Health and Safety - Chicago Children's Choir

What about health and safety?

CCC’s top priority is creating a safe space for young people to come together on common ground. In doing so, we are committed to following guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,Illinois Department of Public Health, Chicago Department of Public Health and medical advisors, as well as the results of the academic study “Measurements and Simulations of Aerosol Released While Singing.

In the event that safety measures become too restrictive for a high quality, in-person experience, CCC will shift to virtual programming. Similarly, as restrictions relax, CCC will communicate new safety measures to singers and families. Currently, safety measures include the following:

  • Required health self-screening form to be completed prior to each rehearsal, including mandatory waiver
    • Option available to attend rehearsal via Zoom for singers who do not meet health requirements or are uncomfortable with in-person rehearsals
  • Temperature checks upon arrival (must be below 100.4 to participate)
  • Hand sanitizer upon arrival, sanitization of any shared materials
  • Regardless of vaccination status, well-fitted masks that cover the nose and mouth must be used at all times. Surgical masks will be provided, as needed
  • Minimum 6 foot distancing between participants while singing or engaging in activities with heavy exhalation
  • Ensemble rehearsals divided into cohorts/pods, currently a maximum of 20 singers, as space allows with social distancing
  • Non-recurring group gatherings may have up to 50 people, as space allows with social distancing
  • Break between rehearsals to allow for air exchange
  • All rehearsal spaces are equipped with air purifiers in line with the guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Health
  • Contact tracing and quarantine

About Vaccination

Currently, Illinois residents 12 years and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself and your community. The vaccines teach our immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and they have been proven to be effective at preventing severe illness and death from COVID-19.

Contact Tracing and Quarantine

CCC is notified of a COVID-19 positive test result by a parent/guardian, staff or program partner using this form. Specifically for COVID-19, we look at those who have been in close contact with an individual who’s tested positive. We define close contact as within six feet of the positive person for 15 minutes or longer during a single day- this is with or without a mask.

Based on attendance records, CCC will determine possible exposures to the COVID-19 positive case- this includes determining if the ill individual participated in CCC activities during their contagious period (two days prior to onset of symptoms or positive test if asymptomatic), and what individuals were in close contact with them.

CCC will notify via email anyone present onsite during the contagious period of a positive individual. Those identified as close contacts will be advised to quarantine at home even if they do not have symptoms. The parent/guardian of the positive individual may receive a call from the Chicago Department of Public Health (312-74-COVID) as part of the city’s contact tracing program.

The safest option for individuals who feel healthy but recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 is to stay home for 14 days after their last exposure. Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. If you do not have symptoms, an acceptable alternative is to quarantine for 10 days, or if you do not have symptoms AND receive a negative COVID-19 test result on day 5 or after, to quarantine for 7 days. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if asymptomatic.

Reference: Illinois Department of Public Health guidance for schools