The Iowa High School Music Association, Iowa High School Speech Association, Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, in response to recommendations from input from our “Ad Hoc Committee”, have implemented a “Family Week” on the Unified Activities Federation Calendar. “Family Week” is a week in the unified activity federation calendar that prohibits any coach or teacher/student contact and any unified activity federation event from occurring. That period will include Saturday through Sunday of week 3 and Week 4 of the calendar and will begin July 25, 2021 through August 1, 2021. The Iowa High School Music Association supports “Family Week” and therefore there can be no music activities within the IHSMA member schools during that week. All high school students, including incoming 9th graders, are covered under the rule and are not to have contact (on or off school premises) with teachers nor use school facilities during the eight day period.
The IHSMA recognizes that some communities have longstanding community performances that might occur during this week that cannot be altered. A waiver will be provided for school music programs that have a longstanding community performance occurring within that week that requires student/teacher participation and that cannot be changed to accommodate this week. Schools must apply for a waiver by May 1 of each year, identifying the conflict, and explaining why the event cannot be moved outside of the designated “Family Week”.