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Re: TEA vs UIL
Posted by Orch dir on 5/21/2020, 1:30 pm, in reply to "Re: TEA vs UIL
That's assuming people in charge make that distinction. I just submitted my class placements and I cut down class sizes quite a bit. My varsity group would have had 47 kids. I cut it to 31 so that we can spread out more. This pushed 16 kids down a level, which pushed several of that group down a level, etc. I offered to give up a planning period so that I could have the smaller classes (provided they take me off the duty schedule). I'm cautiously optimistic that the limited class size will have the benefit of making both my top groups much stronger. It's also infinitely less challenging to make an orchestra of 12 players work than it is for band. Only 5 instruments to worry about and I can substitute violin for viola or cello for bass.
So I assume string orchestra can play as long as there is enough distance between the students. They can also play wearing a mask.
It won't just hurt the junior high students. It will hurt the music industry for years. No beginners means that in two years everyone is behind and the quality tanks. High school kids will quit because they are there to be with friends and perform. And you will see programs drop assistants like crazy as numbers drop. No wind instruments would be a disaster!
It is coming... this is what I've heard athletics is getting told:
Absolutely no inside students
Weights can be lifted, but must be outside. No spotters can be used because of distance rules, so that will limit some of it.
All students have to remain 10 feet apart at all times. The largest a group can be is four students at a time, and one coach can only watch like four groups of them.
With their footballs and other equipment they have to sanitize after every group works with the equipment.
Even things like walking into a stadium to use the space/track is going to be difficult with the guidelines.
Personally from talking to some people I think we're going to be given very similar guidance. We may be allowed to practice outside, but we certainly wouldn't be allowed inside with any wind instruments right now. We'll see what they actually say in the document UIL is putting together.
This is a definite time to keep an eye on everything. If we get told no wind instruments inside next year it'll especially hurt the junior high kids.