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2021-2022 ICC Concert Season COVID-19 Update:

The ICC is staying current and informed of the latest science concerning singing and COVID-19. As we have done since March 2020, the ICC continues to be flexible and we will adapt to changes as necessary while applying the latest research into our programming. We are continually analyzing our safety procedures and protocols on a regular basis and are committed to maintaining the health and safety of our singers, families, and staff while ensuring the highest level of artistry during rehearsals and performances.

We will continue to focus on what we CAN do for our singers and families as we navigate out of this pandemic and strive for a new normal.

As we move into the winter months of 2021, please be mindful of our COVID policies, specifically those policies that relate to positive cases and exposures.

ICC COVID-19 Policy Updates as of January 10, 2022:

The ICC is continuing to follow all the latest research with regard to the pandemic. We will continue to do our best to keep our singers safe and maintain a transparent atmosphere as we move through the spike in infection rates in our area.

Rehearsal procedures:

Please do not attend a rehearsal if you have any cold or flu symptoms. Continue to notify your choir coordinator or choir director should your singer need to miss a rehearsal.

Should your singer test positive for COVID, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Notify your choir director as soon as possible.
  2. Isolate for five days. 
    1. The day of your positive test (or the onset of symptoms, whichever comes first) is considered Day Zero
    2. On Day 6 of isolation, and provided you have no remaining cold or flu symptoms, you may attend ICC rehearsals. 
      1. A negative Rapid Antigen test is suggested prior to coming back to rehearsals, but we understand that these tests are currently difficult to acquire. Continue to wear a mask and monitor for symptoms. 

Masks:
The ICC will continue its policy of wearing masks that cover the nose and mouth during all portions of rehearsal. 

  • KN95 masks are highly recommended for all singers at this time.
  • Surgical masks are also recommended if the singer does not have access to a KN95 mask as long as the mask does not leave gaps on the side of the face. Wearing a cloth mask over the surgical mask is recommended if the surgical mask leaves gaps.
  • Cloth masks are acceptable but not as effective as KN95 or surgical masks at preventing the spread of OMICRON aerosols. 

Aerosol Breaks and Filtration:
The ICC will continue to utilize air filters in all rehearsal rooms and take breaks to clear the air space after a maximum of one hour of singing. 

Distancing During Rehearsals:
The ICC will continue to distance singers a minimum of three feet apart during rehearsals at all times. 

Additional references:
Link to order online PCR and Rapid Antigen tests: https://www.nowinstock.net/home/healthhousehold/covidtests/

Updated information on quarantining, mask-wearing, and effective types of masks: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eewNcOze2esY_JOF8SJafQcrYOY7TmNXbvW6V4Jwf5I/edit

Procedure if a member of a singer’s household tests positive 

  •  If your singer is not fully vaccinated, the following protocol applies:
    • Notify your ICC director immediately.
    • Follow the same procedure as listed above.
  • If your singer is fully vaccinated, the following protocol applies:
    • People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

 Procedure if a singer is exposed by close contact (but not living in the same home.)

  • Unvaccinated singers with exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are required to quarantine per CDC guidelines. Unvaccinated individuals have two options for a reduced quarantine.
    • 10-day Quarantine with a return to school on day 11.
    • 7-day Quarantine with a return to school on day 8, if a negative PCR test was obtained on day 5, day 6, or day 7 ​from the date of exposure. The result must be given to the school nurse ​prior to the individual returning to school.
    • All singers must also be symptom-free and will need to maintain distancing and increase personal hygiene (frequent hand-washing/sanitizing) for the full 14 days.
  • Vaccinated singers with exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria.
    • Fully vaccinated (at least 2-weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series or at least 2-weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
    • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
    • Fully vaccinated singers still need to monitor for symptoms for the 14-days and isolate immediately if symptoms occur.

 

The COVID Story: Discovering What We Can Do

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, I hope this message finds you healthy and safe. We are so grateful to all of our singers, families, and our community of supporters who have made this year a success despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICC remained relevant and resilient throughout the past year as we focused on our community of singers and families while also providing life-changing music education programs.

The ICC wanted to ensure that we documented our COVID story, not only to remember the impact the pandemic had on all of us, but to recognize all that we’ve done in support of our singers and families.

Enjoy the video documenting the ICC’s journey throughout the past year and know how sincerely grateful we are to each and every one of our supporters, singers, and families.

 

Sincerely,

Joshua Pedde
Artistic Director

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