COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
2020-2021 Academic Year
Last Updated July 29, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
We realize there are a number of questions as we begin our fall semester at the Community Arts School. As such, we have put together this FAQ page as a way to compliment the other resources we have made available to our CAS community. For ease of finding answers to the questions you may have, we have provided some general FAQ’s along with department-specific questions below.
As always, we encourage you to contact us should you have a question that is not addressed below.
Yes, CAS will be offering some in-person classes this fall. These in-person classes will be presented in two ways; 10-week hybrid classes with 'check-in' points that will be in-person with asynchronous content every week and workshops that will be one-time, in-person classes with a specific focus. All hybrid class in-person sessions can be attended virtually if a student prefers to participate that way. Workshop classes will not be made available virtually.
Yes, everyone on BW's campus or at the Whistle Stop will be required to wear a mask. Exceptions will be made for participants who have health conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask.
CAS is making every effort to ensure we are addressing all safety concerns.
- Over 1,000 hand sanitizer stations have been installed across BW's campus (including the Whistle Stop)
- We have limited class capacity to comply with social distancing
- We have staggered class times to allow for distancing between classes
- We have established extensive cleaning protocols for all classrooms, common areas and high touch surfaces in partnership with our custodial company, Aramark
- We have specified traffic patterns at the Whistle Stop to limit congestion in the halls
- We have installed plexiglass at interaction points such as office counters
- We have remodeled classroom spaces to allow for proper distancing of students during classes
- Each individual CAS department has additional safety guidelines specific to their class needs. More information specific to the measures guiding all University activity can be found here.
CAS will not be selling concessions or water bottles this semester. All students should bring their own. Water bottles should be clearly labeled with the student's name.
All music-related private lessons typically scheduled at the Conservatory of Music will be provided in a virtual format for the first five (5) weeks of the fall semester. We will then assess the possibility of in-person private lessons. We have extensive research that is guiding our ability to host private lessons on campus - including distancing and ventilation times between lessons which includes a study of our own Conservatory HVAC system. Our goal is to conduct a gradual return to campus beginning with BW undergraduate students. Once we have formalized their schedules, space requirements, and know how the facilities are adjusting to new use, we will then introduce CAS music-related private lessons.
All faculty and students have the choice to continue private lesson virtually for the entire 2020-2021 academic year (fall and spring). Both parties must be agreeable to an in-person private lesson. If one party is not able to continue in an in-person format, CAS has permitted each private lesson studio to conduct virtual lessons as needed.
Dance and theatre private lessons occurring at the Whistle Stop will continue in either in-person or virtual format as indicated by the department or associated class offering.
Both parties must be agreeable to an in-person private lesson in order for it to occur. If/when private lessons resume in person and if the faculty member wishes to remain in a virtual format, students can continue virtually or can inquire with the Community Arts School which faculty are teaching in-person and request to transfer.
If the CAS faculty member has access to the appropriate technology, your lesson may remain virtual. If the CAS faculty member does not have access to the appropriate technology or does not want to continue to provide virtual lessons, we can assist in transferring you to a new CAS private lesson studio.
No. There are liability and insurance issues that regulate facilities in which an instructor can teach. As of this time, private lessons can only occur in BW owned or rented facilities in which our umbrella insurance policy applies.
Once in-person lessons resume, everyone will be required to wear a mask (or a face shield for dance students). All vocalists must wear a mask and there are several recommendations for masks that are applicable for this purpose, including a mask with a clear window or the newly developed 'singers mask'. Instrumentalists are also required to follow additional protocols which will be released soon.
All non-music major private lessons will be held in a virtual format for the entirety of the fall semester.
Many CAS faculty have presented virtual studio recitals during the spring and summer sessions. Studio recitals will be offered in a virtual format where you will be able to share a watch party link with friends and relatives who want to enjoy the recital.
Dancers and faculty must have a face covering at all times. This face covering can be in the form of a mask or a face shield. BW CAS will provide each dance student with a face shield.
CAS is making every effort to keep all students socially distanced during their dance classes. Each class will have a maximum enrollment number. Each dance studio will have socially distant zones clearly marked on the floors. Students will be assigned a zone at the beginning of class. Throughout class students will be required to stay in their assigned zones. Any student who does not follow social distancing guidelines will be immediately removed from class and will not be permitted to return for the remainder of the semester.
Yes, this semester we will be offering a new hybrid structure for our dance classes. These classes will have a combination of in-person and online dance instruction. We will also be offering one time workshops throughout the semester that will be held in-person.
We understand that at this time there may be families who are uncomfortable with in-person dance classes. We are making technology improvements to our studio spaces to allow any student the ability to virtually participate in our dance classes. Students will be allowed to participate in any hybrid dance class via Zoom. Students who are participating virtually will need to provide at least 24-hours advance notice to ensure that the instructors can be prepared for a dancer choosing virtual participation.
Our new hybrid dance classes will be following a project-based learning model. Throughout the course of the semester, dancers will be working on programs to present in a final performance. We will have a virtual watch party to celebrate all the dancers have accomplished during their 10 weeks of instruction. You will be able to share our watch party link with friends and relatives who are interested in seeing your dancer perform.
With social distancing and safety guidelines in place, your dancer’s class structure will change. Shared equipment and expansive traveling sequences have been removed from our class lesson plans. We are presenting a new curriculum that will ensure your student is safe while still learning and cultivating new technique, developing and refining their artistry, and having a creative and fun dance experience.
In the continuously changing landscape of the current pandemic, families should have a choice and control in how to interact with our CAS classes. By offering three shorter sessions, families will be able to choose what works best for them and their dancer throughout the dance season.
CAS places student and family safety above all. We have developed a hybrid learning platform for our fall semester that takes into account the most conservative safety protocols using guidelines set forth by the state and research. This platform has been thoughtfully developed to ensure students are learning and growing in this new landscape. It is not in the best interest of the curriculum and student development to simply translate our typical classes to an online format. The classes that are being offered are the most educationally beneficial for our dancers.
In an effort to keep our spaces as safe and de-densified as possible, all of our lobby viewing areas will be closed for the fall semester. We will provide a private streaming option for parents who have students attending our early learners classes.
We have constructed a very specific schedule that mitigates high traffic and gathering in our hallways, lobbies and classrooms. This schedule allows classes to enter and exit with no crossover between students in other classes. Students will not be able to come early or stay late for their dance classes.
Dancers will be allowed to bring one (1) bag with them to class. All of their materials (i.e. street clothes, street shoes, coats, dance shoes, dance materials, keys, cell phones, etc.) must fit within this one bag. We encourage our students to only bring what is absolutely necessary for their dance classes.
Each dancer will need the type of dance shoes required for their individual class. We recommend our preferred vendor, Footsteps Dancewear. Dancers will also need to follow the dress code for their in-person classes. Dance shoe and dress code requirements can be found in the individual dance class description. Any additional materials needed for your dancer’s class will be provided by CAS. These materials will be presented to your student during their first class. Dancers will be responsible for bringing these provided materials to ALL of their dance classes. Dancers will also need to provide their own water bottles. All water bottles and bags must be clearly labeled with your dancer’s name.
The chorus will continue to stay connected to the community throughout the fall of 2020. Members will engage in producing a number of virtual choir videos and will prepare a virtual holiday performance that will be made available to the greater public. Additional information is forthcoming.
We are working with the current membership to find opportunities to connect this fall. We will reach out to members directly when opportunities to connect with our community are available.
We are working with the current membership to find opportunities to connect this fall. We will reach out to members directly when opportunities to connect with our community are available. Private lessons are an option for members looking to continue their instrument instruction.
Yes. All Suzuki private lessons and group classes will be held virtually.
We understand that at this time there may be families who are uncomfortable with in-person classes. We are making technology improvements to our studio spaces to allow any student the ability to virtually participate in our classes. Students will be allowed to participate in any class via Zoom. Students who are participating virtually will need to provide at least 24 hours advance notice to ensure that the instructors can be prepared for their virtual participation.
We have constructed a very specific schedule that mitigates high traffic and gathering in our hallways, lobbies and classrooms. This schedule allows classes to enter and exit with no crossover between students in other classes. Students will not be able to come early or stay late for their theatre classes.
Yes. Students and faculty must wear a face mask.
In an effort to keep our families as safe as possible we have developed a hybrid learning platform for our fall semester. This platform has been thoughtfully developed to ensure students are learning and growing in this new landscape. We did not just take our regular classes and push them into this new mold. The classes that are being presented this year are the most educationally beneficial for our students in this hybrid model.
Yes. Class capacity takes into account a variety of factors including the type of activity and the size of the classroom.
No, supplies are included in the tuition for all classes with the exception of Introduction to Photography.
Yes. In an effort to keep our families as safe as possible, we have developed a virtual learning platform for our fall semester. This platform has been thoughtfully developed to ensure students are learning and growing in this new landscape. All of our in-person visual art programs will be livestreamed for students who wish to participate from home.
Yes. All students and faculty in our visual art classes must wear a face mask.