COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies


This is Your Membership at Work!

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.

Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12)
Updated February 10, 2022

This toolkit outlines the requirements and recommendations that education leaders, families and students should use to understand what health practices will be in place when students return to school. The Public Health Toolkit should be used in combination with operational guidance provided by NCDPI which includes strategies to implement the health guidance in schools, and to address other non-health areas for reopening planning, including scheduling supports, how to approach instructional practice, and providing staff training.