Healthy Happy Supportive Class Room
Currently -this summer- we have Inside classes & At Home kits.
I've worked on In-person inside classes, outside, or virtual plans. Details will be posted first on my Blog as they are setup. Updating this page happens seasonally, so you can check Blog for ongoing current updates and you can always contact me personally.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, we have had to adapt public health and safety rules quickly and repeatedly. This is a continually changing situation for all of us. Our policies will be changing in response to local, state, CDC guidelines AND the needs of our staff and families.
Depending on guidance (and weather, location limitations), we will do virtual, outside classes, indoor classes. Each facility will likely have their own new policies around illness, masks, and cleaning. Although this is an evolving situation, we at KindermusikbySally are committed to provide you with the most supportive, best development, and value. If you want to see my process for deciding on when to do virtual, outside, inside classes, masking, extra cleaning, etc scroll to the bottom of the page where I have a special listing.
In pursuit of a welcoming, clean, safe, low stress environment, lets work together to be...
Supportive, forgiving, aware, respectful of one another. Remember everyone's different needs, experiences, opinions, expectations, risks.
Prepared to move! For Kindermusik- flexible clothing & shoes that can be removed (many people choose to wear non slip socks). Although not required, this does help with balance & safety. For art and science activities - clothing & shoes must be able to get "up close & personal" with paint/dirt. For outside & science activities make sure shoes are stable. Families please be aware of the unpredictable aspects of nature and watch your children.
Vigilant about illness- please follow doctor directives and basic public health guidelines on avoiding spread of the contagious.... fever, stomach/intestinal, bacterial, rash. Especially anything that is going around like hand/foot/mouth, RSV, Covid-19, or Flu.
Understanding... Not everything is contagious, foreseeable, or preventable. There are chronic and non-contagious conditions, accidents/misdiagnosis happen.
Helpful... if possible, leave distractions & possible hazards like snacks/drink/binkies/toys at home or in car and out of the classroom.
Do bring your studio tote bag, home assignment if any, anything needed for your child's health. Milk for babies is always welcome. If you believe you need a comfort item that may be an issue like a toy or food just contact me and we'll work together to find a safe practical solution.
More specifics below
I strive for my class room to be a "no judgment" and a "no mommy wars" zone. There are many different ideas on how to parent, keep healthy, etc. I do ask that you be understanding of others situation. Please be vigilant about limiting illness or allergens in classroom. I have a liberal makeup policy. And there are a variety of things I do and you can do to help me keep the class room a happy & healthy place. The following is meant to be a way of sharing information, not judgement. Contact me if you have concerns, questions, if you think something's missing....
What I do...
I share my experiences, encourage others to do the same. I try not to dismiss someone else even if I disagree. And I'm forgiving because I know we are all human.
I follow public health & safety closures of the local ISD & CDC.
If I get sick... If I know it's Not contagious (I do have asthma & allergies & immune issues) I do teach but I still take extra precautions. If it's contagious I will have a sub, reschedule, or cancel. I have off weeks built into the season for makeups if needed for either personal or public health issues.
Everything used is cleaned- all instruments and objects currently being used are cleaned between every use. I have a special bin for extra cleaning. I have a protocol for how things are cleaned depending on situation (below).
Every day I clean parts of studio, waiting area, and bathroom that are most commonly touched- door knobs, light switches, counter surfaces, vacuum or spot clean floors/mats,
Every week I do thorough cleaning- scrub toilets, spot clean walls, carpets, or coverings as needed. I will also steam floors & carpets if needed. (I have a protocol on weekly & seasonal depending on situation also listed below)
Every season I do a deep clean- including walls, cubbies, room dividers etc. I wash down, steam clean.
Outside the sun sterilizes everything constantly (sun light/UV ). However I also do weekly (sometimes daily) maintenance of leaves, pathways, outside sink, tables- depending on situation. I also do seasonal maintenance like dirt/grime removal, limbs. Remember it's normal for there to be some dirt, leaves, mildew (especially in wet years).
I have makeups available.. you can switch classes or add classes for makeups, I have makeup weeks at least once a season. It is also possible to get partial credits for future classes if you experience an extended illness (like if you miss a month or more).
I have available in studio for you to use if you need or choose- soap&water disposable washcloths, cleaning wipes, anti-bacterial jell, tissues, and paper towels (more depending on situation).
What you can do, please...
Be vigilant with your best judgement... and be forgiving of others because stuff happens.
Please be especially careful if there are children under 1 years old or someone medical fragile/condition is in your class.
Please stay home if you or your child are sick or show signs of possibly being sick (if you suspect, please check for fever, rash, mouth sores, stool consistency, etc)
Be particularly careful if you know something is going around (like RSV, Hand-Foot-Mouth, flu, Measles, etc).
Use washcloths, wipes, towels, or tissues in class as needed.
Please follow Doctor and public health directives. And give yourself or your child a day (24 hours) to be symptom free before coming back to class
Talk/get to know your fellow parents/families-- Try to be conscious and sensitive to their situation. Some children and families may be particularly sensitive to illness. Others may have symptoms that can be allergic or chronic instead of viral or bacterial-- chronic illnesses that are not contagious may still include a cough, nasal discharge, or skin condition.
Please let me know if you or your child has possibly exposed a class to something OR if you believe your child has been exposed in my class
If you have a concern of any kind- talk to me and I will work with you
important public health notes
* Be aware that because I am not an official school or child care center I do not have a way (or legal status) for vaccination oversight. I do have a stringent cleaning regime and I ask parents to be vigilant, aware, and sensitive to the needs of the families around them. Kindermusik is statistically safer and healthier than most public areas, play or drop-in care centers. And I'm happy to discuss the specifics of my studio anytime.
* Regarding what is use to clean... I use a variety of methods and substances. Everything from special (enviro) cloths to hot steam to vinegar to chemicals designed for food prep /ingestion to more broad based germ killers. I also use the dishwasher and clothes washer when appropriate and safe. What and how I use depends on the situation, surface, and sound & safe practices. Basically everything gets cleaned- instruments/manipulatives with every use, most of the environment every week, less accessible areas every month or season. For those things cleaned by hand (vs machine), I ALWAYS use a rubbing method with special cloths to maximize germ killing affect. I use ingestion safe products and/or soap & water rinsing on anything that is mouthed. If there is a greater concern like a particular illness going around, I clean everything with a bleach or alcohol (or whatever the CDC directs) then wash everything with soap, water, steam, & cloth wipe down so it is safe for baby exploration. If guidance suggests i will also wear gloves and a mask while cleaning.
*As with all public safety issues i follow directives from local, state, & federal authorities. The local school system is my guide for regional issues AND the CDC for general guidelines and practices.
New pandemic process.
Since it is now clear that we may be living with new virus concerns and public health mandates for sometime, I want to be open about how i decide when and what level of classes. I want to follow the CDC's guidelines but access to the public health numbers can be challenging. Most scientists suggest using transmissibility ratio, testing percent positive, local spikes, and hospital availability (this last one is about supporting the community). My main studio is in Guadalupe county but participating families and events are often in not just Guadalupe but also Bexar and Comal counties. When available I will use the listed info from all 3 counties with particular attention to local notification/closures/trends And Teacher & Family Exposure. I will also look to the CDC & scientific recommendations for other guidelines like... use of Masks, cleaning procedures, and other guidelines.
Outside in-person events (for Tailgate, Pool, Courtyard, Meadow) i will look for all 3 Counties percent positive (# may change from10- 20% based on scientific information showing outside to be a low risk), hospital trends down for 2 weeks, no local flare-ups. Weather is also a concern for outside events so they will be contingent on advisories and conducive weather. During time of heat, i can look into pool events and private inside studio visits (one family at a time). During time of cold, I look for outside heating and drive in events and private studio visits.
Outside in-person classes For regular classes with closer contact and interaction, i will be paying particular attention to trending numbers... so local trends, hospital trends... continuing to be going/staying lower. I will also be looking for scientific info regarding outside transmissibility and if it looks safer i will adjust the percent positivity goal accordingly (original goal was under 10% raised to reflect new understanding).
Inside in-person The CDC suggests that percent positive be below 5% for a period time before starting in-person. So i will be looking for that 5%, hospitals at low levels of use, and no local flairs. Whenever it happens there will be changes to health & safety to reflect expert recommendations via attendance numbers, wellness checks, masks, distance, cleaning, absences, etc.
My studio in Cibolo is also my home i have to be especially careful since multiple members of the family are at high risk -- I thank you for your understanding at this time.
Other locations/facilities will have their own processes. For those facilities i will coordinated with them on if, when, and how in-person classes will proceed. There will likely be some differences between facilities in policies that i have to follow. I will also have my policies that I will set.
Mask & attendance illness policies There are a variety of concerns regarding masks and symptoms when it comes to early childhood activities. For masks ... from airborne particle spread to childhood development to neurodifference/need to touch and stranger anxiety to community care/sensitivity. For symptoms there are non contagious chronic conditions and of course viral & bacterial conditions and now vaccination. Our community has always been blessed with great diversity and with it a variety of need and opinion. I have always tried to nurture a careful balance and no judgement zone. Personal choice is respected BUT ultimately in this unprecedented situation I needed to set boundaries/agreements for the studio. As stated in my basic health policies I rely on professional/scientific guidance generally and specifically look to the CDC to set my policies. With our current level of scientific cutting edge understanding there will likely be new and different opinions. The studio has chosen to follow and ask for your agreement to abide the following process...
*Stay home when sick (or join one of the virtual classes if available).... coughing, fever, sneezing, or other indications of contagious illness (list above in regular policies). With allergies and outside classes the issue of sneezing particularly can be tricky- I personally have this problem. So if cleared by a doctor And wearing a mask, a random sneeze with no other symptoms and caused by pollen is ok. I do have a distance thermometer if needed to check.
*Inform. Please inform me (Miss Sally/Sally Dancy) if your child is diagnosed or are/were in close contact with Covid-19, flu, or any other highly contagious disease (like Hand Foot Mouth, Measles, any novel virus). Please follow the isolation period for that disease.
*Clean hands. I have an outside sink with soap & water and individual hand sanitizers so you can clean upon entering the studio and whenever you wish/necessary during class- we also suggest washing before you leave.
*Social distancing. We will have designated family safe zones (a separate designated area by a mat, carpet, blanket) that are a minimum of 3-6 feet away from each other. We will also have communal areas where mixing can occur. With children it's nearly impossible to guarantee staying 9/6/even3 feet away. And individuals have different risk assessment SO try to respect other person boundaries and stay away from another families designated area unless invited (try not to put a family on the spot in class, talk privately to friends, and let me know if you decide to include them in your family circle). While in communal areas give others some space and be aware of person bubbles. But also be understanding that small children don't understand personal space bubbles or the facial/body cues so help your children own by modeling/practicing/redirecting for space, by asking permission of those outside your family, and be understanding of being human (no one is perfect or the same).
*Each family designated area (mat, carpet, blanket) will have their own container of instruments. Please try to use only your designated instruments in this container or that i handed specifically to your family. If I do eventually start sharing some objects/instruments I will sanitize my hands. Everything is sanitized to policy guidelines.
*number of families or occupancy will depend on the location and risk level. Examples for My studio.... My studio INside low risk will be 5 families (or total of 12 people); OUTside medium to low risk will be between 6-8 families; high risk I can do dive-in classes (6 vehicles) OR virtual (I try to keep virtual numbers below 12 families); other locations will be dictated by the facility.
Specific Mask Policy while at studio...
I treat masks like other kinds of protective clothing or adaptive devises- with acceptance, good humor, no stigma.
*Under 2yo No mask use.
*Everyone over 2yo is encouraged to bring a mask. There is understanding and flexibility with children because of age, need, situation.
*3-5 encouraged to have a mask available but it will be parental choice in parent/child classes.
*5 & over required to try (with reminder, some special need adaption/exception) In classes with parents the parents can handle masking. For consistency in my small group classes without parents, I will be requiring the children to have and use masks (again with adaptions & reminders) in class.
*Adults are respectfully required to have a mask on for any/all close contact. Inside or out (at least for the time being).
Exceptions... There are places and times that everyone (including adults) can go mask less while on facility property (these rules are for my home studio in Cibolo but other facilities will likely have their own rules). Obviously you don't need to wear a mask if you are at or in your own car, depending on situation masks can be removed in family mat/safe zone, depending on numbers outside in courtyard/socially distanced, while moving in communal spaces outside meadow, firepit, forest IF you stay social distant from other families/close contact group (a good by eye guide is 10 feet separation but this will depend on guidance).
* Possible changes for or during summer will be inside classes with masks and outside classes or activities without masks or with mask options.
* Finale reminder: There will likely be changes do to the CDC guidance and as I move Inside or to new locations, New or changing policies will be posted on the BLOG- and like everything else will depend on local/timely situation, facility, and as we find what works as a group.
In Conclusion, I'm hopeful that the above list helps us toward a happy, safe, healthy, supportive community. Remember if you have a concern you can always come to me personally and I'll work with you. I will also do my best to follow my own guidelines.
"To err is human, to forgive divine"- it is impossible to predict or accurately evaluate every situation in words or deeds. We are all just doing our best. #weareenough