August Band Guidance

"Phase 2"

The South-Western City School District has developed a plan using guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the National Federation of High School Sports, and the Centers for Disease Control to restart High School summer band practices. While we welcome the opportunity to bring our high school band members and directors back together, we want to do so in the safest manner possible to ensure their health and well-being.

General Information:

  • Competitions between different schools or communities are NOT permitted at any time.

  • Students should be outside as much as possible. Indoor rehearsals of 10 or less per space are permitted.

  • “Spectators” (parents, others) are permitted at the discretion of the coach/athletic director but must follow restrictions that include social distancing.

  • Individuals should not congregate in common areas or parking lots following before or after rehearsals.

Pre-Rehearsal Screening:

Band members, directors and parent volunteers MUST complete the Waiver of Liability, Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risk Agreement for Use of School Facilities and Equipment during Summer Break (Liability Waiver) prior to participation in any activities.

  • No band student or band director is permitted to participate in any practice until the Liability Waiver is completed and collected by the district.

  • All directors, volunteers and students should be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to attending a practice. This screening must include a temperature check that should be completed at home prior to arrival at school.

  • Band directors, volunteers and students will not be permitted to participate in band practice or be present on school grounds if his/her temperature is above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on any day that the director/volunteer /student is to participate in any activity, or if the director/volunteer /student has been exposed to or lives with any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past fourteen (14) days.

  • Vulnerable individuals should not oversee or participate in any workouts or training sessions.

    • “Vulnerable individuals” are defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as people age 65 and older and others with serious underlying health conditions. These conditions include, but are not limited to: high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised by chemotherapy for cancer, and other conditions requiring such therapy.

Gathering Limitations:

  • Directors are still encouraged to keep the grouping of students as consistent as possible.

  • Students should report to rehearsal in proper attire and immediately return home to shower at the end of the rehearsal.

  • There will be a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual at all times when individuals are not participating in the practice or activity.

  • Individuals should not congregate before or after practice.


  • All students should bring their own water bottle and water bottles should not be shared.

  • Hydration stations (water fountains, water troughs, etc.) should not be used.

  • Any student who arrives without personal water will not be allowed to participate.

Face Covering Guidance:

Decreasing potential exposure to respiratory droplets is the guiding principle behind social distancing and the use of face coverings. The use of cloth face coverings is meant to decrease the spread of respiratory droplets. As state and local COVID-19 prevalence decreases, the need for strict social distancing and the use of face coverings may lessen.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.”

  • Recognizing the benefits and potential drawbacks of the use of cloth face coverings during conditioning and physical activity, OHSAA recommends the following:

    • Cloth face coverings are acceptable and shall be worn when not engaging in vigorous activity.

    • Plastic shields covering the entire face (or attached to a helmet) will not be allowed during activities.

    • Coaches are expected to wear cloth face coverings during training. SWCSD expects band directors to wear face coverings.

    • Schools will not be providing masks. Athletes and coaches will be expected to provide their own mask. SWCSD expects band students and band directors to provide their own masks.

    • Any athlete or coach who arrives without a mask will not be allowed to stay at the training session. SWCSD will not permit any band student or band director to attend any band practice without a mask.

Physical Activity and Musical Instruments and Accessories:

  • There should be no shared personal musical instruments between students. School owned instruments and accessories should be assigned to a single student and should not be shared.

  • All clothing and towels should be washed after every practice.

  • All shared equipment, including music stands, should be cleaned after each practice. Students are encouraged to bring their own music stand.

  • Individual or group activities requiring the shared use of musical equipment is permissible, but the equipment should be cleaned regularly and between uses.

  • The “No Touch Rule” is in effect – students should refrain from high fives, handshake lines, and other physical contact with other students and directors, beyond practice parameters.

Athletic Trainers:

  • Will be available by appointment only

  • Will not provide ice, ankle taping, etc.

  • Training rooms will not be open for walk-in treatment

Facilities Cleaning:

  • Adequate cleaning schedules will be implemented for all band facilities.

  • Prior to an individual or group entering a facility, all hard surfaces within that facility should be wiped down and sanitized.

  • Individuals should wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water before touching any surfaces or participating in practice.

  • Hand sanitizer will be plentiful and available to individuals.

  • Shirts and shoes should be worn at all times.

  • Students should be encouraged to shower and wash their workout clothing immediately upon returning home.

  • Personal and school owned instruments should be cleaned after each use.

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