COVID-19 Re-Opening Measures

Last updated - July 5, 2021

Our re-opening measures have changed dramatically. We urge you to read this page completely and contact us for any questions or concerns. We will provide a quick summary here:

  • In-person limit of 10 customers starting in Ontario re-opening step 3.
  • No walk-ins - everything must be done with appointment.
  • Debit or Interac eTransfer payments preferred. Cheque or cash must be in trasnparent ziplock bag, and in exact change only.
  • Non-medical face coverings are mandatory for all
  • Parents may accompany their students into the school 3 minutes before and after the scheduled lesson for payments and pick-up/drop-off. Due to capacity limits, parents may be asked to leave the waiting room area.
  • No contact tracing form required due to all appointments already established.
  • All entrants must have completed an Ontario self-assessment form (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/customer/) that is valid for the day.

Our Assessment of 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 per the re-opening guidelines that have been changing, in-person instruction was moved from Step 2 to Step 3, and the school will abide by the new guidelines to re-open when it is our turn to do so.

Despite vaccine uptake, as our student population are much younger (0-11 years), the school will continue to enact the existing social-distancing protocols including more frequent cleanings, non-medical face coverings for all while inside the premise, and using demonstration instruments. Furthermore, we can only run vocal, woodwind and brass lessons with students that are fully vaccinated1 due to a highly increased risk of aerosel dispursement within a close proximity.  

While proof of vaccine is not demanded (for faculty and students), we ask that you respect the health and safety of the community by abiding to the public health safety guidelines set out by this document. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness, or if you are unable to follow the in-person safety precautions, HMA will be able to serve you through alternative means through online lessons.

The facility with its spacious rooms will allow us to run 5 concurrent lessons and have a maximum capacity of 10 people based on the latest government restrictions.

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 adopt new requirements as the situation changes, and inform our school population as needed.

Arriving at School

  • Absolutely no walk-ins allowed
  • No guardian allowed in the school unless explicitly approved by the school director
  • Every visitor must arrive 3 (three) minutes before the scheduled lesson to sanitize their hands
  • Unscheduled visitors must show self-assessment form and provide contact for public health contact tracing 
  • All who enter the school must be symptom-free in accordance with the Government of Ontario's self-assessment form - https://covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/customer/
  • Non-medical face coverings are required - no exceptions are granted if you choose in-person lessons
  • No outside food or drink allowed, with exception of closed water bottles

While the school provides hand sanitizers and access to the washroom for handwashing, for added safety please bring your own pen to fill out the contact tracing form. 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. These are reserved for immediate students only unless there is excess capacity.
  • A plexiglass shield will be placed at the 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 required between lessons
  • Non-medical masks or face coverings are required in the lesson room.
  • Students are encouraged to stay at their instrument throughout the class to respect distancing requirements

Temporary School Changes

In addition to operational changes, the following services will be temporarily changed 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.
  • The kitchenette is off-limits to public use.
  • The school administrator will only accept cash and cheques via transparent ziplock bags (And must be in exact change). 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 doorknobs 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

1 Fully vaccinated is defined as an individual ≥14 days after receiving their second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine series. (https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/contact_mngmt/COVID-19_fully_vaccinated_interim_guidance.pdf)