COVID Protocols

Lifelong Music Academy
After-School Music 2021-2022 Safety Protocols  (as of August 30, 2021)

The following protocols apply to our after-school group music classes in Band, Glee, and Strings. Click here to view our Private Music Lessons COVID Protocols.

NOTE:
This document will be updated any time there are changes from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and/or Franklin Public Schools (FPS).

FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ CURRENT MASK GUIDELINES:

On August 25, 2021, Commissioner Jeffrey Riley issued a statewide universal masking requirement in Massachusetts public schools due to “exigent circumstances.” Therefore, all students, staff, and visitors are currently required to wear masks indoors in Franklin Public Schools until at least October 1, 2021. According to the Commissioner's policy, if a school can demonstrate 80% of students and staff are vaccinated, vaccinated individuals in that school will not need to wear a mask after October 1.  Medical and/or behavioral exemptions may be made with the appropriate medical documentation.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES WE WILL FOLLOW FOR OUR AFTER-SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS:

THE BAND SCHOOL OF FRANKLIN

  • Students playing wind and brass instruments will be required to use instrument masks. Instrument masks are regular masks with a slit or hole cut for the mouthpiece. Students must bring their own instrument masks every week.
  • Students playing wind and brass instruments will be required to use bell covers. Students must bring their own bell covers every week.
  • Students playing brass instruments must empty spit valves onto an absorbent pad, either disposable or washable. Students must bring their own spit pads every week.
  • While rehearsing, Band students will maintain 6 feet of spacing.
  • There will be no sharing of instruments.

ELEMENTARY GLEE

  • While rehearsing, Glee students will be required to wear masks. These masks should be tight and well-fitting.  Students must bring their own masks every week.
  • Families might consider purchasing a choral mask that may be more comfortable and stay in place better while singing. This is completely optional.
  • While rehearsing, Glee students will maintain 6 feet of spacing.

THE STRING SCHOOL OF FRANKLIN

  • String students must wear masks.
  • When rehearsing, String students will maintain 3 feet of spacing.
  • There will be no sharing of instruments.