New guidance on social distancing for music and physical education programs in schools.
(April 16, 2021)
Dear CCSD Families,
We wanted to make you aware that the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has provided some new guidance on social distancing for music and physical education programs in schools.
Physical Education Department
The new guidelines state that a minimum of six feet of distance must be maintained for participation in PE activities. This has changed from the 12-foot expectations of September to now. We are very happy to see this and are excited to continue providing the students with positive PE experiences. However, we understand that some of you may have questions or concerns, so we would like to take this time to explain our continued safety precautions during PE classes.
1. Whether outdoors or indoors, students will stay at least 6 feet away from other people and wear a mask at all times.
2. Students are assigned spots to go to in the gym upon entrance for attendance and warm-ups (spots will remain the same as they have been all year, which are 12 feet apart).
3. Whenever possible, students have their own equipment to use to limit equipment sharing. However, if equipment is shared it is sanitized and switched out for another, frequently.
4. Students are asked to sanitize hands before and after class; dispensers and wipes are available throughout the gymnasium
5. Weather permitting, most activities for the remainder of the year are designed to be outside; however, when inclement weather forces us inside, the following would happen:
a. The activity will continue with smaller group sizes assigned. Students not playing at the time will remain socially distanced around the gym until their team or turn comes up.
b. The activity will be completely altered for the day if we cannot accommodate safety protocols based on student numbers for the outdoor activity the students would have engaged in.
Individuals participating in activities that require projecting the voice (singing) or playing a wind instrument must be six feet apart. This has changed from the 12-foot recommendations of September to now. We are very happy to see this and are excited to continue providing the students with positive music experiences. However, we understand that some of you may have questions or concerns, so we would like to take this time to explain our continued safety precautions during classes:
A minimum 6-foot distance will be kept around each student performer and teacher.
Shared equipment will be cleaned according to established NFHS/NAfME/Namm safety protocols.
Instrumental (wind) students wear masks when not playing (before/after/between songs).
Chorus and orchestra students will wear masks at all times.
All wind instruments will be fitted with special exhaust shields that reduce airborne particles.
Water keys are emptied into garbage cans.
Sanitizer and hand washing stations are readily available in our music classrooms.
Please note, our students’ safety is a priority as we continue moving forward. If you have any concerns or feedback you would like to share regarding this change please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Dr. Sal DeAngelo, Superintendent of Schools
Mr. John Thorsen, CHS Principal
Mr. Michael Burns, CMS Principal
Mrs. Kristen Reno, MED Principal