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 May 5, 2022
Note: Language regarding vaccinations refers to COVID-19 vaccines only.

COVID-19 Infection and Exposure

  • If a registered student has been exposed to COVID-19 or received a positive COVID-19 test, they should submit a report via our online form as soon as possible and follow the guidelines below. 
  • COVID-19 testing information can be found on the Outagamie County website.
Positive Test Result Guidelines
  • The day of the test is Day Zero.
  • If there are no symptoms after Day 5, the student may return to their LCMS program in person.
  • If there are still symptoms after Day 5, the student may return to their LCMS program after Day 10.
Exposure Guidelines
  • Youth aged 5-17 who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past the second dose) and adults who are fully vaccinated and boosted (two weeks past the booster) do not need to isolate and can continue with in-person LCMS programs. They should closely monitor their health and test immediately if they develop symptoms.
  • Youth under age 5 and adults who are fully vaccinated but not boosted:
    • The day of exposure is Day Zero.
    • May return to LCMS programs in person if they have no symptoms after Day 5 AND have been fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) for at least 24 hours.
    • Should carefully monitor their health and test immediately if they develop symptoms. It is strongly recommended that they test on Day 5, if possible.



  • UPDATE (APRIL 13, 2022): Lawrence University has pivoted to yellow-light status following an increase of community COVID-19 cases, requiring everyone to mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, their families, and staff are required to mask in our lobby as well as in in-person lessons, classes, recitals, and auditions.
  • Consistent with CDC guidelines, those who contract COVID-19 or have had a close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 are required to wear a medical-grade, well-fitting mask for ten days from the positive test or exposure.
  • Masking is suggested when within the Community Music School building. It is required for participants in our Early Childhood Music Classes as well as in our concerts and recitals (performers and audience members).
  • Private lesson students should check with their teacher as to the current masking policy while in the studio. Some teachers are requesting that masks continue be worn, others have moved to a mask-friendly studio space.


Building Etiquette & Safety Precautions

  • Students should not attend an in-person program or enter a Lawrence building while they are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, or fatigue. If symptoms are mild, your teacher may be able to provide an online lesson; please contact your teacher as soon as possible if any symptoms are present.
    • Students also should stay home if an immediate family member is sick and experiencing respiratory symptoms.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the Community Music School 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.



Registration in a Community Music School program indicates your understanding that some programming may take place virtually. Click the buttons below for program-specific COVID-19 protocol.

  • Students should check with their studio teachers regarding masking policy.
  • Bell covers are suggested for wind instruments.
  • 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.
Chamber Ensembles
  • The program is limited to string students only.
  • 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.
  • The gamelan room is a mask-friendly space; participants may choose if they would like to mask.
  • 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 any additional guidelines upon registration.
  • Expressive Therapies is mask-optional; students, caregivers, and staff may choose to wear a mask or not.
  • There is no virtual option for this program.