Dear SVUSD Families,
On October 14, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued an update regarding the Guidance on Schools and School-Based programs originally released on August 3, 2020. The update stated that “outdoor singing and band practice are permitted provided that precautions such as physical distancing and mask-wearing are implemented to the maximum extent possible.” Following the announcement, SVUSD vocal music students resumed instruction with the following safety protocols in place:
  • All students are screened prior to rehearsal, including temperature and symptoms check
  • Rehearsals/classes occur outdoors, with at least 6 feet of physical distancing at all times
  • Students always wear facial coverings while singing
However, since the update also stated that the “playing of wind instruments (any instrument played by the mouth, such as a trumpet or clarinet) is strongly discouraged,” in-person rehearsals have been delayed. Since then, SVUSD has developed the following safety protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19, and to allow for wind instruments to be played at school at this time:
  • All musicians will be screened prior to rehearsal, including temperature and symptoms check
  • Rehearsals/classes will occur outdoors, with at least 12 feet of physical distancing at all times
  • The following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by SVUSD will be required for wind instruments and musicians, and must be used at all times:
      • Flute shields
      • Bell covers
      • Musician’s face coverings


  • Practice time limits will be followed, with a 5 minute break following 30 minutes of playing time to allow for aerosols to disperse
  • Small group cohorts limited to 5-10 students
  • No shared equipment (instruments, music stands, music) between students
While we are pleased to share this update with you, we must also share that participation in these activities may generate increased aerosols and may pose a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 according to the International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study. Based upon this study and the recent move to the most restrictive (purple) tier, we are asking you to complete the Athletic/Co-Curricular Assumption of Risk waiver indicating your acknowledgment of the potential increased risks of singing and playing wind instruments outdoors at school during COVID-19. Your music teachers will be collecting the waivers directly and will be planning learning activities for our students according to the protocols outlined above. We appreciate your patience in awaiting this update as well as your advocacy in support of our programs. Should you have any questions, please contact your student’s music teachers directly.
Thank you,
Kathy Cannarozzi Harris – Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, SVUSD
James Newton – Director of Secondary Education, SVUSD