Tis the season….the cold and flu season!

Dear Families,

I’m writing to you today to address some questions that have come up recently regarding this horrible sick season we are having. As you know, I have asked everyone to not attend class if you or your child is sick. A good guideline to follow is to be fever free for 24 hours, and for a nose not to be running with anything other than clear. It is VERY common for babies and toddlers to have runny noses due to teething. It is VERY hard to distinguish that from being sick. If you at all feel that your baby is under the weather, remain home and schedule a makeup class.

I wanted to let you all know our procedures for attempting to keep our classrooms as sanitized as possible. While it is impossible to guarantee you that our instruments and props are 100% sanitized, we are trying to do our best to minimize sickness. We spray instruments, etc. with Clorox Anywhere, and tumble dry all fabric items in the dryer. After doing much research, Clorox Anywhere seems to be the safest product to use for our purposes. Here is a link to read more about the product:  http://www.clorox.com/products/overview.php?prod_id=ahsds.

NEW PROCEDURE: We have now decided to keep this product ON HAND at all classes so that we can all make an effort together to help avoid the spread of germs. If your child has mouthed an instrument, please bring it up to our table when finished and spray it with the Clorox Anywhere. If we all make an effort together, we can try to eliminate spreading sickness to each other.
Again, by spraying our instruments we are not promising a 100% sanitary environment. We stand by the most important way to avoid sickness – WASH HANDS!! We suggest that before class begins, and after class ends, you and your child wash hands with SOAP and WATER if possible. Here is some information about other “sanitizing” products:
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are one of the more recent tools in home and school medicine arsenals, proven “effective in reducing gastrointestinal illnesses in households, in curbing absentee rates in elementary schools, and in reducing illnesses in university dormitories. An Internet search retrieved recommendations for hand hygiene from schools, daycare centers, outdoor guides, and animal shelters.”  Reynolds SA, Levy F, Walker ES. Hand sanitizer alert [letter]. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2006 Mar [date cited]. Available from http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol12no03/05-0955.htm

For alcohol-based hand sanitizers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends an alcohol concentration of 60 to 95%  of ethanol or isopropanol for the great efficacy in killing germs.  In the study listed above, it was found that some hand sanitizer products purchased from local retail deep-discount stores, advertising the same claims as those found on name-brand products such as Purell, had, in reality, only a 40% ethyl alcohol concentration – much too low to reduce bacterial counts on hands.  In fact, the faulty product seemed to “mobilize the bacteria, spreading them around the hand instead of killing them.” (N.Y.Times: Hand Sanitizers: Good or Bad?  , by Deborah Franklin,  March 21, 2006)

I hope, that by using the Clorox Anywhere, washing hands, and not coming to class sick, we can avoid spreading sickness back and forth. Of course we all know that this just happens, and that no matter what we do, it is still going to occur. All we can do is try our best!
If anyone has ANY questions about this, please don’t hesitate to ask. Again, thank you in advance for working with us on making Grow and Sing Studios a healthy environment for all!!! Thank you to all the parents who have challenged me with questions and shared your concerns! :)
All the best,
Holly
Holly Lesnick
Director / Owner
Licensed Kindermusik Educator
Registered Music Therapist
Local Representative for the Central FL Partnership of Kindermusik Educators
Kindermusik with Grow and Sing Studios
407.970.2774
holly@growandsing.com
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SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020 CALENDAR


School Year classes begin (Week 1) – Sept. 9 – 13, 2019
OFF
Thanksgiving Holiday – Nov. 25 – 29, 2019
Classes continue
 – Dec. 2- 6, 2019
OFF 
Holiday/New Year’s Break – Dec. 23 – Jan. – 10, 2019
Classes resume after holidays (Week 15)
 – Jan. 13 – 17, 2020
School Year/Spring classes resume (Week 16) – Jan. 20 – 24, 2020
OFF Spring Break – March 16 – 20, 2020
Kindermusik House Party – Online virtual classes – Begins March 23rd 
Online School Year/Spring classes end – May 31, 2020

Annual Easter Egg Hunt for registrants – April 11, 2020 – We are so sad to cancel this annual tradition this year, but we must follow state guidelines. Happy Easter/Spring to all!

SUMMER 2020 CALENDAR


June 2020 – Celebrating 15 years of Grow and Sing!

All Summer classes will be held online.
Bilingual Birdies Summer begins (14 weeks held each Monday) 
– June 1, 2020
Kindermusik House Party Session A begins (5 weeks unlimited)
 – June 8 – 13, 2020
Kindermusik House Party Session A ends – July 6 – 10, 2020
Kindermusik House Party Session B begins (5 weeks unlimited) – July 20 – 24, 2020
Kindermusik House Party Session B ends –  August 17 – 21, 2020
Bilingual Birdies Summer ends – August 31, 2020

All classes held online via zoom in a secure classroom. Due to licensing agreements and child protection laws, we do not record classes. All classes are live and interactive. We hope to resume in person classes in September if it is safe to do so.

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