Covid-19 (Teachers)

COVID-safe measures

For teachers​

All Music Creators teachers are responsible for:

  1. Following guidance in relation to adhering to COVID-safe measures by any Music Creators administration and management team member;

  2. Adhering to all COVID-19 protocols outlined below while delivering lessons at Music Creators;

  3. Not attending lessons in person if they, or any member of their household falls into the following categories:

    • Awaiting a COVID-19 test result;

    • Has tested positive for COVID-19 (exclusion period will apply) or;

    • Is experiencing any fever, sore throat, cough or blocked/runny nose (not related to hayfever/allergies), regardless of severity; Video lessons will be offered in these cases. See below for full policy.

  4. Informing the school administration immediately if they, or any member of their household tests positive for COVID-19 within 21 days of having last attended a lesson.

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COVID-19 protocols

  1. The school premises will be closed to all persons except for enrolled students, unless parents/guardians are making a payment for items.

    • Students will be permitted to enter just before their lesson time, and are requested to wait in their car if they arrive early, unless their parent/guardian cannot wait with them.

    • Students may wait in the waiting area after their lesson only if their parent/guardian is not able to collect them on time.

    • Teachers are advised to communicate feedback with parents/guardians by email/My Music Staff wherever possible.

    • If teachers need to speak face-to-face with parents/guardians, it must be outside the school premises, away from the door, and observing strict 1.5m distancing between persons.
       

  2. Teachers must bring their video lesson device to work, because in the following circumstances, students will not be permitted to attend their lesson in person:
    If the student or anyone in their household:

    • Awaiting a COVID-19 test result;

    • Has tested positive for COVID-19 (exclusion period will apply) or;

    • Is experiencing any fever, sore throat, cough or blocked/runny nose (not related to hayfever/allergies), regardless of severity;

    • There has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the student’s school within the last 21 days (exclusion period will apply) or;

      Students in these categories may have a video lesson at their usual lesson time, or opt for a make-up lesson at a later date. The school must be notified no less than two hours prior to the lesson if this is the case. For all other cancellations, the usual 24-hour make-up lesson policy applies.

       

    • In the event of students choosing a make-up lesson, teachers will be paid when the make-up lesson occurs.

    • Teachers are expected to have their video lesson device with them and charged/bring their charger in the event of a student needing to switch lesson format on the day.

    • For all other cancellations, the usual 24-hour make-up lesson policy applies.

      If a teacher is unable to attend lessons due to the COVID-safe policy, and more than 50% of their students have successfully done video lessons, the teacher can request the administration to change their schedule to video for that day and to organise make-up lessons for the remaining students who do not take video lessons.

       

  3. All teachers must sanitise their hands or wash with soap prior to entering the classroom, before eating and after using the restroom.

    • If any physical contact is made with any student or any of their learning materials (books, diary, instrument etc.), teachers must sanitise their hands or wash with soap immediately after.
       

  4. Teachers must avoid all physical contact and touching of the face.

    • If teachers use a tissue for their face, they must sanitise their hands or wash with soap immediately after disposing of it. Bins will be provided in each classroom and emptied daily.

    • Teachers are advised to avoid all physical contact with students. Teaching is suggested to involve demonstrations and instructions only.
       

  5. Students are not permitted to touch door handles at any time.

    • Teachers and administration staff will open the main studio door for students at the beginning and end of their lesson.

    • At the beginning of the lesson, open the classroom door for the student and then move away from the door to let the student pass before entering and closing the door.

    • At the end of the lesson, do not allow the student to open the classroom door. Open the door and exit the room before the student.
       

  6. Students must bring all of their own music books and items (such as rosin for string players, picks for guitarists, rock stop for cellists).

    • Teachers must not lend any items or books to students who have left them at home. Students will not be permitted to make-up lesson in this case.

    • Teachers will work on aural and memorisation skills during the lesson in the event that a student has not brought any materials.

    • Teachers are requested to bring the necessary books for their teaching where possible. If a teacher does not have a copy of a book, it is suggested to use electronic resources (photos of relevant pages) sent by families or to situate themselves in a position where they can view the student’s book without making contact.

    • It is suggested to avoid using student diaries where possible during the pandemic. Teachers are advised to use Google Drive to continue sharing notes and learning resources as much as possible with students.
       

  7. All teachers must bring their own pencil, eraser and pen to lessons.

    • Communal resources will be removed from classrooms during the pandemic, except for whiteboard markers/dusters, which will be disinfected before use.

    • Students are not permitted to use the teacher’s pencil. Students have been directed to bring their own pencil to lessons.
       

  8. Piano teachers must clean the keyboard between each student. Teachers using music stands must clean them between each student.

    • This must be done using the spray bottle of soapy water and paper towel provided in each classroom. Paper towel must be disposed of immediately in the bins provided.
       

  9. Strict 1.5m distancing must be adhered to inside the school at all times.

    • Teachers are advised not to stand and talk face to face with other staff members, aside from urgent communication with the administration staff. All other communications must be done by text message/email/phone.

    • Teachers must remain at least 1.5m from students at all times, except in special cases where demonstrations are instructions are not possible for teaching.

    • Markings on the classroom floor showing distancing requirements must be followed.