Maryland All State Performing Ensembles Rules for Parents and Guardians

These rules are for the safety of all students:

  • Once students have completed the registration process and received their name badge, all parents are to say goodbye to their child for the weekend and leave the hotel/Baltimore Convention Center.

  • Parents should advise and remind students to show respect for all supervising adults and one another. Creating a positive environment for diversity, inclusion, leadership, and teamwork is essential. All defamatory, abusive, slurs, profane, threatening, offensive, harassing, or illegal language or actions are strictly prohibited.

  • If parents are staying in the area for the remainder of the All State event, they are to reserve rooms in a hotel different from where the students are rehearsing.

  • Parents are not to visit any student’s rooms, and students are not allowed to visit any parent rooms.

  • Parents are not allowed to visit any rehearsals of the All State Ensembles.

  • If parents need to drop off any items for their children, they are to leave the item at the front desk of the hotel with their child’s name on it and the name of the ensemble.

  • Parents are not to be in any part of the hotel that has sleeping rooms.

  • Parents are not to take their children to any meals away from the All State Ensemble, even if it is in the hotel.

If you need to contact your child for any reason, please call the group manager. Do not call the hotel front desk.  Please remember that your child's cell phone must be off during rehearsals, and that most of every day is spent in rehearsal. After check-in/registration, student schedules include meals, 8 hours sleep, and 3-8 hours of rehearsals, dress rehearsals, as well as group transportation to/from the rehearsals supervised by chaperones who are local teachers.

In order for your student/child to get the most out of All State, he or she needs to be fully engaged in the experience.  For this reason, All State rules state that cell phones must be off and stored out of sight during rehearsal. Naturally, students want to stay connected by leaving their phones on “silent” or “vibrate.”  While well intended, this does not suffice. All defamatory, abusive, slurs, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal language or actions from parents toward any chaperone, staff, parents, or students affiliated with MMEA or All State will not be tolerated.

Phones must be turned off for the duration of rehearsals. Please assure your child that if you need to contact them, you will call the group manager, who will put you in touch with your child. Further, please encourage your child to let friends know that he or she will be unavailable for those few days. Violation of this may result in dismissal from the group.  Please take the time to discuss this with your child and your support is appreciated.

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