Fall 2021: COVID-19 Protocol

In order to preserve the health and safety of our community, we have instituted the community safety procedures below. Please note that these protocol 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.


Fall guidance posted June 10, 2021.

Note: Language regarding vaccinations refers to COVID-19 vaccines only.

General

  • Everyone in the Community Music School lobby must remain masked at all times (suggested ages 2 and above, required ages 3 and above).
  • 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; vaccinated students need not wear masks in their teacher's studio.
  • 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
  • All wind and singing students must be vaccinated to have lessons in person. 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 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; rehearsals will take place unmasked.
  • Those who are not vaccinated may participate virtually.
  • When an unvaccinated student becomes fully vaccinated, they may participate in person.
     

 

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 without masks as a full ensemble. (Students will be allowed time to be vaccinated before they are required to go virtual.)
     
Allegretto / Capriccio
  • 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 split between two spaces for no more than 30 minutes at a time)
  • When a pediatric vaccine is available, students must be fully vaccinated to participate in in-person rehearsals or performances; vaccinated students will rehearse without masks 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; rehearsals will take place unmasked.
  • 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)
  • Fully vaccinated students (two weeks past the final dose) will be allowed to attend in-person rehearsals weekly.
    • Vaccinated students will be expected to wear masks until such time as the entire ensemble is vaccinated. At that point, masks will become optional.
  • Unvaccinated students will rehearse, masked and distanced, in two cohorts: each cohort will be invited to in-person rehearsals every other week and given a link to connect online via Zoom on alternate weeks.
    • When an unvaccinated student becomes fully vaccinated, they may participate in person weekly.
  • If there are any unvaccinated students in the ensemble by performance time, the entire ensemble will remain masked and distanced on stage through the entirety of the performance.
     

 

Other Programs

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.
    • 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.
  • We suggest masks for students ages 2 and above. Masks are required for students ages 3 and above.
  • 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.
  • Children's Gamelan is on hold until a pediatric vaccine is available.
  • Gamelan will not be offered virtually.
     
Music Enrichment for Those with Special Needs
  • Classes will follow guidelines set by instructor Sara Devine and Expressive Therapies, the location in which classes are held. More information will be available soon.