High School Bands Go Back To School With New COVID-19 Guidelines


HARLINGEN, Texas – Monday was a long-awaited day for student musicians and athletes with Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) gave schools the option to begin summer marching band practices and rehearsals with guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

“This is an awesome day. Here in our school district teachers have been anxiously awaiting to see their students,” said Ronnie Rios, Director of Music Programs with the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District.

Student musicians with Harlingen Cardinal’s marching band are temperature checked before entering the school. Also, students must fill out a health survey online asking if they or a member of their family are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

UIL has implemented safety protocols for indoor/outdoor activities with marching band practices and rehearsals. According to UIL:

– Attendance records shall be kept, however, students shall not be required or allowed to make up missed days or practices.

– Schools must have hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations readily available in the practice and rehearsal area. Students and staff should be encouraged to use it frequently.

– There can be no shared water or food.

UIL added, “Any student or staff member living with someone who experiences any of the symptoms of COVID, whether they have a positive COVID test or not, should self-isolate for two weeks.”

For a full list of protocols visit https://www.uiltexas.org/music/marching-band/marching-band-summer-practices-rehearsals-2020

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