***IMPORTANT NOTICE***

Effective April 3rd, 2021, a provincial wide lockdown is in effect for at least 4 weeks.

Rehearsals are cancelled until we return to the Framework in May.

NEWSLETTER &

COVID-19 PROCEDURES

CLICK HERE to download and print COVID-19 Safety Plan.

As the Covid19 pandemic continues, we must following the health and safety guidelines of the Ontario Government, the City of Brantford, and the Brant County Health Unit. It is very important to the executive that members who want to attend feel safe coming to rehearsals. The health and well-being of our members and our community is our highest priority.


The following is a list of changes, rules and guidelines that all orchestra members and parents must follow at rehearsals. It is important that we all do our best to follow

these rules to help keep us safe and playing music all year.


Website

The website has been updated to provide paperless registration options and more information. LSO policies, schedules, rental information, pictures and videos are

now available online! Visit us today at www.thelittlestringorchestra.com



Membership and Registration


Registration Forms

Simply complete the online form on our website. If you prefer to print the form, you will be able to download it from the website as well.


Membership Fees

$100 - Individual Membership

$150 - 2 Person Family Membership

$200 - 2+ Family Membership


Payment Options 

(refunds will not be available if Covid-19 cancels the season)

1. Full Payment – due October 28th, 2020

2. Two Payments – due October 28th 2020 & January 7th 2021


Payment Methods

E-transfer to [email protected]  (please put your name in the message)

Cash

Cheque (Make cheque payable to Little String Orchestra.)


Coming to Orchestra Healthy


The health and well-being of our members and our community is our highest priority. To continue rehearsals safely and responsibly, the LSO has developed a Safety Plan that strictly adheres to the guidelines, regulations and bylaws set out by Government of Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Health, and the City of Brantford. We take this situation very seriously and are working hard to ensure that we can continue to operate safely.


In order to comply with the regulations, there will be protocols and procedures all members and their families need to be aware of and follow.


1. Protect yourself and others by following Public health advice.


2. Practice good hygiene


3. Self-isolate for 14 days after all international travel.


4. If you, or someone in your household, have new or worsening COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, you cannot enter the      building.


5. Self assess before coming to rehearsal. Screening questions are available at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/customer/covid-alert.  All members will be actively        screened upon arrival. 


6. If you, or someone in your household, are waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms, you cannot attend rehearsal.


7. If you, or someone in your household, has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, you cannot attend rehearsal.


8.If you, or someone in your household, has you been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you cannot attend            rehearsal.


9. If a doctor, health care provider, or public health unit told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home), you cannot attend rehearsal.


10. If you, or someone in your household, has received a COVID Alert exposure notification on your cell phone in the last 14 days, you cannot enter the building.


11. All guests must sign in with their full name and phone number. This is a Government requirement for COVID-19 contact tracing measures. This information will be kept on file for 30 days and then shredded.


12. Capacity limits will be strictly enforced at every level of the Provincial Framework and during lockdowns:


-During Stage 1 (LOCKDOWN, Grey level of the Provincial Framework) Rehearsals are cancelled.


-During Stage 2 (Red level of the Provincial Framework) the gathering limit is 10 people. The orchestra has been divided into groups of 10.  


-During Stage 3 (Green, Yellow & Orange level of the Provincial Framework) the gathering limit is 50 people. 


13. Masks must be worn inside the building. If you forget your mask, one will be provided for you. There are a few exceptions to the mask by-law. You can find more information at https://www.brantford.ca/en/living-here/resources/Documents/FINAL-By-law-to-Mandate-the-Wearing-of-Masks-in-Enclosed-Public-Places.pdf


14. Sanitizer has been provided throughout the hall and foyer. Please sanitize your hands when entering the building and after touching surfaces or shared items.


15. Follow floor markers and signs.


16. Social gathering before and after rehearsals is not permitted at this time.


17. Social distancing must be maintained if you are not in the same household.


18. Access is limited to the main hall, foyer and bathrooms.


19. Water fountain use is prohibited at this time.


20. Coat room use is prohibited at this time.


21. Three persons are permitted in the bathrooms at one time.


22. Hand dryer use is not permitted at this time. Please use touchless paper towel dispense.

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Physical Distancing Measures

Members and parents are required to keep physical distance from each other while entering and exiting and while in the building.

We are required to be 2 meters or 6 feet away from anyone that is not in your household.

Markers will be placed every 6 feet against the walls inside the hall to place your coats and violin cases.

Parents/guardians are welcome to stay for rehearsals as long as we do not exceed the indoor limit. 

All parents/guardians will have to sign in at the front desk for contact tracing purposes.


Masks & Face Coverings

The City of Brantford implemented a bylaw that requires masks or face coverings to be worn in all public spaces.

-The bylaw says that if you are exempt from wearing a mask you must let us know but you are not required to provide proof.

-Brantford’s mask bylaw can be found athttps://www.brantford.ca/en/living-here/resources/Documents/FINAL-By-law-to-Mandate-the-Wearing-of-Masks-in-Enclosed-Public-Places.pdf

Masks or face coverings must be worn during rehearsal. Your nose and mouth must be covered.


Entering & Exiting

Front doors are entry only. Back door is exit only.

Please park at the side or back of the building. The front needs to be left clear.

Please be patient and take your turn entering and exiting.

Someone will be at the door to screen each member and guest.


During stage 3 (Green, Yellow & Orange level of the Provincial Framework) please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your rehearsal.


Junior Orchestra

 Start time is 6:00 pm.

 Enter the hall and put your cases/coats on the RIGHT HAND wall-6 ft apart.

 There will be markers on the floor.


Senior Orchestra

Start time is 7:00 pm.

 Enter the hall and put your cases/coats on the LEFT HAND wall-6 ft apart.

 There will be markers on the floor.


During Stage 2 (Red level of the Provincial Framework) please arrive no more than 10 minutes before your rehearsal.

Groups cannot enter until the previous group has completely left. 

Please line up outside with proper social distancing and wearing a mask (REG 263/20, Schedule 2, Section 6) 


The orchestra has been divided into groups of 10.

Rehearsal start times are as follows:

GROUP 1 6:00pm

GROUP 2 6:40pm

GROUP 3 7:20pm

GROUP 4 8:00pm

Practices will be 30 minutes with 10 minutes in between each group for entering, exiting and set up.

Please sit in the group of chairs marked with your rehearsal time.


Music Stands and Instrument Tuning


Everyone is required to bring their own music stand. This is so that no one but you handles your stand and music.

You must bring your own music every week. We will not have stand partners this year.

Everyone must have their own instrument tuner. We will all be learning how to tune our own instruments at rehearsals. Tina and Gelja will not be tuning instruments this year to minimize the contact and keep physical distance.

-There is a wide selection of tuners on the market. One that clips on and picks up the vibration of your instrument is best as they do not use the sound in the room which will pick up everyone else that is trying to tune making it impossible for you.

-Parents can help the younger students by tuning them when you arrive. Everyone will get the help they need to get tuned.

-There are free tuner apps you can download on your phone.


Hygiene and Sanitizing

-Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances and exits of the building. Please sanitize your hands when entering/exiting the building and after touching surfaces or shared items.

-Please practice good hand washing.

-All chairs and surfaces will be disinfected with hospital grade products after every rehearsal/group.


Concerts

We will provide more information about concerts as the year progresses. What I hope is that we can rent a church or two and play in the space just to let the

sound wash over us. Perhaps we can record or live stream some performances next spring. Brantford has some beautiful old churches. I think we could stand in

the pews to play while easily practicing physical distancing.


Instrument Rentals

The orchestra has an inventory of student violins, cellos, and violas for rent. The violins and cellos we have in all sizes. There are 2 violas and a half size bass.

Contact Tina Labanowicz if you’re interested in a rental. The instruments are good quality, sound great and have been set up to facilitate a positive learning

experience. The sound and set up are very important to a child’s developing ear and their musical development.


Important Dates

(These dates are dependent on Covid-19 Restrictions)


October 1, 2020 - First orchestra rehearsal Junior 6:00pm / Senior 7:00pm


October 22, 2020 - Registration forms and payment are due


December 10, 2020 - Holiday Music and Cookies Last rehearsal before Holidays

PLEASE NOTE: Jrs. and Srs. together at 6:30, formal

dress for orchestra annual photo


January 7, 2021 - First rehearsal after Holidays


February 28, 2021 - Celebrate Our Youth Concert


March 15-19, 2020 - No rehearsal: March Break


March 31,2020 - School concerts


April 25, 2021 - Spring Concert


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