The message below is from the NAfME Policy and Advocacy Staff on 3/3/22
Dear NAfME members,
As you may already be aware, the CDC has updated their general guidance on COVID-19 to shift away from monitoring community transmission rates to monitoring "COVID-19 community levels". For additional context, please see a letter from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona here. We are aware that this new guidance has been a point of concern and confusion for music educators, and that it has resulted in questions about compliance and low risk, in-person music making in the wake of a decline in mask restrictions. NAfME is glad to be a member of the International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study, which has provided scientifically backed mitigation strategies throughout the pandemic to help ensure the continuation of low-risk in-person music making. At this time, the Coalition continues to recommend that music educators and all education decision-makers follow the Coalition's February guidance update (in addition to all relevant state and local requirements). Once new guidance becomes available, we will be back in touch to share.
NAfME Policy and Advocacy Staff