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COVID-19 Re-Opening Measures

What are Coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia and severe acute respiratory syndrome. Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact. Those with weakened immune systems may be at higher risk such as older people and/or people with chronic disease (such as diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease). Most common symptoms are fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat and/or runny nose.

Our Assessment to COVID-19

Heritage Music Academy will continue to monitor the recommendations received from Public Health, as well as taking direction from our Provincial and Federal leaders on how to proceed through the Pandemic. As our school does not belong to a shopping mall, and have extrenal entrance to the facility and have been running lessons online up until now, we we stage our re-opening our doors for physical lessons with a targeted date of Monday June 29. At that time our facilities will run on a reduced physical schedule while accomodating online lessons where needed.

Students and/or faculty members not comfortable to receiving in-person lessons may continue to conduct lessons online or put lessons on-hold at no additional costs. No refnds on unused lessons.

The facility with its spacious rooms will allow us to run 4 concurrent lessons and have a maximum capacity of 30 people based on the ministry's square-feet requirements.

Re-Opening Measures

The goal of this plan is to provide guidelines that minimize the risk to participants and continue to limit the transmission of COVID-19 during the process of returning to pre-pandemic activity levels.

As Heritage Music Academy re-opens its doors to physical lessons, we have enacted these measures to increase confidence, increase safety and comply with re-opening requirements. We will continue to adapt new requirements as the situation changes, and inform our school population as needed.

Arriving to School

  • Absolutely no walk-ins allowed
  • Maximum 1 (one) parent allowed with a student under the age of 10.
  • Every visitor must arrive 5 (five) minutes before scheduled lesson to fill out self-declaration and to wash hands/sanitize
  • All who enter the school must be
    • Free of any symptoms of any illness
    • Not travelled or interacted with any persons who travelled in the past 14 days (anywhere outside of Ontario)
    • Not in a mandated quarantine
    • Not have positive contact with persons with COVID-19 (otherwise a clean bill of health by medical unit is required)
  • Non-medical masks or face coverings are required while in waiting area
  • No outside food or drink allowed, with exception of closed water bottles

While the school provides hand sanitizers and access to washroom for handwashing, please bring your own pen to fill out the declaration form and have your own mask/face covering. The school reserve all rights to turn away visitors not adhering to the policies.

Waiting for Lesson

  • The waiting area will only have 3 chairs distanced at least 1m apart
  • A plexiglass shield will be placed at front reception desk

During your Lesson

  • An instructor instrument will be used to demonstrate concepts
  • Lesson rooms will be cleaned daily, with keys being disinfected if reuired between lessons
  • Faculty members will continue wearing masks, and may put gloves on if required to adjust instruments
  • Students are encouraged to wear masks inside lessons. Accompanied parent must wear mask/face covering in lesson room.

Temporary School Changes

In addition to operational changes, the following services will be temporarily change to achieve our safety goals:

  • All public magazines, books, toys, colouring pencils/markers/crayons and colouring sheets will not be made available. Students waiting must bring their own books to read before the lesson.
  • Kitchenette is off-limits to public use.
  • School administrator will not be allow to accept cash. All transactions must be cashless, and we continue to accept Interac E-Transfers and Interac Debit card (Mastercard/Visa available at non cash-discounted prices)
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected daily, including door knobs and piano keys

Cleaning Cycles

  • All high-touch areas will be cleaned before the opening of the school, including surfaces, piano keys and door handles
  • if required, surfaces may be cleaned mid-way

Vocal Lessons

Due to uncertainty of COVID-19 transmission, vocal lessons will remain online until further notice. As we receive better guidance we will update all affected students on how we will restart vocal lessons.