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The Berklee College of Music, in Boston, did not have classes Thursday and will have online classes only through Tuesday, Nov. 23.

A notice on the college's website said, “Classes will be cancelled for Thursday, November 18, and we will be working with faculty to move to remote instruction beginning Friday, November 19. This mode of instruction will be in effect through Tuesday, November 23. Essential campus operations will remain open under current masking protocols, including residence halls and dining facilities. Administrative offices will remain in operation, and student appointments with staff and faculty can occur remotely during this time.”

The college also said that “rehearsals and other group events scheduled on campus through Tuesday, November 23 are canceled.”

A memo from the Berklee Response Team said, “We want to make clear that our overall COVID-19 positivity rate is low and our vaccination rate is high. As part of our regular monitoring, we noted an uptick in the positivity rate among our students; we attribute this rise in student cases to off-campus gatherings. We know our students, faculty, and staff want to be on campus, and we need everyone’s help to encourage students to follow established safety protocols while off campus. If, as a community, we continue to maintain the practices that keep us safe, it will help us to resume on-campus learning on November 29, and maintain our on-campus presence through the end of the fall semester.”

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