The arts—dance, moving image, music, theater, and visual arts—are core content and play an important role in nurturing students’ social-emotional well-being. They will be taught as part of blended and remote learning models in the fall. Principals will work with their arts educators to develop specific blended and remote learning arts plans, modifying instruction as needed to provide standards-based arts education in available space, while ensuring that staff and students’ health and safety are top priority.
Teachers will prioritize existing arts curriculum which is suitable for in-person learning and can be adapted for temporary remote learning to maximize synchronous learning opportunities.
For blended learning, the goal will be to maintain arts studio spaces for arts instruction, unless an arts studio space must be used for general classroom space. Students will wash their hands before and after each arts class and observe all recommended guidelines for social distancing and wearing of masks. Today, we provided specific health and safety considerations by arts content:
- Dance instruction can occur in dance rooms, classrooms, multipurpose rooms, auditoriums, gyms, cafeterias and outdoor spaces as long as a distance of 6 to 12 feet in all directions is maintained between individuals while participating in activities. Outdoor space is encouraged.
- Music instruction can occur as long as students are properly distanced, wind instruments are not shared, non-wind instruments are individually assigned when possible and shared non-wind instruments are thoroughly disinfected between uses. Rehearsal times will be reduced to 30 minutes or less. Outdoor and large, well-ventilated spaces are encouraged.
- Theater instruction will take place in a distanced manner, and schools will use microphones and portable amplification to protect teachers’ voices and ensure students can hear instruction, especially when teaching in large spaces and outdoors. Face shields are recommended if speaking is happening in closer proximity.
- Visual Arts instruction will be adapted to ensure safe distancing. Large posters and SMART Boards rather than individual hand-held images when working with art images are recommended. Art technique demonstrations should allow for safe distancing.