Austin ISD shares COVID guidelines for visual and performing arts events

Austin ISD reminds students and families of the district’s COVID-19 guidelines for visual and performing arts events.

The district says its guidelines relate to the health and safety of all student artists, staff and the public at events.

Recently, Austin Public Health decided to return to Stage 5 of its COVID-19 risk-based guidelines as COVID-19 cases increase in Austin-Travis County due to the Omicron variant.

Masks

All students, staff and members of the public are required to wear masks at all indoor performances. Student performers will be masked at all times, including in dressing areas and during the performance. The public will be permanently hidden.

Capacity

Campuses will reduce the capacity of events based on their performance locations and expected audience size to ensure social distancing between members of different households.

Health screenings

Student performers will be verbally screened daily to confirm that everyone at the rehearsal or performance feels healthy and will self-report if they have any symptoms including congestion, runny nose, sneezing, fever or cough.

Members of the public will also be required to self-assess before entering. Anyone with symptoms should not attend any school events. If members of the public have purchased tickets and are no longer able to attend, they are asked to consider donating their tickets to the campus program or requesting a refund.

The district says it will continue to review protocols to ensure it maintains a safe environment for students, staff and the community.

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