Healthy Happy Supportive Class Room

Currently we have virtual & outside classes and At Home kits available

Updating this page happens seasonally, so you can check blog for ongoing current updates and you can always contact me personally 

Due to the new situation of Covid-19, we have had to adapt to the new public health and safety rules.  This is new and 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, we will do virtual &/or outside classes.  When safe to do so, we will again have inside classes.  When we return in-person there will likely be new policies around illness, masks, and cleaning also driven by official guidelines.   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 scroll to the bottom of the page where i have a special  listing.

In persuit of a welocming, clean, safe, low stress environment, lets work together to be...

  • Suportive, forgiving, aware, respectful of one another. Remember everyone's different needs, experiences, opinions, expectations.

  • 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 (especial hands/feet/face).

  • Understanding... Not everything is contagious, foreseeable, or preventable.  There are chronic and non-contagious conditions. 

  •  Helpful... if possible,  leave distractions & possible hazards like food/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.  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.  

  • If I get sick...  If I know it's Not contagious (I do have asthma & allergies) 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.

  • 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.

  • Every season I do a deep clean- including walls, cubbies, room dividers etc.  I wash down, steam clean. 

  • Things that are left outside the sun sterilizes everything constantly (sun light/UV ).   I also do weekly (sometimes daily) maintenance of leaves, pathways, outside sink, etc.  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

         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 in your class or someone medical fragile/ condition.

  • 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.  

*As with all public safety issues i follow directives from local, state, & federal authorities like school system for regional issues and 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.   When classes start, the oldest groups (level 4 &5) will be first.  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% but could be raised).  

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 numbers, wellness checks, masks, distance, cleaning, absences, etc.

Since my studio 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.

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

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