COVID-19

Meryl’s Music and Arts Centers Health Policy and COVID-19 3/9/2020

At Meryl’s Music and Arts Centers, we are closely monitoring the situation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our community. Until the situation is resolved, we will continue to defer to the CDC and other health professionals on how best to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

According to Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, at this time, COVID-19 is not spreading in our area, and we are focused on continuing our Spring 2020 classes as planned, on 3/28/20. As you know, this is a rapidly changing situation, and we have started planning for future scenarios in case it becomes necessary to cancel or delay classes. We will keep you updated and informed as the situation continues to unfold, and invite you to reach out to Director Meryl Reed at any time at Meryl@merylsmusicandarts.com.

2020 Health Policy for Meryl’s Music and Arts Centers

We ask for your help in keeping all the members of our musical community healthy by following these protocols. Our classes may have immune-compromised individuals (including pregnant women) who may be more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including influenza and COVID-19, so your vigilance and adherence to this health policy is extremely important. Our teachers reserve the right to send a family home from class if they feel these sickness protocols are not being followed.

Classroom Cleaning Protocols

  • All instruments that were distributed will be disinfected between classes and the end of the day with hospital-grade sanitizing disinfectant.
  • Classroom surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized regularly to the best of our ability.
  • Some instruments and props may be taken out of circulation.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available for use during class.

Family Health Protocols

  • We ask that all adults and children wash their hands before and after class for at least 20 seconds. (Sing the “Hello Song” to all the members of your family: that'll be at least 20 seconds!) Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time for this.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow. (Practice this with our chant, "I'm freezing, I'm freezing . . .  sneezing . . . Achoo! Achoo!”) Afterwards, wash your hands or use the provided hand sanitizer. 
  • Fist-bump or wave instead of shaking hands or hugging.

Illness Policy

  • If you or your child is sick, please stay home until you are fully recovered. If you or your child has had a fever, you must be fever-free for at least 24 hours (without assistance of fever-reducing medication) before returning to class.
  • If you or your child becomes ill with something contagious after you were in class, please contact us immediately.

Schedule a Make Up!

We have a generous, unlimited makeup policy, so please keep that in mind. If circumstances warrant more flexibility, we will allow families to carry over makeups to next semester.

Questions?

Contact Director Meryl Reed, at meryl@merylsmusicandarts.com, with your questions about this health policy or our plans for responding to COVID-19. Let’s keep the music playing