At Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC), our top priority is the safety and health of our community. With the help of our Reopening Task Force, BCC returned to in-person singing in the fall of 2021. Throughout the fall semester, we continued to monitor the evolving situation. In December with the rise of Omicron, we reconvened medical experts in our community to reevaluate our plans to return to in-person singing in January of 2022.
Considering the rise of this new variant, we began the January term over Zoom. After three weeks of Zoom rehearsals, cases began to consistently drop, and we brought our singers back to in-person singing on February 7.
Boston Children’s Chorus does not require vaccination for our singers to participate in regular programming; however, we will follow the performing guidelines for each concert venue. As such, there are instances in which only vaccinated singers will be able to perform live. BCC highly encourages vaccination against COVID-19 for the safety of our entire community.
BCC will continue core mitigation strategies throughout the 2021-2022 season. In continued consultation with medical advisors and our Reopening Task Force, the strategies below and other BCC reopening guidance issued this year will remain in effect through the end of the season unless otherwise notified.
BCC staff will continue to work in a hybrid in-person/working-from-home schedule. The BCC office at 20 Old Colony will be open to singers only during scheduled rehearsal times. Only BCC staff will have access to BCC’s office spaces and equipment. BCC staff will remain masked while onsite at BCC HQ. 100% of BCC’s teaching and office staff are fully vaccinated.
HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES
The guidelines outlined below will be in effect for all BCC-hosted activities, including but not limited to in-person rehearsals and live performances.
Monitor for symptoms and stay home when sick: Staff will monitor themselves for symptoms daily and singers, with the assistance of families, must also be monitored daily for symptoms before coming to rehearsals. Staff and students must stay home if feeling unwell. Everyone must do their part to protect others and not come to rehearsals if they are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling sick.
Wear masks: Masking and vaccination are critical to containing the spread of COVID-19 and variants. At this time, we will continue to require all students and staff to wear masks at all BCC hosted activities. When worn, masks must completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of the face without gaps. Masks will be available onsite if needed.
Keep us informed: If your singer tests positive for COVID-19, please report the case immediately to Kripa Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your personal information will not be shared, but we will need to notify our community of possible exposure as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.
Anyone (singers or staff) who tests positive for COVID-19 may return to rehearsals after 5 days of quarantine. Rehearsals will continue.
Plan of action from BCC:
An official notice will be sent out notifying the affected choir of the case and the date of exposure.
BCC will offer support connecting families with test providers.
Rehearsals will continue.
If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. Call your child’s primary care physician, local community health center, or local COVID-19 testing site. A list of test sites throughout Boston can be found here. Some sites may require a pre-screening, referral, and/or appointment.
If your singer tests positive for COVID-19, please report the case immediately to Kripa Joseph. Thank you for your cooperation.
IN-PERSON REHEARSAL PROCEDURES
SINGER REHEARSAL CHECK-IN PROCEDURE AT BCC HQ
Singers will enter BCC HQ through the front entrance at 20 Old Colony and will only be admitted during the 15 minutes ahead of their rehearsal time.
Singers will be met by a member of staff on the second floor who will do an on-site health check screening. This screening will involve verbal affirmation that neither they nor members of their household have been in close contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms and that they themselves are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Everyone entering the building must wear a mask and will have their temperature taken.
Masks will be worn for the entire duration of time on-site at BCC HQ.
Singers will proceed to their rehearsal spaces.
Hand sanitizer will be available in all rehearsal rooms and public spaces.
Access to onsite restrooms will be available to all singers.
SINGER REHEARSAL CHECK-OUT PROCEDURE AT BCC HQ
Parents should be ready to pick up their singer, outside BCC’s main door, immediately at the end of their rehearsal time.
POLICIES FOR VISITORS AND PARENTS TO BCC HQ
All visitors will be asked to comply with on-site health screening and temperature checks. Please respect our community by wearing a face covering at all times. Masks are required for all individuals over the age of 2, per CDC Guidelines. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose at all times.
There will be an assigned room for visitors during rehearsal hours that open only 15 minutes prior to rehearsal and close promptly at the end of rehearsal.
We will only allow a maximum of 15 visitors (non-singers or staff) in the building during rehearsals. We realize that many of our families rely on public transportation or walk to rehearsals and need a place to wait. We ask that if you drive or have other means to wait off-site, please be courteous and leave the limited on-site waiting space to families who need to use that space.
Singers, parents, and caregivers will not be able to enter staff offices, the kitchen, or use office equipment.
Singers, parents, and caregivers are asked to refrain from eating inside BCC HQ.
SINGER REHEARSAL CHECK-IN PROCEDURE AT FIRST PARISH DORCHESTER
Singers will be met by a member of staff inside the parish hall who will do an on-site health check screening. This screening will involve verbal affirmation that neither they nor members of their household have been in close contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms and that they themselves are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Everyone entering the rehearsal site must wear a mask and will have their temperature taken.
Singers will proceed to their rehearsal space as directed by their conductor.
Hand sanitizer will be available on site.
Access to onsite restrooms will be available to all singers
Masks will be worn for the entire duration of time at the rehearsal site.
SINGER REHEARSAL CHECK-OUT PROCEDURE AT FIRST PARISH DORCHESTER
Parents should be ready to pick up their singer immediately at the end of their rehearsal time.