PDE Guidelines released by the state

Remember: If you’re not at the “table”, you’re “on the menu”!

PDE issued their Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools this morning (6/3/20). It details the guidelines that school districts are to follow preparing and implementing reopening of schools.

The first requirement is to form a “pandemic team” to determine the detailed responses for the school district’s Health and Safety Plan to be approved by the School Board.

PMEA District 12 is strongly recommending that you volunteer to participate in the appropriate committee(s) that your district will be forming in order to decide the details surrounding your schools reopening.

It is important to note that this guidance does NOT specify that any specific courses or activities be removed from the curriculum.  It does reference current state and federal health recommendations, as well as general requirements to consider for planning.  Several of these will likely impact some aspects of the delivery of music education. Remember, our message is “Change the HOW, not the WHAT” (we might need to modify, but we can and should still be teaching our students music)!

Please let us know if you have questions, concerns, or if there are circumstances we should know.  PMEA and NAfME continue to make resources available for your help in this important task.

From the Reopening Guidance Document

“Consider the unique needs of music programming (e.g., band, orchestra, choir) and transmission risk-mitigation protocols to address hygiene, disinfection of equipment, distancing during practice and competition, and numbers of participants. Due to potential increased risk of droplet transmission, physical distancing should be prioritized for wind instruments.” p10