In what almost looked like scenes from a science fiction movie, images shared on Twitter showed members of a high school band in Washington state practicing in small enclosures as part of COVID-19-related safety precautions.
Wenatchee, Wa., High School in the eastern part of the state reportedly opened up on January 26 on a hybrid schedule, with Mondays all remote, and the rest of the week on a morning or afternoon attendance basis.
During their practice session in the school auditorium, band members are reportedly wrapped up in their own single-use, small pop-tent and are kept apart by six feet. Moreover, the band practices in 50-50 shifts, the Wenatchee World, which published several photos of the band members playing their instruments in their green pods, explained.
Masks are reportedly required inside the school building presumably unless students are engaged in certain activities like playing a wind instrument. According to Wenatchee Principal Eric Anderson: “You get kids back in the building, you get a lot of smiles even with masks on. You can tell people are happy.”
This is a high school band practice in Wenatchee,WA pic.twitter.com/q2prCJemX0
— Ari Hoffman (@thehoffather) February 24, 2021
Part of the Wenatchee High School Band pic.twitter.com/Y9LmCynYRY
— Pamela Okano (@pokano) February 25, 2021
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been a proponent of reopening schools with appropriate safety measures in place. “Evidence suggests that many K-12 schools that have strictly implemented mitigation strategies have been able to safely open for in-person instruction and remain open,” the agency has indicated as part of its guidance.
Kids in tents constitutes a unique wrinkle, as it were, for social distancing, if not music. It also looks rather claustrophobic.
Social media users, however, including U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, are quite skeptical. Here is just a sampling.
Child abuse in tent #8! End this nonsense, America! pic.twitter.com/nz3Wwpum8r
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 25, 2021
State of WA COVID dashboard shows age 0-19 accounted for 2% of hospitalizations and 0% of deaths.
— IndianaTom (@TomInIndiana) February 25, 2021
This is stupid. Everything is stupid. I can’t believe an actual adult thought this was a great idea.
— Jen Murph (@jenmurph12) February 25, 2021
No. No. This is not real. Please tell me this is not real.
— Meera W (@FloatingToHome) February 24, 2021
That’s a picture of “I would quit band”
— J (@Becquerl1) February 24, 2021
This type of thing is the exact reason why we are looking on moving out of WA and going to Texas!
— Dog Face Pony Soldier (@Kethra7) February 24, 2021
What parent would subject their kid to this? I’m still in total shock.
— Meera W (@FloatingToHome) February 25, 2021
This is so stupid. 🤦♀️
— Amber Krabach For WA (@AK4WA) February 24, 2021
Better: the Left has lost their collective minds.
— RP 🇺🇲 (@RealPeterNYC) February 25, 2021
Well, there goes their hearing. Closed places magnifies the sound. Like shooting without hearing protection!
— Richard Liszewski (@liszewsk) February 24, 2021
That can’t be real. If it is then that’s abuse.
— Jasun Liepitz (@JLiepitz) February 25, 2021
I’m sure these Wenatchee kids are happy to indulge this ridiculous display of hygiene theater since their high school counterparts in Seattle are still 100% remote learning. Green tent > than zoom school (but I hope very soon they all get to go back to normal life).
— CA Kids Should Be In School (@S25395020) February 25, 2021
I live in this town… it’s sad. It used to be a very conservative town and now, well you can see where we’ve ended up. Our school board is a joke and the city counsel is not much better. At least we start sports this next week, unless heir Inslee changes his mind.
— t hulse (@hulse_t) February 25, 2021
Sealing our Students for Freshness https://t.co/880YpTSSt6
— Vinny Thomas ! (@vinn_ayy) February 25, 2021
This is taxpayer funded child abuse. pic.twitter.com/iE4TOptTwu
— Kevin Dalton (@NextLAMayor) February 25, 2021
Good. Schools should teach safe sax. https://t.co/mQwR0tl93T
— Christopher J. Scalia (@cjscalia) February 25, 2021
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