This summarizes our Policies that relate to our Best Practices in live, in-person classes for the semester. The first section includes our Covid-19 protocols, and the second, the health and wellness practices we have always observed.
1. Covid-19 Protocols
For complete detail, including how to prepare to attend in-person class, please see our Policies page. When live, in-person classes are available, they will be held outdoors whenever possible, with a Rainy Day/Freezing option inside in our exclusive Westport/Goose Creek location with CDC-recommended portable HEPA air filtration.
- Temperatures taken at the classroom door; those with temperatures 100.4 or more will not be allowed to attend.
- Masks or shields must be worn by all adults; no masks required for children under 5. When we are in the "red zone," due to Covid, we recommend masks outdoors as well. This is not required, but pls use discretion.
- No food, shoes, or any item that might get shared, in class. Baby bottles and individual water bottles ok.
- Class size limited to 8 families (minimum of 6 to run). Sorry, no guests and no class changes after the semester starts to keep the class membership the same throughout the semester.
- Arrive no sooner than 10 minutes prior to your class time, and leave immediately afterward.
- Social distancing will be achieved with sit spots or your personal family mat.
- No props or instruments will be shared, as each family will have their own individual props/instrument box which will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before the next use.
- No makeups or demos in live classes; both will be available in our online program - MTO (Music Together® Online via Zoom).
- When indoors, windows will be open ensure adequate fresh air circulation.
- Class times will be staggered to allow for cleaning and disinfecting between classes.
2. Health & Wellness Practices at All Times
We have always taken these extra steps in class to avoid the spread of germs.
- All shared instruments/props are sanitized between classes. Mouthed instruments and props are always disinfected between classes with a three-step process: spray with a food surface safe sanitizing spray, wash with hot soapy water, and dry with a Norwex cloth.
- Sanitizer is always available for families during class for use whenever needed.
- Rooms are always sanitized. For example: markers, doorknobs, light switches, trash cans, etc.
Here's how you can help:
Our teachers follow this practice; if you will, too, we can work together to keep our classrooms healthy. Our first priority is to provide a safe, healthy, environment for you and your child to make music.
- Wash hands (adults and children) before/after class for at least 20 seconds. (Sing the Hello Song to all the members of your family - that'll be at least 20 seconds.) All of our class venues have washroom facilities.
- Cough or sneeze into your arm, elbow, or sleeve - not your hand. (Practice this with our chant, "I'm freezing, I'm freezing, I hope I don't start sneezing...Achoo! Achoo!")
- If you or your child is not feeling well, has a fever, cough, sore throat, or runny nose (outside of teething and Ohio Valley allergies), please stay home and heal.
- If you or your child has had a fever, you must be fever-free for at least 72 hours (without assistance of pain meds) before returning to class.
We have a generous, unlimited makeup policy just for things like this!
To help safeguard our community when we're in live classes, we follow CDC Travel Guidelines and advisories from our local health officials.
For families who plan to travel, we encourage you to be conscientious about the travel guidance being shared by the CDC and state officials. For information about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for travelers, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
Due to our responsibility to our entire community, we reserve the right to ask any family who has traveled outside the area to refrain from class for a period of 14 days upon their return.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me or our Administrator directly. Otherwise... Let's do our part to KEEP THE MUSIC GOING!
Katie O'Dea, Director
Heartland Music Together