COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

The Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit Is Retired

The North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services has sunset the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit. Now NCDHHS recommends school administrators, staff and families should refer to the CDC’s Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools for information on how to lower the risk of COVID-19 in school settings.

Read the NCDHHS’ complete statement and guidance here:

Update on Guidance for K12 Settings
(Effective June 24, 2022)


Learn about the COVID-19 mitigation strategies developed from the research done at the University of Colorado and the University of Maryland for the Unprecedented International Coalition led by Performing Arts Organizations to Commission COVID-19 Study

For the most up-to-date information please use this link to the NFHS performing arts aerosol study web page. The most recent update to this page is February 10, 2022.

The NCMEA membership shares their gratitude to the aerosol study Co-Chairs Dr. Mark Spede, National President of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and Dr. James Weaver, Director of Performing Arts and Sports for the National Federation of High School State Associations for the tremendous amount of work they have done to keep the teaching of music safe in classrooms around the world!

NFHS’ Return to Music Guidance & Resources
Helping Teachers, Administrators, Students

What does music look like as we move into 2021-2022? The Return to Music Project wants to make the lives of music educators easier moving forward as we advocate for our programs, plan for the upcoming school year, and try to keep the music alive in our schools across the nation.


Scientific Study Prepress Paper
Updated August 2021

A scientific preprint of the research paper: “Measurements and Simulations of Aerosol Released while Singing and Playing Wind Instruments,” based on the aerosol study, is now available for public consumption as it is peer-reviewed for publication in a scientific journal.