An Update from KIDA Regarding COVID-19

Good evening,

KIDA is aware of the current spread of the COVID-19 virus and would like to update our membership on the current plans. The board of directors has been in constant communication and is taking every precaution possible as we navigate this issue. We are taking advice from the CDC and WHO as we continue to monitor all developments.

As of right now, all of the remaining events for the 2020 season are running as scheduled. As circumstances change, the most important thing we can all do is stay in open communication. We will make sure to keep the membership updated on any changes or developments as they arise. In turn, if your plans change due to district restrictions or other factors, please let us know as soon as possible.

The CDC recommends the following for all individuals:

  • Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
  • Wash your hands and do so frequently especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use regular soap and water and sing Happy Birthday (to yourself) while you wash. This will take approximately 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available/convenient, use an alcohol-based gel in its place. To be effective, the alcohol content should be 60% or higher.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are displaying symptoms.
  • When leaving the restroom, use a paper towel or tissue when reaching for the door handle. Dispose of immediately.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth AND nose with a tissue. Dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with >60% alcohol content. If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into a flexed elbow.
  • When talking with people, keep some distance. Keep at least one arms distance between you and other people, especially if they are sneezing and/or coughing.
  • Eat smart to maintain your strength.
  • Sleep is important – plan your schedules accordingly.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects such as performance equipment, instruments, props, and tarps with sanitizing wipes.
  • Avoid handshakes or hugs.

The safety of our students, staffs, and fans have always been and continue to be our number one priority as an organization. Thank you for continuing to promote excellence in performance (and hygiene!) with your ensembles. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at president@kida.org