As Durham Public Schools continues to re-imagine teaching and learning in the age of COVID-19, we have been exploring how marching bands and pep bands will operate.
Each summer, band camps play an important role in preparation. Following guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Durham County Department of Public Health, and after gathering input from band directors, high school principals, and district leadership, we will hold this summer’s band camps virtually. This means that students will engage in high-quality summer music experiences without putting each other’s health and safety at risk. Arrangements will be made for band students to pick up instruments and computer devices and hot spots if needed prior to Band Camp.
Under current health and safety recommendations, DPS would not be able to provide an in-person band camp experience without significant restrictions, such as limiting practices to 25 individuals including staff grouped in pods of five and maintaining ten feet of separation when actively practicing and rehearsing.
Durham Public Schools is committed to ensuring equitable access to high quality music experiences that include some level of personal connections for students. We look forward to a successful and engaging music experience this summer.