I am excited to say that we have been given permission to conduct a 2020 marching band camp this year. We will be following guidance from the county and our administration to make sure this endeavor is as safe as possible for your students and our instructors. Below are our general guidelines as to how this is going to work.
Students will bring and wear masks. If for some reason a student forgets their mask, we will provide one.
Students will wear a mask at all times indoors, and instructors will be required to wear masks at all times.
Students will be grouped in sections not to exceed 12 students total. Students will be at least 6 feet apart in the sections. There will be an instructor monitoring all students to keep social distance.
No wind instruments will be played indoors. Percussion instruments will be fine to be played indoors.
Students will be staggered as they enter and exit the band hall to get their things so as to not have too many students in the room at one time.
It is important to note that participation in this summer camp is optional.
As far as playing their instruments goes we will only play wind instruments outdoors. There are conflicting studies about how dangerous wind instruments are because of the air particles that come out of the instruments when you play. I have been reading research papers for the past few days that NAFME has collected about how to keep our students safe. There are several inclusive studies currently being conducted about how to make band work, but nothing from those individual studies have been published yet. The biggest issue in an indoor space is saturation of the air after about 30 minutes. Therefore the only groups that will be allowed to be inside are percussionists/guard and they will be required to wear masks. However, playing outside with social distancing should be safer due to significantly less saturation and sunlight destroying the virus preventing buildup of air particles. Again, there isn't anything conclusive, as we have seen over the past new months we are learning more about COVID 19 every day, so I plan to stay updated with relevant research and keep our community informed if any plans need to change. It is important to note that this essential makes this an all outdoor camp.
These guidelines are a work in progress, and we will post updates as plans change. Due to the challenges with social distancing and facility use the hours of the camp may still change.
As of now we are planning on 9-3 with an hour lunch break at 12. This will be the schedule for the 22nd through the end of camp.
Please check the website periodically for updates.
New students please fill out this survey: https://forms.gle/qUZ8cBpqwmqCH5Ga9
July 20th: Leadership Camp 9 AM - 12 PM
July 21st: Freshman/New Band Student Camp 9 AM - 12 PM
July 22nd: Full Camp Begins 8 AM - 3 PM
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