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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – During the week that Sacramento County said it was okay for youth sports to start playing again, other after-school school activities wait for their chance to resume.
“We haven’t played for a year from tomorrow. Our last performance as a group was a year ago tomorrow, ”said Jeffrey Edom, group principal of Laguna Creek High School.
Edom tells FOX40 that he has no problem with athletics getting the green light, but adds that he hopes the same for members of his group, especially the elderly whose high school days are almost finished.
“I want to try and do whatever I can to give them some sort of experience, by the end of this year they can at least hang their hats and go, yes it was a weird year but at least we have to do this, ”Edom said.
Edom says that as far as the group is concerned, the state is discouraging the use of wind instruments for fear it will spread COVID-19.
“When we go to play, we can insert the mouthpiece through the mask and continue to play,” Edom said.
Singing and playing instruments are permitted, according to the California Department of Public Health.
… Singing and orchestral practice are permitted, but outdoors only, provided that precautions such as physical distancing and wearing a mask are implemented where possible. Playing wind instruments (any instrument played by the mouth, such as a trumpet or clarinet) is strongly discouraged. School officials, staff, parents and students should be aware of the increased likelihood of transmission by droplets exhaled during group singing and practice, and a physical distance greater than 6 feet is strongly recommended for one of these activities.
California Department of Public Health
Edom says his biggest concern is for a student to disengage from his education and social life because he can’t do what he loves, regardless of school activity.
“Anything I can do or anything we can do as a district or as a program to try to re-engage these kids and give them a chance to come out of this pandemic with a little bit of momentum, I think it is. ‘is what I am passionate about trying to give them, ”Edom said.
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