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Marching Bands Prepare to Restart

Union County Public Schools is excited to announce the restart of summer marching band. While this season will be unique, students will have the opportunity to come together in a modified marching band experience. Band directors and central office personnel have collaborated to design guidelines for how the restart will look. The earliest bands can return is Monday, July 27, 2020, on a voluntary basis. Please check with your school band director for more information about your school’s specific start date as many schools are planning to restart after July 27. Due to the shortened summer season and guidelines necessary for student and staff safety, bands will not be participating in a competitive season this year. Instead, the focus will be on a community-based marching band.

During these unprecedented times, parents will need to partner with UCPS to make this a smooth transition. Safety protocols must be followed by all adults and students associated with the band program. We are monitoring guidance from the state level and changes may be made based upon information received. Parents and students should be patient and flexible as the situation can quickly change and may be fluid during the entire fall season.

Here is what to expect this year.

  • Practices will be held outside for no more than 90 minutes per day.
  • Students will be in groups of 25 or fewer that remain the same for at least 2 weeks.
  • Students will be expected to socially distance at all times while on campus.
  • Students will be screened prior to the start of the marching band restart and again each day before practice. In order for students to participate, a form must be completed by all students and their parents. This form is available from each band director.
  • Students will be required to provide their own water for practice.
  • No sharing of equipment or personal items (including water bottles) will be allowed during practice.
  • Students and adults will be required to wear a mask while on campus unless they are playing an instrument.

These guidelines and protocols are for the voluntary summer band camp season only and may change once the official school season starts. Student safety is our top priority and we are looking forward to giving our students the opportunity to make music together.