2021 - 2022 Reopening Plans

Last Updated: 1/11/2021

JANUARY REOPENING GUIDELINES:

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 have decided to push the start of our 2022 term to begin the week of January 18.  Rehearsals will begin this term on Zoom. We will continue to monitor the situation with a goal of returning to in-person singing safely as soon as it is possible.

Boston Children’s Chorus does not require vaccination for our singers to participate in regular programming; however, vaccination is required to perform in all concert venues in the city of Boston. As such, 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.

  1. 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. 

  2. Wear masks: Masking and vaccination are critical to containing the spread of COVID-19 and variants. We will 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.

  3. Maintain physical distance: All singers will maintain a minimum of 3 feet of distance when singing indoors.

  4. Keep us informed: If your singer tests positive for COVID-19, please report the case immediately to Kripa Joseph at kjoseph@bostonchildrenschorus.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.

CONTACT TRACING

Keep us informed: If your singer tests positive for COVID-19, please report the confirmed case immediately to Kripa Joseph at kjoseph@bostonchildrenschorus.org. 

In the event that a BCC singer or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, that choir’s rehearsals will shift online to Zoom for 5 days from exposure. 

Anyone (singers or staff) who tests positive for COVID-19 may return to rehearsals after receiving a negative test result (PCR or antigen) OR may quarantine for 10 days and return on day 11.

For all singers in the affected choir, on the 6th day, rehearsals will resume. Singers who are showing no symptoms on day 6 may return to rehearsal after sending proof of a negative COVID-19 test, either PCR or antigen, to Kripa Joseph OR may quarantine for 10 days and return on day 11.

Plan of action from BCC:

  1. An official notice will be sent to the entire BCC community notifying everyone of the case and choir affected as well as the date of exposure. 
  2. BCC will offer support connecting families with test providers.
  3. BCC facilities will undergo additional cleaning and sanitization before singers return to the space. 

In the event that an onsite visitor (singer, caregiver, staff, etc.) has had possible exposure to COVID-19 outside of BCC, we will reach out to possible close contacts in our community and offer support connecting families with test providers. The choir will continue to meet in person.

TESTING PROCEDURE

If you are exhibiting symptoms or believe you or a member of your household have been exposed to 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. 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.

IN-PERSON REHEARSAL PROCEDURES

SINGER REHEARSAL CHECK-IN PROCEDURE AT BCC HQ

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Masks will be worn for the entire duration of time on-site at BCC HQ.
  4. Singers will proceed to their rehearsal spaces.
  5. Hand sanitizer will be available in all rehearsal rooms and public spaces.
  6. Access to onsite restrooms will be available to all singers.

SINGER REHEARSAL CHECK-OUT PROCEDURE AT BCC HQ

  1. 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.

Please practice social distancing when moving around BCC. 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.

Due to the limited space in compliance with social distancing, 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

  1. 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.
  2. Singers will proceed to their rehearsal space as directed by their conductor.
  3. Hand sanitizer will be available on site.
  4. Access to onsite restrooms will be available to all singers
  5. Masks will be worn for the entire duration of time at the rehearsal site.

SINGER REHEARSAL CHECK-OUT PROCEDURE AT FIRST PARISH DORCHESTER

  1. Parents should be ready to pick up their singer immediately at the end of their rehearsal time.