- Vocal groups can be held face-to-face, provided all singers wear special masks and remain spaced at a distance of at least 6’ apart.
- Vocal groups should meet outdoors, when possible, and should continue to wear special masks and remain spaced at a distance of at least 6’ apart.
- If vocal groups cannot meet outdoors due to weather, they may meet indoors (with mask and distance provisions above), but should sing for shorter intervals, no more than 20 minutes at a time.
- One-on-one instruction may take place indoors for up to 20 minutes, provided instructor and student wear masks and maintain 6’ distancing, however outdoor instruction is always preferred.
- Specialized choral masks have been ordered for vocal groups and will be provided to the department chair by the Division of Operations upon arrival.
Ensembles With Wind Instruments
- Ensembles that include wind instruments can be held face-to-face provided all musicians wear masks when not actively playing. All instruments will be fitted with safety coverings.
- Ensembles that include wind instruments should meet outdoors, and BSU will work to identify appropriate spaces where possible.
- Because musicians playing wind instruments cannot wear a face mask, they are not able to meet indoors while playing instruments, but may meet indoors for other instruction in which the instruments are not directly played.
- Covers for instruments will be ordered by the instructing department. Students may provide their own face masks for day-to-day use.
Other Music Groups
- All other music groups (strings, drumming, piano) can meet indoors, provided compliance with standard masking and distance requirements is maintained.
- Dance instruction may take place indoors or outdoors, provided all dancers wear masks and remain spaced at a distance of at least 6’ apart.
- Athletic masks will be made available to dancers and have been ordered for their use. These masks will be provided to the department chair through Operations upon arrival.
- Art classes may meet face-to-face, indoors or outdoors, provided all students and instructors wear masks and remain spaced at a distance of at least 6’ apart. In a situation where art instruction cannot take place under these parameters, students and instructors will be provided with face shields, as well. Face masks and face shields should be worn by both instructors and students when 6’ of distancing is not possible.
- Contact within 6’ with a mask should be less than 15 minutes, if possible.
- It is important to note that the Department of Health has instructed us that exposure is potentially cumulative. This means that the earlier guidance suggesting less than 15 minutes of contact in one exposure without masks has been extended to cumulative exposures over 15 minutes. We do not yet have information new guidance on how this might impact future guidance but will be in contact as new information is shared. As a precaution, limiting contact that is within 6’ of others is highly encouraged at all times.
- Face masks are always mandatory on the BSU campus, but face shields are voluntary. Face shields are a part of the protocol for art instruction within 6’, as in the example above, and therefore should be worn along with the face mask.
- Non-symptomatic testing will be voluntary for all instructors and random for students, with one student per class tested per week.