Laker Marching Band COVID Response Plan

THIS IS A DYNAMIC AND EVOLVING WEBPAGE, SO CHECK BACK REGULARLY FOR THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION.


Response Plans

  • Continuous (aligns with GVSU Guidelines) - The following guidelines will always be enforced.
    • Social Distancing (minimum distance of 6 feet)
    • LMB will rehearsal outdoors only during fall semester
      • 30 Minutes playing; 5 minute break for aerosol dispersal
    • Prior to arrival on Allendale campus or off campus performance location, faculty, staff, and students must complete COVID-19 Self-Assessment
    • Sanitizing Stations available during rehearsal 
    • Instrument Cleaning/Disinfecting
      • Students given individual hand sanitizer bottles to keep filled during season; Pump containers of hand sanitizer available to refill for members
      • Students with GVSU Owned Instruments (Sousaphones and Drumline) will be given individual disinfectant spray bottles to keep filled during season; Containers of disinfectant and paper towels available to refill for members. Instruments must be disinfected after each rehearsal.
        • Students will use individually assigned equipment all season
        • Students will be individually responsible for cleaning/disinfecting their own equipment
        • Students will be individually responsible for storing their own equipment, except for guard, percussion and sousaphone members
        • Percussion and Sousaphone members will use an on- site storage facility with a one-way access plan in place 
        • Percussion and Sousaphone members will be responsible for cleaning/disinfecting said equipment
    • No sharing of any personal items or GVSU owned instruments/equipment
      • Students touching necessary group-share items (door handles, etc.) will apply hand sanitizer immediately after use
    • Continue to practice good hygiene
      • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.
      • Avoid touching your face.
      • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
      • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
      • Strongly consider using face coverings while in public and particularly when using mass transit.
    • Implementation of bell covers for all wind instruments (provided)
    • Implementation of spit valve covers (member responsibility)
    • Covering/Tent at HCPA Practice Field for fall semester
    • LMB Face Covering
      • When not mandated, we encourage all members to do what they feel comfortable with wearing a face covering in rehearsal or performance.
      • LMB will adhere to the GVSU Face Covering Policy
        • GVSU Face Covering Policy will apply to our outdoor rehearsal and performance (including Lubbers Stadium unless there is added policy by GV Athletics)
          • LMB will provide the GV Athletic Logo face covering for all LMB Members
          • Members not required to wear a face covering during rehearsal or performance
            • Members may wear a face covering at any time during rehearsal and performance when not mandated
          • Members will wear their face covering after exiting rehearsal or performance area, if LMB directors deem that social distancing is compromised
        • Mask Use at Lubbers Stadium and March Over
          • Members will wear their GV Athletic Logo face covering when moving to/from the stands to/from the field
          • Members will wear their GV Athletic Logo face covering when not performing
          • Members will wear their GV Athletic Logo face covering marching in parade formation when not playing
  • In Person
    • Band Camp, August 22-26, 2020 (Outdoor Rehearsal Only)
      • Students abide by our Continuous Plan
      • Students responsible for their own food during band camp
      • Students must have a filled water container at each rehearsal
        • 2 Bottles of water provided by GVSU Bands for each student at each learning block (9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. / 1:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.)
      • New-Member/Returning Instrument checkout
        • Organized plan for one-way flow during process
        • Markers placed for 6 for spacing
        • Organized plan for one-way flow when using storage facilities
        • Lockers
          • Only Tenor Saxophones, Baritone Saxophones, Sousaphones, Snares, Tenors, and Bass Drums will store instruments in Haas Center for Performing Arts
          • All Other instruments need to remain with student at all times
          • Special requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis
    • Fall 2020 Course, beginning August 31, 2020
      • Weekly Rehearsals (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)
        • Students abide by our Continuous Plan
        • Students to provide their own water containers. 
        • Frequent reminders and insistence that students abide by our Continuous Modifications away from campus
        • Organized plan for one-way flow when using storage facilities
    • Lubbers Stadium Events
      • Mask Use at Lubbers Stadium and March Over
        • Members will wear their GV Athletic Logo face covering when moving to/from the stands to/from the field
        • Members will wear their GV Athletic Logo face covering when not performing
        • Members will wear their GV Athletic Logo face covering marching in parade formation when not playing

During this time, the Directors will 1) monitor the health of all membership, 2) host digital informational meetings in lieu of in-person meetings when possible, 3) maintain communication with appropriate faculty and leadership within Athletics and the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

  • Reduced Response Plan

The Reduced Response Plan will be implemented in the event that additional modifications for the course are needed to protect the health and safety of students. The circumstances to implement this plan are, but not limited to: 1) small outbreak of COVID-19 within the band that was reasonably contained and does not compromise the health and safety of the members at large, 2) Grand Valley State University regulations for courses restrict the modifications contained in the Default Response Plan, 3) other reasons determined by the Director. The Reduced Response Plan includes an increased amount of course modifications needed to operate with a reduction in force while also complying with the health and safety regulations put forth by the CDC. If implemented, this plan will be in effect for a minimum of 14 days.

In addition to implementing the Continuous Modifications and the guidelines of the Default Response Plan, the marching band will also limit its operations in the following ways:

  • If possible, the band will be split into two small groups to limit contact between members; each band will alternate performance commitment
  • All travel will be canceled
  • Halftime performances will be canceled or reimagined and will include minimum drill movement (if any at all)
  • Weekly rehearsals will be reduced to by 33 – 55%
  • Digital meetings occur to keep all membership informed
  • Additional restrictions and modifications will be implemented based on a variety of factors, including the number of active membership available, the risk of the spread of the virus, and other factors.

During this time, the Director will 1) monitor the health of all membership, 2) host digital informational meetings in lieu of in-person meetings when possible, 3) maintain communication with appropriate faculty and leadership within Athletics and the School of Music & Dance.

  • Emergency Response Plan

The Emergency Response Plan will be implemented in the event that the health and safety of students has the risk being or is fully compromised. The circumstances to implement this plan are, but not limited to: 1) large outbreak of COVID-19 within the band, 2) Grand Valley State University regulations for courses, 3) other reasons determined by the Director.

The Emergency Response Plan halts all activity of the ensemble for a minimum 14-day period.

During this time, the Director will 1) monitor the health of all membership, 2) host digital meetings to provide updates, 3) maintain communication with appropriate faculty and leadership, 4) develop a plan to return to the Reduced Response Plan if possible.