HVAC System: UCLA Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) and Facilities HVAC Engineers have been consulted on the School of Music’s HVAC system.
● Air Changes per Hour (ACH): Rates were measured in classrooms, performance rooms and practice rooms. In consultation with EH&S, rates were used to determine latency periods between room use and to identify spaces best suited for higher risk activities such as singing. A general recommended guideline is for 3-4 air exchanges per hour; our rooms far exceed this recommendation (and some of our practice rooms have over 20 exchanges per hour).
● Air Filters: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 13 for filtration. Our School of Music buildings feature MERV 14 filters throughout (one grade below hospital grade).
Masks & Physical Distancing: At this time, face coverings are required at all times when on campus. Exact recommendations for physical distancing (if any) for fall will be included in the anticipated June guidance.
Symptom Screening and COVID-19 Testing: UCLA has a robust symptom monitoring and testing system in place that includes a digital symptom monitoring survey and mandatory testing once per week for those onsite. This is subject to change in accordance with local, state and federal guidance.