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Covid-19 and The DAN School

 

Campus Re-opening Framework: DAN School of Drama and Music 

 

The DAN School is planning for a successful return to all our activities. This document outlines any restrictions beyond those outlined by Queen’s University. Any changes in overall Queen’s policy that are more restrictive than those outlined below will supersede the DAN School policy. The inherent nature of music and drama involves congregate settings, close contact and activities proven to be high risk for contracting and transmitting COVID-19. 

Governments in Canada and across the world have deemed COVID-19 vaccinations safe and effective and view them as the primary driver of our return to normal activities. 

Queen’s University requires all faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus to be fully vaccinated, or have plans in place to become fully vaccinated, prior to the beginning of fall term. 

Individuals accessing campus or other university property who have not been fully vaccinated will be required to undertake additional health and safety protocols and COVID-19 testing. Queen’s will review accommodation needs for those who are unable to get vaccinated for medical or other reasons related to grounds protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

In view of the varied level of risk involved in our activities, the DAN School Policy is as follows: 

Extracurricular Activities 

All students, faculty and staff participating in extracurricular activities must be vaccinated. 

Policy for students who are fully vaccinated by class start-date or once they become full vaccinated (this is defined as two weeks after the second shot) 

Applied Lessons: 

• Masks will be mandatory when possible. 

• 100 Singers’ masks have been purchased by the department and are available for students to purchase at the Front Desk. Voice students will be required to wear a singer’s mask during lessons. 

• Air purifiers and plexiglass screens will be available in the offices of voice, woodwind and brass instructors. 

• Stands, chairs and plexiglass screens will be wiped down between lessons using cleaning supplies provided by the department. 

Ensembles: 

• Voice students will be required to wear a singer’s mask during ensemble rehearsals. These can be purchased at the Front Desk. 

• Air Purifiers have been purchased for the following rooms. We ask that ensembles containing voice, woodwinds or brass confine their rehearsals to these rooms: o Harrison LeCaine Hall 120, 121, 124, 213, 312, 316, Rehearsal Hall, Studio Theatre, Theological Hall Room 106, 102 

• Stands, chairs and plexiglass screens will be wiped down by students before and after rehearsals using cleaning supplies provided by the department. 

Lectures that include singing or similar high-risk activity (either physical distancing is not possible or vocalization is frequent): 

• Medical grade masks will be mandatory unless the student wishes to wear a singer’s mask. 

• Physical distancing will be maintained to the fullest extent possible. o Harrison LeCaine Hall 120, 121, 124, 213, 312, 316, Rehearsal Hall, Studio Theatre, Theological Hall Room 106, 102 

• Stands, chairs and plexiglass screens will be wiped down by students between classes using cleaning supplies provided by the department. 

Lectures: 

• Lectures will follow Queen’s standard policies, with masks being mandatory. 

Common areas: 

o Green Room (Theological Hall) 

o Mezzanine (Harrison LeCaine Hall) 

o Main Lobby (Harrison LeCaine Hall) 

• Follow all standard Queen’s policies 

• Student/Common Areas: Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes will be available. PPS will clean this area once/day minimum. 

• Air purifier in Theological Hall Green Room 

• Kettles and microwaves will not be available until further notice. 

• No eating or drinking will be permitted in these spaces. This is to minimize time spent without masks in areas that are hard to monitor. If a student has a schedule where this will cause a problem, contact Department Manager, Julia Stroud who can help arrange a space for the student to eat. 

o Practice Rooms (Harrison LeCaine Hall) 

• Practice Rooms: o Air purifiers have been purchased for each practice room in Harrison LeCaine Hall. 

o Students are requested to leave the practice room 15 minutes before the next person arrives to ensure that the air purifier can filter the entire air supply in the room. We are 

investigating adding an extra half hour of booking time per week for students to compensate for this lost time. 

Policy for students who are not fully vaccinated by class start-date 

Applied lessons: 

• Students will not attend in-person lessons until they are considered fully vaccinated, but will not face academic penalty. The instructor may decide to make up the lesson at a later date or not or may decide to teach the lesson over Zoom until the student can attend in-person lessons. 

Ensembles: 

• Students will not attend in-person ensemble rehearsals until they are considered fully vaccinated, but will not face academic penalty. Instructors may choose to have Zoom on in their classroom so that students can listen in on the ensemble so as not to lose initial instruction. 

Lectures that include singing, acting or similar high-risk activity (either physical distancing is not possible or vocalization is frequent): 

• Students may attend lectures, but are asked not to participate in activities that include singing until they are considered fully vaccinated. As all students will wear medical masks and some sing more loudly than others, we do not consider that this will draw attention to the student. 

Lectures: 

• Students will follow the standard Queen’s policy as outlined here (FAQs) with more information to come. 

Common Areas: 

• Students are asked to refrain from using common areas until they are fully vaccinated. 

Students who will not be fully vaccinated at any point due to health reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code 

Students in this category will be placed in contact with the Faculty of Arts and Science, which will work with the student to develop an accommodation plan. See here for information on registering your exemption and next steps. https://www.queensu.ca/safereturn/faq 

Students who are unvaccinated but do not have an exemption can contact asc.academic@queensu.ca 

Verification 

We are awaiting further instruction from Queen’s University with regards to the system to be used to gather verification of vaccination status. 

 
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