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More and More - Teachers and Students Return to In-Person Lessons!

Updated: May 28

Dear CMC Community,


With the easing of many of the existing Covid-19 restrictions and the increasing percentage of persons receiving vaccinations, more and more teachers and students are returning to in-person lessons at The Cambridge Music Consortium (CMC).


I am again sharing with you the improvements that I have made to the space to maximize the safety, comfort, and confidence of the CMC community, as well as updated guidelines for using CMC during Covid-19.


Upgrades to infrastructure at CMC include:

  • Each room now has an air purifier, which will continuously clean the air with carbon HEPA filters.

  • HVAC upgrades to air intake filtering.

  • HVAC upgraded with UVC antibacterial air purification system.

  • Furniture has been moved (and removed) to make social distancing easier.

  • Six-foot distancing markers in all rooms to make social distancing easier for you and your students.

  • Physical barriers for vocal and wind instrument lessons.

  • Disinfectant spray (medical grade) is available in each room for disinfecting before and after each lesson.

  • Paper towel dispensers are available in all rooms.

  • Touchless soap dispensers.

  • Touchless trash cans.

  • Signage throughout reminding of social distancing and handwashing.

  • Increased cleaning.

  • Additional music stands

  • Toilet seat covers

The CMC community, as so many others, has endured a terrible storm. I am happy however, to report that with our collective ability to pivot, show resilience, be inventive, and willingness to be creative with new types of instruction that The Cambridge Music Consortium has survived and will continue to thrive. Thanks to all of those who remained devoted to CMC and supportive throughout.


I look forward to seeing you all at CMC soon!


Best,

Clayton Hoener

Studio Spaces, LLC


Guidelines for using CMC during Covid-19

(Effective 05/29/21)


Social Distancing

• All persons entering CMC must wear face masks while in common areas of the CMC premises.

• 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.


Hygiene Protocols

• Masks are required for everyone in the room unless all are 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.


Staffing and Operations

• CMC instructors will inform their students of the CMC Covid-19 guidelines and make sure that they are following them.

• Instructors will remind students that for anyone showing signs of illness or symptoms listed above, lessons will take place online. This is also true for the instructors.

• 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. If students 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 now contains an air purifier, which will continuously clean the air with carbon HEPA filtering.

• HVAC now 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.

  • 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).

  • One person in the hallways at a time. Wait your turn.


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.

Please 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:

  • Fever

  • Chills, and/or shaking chills

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Headache

  • Muscle aches or body aches

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose

If a student has COVID-like symptoms:

STAY HOME and if well enough, take your lessons online.

• Notify the teacher and the teacher will then 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.

• The teacher will notify any others in their studio that have come into close contact with the student.

• We recommend that the student be tested for COVID-19.

• Students may return to in-person lessons at CMC:

o If they have been tested for COVID-19; After they have tested negative, have improvement in symptoms and have been 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 and they have been fever-free for at least 3 days without the use of fever reducing medications.

If a teacher has COVID-like symptoms:

STAY HOME and if well enough, give your lessons online.

• Notify your students, and then immediately notify Clayton Hoener.

• The teacher will notify any others with whom they have come into close contact.

• If the teacher becomes ill during a lesson, they will suspend the lesson or class and go home.

• We recommend that the teacher be tested for COVID-19.

• Teachers may return to in-person lessons at CMC:

o If they have been tested for COVID-19; After they have tested negative, have improvement in symptoms and have been 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 and they have been 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.



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