Because the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, Pratt has implemented extensive measures to ensure the safe return of our community to campus for the 20/21 academic year.  As we all have observed, the COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving and shifting challenge. With that in mind, the following health and safety policies and recommendations are based upon current recommendations with the caveat that they could change based on new local, state and national policies and the trajectory of the virus itself.

For campus access follow our detailed checklist and testing policy

Follow the 4 Core Health Habits

  1. Stay home if you’re sick 

    • Only leave for essential medical care and testing or other essential errands.

  2. Keep physical distance 

    • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

  3. Wear a face covering 

    • You can be contagious without symptoms. Protect those around you by wearing a face covering

  4. Keep your hands clean 

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is initiated by the New York City Department of Health. However, Pratt has enlisted several leaders on campus, including GeoSyntec, to enhance that effort. These leaders include, but are not limited to, members of the health, public safety, human resources, and residential life offices. Contact tracing begins with the identification of the person who tested positive followed by an interview that determines where potential transmission could be. If exposure does not meet the criteria of a “close contact,” then no further communication to others is necessary. If, however, there are close contacts who meet this criteria, those people will be contacted, interviewed, and likely quarantined.

Pratt uses the New York State definition of close contact. A close contact is anyone that you have spent more than 10 minutes with within a 24-hour period while less than 6 feet apart. A close contact is also anyone whom you live with, have shared cups, have shared unwashed utensils, have shared toothbrushes, or have kissed. A close contact is also anyone who has directly sneezed, coughed, or spit on you. Starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

A close contact is NOT: 

  • Spending time in a room with someone (ex: classroom, studio or workspace) if you have maintained the 6 feet spacing.

  • Passing by someone in a hallway.

  • Living in the same building or floor as somebody. 

  • Occupying a space (non-simultaneously) that someone previously occupied. 

View our series of FAQs on contact tracing for additional information.

More details on the definition of close contact and what to expect from contact tracing can be found on NYC Health + Hospitals.

Flu Shots

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 and all members of the Pratt community are encouraged to get one this flu season. Find a free flu shot location near you. 

Health Services will continue to offer on-campus flu shots for students until supplies run out. Call 718.399.4542 or email to schedule an appointment

Face Coverings 

All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear a face covering while on campus including in classrooms, studios, shops, labs, offices, and common areas, or in those locations where social distancing measures can not be followed in accordance with local and national guidance for social distancing.

  • Wear your Mask correctly!

    • Wash your hands before putting on your mask

    • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

    • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face

    • We encourage our community to follow the CDC’s double-mask recommendations, but do not require it.

  • Take off your mask carefully! (When safe to do so)

    • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops

    • Handle only by the ear loops or ties

    • Fold outside corners together

    • Place mask in the washing machine (learn more about how to wash masks)

    • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.

    • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

    • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face

  • Read more information about wearing face coverings to ensure proper protection.

  • Pratt will provide all students, faculty and staff with two washable face masks upon their return to campus. Students, faculty, and staff can pick up these masks at Public Safety booths.

  • A limited number of disposable surgical masks are available at several Public Safety locations on the Brooklyn campus and at the entrance Pratt Manhattan Campus.  

  • Those community members who cannot wear a face covering, due to medical reasons, are urged to follow up the Learning Access Center (L/AC) for students and Human Resources for faculty and staff.

Eating and Drinking

  • Masks may be removed briefly when you eat and drink, as long as you stay strictly six-feet apart, honor the social contract, and follow all posted instructions about where food is allowed, table capacity, and clean up.

Personal Hygiene

Frequent handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds or more and the use of hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available is strongly urged when on campus.  There are over forty (40) hand sanitizer station locations on the Brooklyn campus and more than twelve (12) stations on the Manhattan campus.  

  • All students, faculty, and staff are urged to continue avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth;

  • Avoid sharing items such as phones, computers, desks, work stations, or other work tools or equipment;

  • Avoid touching common surfaces in public areas. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after you have contact in a public area or publicly accessible hard surface

Physical (Social) Distancing

Pratt Institute has established physical distancing protocols and has placed appropriate signage to encourage students, faculty, and staff to follow physical distancing guidance while on campus. Physical distancing is designed to reduce overall capacity in spaces by utilizing local and national guidance for all areas such as classrooms, labs, shops, studios, clinics, dining venues, residence halls, offices, elevators, etc.

  • All community members should attempt to maintain a minimum six feet of distance from the nearest person as a normal practice

  • Decrease in-person contact by utilizing phone conference or video conferencing instead of in-person meetings. If small in-person gatherings or meetings are necessary, all attendees should wear masks, maintain physical distancing, and follow occupancy guidelines.

  • Discourage physical contact with others, such as handshakes, hugs, embracing, etc.

  • Where safe distancing cannot be maintained due to the design of the workplace, arrange the work environment to achieve separation. 

  • Consult with the Facilities Department to install physical barriers, both fixed and portable, to avoid face-to-face alignment through body orientation.