October 21 | October 25
This document was developed as a guide for Music Departments at schools and Itinerant Teachers of Music in Aotearoa following the COVID-19 outbreak and is a working document.
Links to relevant MOE and COVID19 documents are found at the end with a chart of responsibilities for schools and music teachers.
Prepared for MENZA by the ITM Covid-19 Working group.
Music at Alert Level 2
We have had some questions about managing any potential risk associated with music classes when at Alert Level 2.
It is important to note that at Alert Level 2 the disease is contained, but the risk of community transmission remains.
“With the other public health measures we have put in place in schools and early learning services, coupled with the reduced risk of transmission at Alert Level 2, we consider the risk of infection is low.”
Dr Caroline McElnay – Director of Public Health
Music classes, singing and using woodwind instruments can take place at Alert Level 2 (but not at Alert Level 3). Practices, rehearsals and performances can go ahead – physical distancing of 1 metre is recommended where practicable including singing and using wind instruments. All other hygiene practices must also be followed including staying away if sick, regular hand washing, good cough and sneeze etiquette, contact tracing and regular cleaning of surfaces. Regular cleaning of shared equipment (instruments) will be needed.
Activities where visitors are attending, including parents and caregivers, will need to align with public health requirements for gatherings.
Staff will be able to work across different schools.
Your leadership, staff, students, and community need to understand what the risks are and how to manage them. This needs to be planned and discussed, and then detailed in your health and safety plan.
The following link has some clarification and considerations from the NZCF (NZ Choral Federation) for Alert levels 1 and 2:
The following is an American site that has been collecting articles and research from around the world