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COVID-19 In-Person Policies & Classroom Procedures

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for Kindermusik with Grow and Sing Studios

 

Following CDC guidelines, we have a fluid plan in place for safely re-opening Kindermusik classes at Grow and Sing Studios to IN PERSON classes. We are thrilled to see you in person in the safest way possible!

These new policies will be routinely updated as the medical community learns more and will be adjusted as Covid-19 cases change in our community.

These precautions do change how a Kindermusik class should feel. Like you, we are looking forward to all getting vaccinations which will allow us to be gathering without these limitations. That said, with the adjustments outlined, we’ll be able to significantly mitigate risk with attending our in-person classes and can once again enjoy gathering as a musical community.

Grow and Sing Studios holds classes for Newborns-7 years old.  The most effective risk mitigation for this age group include adult physical distancing, adults wearing masks and all age hand hygiene. While we understand that many adults are vaccinated, at this point all of the children are not. Our goal is to protect them in our classroom as best as we can.

We will focus in our studio on the 3 Ws: Watch your distance. Wear your mask. Wash your hands.

 


WATCH YOUR DISTANCE

  • We are able to open because keeping your distance from people significantly limits the spread of Covid-19.
  • To ensure a physical distance of at least 6 feet inside each of our studio spaces (which are quite large), we will be limiting class size to 10 children in each class maximum.
  • We will no longer necessarily be sitting in a circle. Markers on the floor will identify space for your family to sit, stand, dance and play while keeping the proper distance away from another family.
  • Adults and school aged children will be asked to keep a physical distance of 6 feet when able while in the classroom.
  • Children under 3.5 years cannot and will not be expected to keep distance but we will discourage touching when we can and will have a box for instruments that get picked up by others and clean instruments will be available to replace. Bringing your child to class should assume some risk, for our kids will be kids. If you are at all concerned with a baby or child wandering into your space, you may want to consider joining us for our Kindermusik Virtual+program.
  • Enter the building for your class no more than 5 minutes early to allow for proper cleaning between classes. If you arrive  earlier than 5 minutes before your class start time, please wait in your car.
  • Please limit attending adults to 2 per family.

WEAR YOUR MASK

  • We are able to open because wearing masks significantly limits the spread of Covid-19. There are NO health risks to wearing a mask for 40-45 minutes of class.
  • Teachers will be wearing properly fitted masks.
  • Properly fitted masks over the mouth and nose required for all adults the entire time they are in the building.
  • Masks, if tolerated well, are welcomed but not required in children 2-5 years old.
  • For those children 5 years and up who wear masks to school/daycare and tolerate masks well, they would be strongly encouraged to wear them for the short time they are in class.

WASH YOUR HANDS

  • We are able to open because when you wash your hands and/or use sanitizer OFTEN, you significantly limit the spread of Covid-19.
  • We have hand sanitizer at the entrance of each classroom.
  • We will require all to sanitize or wash hands before, during and after class.
  • Bathrooms with soap, hot water, and paper towel dispensers should provide all necessary for washing hands if you would prefer to wash hands.

DO NOT ATTEND WHEN ILL

  • You and your child may NOT enter the building if you or they are ill.
  • With optional online classes from home, you NEVER need to attend class when you or your children are ill.
  • If you have ANY question about whether you should attend class due to symptoms, please contact us.
  • Teachers will immediately cancel in person class and give you access to Kindermusik Virtual+  if they are ill.
  • This policy is very strict and will be enforced and communicated often. Do not enter the building when you or your child is ill.

HEALTH SCREEN

Please take temps often at home. If it is above 100.4 in the past 2 days, stay home and choose request access to Kindermusik Virtual+.

You (and our teachers) may NOT enter the building if you or your child could answer YES to any of the following questions:

    • Have you been in close contact with any person with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
    • Are you experiencing a cough, any shortness of breath or a sore throat?
    • Have you experienced any recent loss of taste or smell?
    • Have you experienced any vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
    • Do you have thick nasal discharge?
    • Have you had a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit today or within the last 48 hours?

If you answer YES to any of the above, you will not be allowed to enter Kindermusik classroom, but rather you will be encouraged to give consideration to contacting your health provider and attending a Zoom live virtual class.


DISINFECTING & CLEANING

  • Cleaning and disinfecting will be done in between classes.
  • ALL bathroom touch points will be disinfected in between classes.
  • ALL common touch points will be disinfected in between classes. (door handles, sanitizer stations, light switches, counters, glass, entrances)
  • All materials for class are disinfected and provided in each families own PERSONAL bin. Example: 4 shakers, 2 drums and dancing scarfs.
  • ALL used instruments and props washed/disinfected before next use.
  • Shoes are taken off and bags are placed in the shoe area. Socks will be required for all adults.

During class, the most important thing you can do for your child is to be an active and patient role model. It is not uncommon for a child to attend several classes before feeling comfortable in class. Don’t be discouraged – what a child is absorbing in class is often evidenced in the comfort of the home environment rather than in a certain level of participation in class. The understanding and consistency of the parent or caregiver in class and at home are key to facilitating musical learning and growth. When you are an active, focused, enthusiastic participant in class activities, your child will model your actions and focus more fully too.

  • Makeup Classes – Due to our limit on class sizes, and our attempt to limit your exposure to different people week to week, we will not allow in-person makeup classes. If you miss a class, contact us at , and we’ll give you full access to an ENTIRE week of Virtual Classes. You can attend as many classes in that makeup week as you want! Even sing-alongs and lullabies! You can use your makeup week any time you want, it doesn’t have to be the week you miss. When you contact us, just let us know which week you prefer to have access to your makeup week.
  • Cancellations – Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, should you decide you don’t feel safe to attend classes, you may request a refund if your request is sent PRIOR to two weeks of session start date. If request is received within two weeks of session start date no refunds or credits will be given for any unattended classes, month paid or for any unfinished semester. Instead, tuition will be transferred to our Kindermusik Virtual+ program for you to enjoy safely at home.
  • Home Materials – You and your child will enormously benefit from the Kindermusik experience, especially if you make active use of your Home materials. Frequent reinforcement at home throughout the week makes all the difference in a child’s comfort and participation in the classroom.
  • Participation – Remember that parent/caregiver participation is a key ingredient to success in any Kindermusik program. Your commitment to regular attendance and ongoing participation with your child during class will lead to more satisfaction, sense of accomplishment and enjoyment for your child and you! Please refrain from adult conversation during class time. Your child is sensitive to the adults around him/her. As a side benefit, your teacher’s voice will remain in good shape if she is not having to sing or speak above the group.
  • Cell Phones – Please turn off or silence your cell phone before entering into the classroom. If you should need to talk on your cell phone, please take your child with you, and step outside.
  • Drinks and Snacks – Please leave juice and snacks in the car with the exception of those babies nursing or bottle feeding.
  • What to wear and bring – Kids (and parents) should wear comfortable clothes. We do a lot of movin’ and shakin’… We have a NO SHOES policy for parents and children, so please come prepared to go barefoot or wear socks. For the babies only, please bring a blanket for your baby to lay on during floor activities. Here’s a great article on “why no shoes?”
  • Non-enrolled siblings – Due to limited class sizes and the delicacy of the younger class settings, we can only accommodate non-enrolled siblings when the sibling is young enough to stay contented in a sling, car carrier or stroller. Please note, all non-registered children attending class will not be able to participate. Emergency exceptions are considered.
  • Disruptive behavior – Children make all kinds of sounds during the class. We call it vocalizing. However, if your child is really upset and is distracting the class, your teacher may ask you to take him/her outside for a hug and some reassurance and come back in as soon as s/he is ready. Should your child become curious about our music source or instruments, please re-direct him/her if your teacher is unable to.
  • Children with special needs – Music is a help in neurological, physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. We ask that parents talk with their teacher so that we may learn more about your child, and together we can make a decision about how to proceed or adapt in class.
  • Visitors – Under normal circumstances, we welcome visitors to class and enjoy meeting extended family and friends. However, due to our current covid-19 guidelines, we ask that you limit attending adults to parents or the caregiver who is bringing the child to class. Thank you.

KINDERMUSIK VIRTUAL+ CLASSES

  • We plan on continuing our live Kindermusik Virtual+ classes indefinitely! They have received rave reviews, and many of our registered families do not live in Central Florida. Welcome world, we are here!
  • Due to this option, you should be able to quickly adjust should we need to cancel an in-person class due to any illness or Covid exposure.

 

SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022 CALENDAR


CLICK HERE FOR COVID-19 IN PERSON POLICIES

Our School Year includes 32 active weeks of classes with some scheduled weeks off which are noted to the right.

School Year begins  – Sept 6, 2021
School Year Resumes after Winter Break – Jan 10, 2022
School Year ends – May 20, 2022

SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022 CALENDAR


CLICK HERE FOR COVID-19 IN PERSON POLICIES

OFF – Thanksgiving week – Nov. 22 – 26, 2021
OFF – Holiday/Winter break 
– Dec. 20, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022
OFF – Spring Break – March 14 – 18, 2022

Classes held in-person and virtually. Click here to view options.