COVID-19 Policies for Campus Access: Continuing Ed & Pre-College Students

September 23, 2021


New School students wearing face masks


This fall, Continuing and Professional Education at The New School has reinstated limited on-campus teaching and learning while upholding COVID-19 health and safety protocols, which includes an ongoing testing program along with mask and vaccination requirements. Check out The New School COVID policy for more detailed information.

Access to Campus

There are four main steps for Continuing & Professional Education and Parsons Academy students to access campus:

  1. Vaccination Requirement - Upload proof of vaccination to The New School’s Student Health Services (SHS) online portal (log in with your NetID and password)
    • Please look up your NetID on The New School's Account Services page. You may also set or change your password on the Account Services page.
  2. Testing Requirement - Get tested regularly throughout the semester and upload each test result to the SHS online portal to obtain clearance status.
    • There are a variety of COVID-19 tests on the market. The New School will only accept PCR Nasal or Saliva Swab tests and will not accept Serum Antibody tests or Rapid Antigen tests. Students who complete a test off campus must submit their results through the SHS Portal.
    • The New School is also providing free COVID-19 PCR Binx test kits which can be picked up at two different locations on campus (see FAQ for details). You may pick one up for your entry test. Binx test results will be automatically shared with Student Health Services. You do not need to upload the test results to the SHS portal.
  3. Masking Requirement - Masks are required inside New School buildings and classrooms at all times.
  4. Photo ID Card - Submit a passport-style photo to the Card Services Online Portal. Carry the New School photo ID card for building entry and other services; mobile phone to display clearance status for building entry.

Testing FAQ

How do I pick up a Binx test?

The university offers binx self-collection nasal swab test kits at the following campus locations:

  • University Center, Event Cafe (Lower Level), 63 Fifth Avenue - Summer session and fall semester, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • 2 West 13th Street, Lobby - Fall semester, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • 55 West 13th Street, Lobby - Fall semester, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Test kits must be dropped off at a campus drop box on the same day you complete your nasal swab. Test kits are shipped daily to the lab for processing at 4:00 p.m. Kits dropped off after 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, will be in the following day's shipment to the lab. The deadline to drop off a test kit on Friday is 4:00 p.m.

Watch this video to learn more about picking up and dropping off a binx test kit.

How often do I have to get tested?

If you are coming to campus for the first time, you must take a PCR COVID-19 test and provide a negative test result within seven days prior to initially accessing campus. After accessing campus for the first time, ongoing testing is required. You must take a binx test every other week and provide a negative test result every 14 days to maintain access to campus buildings. Visit the Testing page to learn more about testing requirements.

Health and Safety

The filtration for all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units has been increased to the highest level MERV rating, based on system design specifications.

In preparation for a safe campus reopening in Fall 2021, our Facilities Management team has conducted detailed study of every HVAC unit on campus, focused on air exchanges and filtration. This new study builds on work completed during the last year for areas where students, staff, and faculty have been on-site and expands the review across all campus spaces. It is being conducted by industry experts in HVAC design and filtration.

We are closely following the evolving guidance from public health agencies and industry associations including the CDC, NYC Test and Trace and other government agencies, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Additionally, we are in frequent collaboration with the NYC Colleges and Universities COVID Coordination Council to share best practices, resources, and public health guidance.

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

The university’s safety and sanitization protocols for the fall semester include nightly cleaning, disinfecting, and ventilation of all on-campus spaces.

  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipe dispensers are installed in every building lobby and elevator lobbies on all floors, as well as near offices, classrooms, research and making facilities, and computer labs.
  • EPA and CDC approved disinfectants, ultraviolet light, and/or SteraMist™ technology are used to clean and sanitize surfaces.
  • High touch surfaces are cleaned throughout the day, and heightened sanitization occurs during overnight cleaning.
  • Where feasible, touchless equipment has been installed.

More Fall 2021 FAQs

Will students who are not yet 18 years old be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

All students who are eligible to receive a vaccination are required to be fully vaccinated. In New York, people aged 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. To check eligibility in other states, please see your state health department website.

Will the vaccine requirement apply to non-credit students?

Yes. Non-credit students age 12 and older will be required to be vaccinated in order to access campus buildings and services.

Will the university help undocumented students access the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. In line with federal government guidelines, regardless of immigration or health insurance status, all individuals are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not conduct enforcement operations at or near vaccine distribution sites or clinics. Students who are undocumented or hold DACA status are a significant and valued part of our community, and we will do everything possible to ensure they have the access and support they need, and that their privacy is maintained. If you are undocumented and concerned about accessing the vaccine, please contact Student Support.

Which COVID-19 vaccines is the university accepting? Will the university accept vaccines that are not yet approved in the U.S.?

We strongly encourage students who have access to vaccines approved in their home countries to get vaccinated as quickly as they can. In line with CDC guidance, vaccines authorized by the U.S. FDA or WHO will be accepted by The New School.

What are the university's current vaccination rates?

Check out The New School’s Data Dashboard for up-to-date vaccination rates and testing results of New School students, faculty, and staff on campus. The sheet is updated weekly.

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