Today, teachers received notification that we will be returning to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19th.
As we transition back to in-person learning, there will be some changes to band in an effort to rehearse as safely as possible and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Until the new COVID case count for Payne county significantly decreases, we will divide the band in half. The upper woodwinds (flute, clarinet, and alto sax) will rehearse at the Middle School band room while the remaining band members will rehearse at the High School band room. By doing this, we will be able to position all students facing the same direction at least 6 feet apart.
Upper woodwinds will report to the Middle School Band Room to start their school day. Drivers will be allowed to drive from the MS to the HS for their 2nd hour. Non-drivers will ride a shuttle bus after 1st hour from the MS to the HS (there will be plenty of room to spread out on the bus).
All members of the band (with the exception of flutes and percussion who will wear normal masks) will be required to wear musician masks that allow students to play their instrument while still wearing a mask. These masks will be purchased through the band office for $5, payable to P-T Band (50% of the original price). If students have money in their student account, they may use those funds to pay for their new mask. These masks will need to be washed on a regular basis. Again, these masks will be a requirement for all students (with the exception of flutes and percussion).
If a student should misplace their mask, they will have to purchase a new one for the full price of $10.
Information regarding these masks can be found here:
Students that choose the Distance Learning option will be expected to attend band rehearsal via Google Meet every day and submit playing assignments. This will hopefully allow them to have a bit of social interaction and allow them to continue to participate in band even if it is through a Distant Learning model.
Rehearsals will begin at 8am every day at both sites.
I hope you are well. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.
Director of Bands
Perkins-Tryon Public Schools