The Lawrence Children’s Choir
2021-2022 Season
Covid Safety Protocols and Resources

Updated 9.7.21

Masking

All singers, parents, and LCC staff are required to wear a mask at all times when inside the building. The best mask is one that completely covers the nose and mouth and can be comfortably worn for the duration of rehearsal and the transitions to and from rehearsal.

 

Self-monitoring

It is vital for the health of all singers, families, staff and volunteers that self-monitoring occur. Should the singer or anyone in the singer’s family have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nasal congestion, or other symptoms as described by the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control. Please DO NOT attend rehearsal. Instead, seek advice from a medical professional and/or test for Covid. Any absences due to Covid safety protocol, testing, quarantine, treatment, or recovery will not count toward a singer’s absence totals. If your absence is related to Covid safety protocol please communicate this with our Executive or Artistic Director; LCC attendance records will reflect this, and all health-related information will be kept private. Safety is LCC’s first priority, and making music together is our second.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

 

Physical Distancing

A minimum of 3 feet will be kept between all singers at all times, with regular practice being a spacing of 6 feet between singers.

 

Temperature Checks

All singers, parents, and LCC staff will have temperature checks at the outset of every rehearsal. Anyone recording a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will be asked to not participate in rehearsal.

 

Contact Tracing

Regular LCC attendance keeping will serve as a record for all persons in attendance at each choir’s rehearsal. Any known exposure to an individual with a confirmed case of Covid will be communicated with all those affected immediately.

 

Air Circulation

The maximum duration of rehearsal in a single space will be 45 minutes, with an average of 30 minutes with a minimum 15 minute air exchange.

 

Vaccination Status

Because a large percentage of our singers are not yet eligible for the vaccine our safety protocols will treat all singers, staff and parents as unvaccinated individuals. LCC will not require the disclosure of vaccination status or require vaccines for participation, volunteering, or employment.

 

Protocol Changes

The every-changing nature of the pandemic situation necessitates a flexible approach to keep our singers, families, and staff safe. LCC will continually evaluate the Covid safety protocols as they relate to the current state of the pandemic, as well as local, state, and national recommendations or mandates. Should the organization need to change its protocols all singers, families, and staff will be notified immediately, and LCC’s written and published materials concerning Covid will be updated and distributed within 48 hours of the change.

 

Covid Resources

American Choral Directors Association Covid-19 resource page:
https://acda.org/resources-for-choral-professionals-during-a-pandemic

National Association of Teachers of Singing Covid-19 resource page:
https://www.nats.org/cgi/page.cgi/_article.html/Featured_Stories_/NATS_COVID_Resources_Page

International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study:
https://www.nfhs.org/media/4294910/third-aerosol-report.pdf

International Coalition of Performing Arts Updated Recommendations – Fall 2021:
https://www.nfhs.org/media/4717034/international-coalition-performing-arts-aerosol-study-july-2021-update-final.pdf

Study that both measures and simulates aerosol released while singing and playing wind instruments:
https://scholar.colorado.edu/concern/articles/hq37vp75r