Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Face Covering Policy

In order to provide a healthy and safe community for all residents Walnut Hill School for the Arts is requiring everyone to follow the below protocol for face coverings. This policy is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. Walnut Hill will be following State and local guidance and may modify this policy as necessary.

We define the term "face covering" as a non-medical grade cloth or disposable face covering (bandana, cloth mask, disposable paper mask, gaiter, scarf, etc.) and the term "mask" as being medical grade PPE (surgical grade disposable mask and N95).

Upon Arrival on Campus

All individuals must have a face covering readily available (around your neck or in your hand) when arriving on campus.

Upon Exiting Campus Housing or Dorm Room

All campus residents, including students, must wear a face covering when exiting their personal dorm room, apartment, townhouse, or residence into a common area. Common areas include: dorm hallways, bathrooms, building lobbies, stairwells, dorm common rooms, laundry room, etc.

Face coverings may be removed or pulled down when you have exited the building and see that there are no other people around, but the face covering must still be readily available.

Outside Spaces

All campus residents (following Massachusetts guidelines for children) must wear a face covering when near the door to a building or if they are elsewhere on campus and are unable to maintain social distancing (6 feet apart or more). If you are alone and away from the building and others, you may remove or pull down your face covering but must have it readily available.

Indoor Spaces

All individuals, including students and campus residents, must wear a face covering when in public spaces on campus. Public spaces include the Dining Hall, Campus Center, dorm common rooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms, mailroom, etc. 

In dormitories face coverings must be worn for the first 14 days of each quarter, except in private single rooms, after which residents may be in their own building without face coverings.

Our expectation is that Day Students are wearing face coverings whenever they are in public places off campus but not in their own homes.

Private Indoor Spaces

Individuals do not need to wear a face covering when alone in a private space such as their office, a practice room, art studio, or classroom. Face coverings must be readily available and must be worn when entering and exiting the space.

Meetings & Common Work Spaces

All individuals attending in-person meetings or working together in smaller spaces on campus must wear a face covering. Individuals working in larger spaces (Keiter, Delbridge, the Black Box, Shop, etc.) can remove face coverings provided they are working in separate areas. Face coverings must be readily available and must be worn when entering and exiting the space.

Use & Care of Face Coverings

Non-disposable face coverings must be washed after one day of use. These may not be used for multiple days in a row.

Disposable face coverings are made for one-time use and should be thrown away after.

All students must bring adequate supply of face coverings with them.  We suggest seven non-disposable face coverings (one for each day of the week) or approximately 300 disposable face coverings/quarter.

Shared Responsibility

Walnut Hill is a caring community committed to being a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors. As such, we want to encourage everyone to be open and honest about how they feel about a situation.

Everyone should feel comfortable asking someone to put on or fix a face covering, or explain that you are uncomfortable with being so close. Remember that you may not realize that someone is high risk and that they may not want to share that information. Please be mindful of others and watch for social cues. Err on the side of caution and when in doubt put on your face covering. It is OK to ask someone if they are comfortable with you removing your face covering and staying 6' back. It is also OK to say that you are not comfortable with that. Please be kind and take care of one another. Face coverings protect others.


If you have questions that aren't addressed by this website, we welcome you to reach out.

Health & Safety
Beth Minnucci, School Nurse

Residential Life
Melissa Cassel,
Dean of Students

Karen Loder,
Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Ben Gregg,
Director of Academic Studies

Niki Conraths,
Director of Artistic Studies

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