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Covid Policy

January 9, 2022 Update:  Virtual Rehearsal 1/10/2022
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Washington State, along with multiple inquiries and absence reports from BYSO families with concern regarding the Omicron variant, we have made the decision to host virtual rehearsals via Zoom on Monday, January 10th for all BYSO ensembles. Please check your individual ensemble page for further details and Zoom link to virtual rehearsal.

There is no rehearsal on Monday, January 17th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which was already included in the Winter Quarter schedule. Our intention is to return to in-person rehearsals on Monday, January 24th and to continue with in-person rehearsals and concerts for the Winter Quarter. BYSO staff and leadership are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Washington state with guidance from the Department of Health and CDC. We will keep the BYSO community updated.


January 6, 2022 Update:  Cadet and Debut Families 12+ Vaccination Requirement
The City of Bellevue mandates that all Parks and Community Services recreation facilities require participants 12 and older in all indoor programs to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result from the last days (72 hours) prior to the event.  As our rehearsal space at Northwest Arts Center is a City of Bellevue facility we will need to ensure that we are enforcing this policy.

How does this affect our Cadet and Debut students?

We will require one of the following from all participants 12 or older:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccine – you may choose to submit electronically here, or present to staff or volunteer at drop-off
  • Proof of negative COVID-19 test with the past 3 days (72 hours) prior to rehearsal
  • Documentation of medical or religious exemptions are not accepted

September 12, 2021:  BYSO COVID-19 Policy
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Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) will return to in-person rehearsals for the 2021-22 season. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our students, their families, and our team of music and administrative staff. The information below outlines the policies and procedures that BYSO will follow so that we can maintain a safe and healthy environment for our programs. At this time, Governor Jay Inslee has amended the Washington Ready proclamation 20-25.16 on Sept. 3, 2021. These policies and procedures follow the K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year (Aug. 10, 2021) which states that it has based its requirements on “existing science, expert public health guidance, current policies, stakeholder input, and the CDC COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools.” Please check for updates to the guidelines as the contents may change.

The Overview of Prevention Measures section in the K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year (Aug. 10, 2021) document provides guidance for COVID-19 mitigation measures, and BYSO will be mindful of those that apply to our program:

  • universal face coverings/masks (in this document, universal masking means that face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status)
  • physical distancing
  • improving ventilation
  • handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  • cleaning and disinfecting
  • staying home when sick and seeking evaluation
  • contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation
  • responding to cases of COVID-19
  • meeting the reporting requirements to public health

BYSO In-Person Program Policy and Requirements

Covid-19 Symptom/ Exposure Flowchart

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