Our COVID-19 Response

The health and safety of our students, families and community are our top priority at this time. In order to best serve our students and community, we have implemented several health and safety standards following the guidelines of our Chief Medical Officer, the provincial and federal governments to decrease the spread of COVID-19 (see https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html for more information). Following our mission to provide accessible music education, we will offer the choice of online or in-person classes for the 2020/2021 season.

For in-person classes, the safety standards we have adopted include:

  • Sanitizing high-touch areas (door knobs, table tops, chairs) after every student lesson.
  • Regular sanitization of all spaces where lessons and meetings take place
  • Mandatory hand washing/hand sanitization upon entry and exit of the facility.
  • We will require all individuals to follow the designated entry and exit points in and out of the building.
  • We will also limit the number of people within spaces to maximize physical distancing and decrease contamination.
  • We will ask parents to remain in their cars while waiting for students or to drop their children off in order to reduce the amount of people inside at any given time.
  • To improve physical distancing we will clearly mark six feet between individuals in seating and standing areas, and encourage all individuals to follow these markings.
  • Following the NL provincial government’s regulations, non-medical masks are mandatory for people 5 years of age or older in public indoor settings (see https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/non-medical-masks-use-in-public/ for more information), will we require all individuals 5 years of age or older to wear masks inside the facility.
  • We ask that each person be mindful of their health and to the best of their ability follow the guidelines set by health professionals and the Newfoundland Department of Health and Community Services.
  • We ask that if you or any family member displays any symptoms of sickness, please do not enter the facility. We can arrange an online lesson in lieu of an in person lesson if necessary.
  • If you or someone in your household has traveled outside of the Atlantic Bubble, please follow the guidelines outlined by the Chief Medical Office of Newfoundland and Labrador, and self-isolate for at least 14 days.

We hope to continue to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for our students in this difficult time.

Resources

Please use these resources to learn more about COVID-19:

What is Coronavirus, its symptoms and prevention from the Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms.html

COVID-19 in Newfoundland from the NL Government: https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/

Talking to Your Child about COVID-19 and their well-being from AboutKidsHealth: https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/covid19?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsIeI1Zql6wIVNPC1Ch398w_pEAAYAyAAEgJyP_D_BwE

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting from COVID-19: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19