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2020 Music Fall Update

Remote Learning

Students participating in remote learning offered by their school district, whether synchronous or asynchronous (as defined by TEA), may participate in UIL activities if they meet all other UIL eligibility requirements. Students must be enrolled in remote learning options through the school the student will represent. Schools may develop local policies with additional requirements for participation. You can find more information related to the full-time student rule in Section 406 UIL Constitution and Contest Rules 

Academic Eligibility-Credit Requirements

For the 2020-2021 school year, UIL eligibility requirements for the first six weeks of school have been modified to allow a student to be eligible for the first six weeks if they accumulated at least two and a half credits since the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Schools may impose additional requirements.  https://www.uiltexas.org/policy/covid-19

Region Executive Committee (REC) Concerns and Contest Schedules

  • The REC should meet to confirm Music contest schedules and safety protocols concerning the 2020-2021 school year.

  • The REC may combine region events with other regions due to limited participation.

  • At the discretion of the area executive committee, Area marching band sites may be combined; however, competing schools may not be combined. For example, due to limited participation areas B and C could have their contests at the same site on the same day, but only area B bands would be ranked against each other and only area C bands would be ranked against each other.

Practice and Rehearsal Regulations

  • Summer Marching Band
    • The 20-hour limit on supervised marching/visual fundamentals expires on July 31, 2020.

    • On August 1, 2020 schools may allow students to continue supervised marching/visual fundamentals through September 6, 2020, whether or not the instructional school year has started, while following all limits on practice and performance as outline in the rules for summer marching band practice.
  • Activities During the School Year
    • Practice or rehearsal on the extracurricular portion of the music activity during a school period may not exceed 60 minutes per day, or 300 minutes per week. Local school policy will determine the students who may attend.

    • Schools utilizing an instructional model other than a traditional in-person model may hold the extracurricular practice/rehearsal period any time during the day. This period is not required to be held during normal school hours.

    • Practice or rehearsal on the extracurricular portion of the music activity that occurs as part of the 60 minutes per day, or 300 minutes per week permitted during a school period does not count towards any practice or rehearsal time limits outside of the school day.
  • COVID-19 General Considerations
    • When planning music practices and rehearsals, schools may consider the most current data from the aerosol study sponsored in part by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Marching Band Updated Calendar 

  • September 7: First Day to Begin Contest Show Visual/Marching Curriculum  

  • December 3: Region Contest Deadline for 2A/4A/6A 

  • December 10: Area Contest Deadline for 2A/4A/6A and Region Contest Deadline for 1A/3A/5A

  • December 12: 3A/5A Area Contest Deadline

  • December TBD: 1A/2A/4A State Military Championships

  • December TBD: 2A/4A/6A State Championships