team in Boston. Please reach out to studyabroad@berklee.edu if you have any questions or concerns about departing Valencia.

We realize that this is a challenging time for our community and would like to remind students that they can access confidential counseling services with Dr. Maria Zarza and her team by emailing mzarza@berklee.edu or calling +34 609 329 344.

Should you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact Academic Affairs at academicaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu.

March 9, 2020: Until further notice, all domestic and international Berklee-sponsored business travel is suspended. This includes our annual spring break trips. Members of our community who are scheduled to travel with Berklee during spring break will receive direct communications with additional details from trip leadership.

Further, for the health and wellbeing of the Berklee community, we strongly encourage members of our community to consider suspending personal travel that could bring travelers in contact with large groups of people.

We do understand that some personal circumstances may require travel. Please note that until further notice, any community members traveling to or returning from countries designated as levels 2 or 3 or states where emergencies have been declared (currently California, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) will not be allowed to return to campus until they have completed the required 14-day self-quarantine. Please be aware that this list continues to expand. Should you choose to travel for any reason, please submit your travel information.

March 9, 2020: At this time, Berklee is suspending all official Berklee-sponsored international travel for faculty, staff, and students until further notice. Exceptions may be allowed in extreme circumstances. Should you wish to appeal, you may submit a request to that effect. We strongly encourage all community members to avoid all international travel, including that of a personal nature. If you do plan to travel abroad, please register your travel information with Berklee Valencia before you leave, and be mindful of the current situation involving Coronavirus in the country you will be visiting.

March 6, 2020: Yesterday, March 5, the World Health Organization shared the following statement addressing the media: “The fight against rumours and misinformation is a vital part of the battle against this coronavirus. We rely on you to make sure people have accurate information about the threat they face, and how to protect themselves and others." To stay up to date and avoid misinformation, Berklee Valencia strongly recommends consulting national and international official health authorities such as WHO, the Spanish Ministry of Health, and the Valencia regional health office (Salut GVA).

March 3, 2020: As of today, and following Spanish Ministry of Health recommendations and guidelines, all Berklee Valencia programs are open and operating as normal (with increased health and safety precautions being taken on campus). Spain remains at scenario 1: contention according to official protocol established by the Spanish Ministry of Health. We continue to monitor all announcements being shared from both Spanish and global health authorities to align our operations with their guidelines.

 

Technology Support for Learning and Teaching Remotely

If you need help installing and using platforms for remote courses (e.g., Zoom, Webex, Google Hangouts), please reach out to Berklee Valencia Academic Technology at atvalencia@berklee.edu. You can also reach them for live support in real time via this Google Hangout meeting during these times:

Monday through Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Please note these times are in the Central European Time zone (CET).

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered in this section, please visit berklee.edu/covid19.

Online/Remote Learning

How will online classes work across so many time zones?

We are in the process of determining the logistics of remote learning, but we expect at this time that classes will take place at their regularly scheduled times, which is Eastern Daylight Time for the Boston campus and Central European Time for the Valencia campus. Classes will be held as scheduled in a virtual teaching environment. Faculty will take attendance. Assignments may be modified, but all assignments will be graded. Students will be given a grade for the semester, which will be part of their official Berklee transcript. Students will continue to progress toward graduation as usual. There will be no interruption in students’ academic progress. Faculty will be in direct communication with students about their specific classes.
How will classes such as ensembles, dance, theater, and those that require technology be managed and held online?

Classes such as ensembles, dance, and theater, or those that involve technology will be held remotely, similar to other classes. Students should plan to participate in these classes during regularly scheduled class times. Your professors may use different means of instruction to reach the original class objectives, or they may revise the class syllabus and learning outcomes to maximize learning in this context. Your professors are artists and expert educators and will make every effort to ensure that expectations are clear and learning is meaningful, relevant, and engaging.

Symptoms, Medical Care and Support

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of the virus can start by presenting like the common cold, including a runny nose, fever, cough, headache, sore throat, shortness of breath, or general malaise. More serious cases can include symptoms like difficulty breathing, pneumonia, or bronchitis. The incubation period is from two to 24 days.
Refer to the World Health Organization for more information.
What should I do if I have symptoms of illness?

Students: If you recently traveled to countries designated as levels 2 or 3 and/or present any of the above symptoms, we are here to help you feel better. Students can seek assistance through Berklee Valencia’s medical assistance team at +34 618 001 661 and they will refer you to expert treatment in Valencia. You should also communicate with Student Affairs team members at +34 626 263 326 or studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu. Stay away from campus while you are feeling unwell. The Student Affairs team will work with the Academic leadership to coordinate your absences.

Faculty and Staff: If you recently traveled to countries designated as levels 2 or 3 and/or present any of the above symptoms, you should call 112 or 900 300 555 and follow specific instructions. You should also communicate with the Valencia Public Safety office team members at +34 618 076 048 or valenciapublicsafety@berklee.edu Stay away from campus while you are feeling unwell. The Academic leadership will work with your students to coordinate your absences.

What should I do if I do not have any symptoms?

If you do not have any of the above symptoms, according to the CDC, Please be wary of the current situation regarding the COVID-19 in your area. If you are in doubt, please contact Berklee’s medical assistance team.
What should I do if I'm diagnosed with the coronavirus?

Students: If diagnosed by a doctor, call the Student Affairs office at +34 626 263 326. The Student Affairs team will notify your emergency contacts and will make sure you get the help and support you need, including letting faculty know if you may need to be excused from classes for any period of time.
Staff & Faculty: If diagnosed by a doctor, call the Valencia Public Safety office team members at +34 618 076 048 or valenciapublicsafety@berklee.edu and follow any medical guidance. The Academic leadership team will notify students and the HR department will be prepared to answer any additional questions.

How can I stay healthy? (according to the CDC)

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Note that the CDC has not recommended the use of masks, though you are welcome to wear one if you’d like.

Where can I get support?

Students: Global health situations like this one can impact our mental health. Communities are healthy and happy when each individual receives the support they need. If you need help coping with this situation, please feel free to make an appointment by contacting Berklee Valencia’s counseling services at mzarza@berklee.edu or + 34 609 329 344. She and her team have been briefed on the unfolding events, and they are fully prepared to help you to cope. Additionally, Valencia undergraduate students can also access International Student Services . Staff in this office in Boston are available and willing to provide students with support and resources. To speak with an advisor, please schedule an appointment via email at iss@berklee.edu. You may decide to also seek support from our equity team: they also have been briefed on the unfolding events.

Faculty and Staff: Counseling services are available through our Employee Assistance Program. More information regarding the EAP can be found at HelloE4.com (username: Berklee College of Music, password: guest).

How is the coronavirus transmitted?

According to the CDC, the 2019-nCov coronavirus most likely originally emerged from an animal source and now appears to be spreading from person to person. At this time, it is believed to be spread mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. However, research on the subject is still ongoing.

Should I wear a face mask or other personal protective equipment (PPE)?

At this point, wearing any kind of protective gear, such as masks and gloves, while being outside your residence or while living with someone who has contracted COVID-19 is critical.  Furthermore, ordering masks in bulk has created an unnecessary shortage for organizations that truly need them, such as hospitals.

Valencia Campus

Has Berklee Valencia taken preventive measures?

Yes, since the beginning of the crisis until the transition to online/remote learning, teaching, and working, we proactively implemented the following preventive measures on campus:

  • Instituted an emergency communication channel with Berklee Valencia’s medical assistance team
  • Reinforced our campus cleaning services
  • Reinforced and increased cleaning services in student residences
  • Doubled the amount of hand sanitizers on campus
  • Increased the availability of face masks, if deemed necessary
  • Increased posters and signs with messages on preventative cleaning measures
  • Begun monitoring and implementation of restrictive measures on campus tours and visits, especially for individuals coming from Level 2 and 3 areas (according to the CDC)
  • Recommended avoiding travel to Level 2 and 3 areas (according to the CDC)
  • Increased the emphasis and communication of preventative actions such as staying home when feeling sick, covering the mouth and nose appropriately when coughing and sneezing, frequently cleaning touched surfaces, and washing hands often
  • Shared links to official health and education organizations’ websites as additional information sources

If I have witnessed or experienced harassment or discrimination, what are my options?

You may contact the equity team at the Valencia campus. There are a number of ways to report an issue, including filling out the online form (login required), emailing equity@berklee.edu, or coming to the Student Affairs office in Valencia. If you experience or witness an incident that requires immediate assistance, please call 112

I am a student currently living at Collegiate Marina Real: what is the situation at the residence hall?

If you are a student in Valencia living in Collegiate residence hall, you should return home and stay there until further notice. We asked that everyone move out of the residence halls by Wednesday, March 18, and be sure to take all of their belongings. We recognize that travel arrangements may be difficult. Any students who do remain on campus will also study remotely, and there will be severely limited on-campus services, interactions, and facilities after spring break.

Travel

My office or department is hosting visitors from countries designated as levels 2 or 3. Do we need to take any special precautions?

At this point, for students, access to campus is forbidden. In addition, no faculty or staff (unless formally designated as essential to day-to-day operations of campus) will be allowed on campus.

What should I do if I am traveling for Berklee?

Berklee-Sponsored Bu​siness Travel: For Faculty and Staff Only

At this time, Berklee is restricting all domestic and international Berklee-sponsored business travel until further notice. Exceptions may be allowed in extreme circumstances. To request an exemption from this policy, fill out this form.

Official travel is considered any travel paid for or sponsored by Berklee. Personal travel not associated with Berklee in any way, such as travel to your home country, is not considered official.

Berklee-Sponsored Spring Break Trips

Berklee is restricting all travel, including our annual spring break trips. Members of our community who are scheduled to travel with Berklee during spring break will receive direct communications with additional details from trip leadership.

What should I do if I recently arrived from countries designated as levels 2 or 3?

If you recently traveled to or from countries designated as levels 2 or 3 or states where emergencies have been declared, you will have to complete the required 14-day self-quarantine. Please be aware that this list continues to expand. Should you choose to travel for any reason, please submit your travel information. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described, you should call 112 or 061. As a member of the Berklee community, we also ask that you notify the Valencia Student Affairs team (if you are a student) or Valencia’s Public Safety Department (if you are a staff or a faculty member)

Where can I find more information?

We will continue to post updates on this page as we receive more information, particularly as it pertains to Berklee and Valencia. For updated answers to the most frequently asked questions, please visit berklee.edu/covid19. If you would like broader updates about the situation, we encourage you to check reputable news sources and refer to the World Health Organization’s resources.

Events

Will upcoming concerts and events be cancelled or postponed?

Yes. Performances, events, and meetings will be postponed, hosted online, or canceled until further notice. Culminating Experiences will take place remotely; students can check with their chair or faculty for more guidance. When possible, events will be postponed, rather than canceled.
Will commencement still be held?

No decision has yet been made regarding commencement. We will update you when we have further information.

Information for Faculty and Staff

How should I prepare to work or teach remotely?

Review this guide about how to make sure you're set up to teach and work online, and read these tips for effective ways to work remotely.

Resources and Forms

General Information

For further official information about the developments on coronavirus, you may refer to the following official sources:

We recommend registering your phone number with the Berklee Valencia Emergency Notification System to keep up to date with campus alerts and recommendations including potential campus closures:

We also recommend students the following:

 
Fill in this form to receive information, updates and important deadlines: