The UIL released revised start dates for fall sports on July 21, 2020. The schedules for our 4A high schools, Canyon Lake and Davenport, have not changed and will start volleyball and football practices on Aug. 3, with competition starting on Aug. 10 and Aug. 27 respectively.
The revised UIL calendar pushes back the first day of practice for Canyon and Smithson Valley High School volleyball and football to Sept. 7. The first day of competition for these two schools is now Sept. 14 for volleyball and Sept. 24 for football.
Fall individual sports, such as cross country and team tennis can begin training now. However, 4A matches/meets will not start until Aug. 17th and 5A/6A cannot begin until Sept. 7.
High school schedules, once updated, can be found at on the Rank One web site.
The UIL did not change the seasons for middle school sports. Middle school sports are allowed to begin practicing on the first day of school for football, volleyball and cross country.Middle school schedules, once updated, can be found on the Rank One web site.
The UIL currently is not allowing tournaments for volleyball and basketball. Team tennis tournaments will be allowed during regular season with no more than 8 teams participating. Cross country invitational meets may have no more than 8 total schools and only one level of competitors (Var/JV/9th). A school could bring a girls and boys team, but they would need to be the same level.
UIL guidance released on July 21, 2020, allows student groups such as cheerleaders approved by the school district may attend and perform at games or contests in which they are not competing. Schools should consider limiting the number of participants to those essential to the performance.
- These student groups should remain separate from the game or contest participants at all times. These student groups should avoid mixing with fans or non-group members throughout the game or contest.
- Student groups are required to wear face coverings.
- Schools should consider limiting the number of students and staff given access to the playing areas and ensure protocols for entering and exiting the playing areas are in place.
- These students should maintain appropriate distancing from game or contest participants at all times, including when on the sideline.
Will high school and middle school remote learners be expected to attend their athletic/band/cheer/dance period class daily?
Yes. Remote learners will be required to attend these classes in person on a daily basis. *The only exception to this is the general athletics/PE class which is offered asynchronously for remote learners.
If my remote learner’s sport is not in season, are they still required to attend their athletic period daily?
Yes. Remote learners will be required to attend these classes in person to prepare for their upcoming seasons.
If I do not want to bring my remote learner to their extra-curriculars class period, will their schedule be changed?
Yes. Remote learners who cannot participate daily will need to request a schedule change to a course offered remotely.
Will transportation be provided for my remote learner to and from practices/athletic periods?
No. Transportation to and from practices and athletic periods will be the responsibility of the student-athlete, parent or guardian.
Will time be given to remote learners to be home for their remote classes?
Yes. Coaches will build in travel time to allow students to attend their remote classes.
Will remote learners have access to the locker rooms?
Remote learners will have limited access to locker rooms and will need to come to practice/athletic period dressed to participate. Remote learners will shower at home.
Dance teams should look very similar to every other season. Some campuses still need to choose teams. Once teams are selected, they may organize dance camps at the campus, during the summer, and will be able to prepare performances as they usually do. Face coverings will be part of the protocol.
Choirs will still be singing as ensembles. They will be wearing face coverings and social distancing. Body placement and spacing protocols will be in place and rehearsal lengths will be shortened.
Orchestra will be very close to their normal rehearsal and performance protocols with face coverings and some slight change to their musician spacing formation.
Theater will prepare plays with students wearing face coverings in rehearsal. Play performances will be similar to performances in previous years. Musicals may look different from previous performances as safe singing and distance requirements may alter the look of the production.
Will audiences be allowed?
Will Visual Art students need to bring their own supplies or will materials be shared?
What is the new timeline UIL released for marching band season?
All bands are asked to wait to start the visual/marching elements of their marching show on September 7, 2020. Summer band can continue with the dates scheduled. Summer band will look a little different but be very advantageous for our students to get a start on music and marching basics. Normally, region contest starts in October and will be delayed until December. the marching competitions will take place in December.
What will band class look like this fall?
Band classes will use increased safety measures according to current TEA, UIL and district guidelines. Generally, the same teaching will occur with extra time for cleaning and allowance for spacing of students. The configuration of the space may look different. It is possible that some groups will work in larger spaces, even outside or in separate rooms when possible to add safety and space.
Will I be able to use my band locker?
Yes, band lockers will be used by students. A safety plan with staggered access to the lockers will be put in place on the campus to ensure safe flow in and out of instrument storage areas and distancing. Lockers will be disinfected on a regular basis and personal items will need to be kept to a minimum.
Will I be able to take my instrument home?
Yes. Students will still be expected to rehearse at home so this will be a normal process already in place that does not need to be changed.
How often do personal instruments need to be cleaned?
Because it is a personal instrument, it needs to be cleaned only as often as one would normally clean that . No for instruments should be shared.
How will private lessons work?
Private lesson opportunities will still be available to students. For campuses that cannot space 10 feet between student and private lesson instructor, virtual/remote private lessons are recommended after the school day. Any instructor that does come on campus will be required to follow all standard protocol and new Covid protocol to include the health screener.
Will students still be able to try out for the All- Region/All-State Band?
Yes. The TMEA All-Region Band selection will be a recorded process this year. We are excited this opportunity will be available for all students, remote or live.
What new safety protocols will be in place?
Fine Arts Safety Protocol for All:
- All programs must communicate a plan for all safety protocol to all students and parents on the first day or prior for any activity
- All staff and students must wear face coverings in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, which includes:
- When entering or exiting facilities where activities are being conducted
- When not actively practicing or exercising
- When not actively playing a wind instrument
- Access to showers and locker rooms will be limited to students enrolled in the activity/sport
- Social distancing standards must be maintained in locker rooms. Avoid sharing lockers.
- Social distance protocols must be followed at all times.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be readily and their use encouraged frequently
- Any equipment must be disinfected between uses
- Each director and student must complete the health screener each day if they have not already completed it for other school purposes
- If possible, enter in one door, exit from another and minimize door handle contact.
- Consider using outdoor space when feasible and appropriate.
- Avoid shared objects between participants.
- Staff is encouraged to be located at side or back instead of in front of students when actively practicing, exercising or rehearsing.
- Schools may provide food, water or other drinks. If they provide these items, schools should do so in a manner that ensures students are not sharing these items.
Considerations for Space:
- Spacing of students as much as possible, not having students face each other; keep straight line formations
Safety and Rehearsal Protocol:
- Instrument PPE such as clarinet bags, bell and special face coverings are encouraged.
- Percussionists must use personal or assigned mallets and sticks. No sharing.
- If percussionists must share larger equipment, they must be cleaned after each use, examples: Bass drum, gong, chime mallets, etc.
- When actively rehearsing, students, faculty, adult volunteers, and staff will maintain ft. for indoor or outdoor practice
- Band programs will provide central “condensation” dumpsites. We will provide pads that can be easily disposed as necessary for brass players to deal with water disposal.
- Access to indoor drinking fountains will not be available.
- Adult volunteers/faculty can refill water containers. Adult volunteers must maintain 6 feet of distance between all students and faculty and must maintain 10 feet of distance from students actively playing instruments.
- Faculty will sanitize any shared equipment after each session of use (this includes tables, and lockers will be sanitized by the directors with a solution that contains 80% alcohol and water).
- At the conclusion of your rehearsal, the following steps will be taken:
- Director, student leaders or trained adult volunteers spray each chair and music stand with a sanitation cleaning solution (provided by district to school). This solution should not be on used instruments.
- If the equipment needs to be racked, the students, lining up and remaining 6 feet apart, will rack their chair and music stand on the storage rack.
Will concerts still be allowed?
Yes, but they may look different than in years past. Programs will be able to use flexible instrumentation and smaller ensemble/chamber music if needed for safety and distance. Audiences at concerts will follow state and local guidance for indoor gatherings. So, large bands may break up performances into multiple, shorter concerts with less participants than normal to allow seating for all interested, as well. Live streaming of the performances will be encouraged to allow those who would like that option, as well.
How will Friday nights look for marching bands?
With guidelines for distancing of wind instruments, we are working to create new exciting shows that will reflect more of a college or university style marching band show. We also will have a limited amount of space in the stands; therefore, we are working on how to allow all students the opportunity of time in the stands to be a part of that band experience, as well. We will work to be as equitable as possible for all students, giving them as much opportunity as possible in the stand and on the field. Options we are considering include, bands being split into two groups with half in stands and half marching, then alternating the groups the next week. Another option includes all the band marching, but only a portion in the stands (Pep Band), alternating each week.
What about marching band competitions?
All National marching competitions such as BOA and US Bands are cancelled. All local marching band clinics have cancelled. UIL still is offering an opportunity for Region Marching in December. We do not feel this will be a beneficial assessment for our students and have planned a district exhibition for our Comal ISD bands to perform their shows for each other and for an audience to showcase their talents on November 17, 2020 at Canyon High School.
Will bands attend away games?
The principals will be meeting soon to determine this at their DEC meeting. Currently, the capacity limit of 50% for all stadiums may necessitate that each school will have to utilize both sides of their stadium to accommodate their own bands, spirit groups and fans with current spacing and occupancy requirements.
Can parents still volunteer and be involved?
Per TEA guidance, the band can continue to use volunteers for essential operations. We will limit volunteer contact when possible for the safety of our students and staff.
Will the band be traveling for educational trips?
All out of state travel for 20-21 has been cancelled. There are currently no trips planned for the band, but we will be looking for virtual opportunities and other educational opportunities to bring in more clinicians and other quality experiences locally.
How long will a student be required to stay away from campus if they have COVID-19 or suspected of having COVID-19?
Individuals with a lab-confirmed case or who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 must stay home until:
- Their fever has been gone for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medicine;
- They have an improvement in symptoms (cough lessened, throat less sore, etc.); AND
- 10 days have passed since any new symptoms appeared
TEA has allowed an exception for individuals who are experiencing symptoms to return to school/work before the above criteria are met with a note from their doctor providing an alternative diagnosis or a negative test results from an approved COVID-19 testing location.
Individuals who have had close contact with someone who has a lab-confirmed case must stay home for the virus incubation period of 14 days before returning. They will then be screened for symptoms before being allowed back on campus.
Do students who test positive with COVID-19 need special documentation in order to return after their self isolation to participate in UIL activities?
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