Performing Arts - Classes

Performing Arts - Classes

Many students in performing arts engage in activities that are high aerosol-generating and increase the risk for COVID-19 transmission.

  • Face coverings/masks are not required when outdoors.

  • Distancing of at least 3 feet is also recommended outdoors. When indoors, universal masking of all students and faculty is required, per the Universal masking with appropriate material – MERV13 or 3-layer medical face mask or similar material – is required by all students and staff in performing arts classes and while participating in performing arts activities.

  • Masking with MERV13 or 3-layer medical face mask or similar material is the best way of reducing aerosols from circulating in indoor spaces.

  • Aerosol-producing musicians, e.g., singers, woodwinds and brass, speech/debate, and theater performers are required to wear appropriate masks/face coverings and/or use appropriate bell covers while performing. Woodwinds and brass performers may remove their face coverings/masks when performing on their instrument and must replace their face covering/mask during non-performance time. Face coverings/masks with slits are recommended but not required.

  • Universal masking with appropriate material – MERV13 or 3-layer medical face mask or similar material – is required in general music and elementary classrooms when singing is performed. Teachers should provide students with singers’ masks to replace their cloth masks in these settings. When not singing, students should wear cloth masks as required in other classrooms.

  • Bell covers with appropriate material – MERV 13 or 3-layer medical face mask or similar material – are required for brass and woodwind instruments when indoors.

  • Bell covers are recommended when playing outdoors but not required.

  • Distancing should be at least 3 feet, if possible, and more if space permits. Distancing of at least 3 feet is also recommended outdoors.
  • Reduce shared equipment to the degree possible. Have students use hand sanitizer before using shared equipment like music stands. If hand sanitizer is readily available and used often, shared equipment does not need to be sanitized between each group; regular daily cleaning is sufficient. For shared instruments, students should have their own mouthpieces.