Newly released guidance from the Ohio Department of Health makes it possible for performing arts programs across the district to now hold classes and rehearsals indoors. Student performers and staff directors in the Fairfield City Schools will be required to follow a set of mandates outlined in the Responsible RestartOhio plan through Governor Mike DeWine’s office. Indoor classes can begin next week.
Musicians, singers, and dancers in district programs must also follow Ohio’s facial covering order. Other mandatory rules include but are not limited to:
- Maintaining a minimum of six (6) feet between individuals to the extent possible when in class
- No congregating before or after classes, practices or rehearsals is permitted
- Directors/conductors are required to wear facial coverings at all times, except when conducting students in class
- Student performers must wear face coverings when not rehearsing unless the individual can provide a doctor’s note explaining an exemption.
- Placing hand-sanitizer in convenient locations
- Maintaining social distancing throughout, and arranging and assigning seating to allow for six (6) feet in each direction
- Installing signs and floor markings to manage the directional flow of participants
- Providing adequate time between classes to allow for proper cleaning and disinfection
- Arranging the performance space for musicians/orchestras to maximize social distancing, preferably more than 6 feet. This is to reduce the risk of airborne transmission from instruments that involve breathing deeply or expelling air forcefully.
As the weather permits and unless circumstances prevent it, all performing groups will continue to have the option to hold classes outside.
To read the full list of guidelines please visit the Responsible RestartOhio plan for performing arts by clicking here.
If you have questions or concerns about this information, please contact your building administrator.