The North Carolina American Choral Directors Association (NC ACDA) and the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) insist that choral music education continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. NC ACDA and NCMEA discourage school leadership from taking positions that will undermine or negatively affect choral and instrumental music offerings.
Read the full statement here.
The North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) and Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in consultation and response to guidelines issued by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), have developed guidance to support public school units (PSUs) and communities in determining their plans and strategies for reopening schools.
The Lighting Our Way Forward: Summary Document provides an overview and synthesis of NCDHHS requirements, clear, actionable steps that are advisable before students and employees return to school buildings, and guidance that is applicable throughout the 2020-2021 school year. This Summary Document includes topic specific links to the more comprehensive and detailed Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina’s Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools.
Many questions and valid concerns regarding the safety of students and teachers continue to surface as they relate to the viability of music education in the immediate future due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While teaching and learning may not be quite the same in our current-COVID-19 world, our state’s commitment to providing a rich and varied educational experience to the students in North Carolina should remain the same. As enumerated in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), music education is a part of a well-rounded education. During these tumultuous times, the benefits of music in a child’s education are more important than ever.
NCMEA Leadership has prepared a document: Examples of What Music Might Look Like For Students Across North Carolina.
Tell us how you are coping and continuing to connect to your students by writing a brief story for our Teaching Music: From Classrooms to Homes project. We will share your stories with legislators in the upcoming session.
There’s a trove of information available related to COVID-19. With your phone:
- Text COVIDNC to 898211 to get alerts about Coronavirus updates in NC.
- Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 for COVID-19 questions.
In the links below you’ll find news from the World Health Organization (WHO) and guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the NC Department of Health and Human Services. There’s even information related to music instrument hygiene. Also, our friends at Arts NC have created a hub for all Arts COVID19 Relief Funds.
- NAfME COVID-19 Resource and News page
- NC Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Response
- Contact your local NC Health Department
- Arts NC COVID19 Resource Page – Search for relief funds in your area by county, either to donate or request assistance.
NCMEA CANCELS ALL STUDENT-EVENTS
The NCMEA Leadership along with Band, High School Choral, Middle School Choral, Jazz and Orchestra Section Chairs have determined it is best for the health and safety of our students and music directors to cancel all our MPA events. Jazz, High School Choral and Middle School Choral All-State Events are cancelled.
NCMEA Sections will be sending refunds to schools that are affected by this cancellation. Please give our MPA and All-State Event chairs time to work through this process.
Stay safe & healthy!