Arts Ed NJ COVID-19 Resources

Spring Ready 2021

Spring Ready Guidance for Visual and Performing Arts Education for New Jersey Public Schools

Updated as of  5/4/2021

Visual and Performing Arts May Occur in Person, Following Proper Mitigation Strategies in All New Jersey Public schools.

  1. No “Prohibition of Activities” for Public School Visual and Performing Arts. There has never been any prohibition of public school visual and performing arts classes and activities by the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Education.
  2. The New Jersey Department of Health cites and directly links to Arts Ed NJ’s September Ready Fall 2020 Guidance for Visual and Performing Arts in its COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools documents. This Guidance outlines the proper mitigation strategies for the provision of in-person instruction in the visual and performing arts. 
  3.  Learning Expectations for Visual and Performing Arts Have Not Changed. The New Jersey Department of Education, in the report “The Road Back,” explicitly states: “The New Jersey Student Learning Standards define what students need to know and be able to do and serve as the foundation of our high-quality educational system.” This includes learning expectations in all content areas, including the visual and performing arts. 
  4. April 26 Governor Murphy Announcement Allows for Expanded In-School Rehearsals and Performances as of May 7, 2021 (EO 238). Capacity limits for indoor private catered events, including proms, will be raised to 50% capacity of the room in which the event is being held with a maximum of 250 individuals. The limit for political events, weddings, funerals, memorial services, and performances occurring indoors will similarly increase to 50% capacity with a maximum of 250 individuals. This means any scholastic performance being held inside may hold 50% capacity not to exceed 250 individuals. This is an increase from 150 individuals. As with the above, this number does NOT include performers or personnel required to produce an event or performance.
  5. As of May 19, large capacity indoor venues (1,000 seats or more) will be allowed to hold up to 30% as long as groups are socially distanced at 6 feet.
  6. April 26 Governor Murphy Announcement Allows for Expanded Outside Rehearsals and Performances with up to 500 attendees as of May 7, 2021 (EO 238) and there will be no attendee limits beginning on May 19. The outdoor gathering limit will be raised to 500 persons from 200 persons. This means any outdoor performance may host up to 500 people. This number does NOT include performers or personnel required to produce an event or performance. On May 19, the limit cap will be removed. There will be no limit on the number of attendees. However, groups must be socially distanced at 6 feet.
  7. April 26 Governor Murphy Announcement Allows for Large Venue Outdoor Capacity (EO 238). Outdoor capacity limits will be raised to 50% capacity for venues with 1,000 fixed seats or more. The current limit is 30% capacity for venues with 2,500 fixed seats or more.  All attendees at these events are required to be six feet apart from other attendees, except that individuals who purchase or reserve tickets together may be seated together, but must be six feet away from all other groups or individuals in all directions. This means if you are using a high school stadium that has more than 1,000 fixed seats you may have up to 50% of capacity as long as groups attending together are socially distanced from one another. This number does NOT include performers or personnel required to produce an event or performance.

Arts Ed NJ’s Current Recommended Mitigation Protocols as Informed by the International Performing Arts Coalition Aerosol Study at the University of Colorado and University of Maryland.

Download the Guidance:

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Aerosol Study

NFHS Information Page 

Research Report 


September Ready Report 


Prior Memos 

Other COVID RESOURCE links on Arts Ed NJ


Guidance for Use of Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Funds

For information  and guidance on how the Federal ESSER funds may be utilized and how much is available for your school district visit our resources page 


Resources from the National Federation of State High School Associations.

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for Wind Instruments


Theater Safety Course – Now Live! (on NFHS Learn)

FREE, about 1 hour to complete, lots of supplemental resources, designed for anyone who uses the theater


Return to Music


Return for Speech and Debate

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