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, and instructors must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their arrival on campus.
  • While indoors KN-95, KF94, or N-95 masks (without valves) must be worn by everyone on campus at all times (with the exception of instructors while lecturing).
  • There are no school requirements for testing or quarantine, beyond any that are mandated for international travelers by the U.S. government or for interstate travelers by State of Maine.

Requirements for Visitors

  • Until further notice, the campus and workshops (not including the office and the Messler Gallery) are closed to nonessential visitors.

Permitted visitors include, among others:

            1. Delivery services such as UPS and Fedex
            2. Vendor deliveries
            3. Utility, maintenance, and repair personnel

Nonessential visitors include, among others:

            1. Friends, family, and guests of students, instructors, and staff
            2. Members of the general public

Potential students are welcome to tour when accompanied by a staffperson, and must first check in at the office during normal business hours.

  • Visitors are permitted in the Messler Gallery if they wear masks, whether or not they are vaccinated.


Timely and transparent communication with students and instructors is critical to health and safety on campus. At least 30 days 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 Manager, Dorrie 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.