2021-22 COVID-19 Protocol

In order to preserve the health and safety of our community, we have instituted the community safety procedures below. These protocols are based upon scientific guidance from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Colorado aerosol studies, and guidelines set by Lawrence University. Students must read and agree to these procedures to take part in an in-person Community Music School program. This page will continue to be updated with the most current safety information for each program based upon vaccination rates, variants, and viral transmission in our region.

We are glad to welcome you back to campus and thank you for joining us in keeping one another safe and well.


Guidance posted June 10, 2021  /  Last updated September 16, 2021
Note: Language regarding vaccinations refers to COVID-19 vaccines only.

COVID-19 Infection and Exposure

  • If a registered student or immediate family member has been exposed to COVID-19 or if the student received a positive COVID-19 test, they should submit a report via our online form as soon as possible and follow the guidelines below. 
Positive Test Result Guidelines
  • Vaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19:
    • You may return to in-person instruction 10 days after symptoms began.
       
  • Unvaccinated, under age 12, and tested positive for COVID-19:
    • You may return to in-person instruction 10 days after symptoms began.
  • Unvaccinated, over age 12, and tested positive for COVID-19:
    • You will remain in virtual instruction until such time that you are fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose).
       
Exposure Guidelines
  • Vaccinated and had close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19:
    • You may return to in-person instruction 5 days after exposure if you show no symptoms of illness (PCR testing between 3 and 5 days after exposure is strongly recommended).
       
  • Unvaccinated, under age 12, and had close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19:
    • You may return to in-person instruction 14 days after your last contact with the ill person.
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  • Unvaccinated, over age 12, and had close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19:
    • You will remain in virtual instruction until such time that you are fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose).
       

 

General

  • Everyone in Lawrence University buildings or spaces being used for Community Music School programs must remain masked at all times (suggested ages 2 and above, required ages 3 and above). Masks must cover the nose and mouth.
    • Staff may be unmasked when alone in their office/studio.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the lobby.
  • The HVAC system in the entire building has been upgraded. This upgrade includes improved air filtration and exchange as well as the addition of internal germicidal UV lights.
  • The unisex and women's bathrooms in the lower level are fitted with a HEPA air filter (no electrical outlet available in the men's bathroom). Upon arrival each day, staff turn on the fan and the internal UV light and leave the unit running until the building closes at the end of the day.

Click the buttons below to learn about specific COVID-19 protocol for each program.


Private Lessons

Lessons
Students Under 12
  • Students under age 12 who wish to take string or piano lessons may do so but must remain distanced and masked at all times.
  • All wind and singing students under 12 must remain virtual until they are fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose). This is due to the high pressure aerosol release that takes place during wind instrument playing and singing as well as the small size of our teaching studios.
  • Fully vaccinated parents/guardians may sit in on a lesson with their young child.
  • When a student turns 12, they will be allowed time to be vaccinated before they are required to participate virtually.
  • When a pediatric vaccine is available, students will be required to be fully vaccinated to participate in in-person lessons. (Students will be allowed time to be vaccinated before they are required to participate virtually.)
Students 12 and Older
  • Students aged 12 and above must be fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose) to participate in in-person lessons; students must be masked at all times.
  • Those who would like to claim a medical, religious, or personal conviction vaccine waiver may still obtain lessons, but they must remain on a virtual platform
  • Bell covers are required for wind instruments.
  • Fully vaccinated teachers may correct hand positions, bow holds, etc. as long as they use hand sanitizer before and after each student.
  • Each studio is fitted with a HEPA air filter. Upon arrival each day, teachers will turn on the fan and the (internal, safe) UV light and leave the unit running the entire time they are in the studio.
     

 

Youth Ensembles

Bands
Symphonic Band / Wind Ensemble
  • Students must be fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose) to participate in in-person rehearsals or performances.
    • Should a student need to quarantine, they will be able to attend rehearsal virtually.
  • Bell covers are required for wind instruments.
  • Students must be masked at all times but may pull down their mask to play a wind instrument. Masks must be pulled back over the nose and mouth when not playing. 
     

 

Girl Choir
Ragazze / Primo
  • Rehearsals will take place in person; students must be masked and distanced at all times.
  • Rehearsal group size will depend upon the amount of space available for distancing in the venue and may require smaller cohorts. (e.g. rehearsals capped at 30 minutes for each cohort)
  • When a pediatric vaccine is available, students must be fully vaccinated to participate in in-person rehearsals or performances; vaccinated students will rehearse as a full ensemble. (Students will be allowed time to be vaccinated before they are required to go virtual.)
     
Primo / Allegretto / Capriccio
  • Rehearsals will take place in person; students must be masked and distanced at all times.
  • As recommended by the National Association for Music Educators, singers will change rehearsal rooms every 30 minutes to allow for air circulation.
  • When a pediatric vaccine is available, students must be fully vaccinated to participate in in-person rehearsals or performances; vaccinated students will rehearse as a full ensemble. (Students will be allowed time to be vaccinated before they are required to go virtual.)
     
Arioso / Cantabile / Bel Canto
  • Students must be fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose) to participate in in-person rehearsals or performances; students must be masked at all times.
  • Those who are not vaccinated may participate virtually.
  • When an unvaccinated student becomes fully vaccinated, they may participate in person.
     

 

Orchestra
Lawrence Youth String Orchestra (LYSO)
  • All students must be masked and maintain a 3ft distance from others at all times.
  • Rehearsals are capped at one hour to align with in-person ensemble recommendations put forward by the National Association for Music Education
     

 

Other Programs

Alum Girl Choir
  • Participants must be fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose) to attend in-person rehearsals or performances; students must be masked at all times.
     
Chamber Ensembles
  • The program is limited to string students only.
  • Students aged 12 and above must be fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose) to participate in a chamber ensemble; students must be masked at all times.
    • When an 11-year-old student turns 12, they will be allowed time to be vaccinated.
  • Students under age 12 must remain distanced and masked at all times.
  • Chamber Ensembles will not be offered virtually.
     
Early Childhood Music
  • Caregivers attending class with the child(ren) must be fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose) to participate. Adults must be masked at all times.
  • Masks are required for students ages 3 and above. As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2-year-old children are encouraged to wear a mask for their health and safety. 
  • Time will be built in between classes to allow the air to circulate and be cleaned.
  • The lobby will not be available for extended play time before or after classes.
  • Early Childhood Music classes will not be offered virtually.
     
Gamelan
  • Community Gamelan—Gamelan Sekar Kemuda—students must be fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose) to participate; students must be masked at all times.
  • Children's Gamelan is on hold until a pediatric vaccine is available.
  • Gamelan will not be offered virtually.
     
Music for People with Disabilities
  • Classes will follow guidelines set by instructor Sara Devine and Expressive Therapies, the location in which classes are held. The instructor will reach out with complete guidelines upon registration.
    • Students must be masked at all times.
    • Social distancing guidelines are marked in the waiting room.
       
Piano Lab
  • Students must remain distanced and masked at all times.
  • Parents/Guardians may walk students into the Conservatory to the class or lesson, but must remain masked at all times. After drop-off, they are respectfully asked to wait outside until the end of class, when they can come back in for pick-up.
  • When a pediatric vaccine is available, students will be required to be fully vaccinated.
  • There is no virtual option for Piano Lab.