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CSOYO Temporary COVID Safety Measures 2021


For the safety of all CSOYO Members, Staff, and Volunteers, the CSOYO is committed to being responsive to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic. About one-fourth of all current CSOYO Members are under the age of 12 and unable to be vaccinated at this time. Due to the exponential rise in local COVID cases due to the Delta variant, and in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and our host facility, First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, the CSOYO will implement the following COVID safety measures, effective IMMEDIATELY (beginning with our first rehearsal scheduled on August 16, 2021).

  1. All Members, Staff and Volunteers will be required to wear masks whenever they are inside the FBC building and keep them on at all times. Wind players may remove their masks to play, but should wear them when entering and exiting the building.
  2. String players will sit 3 feet apart and have 2 players per stand. Wind players will be spread out 3 feet apart and have 1 player per stand. Any wind players who have their own stands are encouraged to bring them to all rehearsals.
  3. Bell covers are recommended for wind instruments.
  4. Cleaning supplies will be available and sanitizing procedures will be followed as necessary.
  5. There will be no non-essential personnel or visitors in the FBC Building for rehearsals. Parents will be admitted only if they are registered as a volunteer, and they are wearing a mask at all times.

Other rehearsal procedures, such as all Members using the same entrance, combined full orchestras, and rehearsal times longer than 1 hour, will still be in place at this time. 

We hope that these measures will be temporary and that we will be able to relax them as soon as pandemic conditions are less dangerous in the community. These measures were devised by the YO Committee, YO Conductors, and CSO Staff, and FBC Staff, and will be reviewed frequently. 

OPT-OUT: Any YO Members who are not comfortable meeting indoors at this time, or are not willing to comply with these temporary measures, may choose to “OPT OUT” of their YO membership for the first Concert Cycle of the season. The Fall Concert Cycle runs from Aug. 16 – Nov. 1, 2021 for Philharmonic and Symphony Members, or Aug. 16 – Nov. 15, 2021 for Prelude  and Etude Members. Following the Fall Concert dates for each orchestra, OPT OUT Members can decide whether to return for the rest of the season at that time, and will maintain their initial seating in their sections. There will be NO ADJUSTMENT to tuition rates and no refunds will be issued to Members who choose to OPT OUT. If the Member does not choose to return after the Fall Concert Cycle, their membership will end and all tuition will be forfeited. 

Members who choose to OPT OUT must notify the CSOYO Manager of their decision by Sunday, August 15, 2021 so that the conductors can make any necessary adjustments prior to the first rehearsal. 

We hope that this latest rise in the pandemic will be short-lived. We will continue to monitor conditions and make adjustments throughout the season in order to provide a safe environment for our young musicians to gather and play together. Thank you for your patience and support as we find a way forward for the CSOYO in these challenging times. If you have any questions, please email the CSOYO Manager, Stephanie Pearson, at Thank you. 

Any CSOYO member, volunteer, or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to anyone who tests positive should notify the CSOYO Manager immediately and stay home until they receive medical clearance to be released from quarantine. The CSOYO Manager will notify all orchestra members and parents of the positive case (with anonymity). Members who test positive or are exposed to a positive case should quarantine for 14 days, with the last day being fever-free without medication. A health professional’s note will be required to return to rehearsal.

If any individuals have an issue with complying with any of the safety rules, they can discuss those issues with their conductor or the CSOYO Manager. Non-compliance with the rules may result in an individual being asked to leave a rehearsal and may result in dismissal from the CSOYO with complete forfeiture of tuition.