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August 19, 2021           

Strings 2021-2022 COVID-19 General Statement                      


Santa Barbara Strings is committed to caring for the health and well-being of our students, families, and staff. Our experience conducting in-person rehearsals during the 2020-21 last season helped us to understand and implement health and safety best practices and minimize participation risk. We are tremendously grateful for our families and staff who complied with our COVID-19 prevention procedures last year— Strings had no cases of COVID-19 reported among our students, faculty, or volunteers.


For our 2021-2022 season, Strings has updated our safety protocols to reflect current local and state public health guidelines. The following key elements of the Strings Covid-19 Guidelines apply to all students, educators, staff, volunteers, and family members.


Daily monitoring for potential COVID-19 symptoms is important to tracking health status. Anyone attending rehearsals/performances must perform a “day of” self- screening prior to arrival.  


This season, we plan to begin orchestra rehearsals outdoors.  Masks are encouraged but not required for outdoor rehearsals. Students will be spaced 2-3 feet apart and may share stands.  Strings leadership will work with families when requested to implement custom solutions including individual stand use and increased physical distancing to ensure comfort with program participation. Rehearsals will be held indoors when required by weather or other scheduling needs: all participants must wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.  More detail regarding our self-screening health status tool and safety protocols will be provided to enrolled families prior to the first rehearsal.


Strings will comply with all mandatory public health orders from Santa Barbara County and the California state department of public health. Given the dynamic nature of public health recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control, federal, state and local agencies, Strings will routinely monitor all suggested safety protocols, or changes to protocols, and implement those that are appropriate for our activities and consistent with legal requirements.


Our very next priority and our mission is to provide musical training and inspire musical appreciation. For those students participating in Santa Barbara Strings programs in-person, we aim to foster the joy and the love of learning that often comes only from playing instruments together.