COVID-19 Safety Policies (9/22/2020)

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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.  


Travel to Maine

Lighthouse on Rockport HarborFor students and instructors traveling to the Center from out of state, there are important safety requirements to plan for in advance. To comply with both Maine law and best practices in public health, we require our out-of-state students to either

  1. arrive two weeks early in order to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to the first day of class OR
  2. test negative for COVID-19 on two consecutive PCR tests that are taken at least 24 hours apart and within 72 hours before arrival in Maine, OR
  3. test negative for COVID-19 on two consecutive PCR tests, one or both of which is taken in Maine after your arrival and before coming to class.

The State of Maine’s proactive response to the pandemic has served its citizens well and we are fully committed to doing our part.

For individual guidance on meeting these requirements, please contact Student Services Manager, Dorrie Higbee


IMG 5902Timely 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 provide students and instructors with up-to-date safety policies, code of conduct agreements, and liability waivers to sign. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at any time.


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
        1. We will refund all tuition payments to current students on a pro-rated basis, and
        2. 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.

Visitor Regulations

  1. IMG 3449Until further notice, the workshop facilities are off-limits to casual visitors, including family and friends of staff, students, and instructors.
  2. Students and instructors may not visit between buildings.

Prevention Protocols

    1. Safety rules on campus
      • Every day, take your temperature and self-screen before coming to school.
      • Immediately report possible symptoms of illness to faculty or staff
      • Maintain a distance of at least 6’ from others at all times, to the extent Helen Helfand 17NMCpossible.
      • Wear a face mask when more than one person is present in the same room, or within six feet outdoors. Students and faculty are required to bring their own masks, but we also have them for sale on campus.
        • The safest masks are N95s, but at present, they are reserved for healthcare professionals. (N95 masks with exhalation valves are unacceptable.) Surgical-type masks are the next best way to limit transmission.
      • Do not share hearing protection or eye protection.
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      • Observe CDC-recommended and Maine-required public health practices, which include:
      • Wearing a mask when you are likely to come within 6’ of others, indoors or out.
      • Avoid crowded public spaces such as restaurants and bars, to the extent possible.
      • We rely on students, staff, instructors, and Fellows to have their out-of-state visitors comply fully with Maine’s entry testing and quarantine requirements.

3. Daily shop disinfection

          • During daily shop clean up, students and fellows clean and disinfect countertops, doorknobs, sinks, faucet handles and faucets, light switches, paper-towel dispenser handles, and machinery switches and handwheels, and any other common-contact surfaces and devices with supplies provided by CFC.

4. Disinfect shared tools

          • Each student is provided with a personal container of spray disinfectant and an application rag for use at the bench. When borrowing a hand tool or handheld electric tool from the school’s supply, wipe down the tool with disinfectant both before use and upon return.  

IMG 90745. Observe good hygiene practices

          • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly (at least 20 seconds with soap and water).
          • Do not share food on campus, although you may keep yours in the common refrigerator.
          • Bring your own mess kit and keep it segregated.
          • Avoid touching your face or shaking hands with others.
          • Sneeze or cough into an elbow, mask, or handkerchief.


Instruction Criteria

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              1. During lectures and demonstrations, students are to be positioned a minimum of 6’ apart.
              2. One-on-one instruction is central to our teaching culture. Both instructors and students will wear masks and every effort will be made to minimize the duration of proximity.
              3. For essential operations where more than one set of hands is required, such as gluing projects together, instructors and students wear masks and every effort is made to minimize the duration of proximity.

Facilities Criteria

                1. Machine Room 2Student workbenches and workstations are a minimum of 6’ apart.
                2. Traffic patterns between rooms provide for one-way circulation.
                3. Lathes are a minimum of 5’ apart with shielding in-between.
                4. For sharpening, we provide each student with a kit to be used at their workbench.
                5. Class size is limited to 12 students.
                6. Library occupancy is limited to 2.