August 21, 2020

Dear Preparatory and Continuing Education Community,

We are so excited to be heading towards a new semester of learning and music making! We have some important updates as we look towards resuming in-person instruction for a number of our programs next week.

  • For the 2020-21 academic year, all access to main campus requires a building access card, completion of the Daily Symptoms Self-Check online form and a temperature screening. Once you use your ID to enter the building, you will have your temperature screened at the non-contact thermal imaging station next to the security desk, then swipe your ID again on the security desk card reader to certify that you completed your temperature screen and daily symptoms online form.
  • Prep families will be assigned a card, which will be distributed before the semester begins. One card will be issued per family. Only families who have completed registration will be issued an access card.
  • We will be holding pick-ups for these newly assigned cards on Saturday, August 22, and Saturday, August 29, from 8am to 12pm. We will be set up outdoors in the East Blvd driveway.
  • If you miss both pick-up windows, cards will be held at the Hazel Drive security desk. When coming to pick up your card, you will need to identify your status as a Prep community member via the intercom.
  • Until further notice, the Hazel entrance (facing Hazel Drive, NOT facing the terrace) is the only available entrance to the building. You can still exit via any exterior door. If you do not have your ID, you will not be allowed to enter the building.
  • A face covering (mask, bandana, etc.) that covers the nose and mouth must be worn at all times in shared spaces
  • Prep students do not have access to practice rooms, classrooms or studios on campus unless the student is scheduled for a lesson or rehearsal with a CIM faculty member. Pre-College and MPF families can contact Johnnia Stigall ( for assistance.
  • Preparatory students will be limited to one guest while they are in the building. For most students, this will be a parent, guardian or other responsible adult. This is necessary to ensure compliance with new building occupancy policies, and helps make CIM a safer place for everyone. Anyone accompanying and waiting for a student is required to wear a face covering (mask) at all times and will be subject to the same screening procedures as students.
  • With completion of 1609 Hazel (CIM’s new residence hall), CIM’s parking lot is open again! Non-permit holders (students and visitors) can park any time after 3:30pm until building close. Parking rates are as follows:
  • First half hour: free
  • 31 minutes to 2 hours: $8
  • Each additional half hour: $1
  • Daily maximum: $15
  • There remain a wide variety of nearby parking options, including metered and unmetered street parking on Hazel Drive, Juniper Road and Magnolia Drive, and paid lots at neighboring institutions.
  • Please take the time to review CIM’s Preparatory FAQ for program-by-program details and specifics as well as our Safety Measures page.

As always, we are committed to providing a safe and fulfilling in-person educational experience. Our number one priority is your health and safety, and we are grateful for your understanding and patience with necessary changes to our procedures and for your participation in new protocols.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing and hearing you soon!


Jerrod Price
Executive Director Preparatory, Enrollment and Pathway Programs