Information Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Last Updated April 2, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

The health and safety of all members of our campus community is the highest priority, and we want to assure you that Baldwin Wallace University, along with the Community Arts School, have made difficult and necessary decisions in light of recent developments with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In alignment with policies put in place by Baldwin Wallace University, ALL BW Community Arts School classes, ensembles, and in-person private lessons are suspended for the remainder of the spring semester. Additionally, all University-sponsored events (which include all CAS events - i.e. recitals, workshops, travel, etc.) are canceled effective immediately through May 31, 2020. BW facilities will be open to staff and faculty only and will require a BW ID to gain access into the building.

Private lesson teachers may continue with virtual lessons at the discretion of the instructor and student. We encourage private lesson students to connect with their instructor to determine whether this may be a possibility for you.

Current CAS participants will have several options regarding account credits and refunds. CAS faculty and staff are working as quickly as possible to communicate with individual families to determine which option is best for them. You can expect to hear from our team within 30 days about the status of your account, and to determine which option you’d like to choose. Participants may:

  • Receive a credit on your account on a prorated basis for any canceled classes or rehearsals (to be used by June, 2021)
  • Receive a refund on a prorated basis for any canceled classes or rehearsals
  • Private lesson students that do not move to a virtual platform may choose to make up the lessons in future semesters, or may receive a credit or refund for any lessons that have not yet happened

Additionally, some participants may choose to donate their tuition to the Community Arts School to offset ongoing costs that our organization continues to incur.

We understand that this situation is incredibly disappointing for many of our students, and our staff and faculty share in your disappointment. Please know that we are working on ways to remain engaged with the arts during this time of social distancing. We know that now more than ever, connecting with each other through the arts can offer a sense of community and hope that our BW family needs.  


Baldwin Wallace University has compiled additional campus communication concerning novel coronavirus/Covid-19. For more information about novel coronavirus, the CDC, Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) are trusted sources of information.

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