Welcome to the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s COVID-19 safety information page.

In response to the pandemic, we have implemented rigorous new safety policies and teaching protocols that meet and exceed best practices prescribed by the national Centers for Disease Control and Maine’s own CDC. These policies are designed to

  1. maintain the safest possible environment for everyone on campus,
  2. comply with public health advisories, and
  3. enable CFC to deliver its programs with the least possible disruption.

As best practices for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic evolve, we update these policies to reflect new health authority advisories, scientific advances, and government policies.

Requirements for Staff, Students, and Instructors

  • All staff, students, fellows, and instructors must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their arrival on campus
  • All students, staff, fellows, and instructors are required to perform a rapid COVID-19 test and have a negative result before coming to campus each Monday morning.
  • There are no other school requirements for testing or quarantine beyond any that are mandated for international travelers by the U.S. government or for interstate travelers by the State of Maine.
  • Masking is optional for staff, students, and instructors at present.

Requirements for Visitors

  • Visitors are permitted in the workshops and at school events only if they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Visitors are required to wear masks when touring inside the workshop buildings.
  • Visitors are permitted in the Messler Gallery without restriction, although unvaccinated visitors are required to wear masks while indoors.


Timely and transparent communication with students and instructors is critical to health and safety on campus. Prior to the start of each course, we communicate with students and instructors to 1) share current safety policies and 2) request proof of vaccination.

Attendance Criteria

Our attendance criteria are rigorous, for good reason. They are designed to maintain the safest possible learning environment on campus, which we cannot do without your full participation. If you have reservations about complying, please wait until the pandemic is behind us to take a course.

  1. Do not come to school if you may be ill, following these criteria
  2. Return to school only when you are truly recovered, following these criteria

Refund Policy

    1. If the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship terminates a class due to virus-related concerns or public health requirements
      • We will refund all tuition payments to current students on a pro-rated basis, and
      • Students will remain responsible for all other financial obligations they have incurred in connection with attendance, including, but not limited to, travel and lodging expenses.
    2. If a student must stay off campus for a period of time as required under “Attendance Criteria,” above, there will be no tuition refund for time lost.


For questions relating to these requirements, please contact Student Services Director, Dorrie Butterfield Higbee dorrie@woodschool.org.

As best practices for dealing with COVID-19 evolve, these requirements may change to reflect new health authority advisories, scientific advances, and government policies.