Dear Community Arts Program (CAP) Family:
The Community Arts Program (CAP) is committed to doing everything it can to keep children, families, and staff safe during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Friday, March 13, Miami-Dade County Public Schools closed beginning Monday, March 16. In tandem with this decision and earnestly considering an abundance of caution:
- The Community Arts Program (CAP) suspended classes and rehearsals beginning Saturday, March 14.
- However, as we know, everything is currently predicated upon daily information.
[TUESDAY, MARCH 17] Effective immediately, Mayor Carlos Gimenez has issued an Emergency Order closing “All movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums and fitness studios…” Please check the County’s web site for more information and for regular updates: miamidade.gov/coronavirus.
[TUESDAY, MARCH 17] Late this afternoon, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced that all K-12 schools and career and technical center campuses are to remain closed through April 15. Read more here.
[THURSDAY, MARCH 26] Orders that the totality of Emergency Orders issued by Miami-Dade County, as may be amended or issued from time to time, shall be referred to as the SAFER AT HOME protocols. All residents and visitors are urged to remain in their homes other than to engage in essential activities, as allowed through previous Emergency Orders.
[SATURDAY, MARCH 28] CAP Saturday Music Classes instrument lessons begin online, as per instructions e-mailed to all enrolled students and parents. CAP Harmony, CAP Music Theory Classes, and CAP Performing Ensembles to receive e-mailed assignments with instructions. CAP is virtually connected, and committed to delivering the best to its students – within the safety of their homes. Questions – 305.448.7421, ext. 120 and Info@CommunityArtsProgram.org.
With all good hope—CAP classes and rehearsals could resume at its location on Saturday, April 18 (CAP Saturday Music Classes) and Monday, April 20 (CAP Ensemble Rehearsals).
Please STAY INFORMED through the below, recommended websites and reliable sources showing up-to-date information.
- The CDC has a special web page with Coronavirus information, updates and tips. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
How it Spreads
Steps to Prevent Illness
Keeping the Workplace Safe (pdf)
What to do if You Are Sick
- Miami-Dade County’s Coronavirus page also has updates as well as a listing of additional online resources – http://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/home.page
- Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus page – http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html
- The Miami-Dade County Public School Board also has a Coronavirus page – http://covid19.dadeschools.net and Parent Guide to the Novel Coronavirus (pdf).
It is important that everyone stay informed by way of trustworthy sources – for latest developments and news regarding the virus, and to minimize disinformation and potential panic. While the Community Arts Program (CAP) is constantly monitoring the situation and seeks to provide direction where possible, we strongly recommend that everyone look to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as City, County and State officials for leadership and resources related to the situation. (See above.)
Together, we will take preventative steps and remain vigilant. If there is a “good side” to be had, it is this… family time. Within safe and recommended precautions, take some much needed time to reconnect. Bring out those instruments and voices – sing and play and keep practicing! CAP looks forward to the abundance of its students’ wonderful music and learning to continue here! : )
Executive & Artistic Director
Community Arts Program (CAP)