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COVID 19: Safety Guidance For Fine Arts Instruction

Vocal Groups

  • 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. Additional distance between individuals is encouraged.
  • 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 Groups

  • 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 Instruction

  • 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, but contact within 6’ with a mask must be less than 15 minutes total per day and should be limited to managing safety in the classroom. For instance, two individuals who are fully masked may move a piece of art or equipment together to provide additional safety due to the weight or the size of the piece, but should limit this practice as much as possible.

Additional Notes

  • It is important to note that the Department of Health has provided instruction 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. As a precaution, limiting contact that is within 6’ of others is highly encouraged at all times, even while wearing a mask.
  • 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.
  • Asymptomatic testing will be voluntary for all instructors and students. Regular communication and education will be used to encourage testing by those participating in in-person instruction.

Updated 12/22/2020