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The Santa Clara County Arts Education Initiative

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                        Can band and choir rehearsals be conducted in person if students meet outdoors, wear masks, and remain
                            socially distant while playing or singing?
                            At the present time, the guidance remains accurate and reflects the best science that we have available.  


      • Do not allow electives and extracurricular activities in which physical distancing (at least six feet) and face covering
        use cannot be maintained at all times.
      • Do not allow aerosol generating activities, including in-person choir, band, and vocal cheerleading activities
        (cheers and chants)due to increased risk of disease transmission 

        As there is not sufficient science around aerosol-generation of band and choral activities, both indoor and outdoor
        activities are prohibited at this time. We will continue to review additional science related to this topic and adjust
        the guidance as appropriate. 

        In-person choir, band, and vocal cheerleading activities must be modified to eliminate in-person singing, playing of
        wind instruments, cheering and chanting. We encourage schools to consider arts activities such as choir and band
        rehearsal usingZoom or other distance learning platforms that allows students to participate in separate spaces
        employing a flipped modelwhere practice is done at home or using distance-learning technology and in-person class
        time is used for non-aerosol generating arts activities (such as rhythm study, music theory, music history, composition,
        analysis, and more) may be done in person in classroom settings that comply with the guidance on classroom settings.  

Arts Distance Learning & Updates  

FREE Webinar for Music Teachers 

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This is a resource for all teachers but especially music teachers that will be using online platforms this 
upcoming school year. From online rehearsal to performance videos, this webinar hosted by Soundhouse
Ed Tech goes over different solutions for blended and online instruction. 

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FALL 2020 Guidance for Music Education

With recent direction to cancel bands and choir until futher notice, educators are finding new and creative avenues to to teach. We would like to share some resources for PreK-12 school administrators and music educators seeking to provide meaningful music instruction for students of all ages and grade levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this unique time, music educators are modifying their practices not only in teaching, but in classroom orientation, cleaning, spacing and management. It is understood that, as trained professionals, music educators want to offer the very best instruction so all students can learn and grow in their knowledge, understanding, and love of music. This guide asserts that music educators can still do that, but also acknowledges that how we deliver teaching may be different than in the past. Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education: Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education (PDF) NAfMe COVID-19 Resources: NFHS Performing Arts COVID-19 Resources:

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National Art Education Association (NAEA)

Representative from every NAEA division and membership at large have collected, curated, and shared strategies, approaches, lessons, units and and tools to support you as we are face with the challenges of and opportunities for distance learning and preparing for the 2020-21 school year.
NAEA Remote Learning Toolkit

EdTA has reviewed multiple guides, studies, and expert resources and synthesized them into a series of suggestions for the reopening of theatre classrooms and facilities. This document offers recommendations for how theatre educators can continue to provide meaningful theatre education experiences for their students in the COVID-19 era, as well as programmatic guidance for state, district, and school decision makers who are tasked with deciding how education will be delivered to students in the 2020-21 school year and beyond. It represents the best guidance available at the time of writing.

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The Nationial Dance Education Organization (NDEO) provides opportunities for professional development trainings, networking forum, resources, and tools for educators and administrators in the Art discipline of Dance. As we navigate through this time of COVID-19 and the social justice movments, NDEO offers various webinars, reading materials, and virtual meetings to support and respond during these challenging times. For more information, please use the link. COVID-19 Online Offerings :


CDE Distance Learning Guidelines: Effective Strategies and Opportunities to Access Federal Relief Funding: Custom Face Masks for Brass and Woodwind Players:


                    The following statement of support for arts education has been reviewed and endorsed by national organizations.

It is imparative that all students ave access to an equitable delivery of arts education that includes
dance, media arts, music, theatre, and virtual arts that supports their education, social, and emotional
well-being, taught by certified professional arts educators in partnership with community arts providers

For more information, please click on the flyer below.
Arts_Education_Is_Essential unified statement.pdf



                 The following message is from CreateCA, for more information please click the hashtag image above or
                 use the hyperlink below.

                 Art gives all of us the power to make meaning. Through stories, we understand how small details come to 
                 represent big ideas. This week, as part of 
Create at Home, we’re giving you the tools to make sense of your 
                 world with art.



I am happy to be back in Santa Clara County! Best wishes and good health to everyone as we navigate the new teaching 
and learning ecosystem in this unusual time! As the Arts Coordinator for Santa Clara County Office of Education, I 
am returning to the community where I have spent most of my career in education, as a classroom teacher/music director
 in San Jose Unified, and teacher leader for Artspiration and the former Arts Education Local Area Network (LAN).

I was born in Honolulu and came to San Jose in the third grade. Participation in the arts for me was learning the violin 
in elementary school. Music class gave me a group to join, a discipline to study, and a place to belong. As an adult, I 
became a professional musician and, then, a music educator. The belief that the arts are a necessary part of every child's
 life is fundamental to my work.

My work has always been strongly rooted in racial equity and community arts. I look forward to leveraging my experience
to support the teachers and students of Santa Clara County schools and connect local arts organizations and funders to 
our schools.

Feel free to contact me at sfojas@sccoe.orgI will also be having open collaboration times on Tuesdays and Thursdays 
from 2:00-3:00 on Zoom. I look forward to a time soon when I can come out to visit your schools in person! 

Click here for the zoom link.

Be well and stay connected!

Sofia Fojas

Arts Coordinator 

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#CaArtsEdChat on Twitter 

Every Wednesday at 4:00 P.M. 

Join @PCrooks_VAPA and arts education experts from across the state for a Twitter Chat every Wednesday from 4:00 PST. We are growing a statewide virtual professional learning community for educators, artists, and others passionate about arts education. Let’s chat about the new state arts standards, best practices, and the great things happening in your classes. If you have never Twitter Chatted, here is the helpful website with instructions. 

November's theme is CREATING, one of the four artistic processes addressed by the California Arts Standards.  December's theme will be on PERFORMING, PRODUCING, and PRESENTING. 

the arts matter.

Film by Iris L., 10th Grader at Silver Creek High School, East Side Union High School District 

First Place Winner of the Student Voices Campaign  

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Iris L. with Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Superintendent of Schools


Read this article:

  • By Gary Waddell, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Educational Progress and Public Affairs 
  • for the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

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