Healthy Happy Supportive Class Room
This Fall we'll continue to have Inside classes & At Home kits, outside when the weather allows.
I have plans for In-person inside classes, outside, virtual (if necessary). 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 outside & indoor classes (virtual if absolutely necessary). 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. We never know someone else's life challenges.
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, missed diagnosis, and accidents happen. There is a certain amount of risk in any/all activity.
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 expected that everyone will miss a class now and then with the occasional illness/conflict (fees already reflect this). However, 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 for pregnancy issues, emergency, etc).
I have available in studio for you to use if you need or choose- soap&water disposable washcloths, cleaning wipes, anti-bacterial jell, tissues, Band-Aids, 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 (I respect your privacy, this is so I can make smart choices for cleaning and canceling).
If you have a concern of any kind- talk to me and I will work with you
important public health notes and following pubic health guidance
* 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. Also I am required to follow certain state and federal laws regarding access and privacy. 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. I look to the CDC for general guidelines and practices especially in regards to newly emergent or alert situations. Usually the local school system is my guide for regional issues. However, since I am a private business I am able to make some personal choices on how I provide services (like shoes, masks, etc).
*I respect each persons privacy. And although I myself like my privacy on certain medical issues, I will share that I am vaccinated but immune compromised. I follow my doctors advice on healthy practices for myself and those around me in my business.
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. Access to the public health numbers can be challenging but I try to follow CDC and other expert recommendations- I read them very carefully and follow the specifics. Most scientists suggest using transmissibility ratio, testing percent positive, local spikes, and hospital availability (important community support). My main studio is in Guadalupe county but in close proximity to Bexar and Comal counties. When available I will use the listed info above from all 3 counties with particular attention to local notification/closures/trends And Teacher & Family Exposure. The information is used to decide when to open, close, have indoor, outdoor, drive-in, or virtual classes. I will also look to the CDC & scientific recommendations for other guidelines like... use of Masks, cleaning procedures, and other guidelines. Positivity percentages have changed (risen) now that there is a percentage of the public protected with vaccination and other immunity.
As of Summer 2021 we are doing inside classes with mitigations...
Mask & attendance illness policies I understand that there are a variety of concerns regarding masks and symptoms when it comes to early childhood activities.... from airborne particle spread to childhood development to neuro-difference/need to anxieties to community care/sensitivity. I also understand that there are non contagious chronic conditions, 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 of respect and no judgement zone. Personal choice is respected BUT ultimately in this unprecedented situation I needed to set boundaries/agreements for the studio community. As stated in my basic health policies I rely on professional/scientific guidance generally and specifically look to the CDC & local experts to set my policies. I also listen to all the concerns of our families and community. There will be changing and different opinions. I hope you can respect that I have spent considerable time and effort to balance the needs of everyone involve. I ask for your agreement to abide the following process and General attendance...
*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/requested.
*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). Your personal info will stay private but this will allow the studio to make decisions on mitigations. 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. Individuals have different risk assessment and social bubbles 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). But also be understanding that small children don't understand personal space bubbles or the facial/body cues so help your own children by modeling/practicing/redirecting for space, by asking permission of those outside your family, AND be understanding & flexible 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 (I realize children will need some flexibility on this). 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 so I can personally interact with each child/family); 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 or practice masks. 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, parental choice and management of your own. 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). Please respect other people's personal bubbles.
Mask 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). With the new guidance most outside activities can be mask-less like the courtyard, meadow, firepit, forest. I still ask that we all be empathetic of other people's bubbles and try to respect others needs especially when within close contact (within 3-6 feet). Depending on situation (I will announce it when we can) masks may be removed on family mat/safezone. Social distancing and masks outside are now improbable but unfortunately not impossible. Obviously no matter what, you don't need to wear a mask if you are at or in your own car.
* I had been hoping to relax mitigation even farther by late summer and fall but unfortunately the Delta spike and my personal/families health have made that not possible. This is difficult for everyone and I ask for understanding though this difficult time.
Reminders: Along the way there have been and will likely continue to be changes to the CDC guidance, with Inside, new locations, and even local situations. For regular classes with closer contact and interaction, I will be paying particular attention to trending numbers... so local trends, hospital trends (especially hospitals filling up).
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.
Also below is a reminder of what kind of classes can be available based on the local situation and numbers...
Inside in-person The CDC suggested that percent positive be below 5% for a period time before starting in-person when there wasn't any immunity. Now with some immunity we've been advised to look to around 10% positivity, hospital occupancy availability, immunization percentage, and local outbreaks (especially local schools). Expert recommendations have changed to reflect the ability to stay inside with increased use of masks, group size, wellness checks, distance, cleaning.
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 about this.
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.
Outside in-person classes and single events The research now shows that outside activities are safe in most cases (as of 2021 with current Covid-19 variants & mitigation tools). Even with higher numbers (like 20% positivity) outside can be done safely with mitigation. So if numbers increase we can move outside. We even have the option for Tailgate, Pool, Courtyard, Meadow if needed. 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.
I also have done virtual classes and if necessary can do them again. However I don't expect things to go in that direction. I expect that there might be ups and downs (more & less mitigation as needed) but that we will continue to learn and be able to do more together.
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