Campus COVID-19 Conditions Indicator

Current Level: Yellow


The Pratt community may need to adjust how we live, learn, and work together throughout the semester based on changing COVID-19 conditions. The risk assessment and decision team meets regularly to review the current conditions based on city, state, and CDC guidance, local and campus positivity rates, and the available resources required at each level to maintain a healthy campus. The current campus conditions indicator with four levels (green, yellow, amber, and red) is displayed on the Back to Pratt website, in the weekly e-newsletter, and on campus monitors. Knowing what each level means is essential to your safety and the safety of those around you, and to maintaining educational continuity. Please study the following chart to be prepared for inevitable changes throughout the semester. And, as always, these directives are subject to change, so read incoming emails and check Back to Pratt.

Download the Fall 2021 Campus Condition Levels chart. Updated 9/10/21.

Pratt reports COVID-19 testing results weekly to New York State and a summary is published in a public COVID-19 Report Card along with other higher education institutions and K-12 schools.

What’s the condition?

  • NYC or Institute indicators show rates of infection are elevated or increasing.

How will I know?

  • Current condition displayed on the Back to Pratt website and campus monitors. All communication coordinated through the Back to Pratt website and weekly e-newsletter.

Classes and Work

  • Instruction and work as scheduled with additional safety precautions listed below.

Campus Access and Events

  • Unlimited access for current students, faculty, and staff with signed social contract and proof of COVID vaccination (or approved exemption). 

  • Guests, independent contractors, and vendors permitted for academic and Institute objectives with prior invitation and following COVID requirements.

  • Campus closed to external community. 

  • Sporting events limited to Pratt community, visiting athletes, and coaches only. 

  • On-campus events permitted with restrictions and access to the internal community only.

Studios, Shops, and Labs

  • Studio, shop, and lab use as usual with additional safety precautions listed below.


  • Services as usual with additional safety precautions listed below.

Residence Halls

  • Unvaccinated residents follow masking and distancing guidelines below. Masks not required in private rooms.

  • No guests permitted access to residence halls.

Masking and Distance

  • Masks required indoors for all. Masking required for unvaccinated community members at all times.

  • Maintain appropriate physical distancing wherever possible indoors, and follow NYC, NYS, and CDC guidance


  • Mandatory weekly testing for unvaccinated faculty, staff, and students. 

  • Optional testing available at no cost for all Pratt community members. 

  • Daily Health Screening Questionnaire required for unvaccinated, optional but encouraged for all other community members.

  • Surveillance testing program for vaccinated faculty, staff, and students implemented.

Safety Procedures

  • Disposable masks available at Public Safety post. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers available in common areas throughout campus. Cleaning and disinfection of common areas, especially main entry areas. 

  • Frequency of deep cleaning and disinfection of all classrooms, shops, studios, and offices will increase as the on-campus infection rate increases.

  • Continue to evaluate indoor air quality best practices and implement as needed.

What else should I do?

  • Keep informed. Check the Back to Pratt website regularly and read incoming emails.

  • Remain vigilant about containment and prevention.

  • Continue to follow the social contract and be considerate of all community members. 

  • Continue to follow the Core 4 health practices.

  • Report your illness if you test positive to the appropriate department.

  • Ensure the Institute has your current contact information for alerts. 

  • Plan carefully to ensure you have all supplies and materials needed to transition to remote instruction and/or work.