COVID-19 Health & Safety Policies

Coastal Sound Music Academy (CSMA) Board of Directors firmly believes that participation in the BC provincial COVID-19 vaccination program is vital.  It strongly supports public health education efforts at the local, provincial and national levels that offer accurate information about vaccine efficacy and safety and that encourage all persons to become vaccinated. 

With this in mind, for its 2021-2022 season, the CSMA Board adopts the following policy which will apply to all singers, staff, volunteers and other individuals working with CSMA, who are eligible to receive a vaccine. 

  1. All singers, staff, volunteers and other individuals working with CSMA who gather physically at CSMA activities – including rehearsals, performances, and other meetings or gatherings – and who are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, are expected to be fully vaccinated.   
  1. Currently, the term “fully vaccinated” is understood to mean that the person in question has received two doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine, and that at least two weeks have passed after the administration of the second dose.
  1. Individuals who have received their first dose and are still awaiting their second by the time the CSMA season begins, are asked to reach out to CSMA to discuss options. 
  1. Singers 12 and older who are not fully vaccinated, or whose vaccination status is uncertain, may not participate in CSMA in-person programming.
  1. Singers under the age of 12 will be invited to rehearse in person, following COVID-19 prevention and mitigation practices as recommended by the BC Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and BC Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC).  The vaccine policy shall apply to them if and when COVID-19 vaccinations are approved for their age range.  At that point, this policy will be rendered consistent with the relevant recommendations and guidance from the PHO. 
  1. Singers who turn 12 in the course of the 2021-2022 CSMA season will be expected to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible thereafter. 

CSMA will also continue to observe COVID-19 prevention and mitigation practices that are recommended by the PHO and BCCDC.

All singers/parents/guardians will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability Regarding COVID-19, to complete the Registration process in 2021-2022.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR REHEARSALS as of August 14, 2021

CSMA will continue to observe COVID-19 prevention and mitigation practices that are recommended by the PHO and BCCDC.  CSMA will continue to monitor this situation, and will update singers/ families as necessary.

If you are ill – stay home

  • If you don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home and you should get tested, or use the COVID-19 Online Self Assessment Tool.
  • If you have recently traveled outside of Canada, you are required to follow the guidelines of Health Canada and BC PHO.
  • If you live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home, and get tested or use the COVID-19 Online Self Assessment Tool.

 During rehearsals, we will be following COVID-19 safety procedures as recommended by the PHO and BCCDC. 

These safety protocols MAY include, but are not limited to: 

  • Regular contact tracing 
  • COVID-19 health-screening questions when arriving at rehearsals and events 
  • Making hand sanitizer available upon entry and exit to the rehearsal space. 
  • Cleaning high touch surfaces.
  • Providing a one way path of travel through rehearsal venues when possible.
  • Limiting numbers at pick up and drop off.
  • Holding meetings and AGM on Zoom
  • Mask use: currently, we expect to be using masks with singers under 12. For those over 12 with both vaccinations we will follow the recommendations of the PHO and BCCDC for double vaccinated people. This is subject to change and we will regularly reassess and adjust our mask policies as we feel necessary. 
  • Physical distancing when necessary
  • Moving our rehearsals outdoors
  • Dividing into smaller rehearsal groups