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 November 9, 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. 
     
  • COVID-19 testing information can be found on the Outagamie County website.
     
Positive Test Result Guidelines
These guidelines remain in effect until January 23, 2022, at which time all in-person students must be fully vaccinated.
  • 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
These guidelines will remain in effect until January 23, 2022, at which time all in-person students must be fully vaccinated.
  • 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).


COVID-19 Vaccinations

  • Registered students (ages 5 and older) attending in-person programs are expected to be fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose) against COVID-19 by January 23, 2022. Click here for more information on COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens.
     

Building Etiquette & Safety Features

  • 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.
       
  • 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.

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


Private Lessons

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

Symphonic Band / Wind Ensemble
  • 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.
  • Bell covers are required for wind instruments.
  • Should a student need to quarantine, they will be able to attend rehearsal virtually if they notify the office the Friday before.
  • There is no virtual option for dress rehearsal or concerts due to limitations of the facility.
     
Girl Choir
  • Students must be masked at all times.
  • Should a student need to quarantine, they will be able to attend rehearsal virtually if they notify the office the Friday before.
  • Unvaccinated students may participate in virtual rehearsals, but there is no virtual option for dress rehearsal or concerts due to limitations of the facility.
  • When an unvaccinated student becomes fully vaccinated, they may participate in person.
     
Lawrence Youth String Orchestra (LYSO)
  • Students must be masked at all times.
  • Should a student need to quarantine, they will be able to attend rehearsal virtually if they notify the office the Friday before.
  • Unvaccinated students may participate in virtual rehearsals, but there is no virtual option for dress rehearsal or concerts due to limitations of the facility.
  • When an unvaccinated student becomes fully vaccinated, they may participate in person.
     

 

Other Programs

Chamber Ensembles
  • The program is limited to string students only.
  • Students must be 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.
     
Gamelan
  • Students must be masked at all times.
  • 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.
  • Masks are required for students, caretakers, and staff. If a student is unable to wear a mask, please reach out to the instructor to discuss options.
  • There is no virtual option for this program.
     
Piano Lab
  • Students must remain masked and distanced 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.
  • There is no virtual option for Piano Lab.
     
Sorelle (Alums' Choir)
  • Participants must be masked at all times.
  • Should a student need to quarantine, they will be able to attend rehearsal virtually if they notify the office the Friday before.
  • When an unvaccinated student becomes fully vaccinated, they may participate in person.