Beginning August 30 with our new 2021/22 School Year, we are offering in-person instruction for all instruments. Students have the option to request online lessons if desired. Indian Hill Music believes it is imperative that we respond transparently and responsibly to the COVID-19 crisis in order to sustain a healthy and safe environment. We will continue to evaluate the Department of Education guidance as well as other state and federal guidance while keeping the health and safety of our student families, our faculty, and our staff as our top priority.

The following list of protocols and policies outlines the measures we are actively taking, and that we will require our student families to take, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  

SCHOOL YEAR '21-22 (in-person & online programs)

IMPORTANT PROTOCOLS UPDATE for attendance at Indian Hill Music School concerts, recitals, events, and our Youth Orchestra/Wind Ensemble concerts:

  • In order to keep our musical community as safe as possible, all event attendees (including audience members and performers) age 16 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination. (Full vaccination is defined as one shot of J&J COVID-19 vaccine or two shots of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, with two weeks having passed since the final shot was given.)
  • Alternatively, an attendee may provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event start time, or a negative non-home antigen test taken within 24 hours of the event start time, in order to be admitted into the hall.
  • Proof of vaccination or negative test can be shown by either a physical copy or a copy on a smartphone. Such proof must be shown at every event that a patron attends.
  • In order to match vaccination records or negative test results to patrons, patrons 18 years and older must display a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. Patrons under 18 may use a school ID as proof of identification.
  • Everyone is required to wear a face mask at all times, regardless of age or vaccination status. Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth and comply with the CDC guidelines for acceptable face coverings. Please also note that seating inside Blackman Hall will be socially distanced for all events. (Updated December 2, 2021)

     

Please Note: If you plan to attend Orchestra of Indian Hill concerts, please read those protocols here, as they are different.

SECTION 1: Indian Hill’s Commitment to Health and Safety for our In-Person Education Programs

  • MASKS: Masks will be required by everyone inside the building at all times, and extra masks will be made available to individuals who did not bring one. Special masks and instrument coverings for woodwinds, brass, and voice will be required indoors. There are no mask requirements for outdoor activities. Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted.
  • DISTANCING: For indoor common areas, all students, family members, employees, and visitors must ensure separation of 3 feet or more between individuals at all times. Other programs such as woodwinds, brass, and voice will have special distancing requirements (see below).
  • AIR PURIFICATION: High quality air purifiers will be placed in each instructional space. Significant upgrades have been made to the HVAC filtration system in Blackman Hall, which will also be used for our summer programming.
  • SIGNAGE: Visible signage has been posted throughout the site to remind staff and visitors of hygiene and safety protocols.
  • SURFACES: High touch areas such as instruments, music stands, and piano benches will be wiped down with antibacterial wipes regularly.
  • GENERAL HYGIENE: All individuals will be encouraged to avoid touching their face (particularly eyes, nose, and mouth) with their hands to prevent from getting infected; to cough/sneeze into their sleeve, preferably into their elbow; and to immediately and properly discard any tissues and then wash or sanitize hands.
  • HAND HYGIENE: Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol will be available throughout the building. Students and employees will also be instructed to wash hands frequently, especially before and after lessons and group instruction.
  • FOOT TRAFFIC: Students and family members are asked not to congregate near entrances/exits or along the walkway area. The elevator will only be available to those who require it for physical reasons, including moving a heavy instrument, and will only be used by one person at a time.
  • PICK-UP / DROP-OFF: With certain exceptions, students must enter the building by themselves. Parents or guardians will only be allowed inside the building for students age eight and under and only to take them to or from the appropriate drop-off or pick-up location, or if there is a special circumstance that makes the presence of a parent or guardian absolutely necessary.
  • WAITING AREAS: There will be designated, socially distanced areas for students waiting for their lesson or class to begin. Students should wait in those marked areas before entering a studio until called by their teacher.
  • WOODWINDS, BRASS, AND VOICE: Woodwind, brass, and voice students will maintain six feet of distance between themselves and all other individuals when playing or singing indoors. Voice students will use specially-designed choral masks; and woodwind and brass players will use instrument masks, bell covers, and/or spit cloths, depending on their instrument, while playing indoors.
  • FOOD: No food or drink will be allowed in the building.
  • ISOLATION: If a student exhibits symptoms that raise concern, they will be isolated from their peers immediately and placed in a designated Isolation Room while they wait for their parent or guardian to pick them up.
  • POSITIVE CASES: If Indian Hill Music is notified of a positive case at our school, we will work with the local Board of Health as required for contact tracing in accordance with CDC, and state guidance. Upon the guidance from the Board of Health, the building areas affected will receive all necessary deep cleaning and disinfecting.
  • UPDATING GUIDELINES: Indian Hill Music will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation locally and nationally in order to assess the implication of new restrictions and guidelines on student and employee safety. Plans will be adjusted as needed and communicated to the community directly and on this website.
 

SECTION 2: Student/Family Obligations

 

By enrolling in one or more of our school programs, the registrant is agreeing to all of the stipulations below. These guidelines are recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Department of Education as well as other health and medical experts. Please note that COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus, and it is possible to develop and contract the COVID-19 virus or other infections even if all safety precautions are followed.

 
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
  •  Students / families must become familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19; when to seek medical attention; and the underlying health conditions that may make individuals more susceptible to contracting and suffering from a severe case of the virus. Details are on the CDC website here.
  • Students / families must self-screen at home for symptoms such as fever or other signs of the virus. If a student has COVID-19 symptoms or is not feeling well, the student or family will notify Indian Hill and will not come to the building that day.
  • Students / families must follow all relevant state and federal travel restrictions that might be in place while participating in an Indian Hill program.
  • At all times, students / families must follow the health and safety protocols implemented by Indian Hill Music.
  • Masks must be worn at all times indoors by every person on the Indian Hill Music premises.
  • Students should bring an extra mask with them each day. Indian Hill Music will also have a supply of masks on hand if needed.
  • All students / families must ensure separation of 3 feet or more between individuals at all times unless a lesser or greater distance is outlined in our protocols.
  • Students / families must inform Indian Hill immediately, for the purposes of cleaning/disinfecting and contact tracing, if a student or immediate family member:
      • receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis while the student is enrolled in on-site programming at Indian Hill;
      • receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis within 14 days after the student has completed in-person programming at Indian Hill;
      • has been in close contact with someone infected by COVID-19, with high chances of being infected themselves; and/or is caring for a family member infected by COVID-19.
      • Is caring for a family member infected by COVID-19.

SECTION 3: COVID-19 Action Plan

 

The following is an outline of our COVID-19  Action Plan which we have developed in consultation with the local Board of Health. We will remain in constant communication with any parties involved until their situations are resolved. 

 

Symptoms: Student families, staff, and faculty have been made aware that no one should enter our building with any symptoms of illness.
  • If a faculty member has mild symptoms, they will teach online until they are symptom-free. (Students may decline these online lessons and will receive excused absences.)
  • If a student has mild symptoms and has not entered the building, they may be offered online instruction until they are symptom-free. (Students may decline thes online lessons and will receive excused absences.)
  • If a student comes to the school with symptoms:
      • Students under 18 will be sent out to their parent/guardian if they are in the parking lot, or brought to our isolation room until the parent/guardian is contacted to pick them up.
      • Adult students will be asked to leave the facility.
Exposure: Students, staff members, and faculty who find out that they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 have been asked to inform us right away. Documentation of a negative PCR test, or written attestation of a 14-day quarantine period (or 10 days if symptom-free), is required for the individual to return to the building.
  • If a student was exposed before a recent lesson and subsequently tested positive for COVID, we will inform the teacher and require that the teacher document a negative PCR test before returning to in-person teaching.

Positive test: Students, staff members, and faculty who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been asked to inform us right away. They may return to the building after 10 days beginning from the positive test if asymptomatic, or 10 days from the onset of symptoms if applicable. Individuals who are asymptomatic may complete lessons online until their 10-day quarantine period is completed.e