COVID 19 Policies, Procedures and Practices

Daily Procedures

  • Masks are required for all students and staff
  • Temperature checks will be done daily for all staff and campers
  • We will be providing special wind player masks to all of the woodwind and brass players
  • We will also provide bell covers for all woodwind and brass players
  • Anyone with a fever of 100.3 or higher, will be asked to sit at a social distance and wait to be rechecked in 15 mins.  If they still have a fever at that time, the camper or staff member will be sent home and a guardian or parent will be called immediately. *Staff or Campers will be permitted back to camp the next day as long as their fever is normal without the assistance of medication.

Students and Staff will not be permitted to attend camp if:

  • They have a family member who gets diagnosed with Covid-19 (2 weeks before or during camp)
  • They themselves test positive (2 weeks before or during camp)
  • They come in close contact with someone who has tested positive. However, if they have a doctor’s note clearing them or proof of a negative test result, they may return to camp.

Implementation 

  • Our facilities and class sizes give us the ability to allow in-person playing during music classes, as we can meet or exceed all the protocols recommended by the various studies 
    • We can meet or exceed the 6 foot interval
    • All wind players will wear musician’s masks and use bell covers when playing indoors
    • There will be no sharing of any instruments beyond percussion and keyboards, which will be wiped down between classes 
    • Percussion students must have their own mallets and sticks
    • Classes will take place outdoors when possible

General COVID Reminders

  • Please remember to follow the CDC safeguards and Self Monitor at home daily to ensure our camp success!
  • Wearing a mask at all times while at camp
  • Washing hands often for 20 secs
  • No sharing of food or drinks
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Monitoring yourself daily
  • STAYING HOME IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL or  SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS of Covid-19 (which are at least two of the following: fever, chills, fatigue, shivers, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose OR at least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of sense of smell or taste)

Wind Instruments and COVID-19: Facts and Info 

Systematic Risk Reduction

  • Indoor instrument playing:
    • Rooms are of sufficient size to space students at 6 foot interval
  • Ventilation/Air refresh rate
    • Windows in classrooms
    • HS Auditorium refreshes the entire air volume every 20 minutes (HVAC system replaces entire air volume to mitigate CO2 buildup)
  • Individual Protective Measures
    • The use of bell covers and musician’s masks will be required for all wind players
  • Distance between people is the greatest protection
  • Mouth/Nose protection

Transmission Risks

  • Main risk is in Droplet and Aerosol transmission
    • Droplets are larger than 5 microns in diameter
    • Aerosols are particles suspended in the air and are less than 5 microns 
    • Droplets fall to the ground in no more than 3.5 feet 
    • Aerosols tend to rise and follow air movement out of the room
    • Less risk due to small size of particles

Summary of Multiple Study Findings

  • There was no significant additional air movement around any wind instrument
  • There was slight air movement at 6 inches, and no measurable movement at 6 feet
  • No droplet transmission extended past 3.5 feet 
  • With the exception of the flute, wind and brass instruments do not create significant air movement or aerosol production due to the seal of the embouchure around or against the mouthpiece.  Studies have shown that flutes do create air movement, but not beyond 29.5 inches (so the 6 foot radius is a safe buffer zone).
  • Condensation from brass instruments does not contain a significant viral load. What little load there may be can be mitigated by students draining the condensation onto an absorbent blotting paper (paper towel) and disposing of it by the students on their way out of the rehearsal.  

Implementation at Mt. Tabor Summer Music Camp

  • Our facilities and class sizes give us the ability to allow in-person playing during music classes, as we can meet or exceed all the protocols recommended by the various studies 
    • We can meet or exceed the 6 foot interval
    • All wind players will wear musician’s masks and use bell covers when playing indoors
    • There will be no sharing of any instruments beyond percussion and keyboards, which will be wiped down between classes 
    • Percussion students must have their own mallets and sticks

Here are links to the most recent scientific studies that are examining whether or not there is a greater risk of COVID transmission for musicians and singers.  The consensus among the studies is that there is no increase in risk, providing that the participants adhere to a social distancing protocol.

Bamburg, Germany:

https://www.mh-freiburg.de/fileadmin/Downloads/Allgemeines/RisikoabschaetzungCoronaMusikSpahnRichter17.7.2020Englisch.pdf

Science Magazine:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/it-safe-strike-band-time-coronavirus

University of Iowa Study:

https://medicine.uiowa.edu/iowaprotocols/wind-instrument-aerosol-covid-era-covid-19-and-horns-trumpets-trombones-euphoniums-tubas-recorders

Public Health, Ontario Canada:

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/covid-wwksf/2020/07/what-we-know-transmission-risks-singing-wind-instruments.pdf?la=en

Article in Medium.com:

https://medium.com/@SixtoFMontesinos/wind-instruments-may-not-be-as-contagious-as-we-thought-b821e590b29a