With August fast approaching and the ‘rona still running loose, our district has seriously started discussing our plan for schools for this year. If students are allowed to return to school buildings, there’s a high chance if social distancing being required. Which, yes, I agree we have to take all necessary precautions to protect our students and staff. However. My band room comfortably sits 575 musicians, with enough space for the entire ensemble. If we cramp it up, it’ll seat 650. Yes, we’ve tested these theories. Following the social distance guidelines, I might be about to fit 50. That’s just barely 10% of the band’s capacity for this season. I feel like I’m in between a rock and a hard place, banging my head against a rusty nail. Having 50 students in the band room is simply not an option (what am I supposed to do with the other 450??). Going to the administration, I get the answer “oh they can go outside! The marching band spends time outside anyways!” Yeah but that’s a poor solution too when the winter time gets here and it’s -20°F and icicles are hanging off their noses. My favorite answer was “Oh! They can use face masks! No big deal!” I will pay good money for a single person who plays at a high school level play well using a face mask in between the face and the instrument. Believe me... we’ve tried it. I might as well collect the geese from the lake so they can honk to make music. It’s frustrating. And I get the position that they’re in. If we remain home school, people are going to be ticked. If we go back, people are going to be ticked. If we cancel student athletics, ticked. If we have sporting events without spectators ticked. They’re in a lose-lose situation and I feel that, because I’m in the same situation.