COVID safety for in-person programs

Facilities: All classrooms at Menlo College have windows for ventilation. There is no air conditioning in the classrooms.

Masks: Facemasks are required of all participants while on campus, except when playing your instrument.

Testing/vaccination: All program participants must provide proof of either a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of the start of your program, or proof of complete vaccination against COVID, with the most recent vaccination occurring two weeks or longer before the start of your program. (Antibody tests may be performed by Menlo College staff upon arrival at an additional cost. Allow extra time for the test and its results.)

Daily checks: All participants will have their temperature checked daily upon arrival, and will be asked about COVID symptoms. Any participants exhibiting symptoms or showing a temperature above normal will not be allowed to attend the program. (See cancellation policies, below.)

Notification: If any participant or SJW director 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.

Sanitization: Each ensemble practice space and all commonly touched surfaces (e.g., light switches, keyboards, drum sets, music stands, chairs, etc.) will be sterilized before and after each ensemble session.

Hand sanitizer: Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom and at check in. All participants should use sanitizer upon arrival, departure, and after any breaks in the program.

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

Water keys: Musicians must empty water keys (“spit valves”) into disposable paper towels (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.

Bell covers and vocalist masks: Covers for all wind instruments and masks made for vocalists may be required at any time. All participants are encouraged to bring such covers in case they are needed. If they are, any participants without required coverings will not be allowed to participate.

Beverages: All participants must bring their own water bottles or other beverages as needed. Public drinking fountains will not be available.