COVID safety for in-person programs

Updated Friday, August 13, 2021

COVID safety for in-person programs

The safety of our students and faculty is of paramount importance to us. We follow the guidelines of the California Dept. of Public Health Guidance for K-12 Education  (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Schools-FAQ.aspx ) , as well as the school districts that host our programs. These safety protocols are subject to change at anytime without notice.

Face Masks: Facemasks are required of all participants while participating in the program, except for individuals with a documented medical or other condition, which would exempt them from this requirement. Musician masks, with appropriate openings for specific instruments or vocalists, must also be worn at all times.

Vaccination: All program participants ages 12 and up are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine. They are effective, reduce the chances of contracting the virus, and greatly reduce the risks if you do. Ask your health care provider or your county health office for more information.

Symptoms: Any participant who experiences any of the following within 24 hours of a program session should not attend:

  • Headache
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue, muscle or body aches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting

Bell Covers: Covers for all wind instruments will be required. All participants are encouraged to bring appropriate covers for your instrument. Bell covers and musician masks may be purchased from Music Village in San Jose or other online retailer.

Physical Distancing: Ensembles should be arranged to accommodate social distancing, with each participant spaced six feet or more apart. Participants may not move these space assignments.

Water Keys (“Spit Valves”): Musicians must empty water keys (“spit valves”) into paper towels or trash receptacles (SJW provided). Used paper towels must be discarded in designated receptacles. Musicians must turn away from other participants while emptying their water keys and must use hand sanitizer after disposing of used paper towels.

Instrument Cleaning: Any cleaning or oiling of instruments may not be done on site, and must be performed at home prior to arrival or after departure.

Notification: If any participant receives a positive COVID diagnosis during their program, all other participants in their specific ensemble will be notified immediately. These participants may receive a prorated refund for any remaining sessions upon request. If a larger outbreak requires the cancellation of the program, all participants will be notified immediately and cancellation policies described below shall apply.