CMEA Cancelled

To all Band and Orchestra parents,

Today we were informed that our CMEA Festival (for Full Orchestra and Symphonic Band) on Saturday, March 28th at Piner HS has been cancelled due to concerns about the corona virus.  Mr. Jones will try to schedule a similar adjudicated experience during the school day later in the school year.

Also cancelled: Monday, March 23rd evening Full Orchestra rehearsal

Keeping as planned: Tuesday March 24th Winds & Perc Full Orchestra Tutorial and Thursday March 26th All Full Orchestra Tutorial.

The CMEA Bay Section board had to make this decision based on all the festivals and campuses affected around the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Here is the statement from CMEA Bay Section:

“Dear Bay Area Music Educators,

We are facing uncharted and difficult times as our schools and communities work to figure out how to best deal with the current Covid-19 virus. It has prompted many school districts to restrict travel, cancel tours, and even close schools due to exposure to the virus. As a result of this reality, CMEA Bay Section cannot ensure that festival sites won’t be shut down due to exposure in the future. Regrettably, the Bay Section Executive Board has made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining festivals this season.

This is a proactive measure that we feel is necessary given the health warnings globally and the unpredictable nature of school closures as a result of this pandemic. Many major festivals in our area and state have already canceled their events. The number of schools that have already contacted us regarding cancelations is alarming and required action. This is an unfortunate set of
circumstances for everyone involved, but the health and safety of our colleagues and students take priority in this bizarre situation.

There is no easy solution to this problem, and we understand this is an inconvenience for many programs, especially those that have already experienced cancelations to other anticipated events.”

As far as any issues with AHS and our district, Toni Beal, WSCUHSD Superintendent put out an email to the staff today including the following information:

  • “There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 that affect any of the students or staff in our 3 schools or the West Sonoma County Special Education Consortium School.
  • Sonoma County Department of Health Services, the lead agency in our county with regard to this virus, assured us at a recent meeting that our schools are considered “low risk” for virus exposure.”

We hope everyone is healthy and safe!

Casey and Janis