Healthy & Safety Procedures 2020 – 2021 GMYS Season

We thank you for your understanding and commitment to the health and
safety of our GMYS family! Please read the following information carefully.

COVID-19 Facts:

  • COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices (such as handwashing, staying home when sick) and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important principles that are covered in this document.
  • Symptoms can include: unexplained rash, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, body aches, and most notably shortness of breath, cough and fever. If the student is exhibiting any or all of these symptoms, they will not be allowed to enter the rehearsal space and must return home.
  • Students must stay home if a GMYS family member or student:
    • Has any or all COVID-19 symptoms
    • Has been in contact with a person with COVID-19
    • Has not been practicing social distancing outside of rehearsals
  • The above information was taken from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website. For more information, please visit their website.

Health Precautions

  • All GMYS families must read, understand and sign the COVID-19 waiver included in the registration form. Students will not be allowed on campus without proper documentation.
  • It is highly recommended that students be tested before returning to begin the 20-21 season.
  • There are many options for drive-through testing in the South Florida area. Find a testing site near you here.
  • If students have tested positive, the following will be required before returning to rehearsal: a minimum of two weeks of self-quarantine from the positive test, 72 hours with no symptoms, and a subsequent negative test.
  • Likewise, if a student has come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they must show no symptoms for 72 hours, have a negative test, and have had no additional contact with the infected person in order to return to rehearsal.
  • In all cases mentioned above, the student must inform GMYS staff and any fellow students who were within 6 feet of one another.

Arrival at Rehearsal

  • Parents will drop off their students and will not be allowed in the rehearsal space. Only students with documented disabilities will be accommodated; however, this request must be given to GMYS staff before the start of the season so that arrangements can be made.
  • Please do not get out of your car until 10 minutes before your class time. Between sessions, GMYS staff will be disinfecting the space and will need time for students to exit and enter in a timely manner to avoid too many people in the space at once.
  • Upon arrival, students will have their temperatures taken and must make use of the hand sanitizer provided.
  • As much as possible, please remain 6 feet apart from one another.

In the Rehearsal Room

  • Students will be assigned a chair and must use the same spot for the entire season unless otherwise instructed. Please do not use another chair unless you have been directed to by GMYS staff and it has been properly sanitized.
  • Chairs will be spaced 6 feet apart. Do not move the chairs from their spot.
  • Students will be in charge of bringing/handling their own music.
  • Students must bring their own:
    • Face coverings
    • Music Stand
    • Music/Method Books
    • GMYS Badge
  • Students will sign in virtually using a unique QR code. GMYS staff will be available for assistance.

Safety Procedures for Wind Players

The following safety protocols were designed based on the preliminary results of the ongoing Performing Arts Aerosol Study. Learn more about the study here.

  • Social distancing guidelines will always be followed in the classroom space. Each student will sit in the center of a 6×6 foot space. Students will be seated in straight lines, with everyone facing the same direction.
    • Trombones will have a 9×6 foot space to accommodate for their slides.
  • Masks must be worn at all times by all staff and students, including while playing where possible. Students should wear a mask with a small slit for their mouthpiece.
    • Students are responsible for providing their own masks; this means they will need to have one mask for playing (with a small slit for their mouthpiece) and a separate mask for normal use.
  • The bells of all instruments must be covered where possible.
    • Students are responsible for providing their own bell coverings. These can be made from virtually any fabric and secured snugly around the bell of the instrument.
  • Spit valves must not be emptied on the floor. It is recommended to use something to absorb the contents of the spit valve and then discard.

For more information, please review the preliminary recommendations from the study.

Cleaning Procedures

  • All GMYS staff will be wearing gloves and masks while dealing with any students.
  • Staff will disinfect surfaces including chairs, door handles, conducting space, etc. between classes.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available for students after class.

Parent Pick-up

  • Parents must remain in their cars at the time of pickup.
  • Parents must be prepared to pick up students promptly when rehearsal is finished.
  • It is imperative that parents arrive on time. Under the circumstances, students will be unable to stay in the ‘waiting’ area for more than 15 minutes. This area will be an outside breezeway where students can wait while still maintaining social distance. Parents, please keep in mind that this area is open to the elements.
  • A GMYS Staff member will be available to confirm the identity of the person picking up the student. The students will then be released.
  • If a parent needs to get out of their car for any reason, please remain 6 feet apart.

Student Supply List

Students must bring their own:

  • Face coverings (this includes wind players — please read above)
  • Music Stands (GMYS will not be responsible for bringing music stands. This is is to help minimize the amount of interaction between student and staff).
  • Music/Method Books (Music will be sent in advance which students will need to print and be responsible for)
  • GMYS Badge
  • Donation of COVID-19 sanitation materials will count toward the parent volunteer agreement. Hours given per supply donated.