CMC COVID-19 Guidelines (effective 09/06/21)
Updated: Sep 6
In an effort to promote health and safety for all, beginning Monday, September 13, 2021 (previously announced), the Cambridge Music Consortium will require all users of the facility who are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated. Documented medical exceptions will be granted.
Please expect to be asked by your teacher about your vaccination status.
Vaccination sites may be found at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov.
City of Cambridge updates on health and safety may be found at https://cambridgema.gov/covid19.
Per the recent City of Cambridge Temporary Emergency Order Requiring the Wearing of Masks in Indoor Public Places, the Cambridge Music Consortium requires everyone to wear masks while inside CMC (except singers and wind players when singing or playing their instrument). Persons who are alone inside of meeting rooms may remove masks.
Many of the students at CMC are under 12 years of age. Please read below to help us all help them and us to be as safe as possible in our community that is CMC.
• Please maintain social distance of six feet when in the hallways and other common spaces.
• The lobby area has limited capacity for waiting. The lobby chairs are generally for brief seating only, if necessary.
• Instructors will sanitize the meeting room between lessons.
• Signage is posted and must be followed.
• Please maintain social distance of six feet during lessons and meetings unless everyone in the room is fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
• Handwashing products and hand sanitizer are available throughout the space.
• Instructors will require students to wash hands before and after lessons. Signage is present throughout reminding all persons to wash their hands before and after lessons.
• Sanitizing spray and paper towels are available in all rooms and restrooms.
• Instructors will sanitize their room before and after each lesson and are encouraged to help with sanitizing the waiting areas’ high touch areas, such as doorknobs, screens, lightswitches, faucets, handles, etc.
• Restrooms will have signs instructing users to self-sanitize high touch areas after each use.
Instructions for no touch sanitizing are clearly displayed on the sanitizing spray bottles. If paper towels are used, discard them in the trash bin. Do not flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet.
• No sharing of instruments or supplies unless everyone in the room is fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
• No eating in the waiting area. No eating in the meeting rooms unless everyone in the room is fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
• No one showing any symptoms of Covid-19 (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, etc.) or any other sickness or active allergy symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, or sneezing should be in the space. Anyone showing signs of illness will be asked to leave.
How to protect the unvaccinated children (from CDC website) These are the best ways to protect your child, or a child you care for, who cannot get vaccinated yet: • Get vaccinated yourself. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people getting and spreading COVID-19. • If your child is 2 years and older, make sure that your child wears a mask in public settings and takes other actions to protect themselves. To set an example, you also might choose to wear a mask. • If your child is younger than 2 years or cannot wear a mask, limit visits with people who are not vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown and keep distance between your child and other people in public.
Staffing and Operations
• CMC instructors will inform their students of the CMC Covid-19 guidelines and make sure that they are following them.
• STAY HOME and take your lesson online if you or your child are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or any other sickness or active allergy symptoms, (i.e. cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sneezing, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, etc.)
• Anyone showing signs of illness will be asked to leave. If students or caregivers show signs of illness during a lesson the lesson will end early.
• CMC Co-Founders (Clayton Hoener, Lisa Lederer, and Shizue Sano) will regularly monitor the space and, as necessary, remind persons to comply with social distancing and hygiene protocols. Any person who does not follow the protocols will be asked to leave the premises.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
• Each room contains an air purifier, which will continuously clean the air with carbon HEPA filtering.
• HVAC has MERV 13 filtration and a UVC light antibacterial air purification system.
• Complete cleaning and sanitizing of the space will occur daily.
• Frequent sanitizing of high touch areas in the rented space will occur throughout the day by anyone renting the space.
• Checklist signs are posted in each meeting room:
Masks are required for everyone in the room unless all are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Some instructors may still require masks for their private studios even if all are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Ask students if they have washed their hands.
Wipe down chairs, tables, doorknobs, etc, after each lesson. (Anything touched by a teacher or student during the lesson).
Protocols for Suspected Exposure or Confirmed COVID-19 Infection (based on MA DESE guidelines)
Our collective health relies on individual attention and responsibility. Students and teachers must monitor themselves daily for symptoms.
The single most important thing to do if any of the following symptoms are present is to STAY HOME. Note that some symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as the flu or a cold; do not assume that it is another condition. When in doubt, STAY HOME.
STAY HOME if you have any of the symptoms listed.
Below is the list of symptoms for which caregivers should daily monitor their children and teachers should daily monitor themselves:
Chills, and/or shaking chills
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
New loss of taste or smell
Muscle aches or body aches
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
Nasal congestion or runny nose
If a student or teacher has COVID-like symptoms:
• STAY HOME and if well enough, take/give your lessons online.
• Students will notify the teacher and the teacher will then immediately notify Clayton Hoener.
• Teachers will notify their students and then will immediately notify Clayton Hoener.
• If the student is or becomes ill during a lesson, they will be sent home. If waiting for parents or caregivers to get them, they will be removed to an empty room.
• If the teacher becomes ill during a lesson, they will suspend the lesson or class and go home.
• The teacher will notify any others in their studio that have come into close contact with the student.
• We recommend that you be tested for COVID-19 even if there are no symptoms.
• Exposed individuals may return to in-person lessons at CMC:
o If they have been tested for COVID-19; After they have tested negative, are symptom-free including being fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
o If they have not tested for COVID-19; After 14 days from the start of symptoms as long as they are symptom-free including being fever-free for at least 3 days without the use of fever reducing medications.
IF YOU HAVE HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS COVID 19 (regardless of vaccination status):
• Inform your teacher or Clayton Hoener of your close contact status.
• STAY HOME and if well enough, have your lessons online.
• Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone infected with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). • Get tested 3-5 days after the exposure, even if you have no symptoms. • Teachers and/or students may return to in-person lessons at CMC: • If they have been tested for COVID-19; After they have tested negative, are symptom-free including being fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. • If they have not tested for COVID-19; After 14 days from the start of symptoms as long as they are symptom-free including being fever-free for at least 3 days without the use of fever reducing medications.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Any area of CMC visited by a COVID-19 positive individual will be closed off and disinfected. The area can be used 12 hours after the cleaning/disinfecting has occurred.