You claim the adults are letting every down yet you as the director could simply make a decision to "protect" the children. I can imagine lots of private parties where kids are all over each other in worse ways than sitting on a bus and playing instruments. That was my point in that at least now, there are some controls in spacing kids out, keeping them busy in safe ways, and keeping them away from the free-for-alls that would happen without structure because humans are social and teenagers will get together whether it's at school, the lake, or the backyard. Don't kid yourself either. Your students have been hanging out with some of their friends since March.
Why don't we let the option be there, (UIL is doing that), and we let schools, administration, coaches, parents, and students decide what they want to participate in. There are several 6A programs in the Houston area that WANT to do UIL. There are some that have said nope. Some said yes because the kids want the glory and performances and some for their seniors that simply want to close out their senior year THEIR way. You don't have to go. Let them if they choose.
I know the whole "fear and nose" bs. Don't care. Let those that choose to participate participate. Let those that choose not to not. It's really that simple. Look at the college athletes demanding the opportunity to play along with their parents. Their coaches, (Big 10 comes to mind), are supporting the kids that want to play. Could it be that personal choice should be winning out with all the information we have?
I am happy seeing games being played. I am happy seeing kids smiling and interacting. I am hoping the mental well-being of our students starts to go up and suicides start to go down. I am happy seeing kids HAPPY and interacting with something other than a screen. I am happy that unemployment has dropped as have deaths, hospitalizations, and cases. Be happy for positive trends. If you don't like them, stay home. Nobody is forcing anyone to get on a bus and go to school or contest, or a game. Nobody has that power. They sure as heck don't over me. I make my own decisions about my health and the risks I am willing to take. Me. Nobody else. Try that instead of blasting UIL for giving schools and kids opportunities. If you are so adamant that things shouldn't be happening be willing to risk your income for it but stop telling others they have to give up theirs while you sit with a guaranteed paycheck.....