Out of an abundance of caution, due to the rising cases of COVID throughout our state, the first All-State Band/Orchestra/Chorus read-through rehearsal scheduled for 2/2/2022 will be virtual. A final decision about the smaller 2/6/2022 All-State Guitar rehearsal is pending.
We will continue to monitor case numbers throughout the month of February. As of now we are still hopeful that this surge will be over by March so that we can safely implement an in-person festival, as planned. Keep an eye on your email. All-State managers will be in contact soon with further details for their ensembles. The attendance policy remains in effect for all rehearsals, whether virtual or in-person. Best wishes to you all for a safe, healthy start to the year.
Professional Development PLUs will be available through a variety of workshops during the 2021/22 school year.
RIMEA's Advocacy Task Force has published a Return To Music Fall 2021 Resource Guide for Teachers/Staff/Administrators/Families. It was shared with both RIDE and the RIDOH; they indicated that it aligns with their guidance for schools.
The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. Under the ESSER Fund, established as part of the Education Stabilization Fund in the CARES Act, State educational agencies (SEAs) will award subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the impact COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the Nation. School districts' plans for ESSER III funds will be due beginning late August 2021. Here's how you can advocate for your school and program.
Thank you to all that made this virtual performance possible!
RIMER Journal - Vol. 64 No. 1 is available online.