The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District has adjusted its social distancing requirements for students participating in performing music and in music classes beginning Monday, March 22. Last summer, both the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and New York State Education Department (NYSED) recommended guidelines for students involved in performing music (chorus/band) and general music. As part of that guidance, it was recommended that students should be spaced at a distance of twelve (12) feet in all directions.
On February 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released updated guidance for schools. Included in the public health agencies K-12 Schools COVID Mitigation Toolkit was specific, new guidance recommended for music programs, which included: masks being worn to sing, bell covers for wind instruments, and a recommended distance of 6 feet allowed for singing or playing a wind instrument.
RCS has been in communication with other local school districts concerning this issue and, after careful consideration, the district has adjusted its social distancing procedures for music to move from twelve (12) feet to six (6) feet distancing when practicing or performing. The new guidelines will provide more meaningful musical experiences for our students while continuing to support their safety and social and emotional well-being.