Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

UD OLLI in-person participation guidelines

In-person Participation Guidelines: Vaccines, masks required

Spring 2022 — Until further notice, the following in-person participation guidelines continue to be in effect at all OLLI locations:

UD Daily Health Check: required daily
  • Wear a mask for all indoor activities — Required for all participants and visitors, with these specific exceptions:
    • Masks may temporarily be removed in locations designated for eating/drinking.
    • With the consent of their class, instructors who can maintain 6′ distancing from their students are not required to wear a mask while teaching.
  • Daily health screening Complete UD’s Daily Health Check webform prior to attending each day
  • Wear your current semester nametag — Your current OLLI nametag must be visible at all times while on-site at an OLLI location.
  • One-time proof of full vaccination:
    • New registrants for in-person classes April 4-May 6 For newly-registered participants wishing to attend in-person classes in the second 5-week session, please contact the OLLI Kent/Sussex office for details on how to provide proof of full vaccination.
    • All other in-person participants — For participants who provided their vaccination information at the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester, no further action is necessary except to continue wearing their current semester nametag and follow daily guidelines outlined above.
    • We ask that all members of the UD and OLLI community stay up to date with vaccinations and boosters.

Additional details:

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Detailed in-person participation guidelines

OLLI members and participants must agree to adhere to the following guidelines in order to participate in OLLI’s in-person offerings.

The UD OLLI in-person participation guidelines are based on protocols set by the University of Delaware Provost’s Office in cooperation with the UD Healthcare Advisory Committee. Our participation guidelines are focused on supporting our twin priorities of facilitating in-person participation while ensuring the health and safety of the OLLI community.

  • COVID-19 vaccination is REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION at OLLI in-person classes and activities. Medical and religious exemptions will be permitted. Please visit the UD OLLI Vaccination Requirement FAQ for details.
  • UD’s Daily Health Check webform —  All OLLI attendees, volunteers, guests and staff must complete the “UD Daily Health Check” webform on each day of class or activity attendance, and may be requested to provide proof of completion before admittance to the on-site location.
  • Face coverings — Wear a mask for all indoor activities. OLLI attendees, volunteers and staff are expected to wear face coverings, except while inside their personal vehicle.
    • Classrooms – Masks are not to be removed in classrooms at any time, with these exceptions:
      • Masks may temporarily be removed in locations designated for eating/drinking.
      • With the consent of their class, instructors who can maintain 6′ distancing from their students are not required to wear a mask while teaching.
    • If you forget – Disposable masks will be provided if an attendee has forgotten to bring a mask.
  • Social distancing  Whenever possible, OLLI attendees, volunteers and staff should follow 3-feet social distancing while on site. No physical contact should be made among any OLLI students, instructors, volunteers or staff.
  • Health and safety —  OLLI staff and volunteers will monitor and assist with health and safety protocols.
    • Hand sanitizer will be made available at each site or activity.
    • OLLI course participants, instructors and volunteers may be requested to assist with routine cleaning procedures with OLLI-supplied disinfectant wipes before or after use of tables and chairs for their class.
  • Special programs
    • Non-UD locations Activities at off-site locations must meet the partner organization’s requirements or UD OLLI protocols. Details will be provided for classes taking place at non-UD/OLLI partner sites.
  • COVID-19 symptoms or illness
    • OLLI participants, volunteers and staff are requested to remain at home if they are experiencing any common COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Any in-person participant who receives a positive COVID test result within 14 days of participation will notify the OLLI Manager indicating the type of COVID-19 test, date tested and a list of in-person OLLI activities attended and the dates of each. The OLLI Manager will submit the information and the participant’s contact information to UD, or will submit UD’s contact tracing webform on behalf of the participant.
  • Compliance is a requirement of participation Registrants, visitors, volunteers or instructors who do not adhere to the policies as agreed will not be permitted to participate in the activities and programs on campus. Registration in any OLLI courses or activities may be suspended following lack of adherence to policies.
  • Cancellations or format changes
    • Course offerings and course format are subject to change.
    • Protocols and guidelines may be subject to change if University of Delaware or state health recommendations change.

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Unvaccinated participants 

  • Must have an approved exemption — review the UD OLLI Vaccination Requirement FAQ for details.
  • Must wear mask at all times and maintain 3-feet social distancing.
  • Must provide documentation of weekly negative COVID-19 testing.

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Music performance protocols

These protocols have been published by the UD School of Music, informed by the most recent studies conducted on the behavior of the virus during music making activities. 

Protocol by Instrument Group for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

  • Percussion, Piano, Strings
    • Follow above guidelines for in-person participation. No special considerations.
  • Voice
    • INDOORS
      • 3 feet minimum distance if mask is worn (i.e. ensemble singing)
      • 6 feet minimum if unmasked for singing/mask immediately when not singing
      • Ensemble conductor need not mask if standing a minimum of 6 feet from singers
    • OUTDOORS
      • Singing at 3 feet minimum distance, no mask required
  • Brass/Winds
    • INDOORS
      • 3 feet minimum distance
      • Instrumentalist masks required (slitted masks for playing)
      • Bell covers required when applicable
      • Empty spit valve on absorbent surface and dispose of this
    • OUTDOORS
      • 3 feet minimum distance/no mask required

Arsht Hall — additional considerations

  • Music stands will be provided in each room. Members are responsible for cleaning/sanitizing stands before and after use and returning the stands to the racks after use.
  • Two lavalier (lapel) microphones will be provided in each room. They are not to be passed around among members and are not intended for performance use. Instructors and members may bring their own microphones for individual use during class, but no technical support for non-OLLI equipment will be provided.
  • Room setup is the responsibility of the instructors and members; rooms should be returned to their original state after class. Arsht Hall staff may provide basic assistance if time permits.
  • The 30-minute gap between classes allows 15 minutes for the exiting class to clean up and leave the room and 15 minutes for the incoming class to setup.
  • Instructors and class members are asked to be respectful of their fellow members in adhering to these time limits.

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UD OLLI Vaccination Requirement — FAQ

Are OLLI members, instructors, and guests required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

All UD or OLLI participants or guests who will be on-site at UD or OLLI locations must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate or attend. All OLLI members, staff, instructors and visitors to UD’s OLLI locations are required to comply. This includes all UD campuses; all OLLI locations in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties; as well as all UD OLLI classes/events at off-campus locations. Exemptions will be accommodated for OLLI members and instructors who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine for medical or religious reasons. 

How do I provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination? 

All OLLI members, instructors, staff or visitors who will be on UD campuses — including OLLI locations in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties — must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Participants must present a current COVID-19 vaccination card and photo ID to OLLI staff when they visit campus. Staff will keep a record of the verification for future visits.

How do I request an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination?

By submitting your request for medical or religious exemption, you acknowledge that in order to attend in-person OLLI courses and activities, you must obtain and submit weekly negative COVID-19 test results and adhere to all UD OLLI In-Person Participation Guidelines listed on this page.

To request a medical or religious exemption, be prepared to obtain and submit one of the following signed and dated documents:

    • Medical exemption — documentation from a licensed physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner showing patient’s name and birthdate (legibly printed) and a description of why vaccination is contraindicated.
    • Religious exemption a note stating your sincerely held religious views do not allow for vaccination. Name and date of birth must be legible.
    • To request an exemption and receive instructions on how to submit your exemption request documents, please email UD Student Health Services at studenthealth@udel.edu

Can I attend classes virtually and join in-person after my 2-week post-vaccination waiting period?

OLLI members can virtually attend classes that are offered online without being fully immunized against COVID-19. OLLI members are welcome to join in-person classes after submitting proof of full vaccination. 

If I am diagnosed with COVID-19 during the session can I get a refund?

Refunds for OLLI membership and class fees are approved in some instances, generally involving member life events that preclude them from continuing as a participant in the program.