COVID-19 Resources for Fall 2020

These guidelines should be considered when planning for summertime Band Camps or any other arts camps Summer 2021.

Sections Contain:

  • Communication to Parents, Campers, and Staff Prior to Camp Start

  • Drop-off/Arrival Procedure

  • Monitoring for Symptoms

  • Returning to Camp after symptoms or diagnosis of COVID-19

  • Preventing the Spread in the Day Camp/Program Facility

  • Cloth Face Coverings

  • Cleaning and Hygiene

  • Protecting Vulnerable Populations

  • Communication and Combatting Misinformation

  • Additional Considerations: Coping and Resilience

Knowledge from the Field

Guidance documents from ArtsNC, the National Arts Professional Education Organizations, and the National Federation of State High School Associations to help local public school units make decisions surrounding Arts Education for Fall 2020 enrollment. *Please Note* This information should not supersede DHHS or CDC recommendations. The inclusion of ideas and/or resources on this page does not constitute endorsement or verification by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Presented by:

Kathleen McGann, MD

Division of Infectious Diseases

Vice Chair of Education

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Duke University Medical Center

Arts Education during the time of COVID

Staying safe on campus

January 28, 2021

All Arts Disciplines

  • Recommendations for Arts Education as NC Reopens Schools - Join Arts NC Executive Director Nate McGaha, NC Dance Education Organization Vice President Laura Stauderman, NC Music Educators Association President Carol Earnhardt, NC Theatre Arts Educators President Chuck Stowe, and NC Art Education Association Past President Rebecca Dow as they review the recommendations and take your questions about arts education safely returning to our schools.

    • Watch the webinar covering this document HERE

  • Arts Education Is Essential speaks to arts education’s role in supporting the social and emotional well-being of students, an area that administrators, educators, and parents have highlighted as essential to student safety and success during the pandemic and as students return to school, whether in-person, online, or in a blended fashion, this fall. Arts education also creates a welcoming school environment and a healthy and inclusive school community, helping students, educators, parents, and the community at large build and strengthen their connectedness during this time of social isolation and social distancing.


  • National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)'s Coming Together as a Community during the COVID-19 Pandemic - The world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Universities, K-12 schools, community programs, and dance studios across the country are shut down, with several states on stay-at-home orders. It is our fervent hope that the world will emerge from this crisis stronger, kinder, and more connected than ever before. The reality is, of course, that we don't know what will happen in the next few months. One thing we do know is that the dance community has been setting an example of persistence, generosity, and care for one another that should serve as a model for the rest of the world. As your national service organization, NDEO is here to support you through these challenging times. We have been working diligently to provide high-quality resources relevant to the needs you have right now: free webinars, blog posts, discounts on professional development, and more. We are striving to stay abreast of the field's changing needs, and will respond in every way that we are able.

  • NC Dance Education Organization's Reopening Our Schools & Dance Education - One centralized location for all things NC regarding Dance education during this unprecedented time.

  • Dance/USA's Return to Dancing and Training Considerations Due to-COVID-19 - The purpose of this paper is to provide resources and information companies can use to help them develop return-tostudio protocols in the context of COVID-19.


  • NAfME & NFHS Guidance for Music - This document provides practical guidance for PreK-12 schools as administrators and music educators seek to provide meaningful music instruction for students of all ages and grade levels during the COVID19 pandemic. In this unique time, music educators are modifying their practices not only in teaching, but in classroom orientation, cleaning, spacing and management. It is understood that, as trained professionals, music educators want to offer the very best instruction so all students can learn and grow in their knowledge, understanding, and love of music. This guide asserts that music educators can still do that, but also acknowledges that how we deliver teaching may be different than in the past.

  • NFHS and NAfME Aerosol Study - Initial results of an aerosol study commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and more than 125 performing arts organizations have yielded preliminary data and considerations that could help prevent the cancellation of performing arts activities in the future amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first of three stages of results for the study, which was launched in May behind lead funding from the NFHS, CBDNA, the National Association of Music Merchants and the D’Addario Foundation. More findings incorporating a wider range of activities are expected to be released later this month and again with the completion of the study in December.

  • American String Teachers Association - The American String Teachers Association convened the ASTA COVID-19 Task Force on May 21, 2020, to create planning guides for string teachers as they prepare to resume string instruction in classrooms and studios in the fall. ASTA is providing suggestions for classroom teachers, ensemble directors, and studio teachers as they navigate the following instructional situations during the COVID-19 pandemic: Face-to-face, Online, Hybrid.

  • South Carolina Bandmaster's Association for Marching Band Summer Guidelines - As we transition into the summer months when summer rehearsals and band camps will take place, we felt compelled to offer recommendations and best practices in an attempt to ensure the safety and health of faculty (coaches), staff and students. The recommendations provided have been compiled based on CDC Guidelines, “Return to Play/Practice Team Sports” guidelines provided by the South Carolina High School League, and the “Student Safety and Music Program Continuation Ideas For Consideration” by the American Bandmasters Association.

  • NFHS for Marching Band - The COVID-19 pandemic presents state high school associations with a myriad of challenges. The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and the NFHS Music Committee offer this document as guidance on how state associations can consider approaching the many components of returning to high school marching band activities across the United States.

  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) COVID-19 Response Committee Report - Through this document, we endeavor to provide resources for all choral musicians, to advocate for ourselves and our profession, to guide our thinking with sample instructional models, and to point us in the direction of additional information. We claim no medical expertise, nor do we have suitable recommendations for how to assess risk in choral singing at this time. What we can offer are pedagogical suggestions for navigating the myriad contexts in which our members find themselves, at various levels and settings. Primarily, we encourage all to continue prioritizing your own and your singers’ safety. Beyond safety, we urge you to diligently ensure that all singers are given equal access to participate fully in your programs, understanding that for so many, choir is their safety net, their source of emotional wellbeing and support.

  • Percussive Arts Society Managing COVID-19 Protocols in Administering Percussion Performance Curriculum - The objective of this document is not to determine whether teachers and students should return to in-person learning and teaching, but to assist with those choosing to attempt face-to-face environments. There is currently very little information or guidance specific to the percussive arts. It is our goal that this document serves as a resource for administrators, educators, and students to help direct decision making for the safety and best practices of all involved.

Theatre Arts

  • EdTA Guidance for Theatre - EdTA has reviewed multiple guides, studies, and expert resources and synthesized them into a series of suggestions for the reopening of theatre classrooms and facilities. This document offers recommendations for how theatre educators can continue to provide meaningful theatre education experiences for their students in the COVID-19 era, as well as programmatic guidance for state, district, and school decision makers who are tasked with deciding how education will be delivered to students in the 2020-21 school year and beyond. It represents the best guidance available at the time of writing.

  • Guide to Reopening the Arts - The purpose of this guide is to provide recommendations as you craft your organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and develop your plan for reopening to the public. We are all working toward the common goal to keep our patrons, workers, and artists as safe as possible. “A Guide to Reopening the Arts in North Carolina” was compiled by cultural leaders representing the North Carolina Theatre Conference, the North Carolina Presenters Consortium, Arts North Carolina, the North Carolina Arts Council, and independent arts organizations. The team borrowed substantially from the work of the Event Safety Alliance, and much of this document is excerpted from the “Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide”:

Visual Arts

  • National Art Education Association's Remote Learning Toolkit - Representatives from every NAEA division and our membership at large have collected, curated, and shared strategies, approaches, lessons, units, and tools to support you as we are faced with the challenges of and opportunities for distance learning and preparing for the 2020-21 school year.

  • National Art Education Association's Covid-19 Arts Updates - NAEA is actively engaged in monitoring additional legislation to support for the arts, cultural and education sectors as part of Federal Funding to offset the impact of COVID-19. This page includes Legislative Updates and Resources.