COVID-19 Re-Opening Measures

Last updated - November 13, 2020

Our re-opening measures have been updated from the original plans. Below is the change summary from the July 2020 plans.

  • Restricting our maximum capacity from 30 to 10 people including staff
  • 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.
  • Contact tracing form has been streamlined to collect name, date and phone numbers only - with the strict assumption that you have no COVID-related symptoms in accordance with the Self-Assessment form (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/).

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 our school does not belong to a shopping mall, has an external entrance to the facility and has been running lessons online up until now, we are running physical lessons on a reduced schedule while accomodating online lessons where needed.

Students and/or faculty members not comfortable receiving in-person lessons may continue to conduct lessons online or put lessons on hold at no additional costs. No refunds on unused lessons. However, timeslots are no longer guaranteed when lessons are put on hold (online and/or in-person).

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 (level red control).

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 fill contact tracing form
  • 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/self-assessment/
  • 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 not be allowed 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 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

Vocal Lessons

Due to the 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.