LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO HELP KEEP EVERYONE SAFE.
Keeping your kids safe and healthy is incredibly important to us. Below is a detailed overview of our COVID safety processes and policies that are currently in place.
Please note that these processes may change with little notice as we respond to the ever-evolving COVID circumstance.
COVID SAFETY OVERVIEW
Prior to arriving at Backbeat, all students and Backbeat team members are required to conduct a mandatory, self-screening for any COVID-related symptoms or potential COVID exposure. Specifically, students/team members will not be allowed to enter Backbeat if any of the following apply:
- they have tested positive for COVID-19.
- they have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.
- they have experienced a loss of taste or smell.
- they have been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19.
- they have travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days.
STUDENT DROP-OFF AND CHECK-IN
- We ask that all students arrive 3-5 minutes early for their scheduled lesson/rock band/group class.
- All students will have their hands sprayed with hand sanitizer upon entry.
- Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the course of the day and staff will closely monitor application of sanitizer to ensure children are applying it in a way that is safe.
- Signs will be posted at entrance to remind families that no one is to enter the building if they are sick (even if symptoms resemble a mild cold).
- Two large HEPA filters have been centrally located inside Backbeat and will be continually running during operating hours.
- Where possible, windows and doors will also be opened to further improve air flow.
- We ask that all students be picked up as close to the end of their lesson time as possible. This punctuality will help us limit the number of people inside Backbeat at any given time.
- For students in grade six or younger, we ask that parents/guardians come inside or to the front door for pick-up (versus waiting in your car and having your child run out to you).
- If a student cannot attend a private lesson in person (whether related to a health issue or otherwise), they are welcome to do their private lesson online (via Skype).
- If a student is not available to do their lesson online, then their teacher will prepare and send a short video lesson in lieu of that day’s missed lesson.
- Due to their group nature, online lessons or video make-up lessons are not available for missed rock band rehearsals or group classes.
CHANGING BETWEEN IN-PERSON LESSONS AND ONLINE LESSONS
- Students will be able to switch between regularly scheduled in-person lessons and regularly scheduled online lessons at any point during the year.
- Notice must be given in writing and sent to email@example.com.
- Please note: this is different than having a one-off online lesson due to a student having a runny nose, for example, in which case, the bullets listed under “Missed Lessons” would apply.
GROUP CLASSES AND ROCK BANDS
- Class sizes will be limited to encourage physical distancing during group classes and rock bands.
- To improve ventilation, windows will be opened where possible.
IF SOMEONE STARTS SHOWING SYMPTOMS WHILE AT BACKBEAT
- If a student develops symptoms while at Backbeat, they will be isolated away from other students and their parent or guardian will be notified to come and pick up the student immediately.
- If a Backbeat team member develops illness while at work, they will immediately remove themselves from any contact with others, notify their supervisor and go home.
- PLEASE NOTE: parents are expected to be available during their child's lesson/class should immediate pick-up be required.
IF A TEACHER IS SICK OR EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS
- We are asking our team to be safe and stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms.
- If a teacher is absent or sick, Backbeat will either (a) provide a substitute teacher so that students can still attend in person, or (b) arrange for an online lesson with their usual teacher.
ONGOING COMMUNICATION WITH BACKBEAT
- Despite all of these added measures, it’s really important to us that you, as our Backbeat families, feel that you can get in touch with us whenever you need.
- The best way to reach us is by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to check email regularly and respond to you as quickly as possible.
- Similarly, please ensure that emails from us are not being accidentally misdirected to your junk mail.
We know this is a lot of information, but thanks for working with us to help keep everyone safe and healthy.