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COVID-19 Response Update

Fall 2021 Protocols and Procedures

At Concord Community Music School, the safety of our students, families, faculty, staff and visitors is paramount. We have adopted the following health and safety protocols and procedures related to Covid for programming at the Music School this fall. Our policies reflect our mission of access for all, as we work to create a safe and inclusive environment that gives special consideration to the most vulnerable in our community, recognizing that we have varying degrees of health and comfort in our home for musical friendships. We regularly check updated guidance at the local, state and federal levels, and continuously monitor the dashboard of community spread to make new determinations when necessary. We are closely following industry-specific guidance from the International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study (click link for updated guidelines as of August 12, 2021). Please note that our protocols are subject to change: we will communicate any changes to our protocols to our students, faculty and staff within 72 hours of any changes being implemented.

The updated fall protocols can be found at the link below. Additionally, our Health and Safety Pledge form for students, student families, faculty and staff should be completed prior to entering the building for the fall semester. The form can be completed electronically or we have printed copies available near the Reception desk.

Quick Facts-Covid Protocols for Fall 2021 - Summary Guide of our Covid protocols

Covid Protocols and Procedures for Fall 2021 - please review carefully prior to starting any fall lessons, classes or ensembles (update 8.25.21)

Health and Safety Pledge - (click link to complete the pledge online or view/download PDF)

 


June 2021 - Summer Safety at the Music School

For the summer session, we continue to follow safety protocols established this spring, including a mask requirement for everyone entering the building, social distancing, and other protective measures. The updated protocols can be found at the link below. Additionally, we have adopted a Health and Safety Pledge form for students, student families, faculty and staff that should be completed prior to entering the building (this form replaces the daily sign-in procedure). The form can be completed electronically or we have printed copies available near the Reception desk.

Summer Safety Protocols (click link to download PDF)

Health and Safety Pledge (click link to complete the pledge online or view/download PDF)


 

April 2021 – Message from Director of Administration, Kristin Selesnick

At Concord Community Music School, the safety of our students, families, faculty, and staff is paramount. Most of our programming remains virtual through the spring semester. However, our building is staffed daily for instructional use (upon mutual agreement of teacher and student), as well as for individual practice sessions. We are following all CDC and State of NH official guidelines for social distancing and will continue to require face coverings in our building and outdoor property. 

We are proud to report that we are teaching more than 800 students this semester and have reached record numbers participating in our YouTube Student Recitals (43 performers on April 16!).  Our “driveway choir” equipment is being used weekly by all four of our choruses and two colleague organizations, allowing a safe way to sing together, outside or in individual cars, through the magic of FM Radio. Lots of smiles are happening each week as our early childhood classes return to the Community Room. On the performance front, the Purple Finches youth chorus is gearing up for an outdoor performance of Into the Woods, Jr. this May, and our Faculty Spring Concert Series can be found on our website.

Looking ahead to summer, we will continue offering a hybrid model of instruction as students and faculty become increasingly comfortable with in-person instruction. Virtual instruction will remain available as an option going forward, and we hope to offer some programs both in person and online.

We are excited to offer summer programs in person, with limited capacity and safety measures in place. Please watch our website for details on Music and Movement classes, Summer Jam Camp, and Creative Arts Camp.

Please contact the CCMS office for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-228-1196.

May Update: We now have a Release of Liability for Covid-19 form that should be signed by anyone entering the building for in-person programming. Printed copies are available in the building entry and the form can be completed online here: https://tinyurl.com/CCMSCovidWaiver2021 

Our safety protocols for in-person instruction can be viewed here: Safety Protocols for In-Person Instruction


SEPTEMBER 2020

Everyone’s safety is the priority as we begin our fall semester at Concord Community Music School. Teaching this fall is primarily virtual, with a full schedule of private lessons, choruses, and instrumental ensembles. (See the left-hand column of this page for info & online registration for many of our choruses & ensembles, or call 603-228-1196 if you have questions or want to learn about a class or ensemble not shown here.) Our outstanding faculty are continually developing new opportunities for fun and stimulating learning – subscribe to our e-news to learn more, and watch for new online group classes starting in October!

This fall, the Music School’s facility will be staffed daily for use by faculty, although the building remains closed to the public at this time. We are following all CDC and State of NH official guidelines for social distancing and personal protective protocols. We have also adopted the guidelines developed by the researchers at Johns Hopkins for our colleagues at Peabody Preparatory. These guidelines detail specific protocols and varying distancing requirements for choral and instrumental ensembles, singers and a variety of instruments. Since these strict safety guidelines are in place, we are happy to be able to schedule occasional in-person lessons and ensembles, both outdoors and in our largest spaces, as special circumstances dictate and at the request of the teacher.

Thanks to our wonderful musical family for continuing to cheerfully keep each other safe and healthy while making music together-while-apart!


MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020

Dear friends,

Welcome to the Music School's first full week of online private lessons! Many thanks to the expert friends and faculty on the Virtual Learning Task Force, our devoted dean and department chairs, and all of our faculty for their good cheer and quick responses during an in-depth research and training process. Your spirit and dedication have been an amazing and supportive gift. 

To our registered students:  Private lesson students and families should have received our student guide for online lessons. If you have not received our communications or heard from your teacher, please contact me, Kristin Selesnick, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For group classes and ensembles, each has a somewhat different virtual process, so we are actively working on that transition. You will be hearing directly from your ensemble coach or chorus director, if you have not already. 

If you'd like to be a Music School student: We would love to welcome you for online individual instruction in voice or the instrument of your choice, so please inquire today – it’s a great chance to learn something new in the safety of your own home!

To all of you in our musical community: The ongoing presence of your connection and musical friendship has become ever more important as we experience this historic event. Please subscribe to our email list and watch for our weekly series JoySpring: Musical Gifts. Our faculty are eager to continue to share their musical and inspirational messages with you while we are physically apart.

We so miss being together with you in person and look forward to some celebratory events when we are allowed to safely gather again. In the meantime, please keep making music - with your voice, your instrument, or your speakers!  

Sincerely,

Kristin
 
Kristin Selesnick, Registrar and Director of Administration
Concord Community Music School
23 Wall Street
Concord, NH 03301
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Tel: (603) 228-1196 x105/Fax: 226-3151

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020

Dear friends,
 
Yesterday we made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend all lessons, group classes, and ensembles beginning today, Monday, March 16 through at least Saturday, April 4. This accompanies the decision posted on Friday, March 13 that all public events through May 2 are cancelled or may be rescheduled.
 
For our registered student families, we have made the following decision for this time period: the Music School is changing its semester calendar so that the spring semester of 16 teaching weeks does not include the next three weeks (beginning March 16, 23, and 30) and DOES INCLUDE as standard teaching weeks our previously stated April vacation (week of April 27) and the weeks of June 1 and 8. We hope that this new calendar provides some certainty and will fit within your plans.
 
We will continue to monitor the situation through local and national officials and will reassess our opening date as we get closer. We are working with our staff and faculty to explore alternatives to on-site lessons that are fair and consistent for our broad and diverse student population.
 
Please stay tuned to your email, our website, and Facebook for continued updates. In addition, please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns at 603-228-1196 or write to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
We take very seriously our role in your lives that we are “a home for musical friendships.” Please stay in touch throughout this challenging time as we develop new ways to continue to provide smiles, peace, and musical connections in new ways. Your support and understanding are already being felt and greatly appreciated.
 
Let’s all take a breath, sing a song, and hopefully start dancing a little. Thanks so much for being part of our musical community.
 
Sincerely,
Peggy
 
Peggy Senter, President
Concord Community Music School
23 Wall Street
Concord, NH 03301
Tel: (603) 228-1196 x 102/Fax: 226-3151
 

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020

Dear Music School Staff, Faculty, Trustees and Student Families:

The Music School has been remaining current on the evolving and complex situation around the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) through regular updates at the Federal (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) and state level (NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS). The health and safety of our community is a top priority at the Music School.

Following the latest guidelines and recommendations given by the State of NH, we have decided to cancel or postpone the following large public events and drop-in programs scheduled from March 15 through May 1st:

  • Community Music Fest
  • Songweavers Concerts
  • Purple Finches musical performances
  • Bach’s Lunches in April
  • Sunflower Singers
  • Noony Tunes

In addition, all rehearsals for group classes and ensembles are temporarily suspended from March 16th through March 29th.

All private lessons will be continuing as normal, unless indicated otherwise by teaching faculty. Our regular private lesson attendance policies remain in effect, and all faculty or school closure absences will be reconciled with you at the end of the spring semester. We are currently looking at extending the spring semester makeup week into June and actively discussing virtual lessons as a potential option for our faculty. We will send out a separate communication very soon as we develop this plan.

As a safety precaution, we are asking students, families, faculty and staff to take an additional step of washing your hands once entering the building. We also ask that our students, staff and faculty follow our new protocol to initiate self-quarantine and refrain from social interaction if:

  • You have any flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • You returned from travel in the last 3 weeks to an area with sustained local transmission (not just a travel ban/warning). Read the travel advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • You have had close physical contact with a person currently under investigation for COVID-19, or who is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

No member of a quarantined family should return to the Music School without first having been checked and later cleared by a doctor to re-engage with the greater school community and after having completed the CDC suggested quarantine period. This self-quarantine mandate also applies to the Music School’s employees. While we understand that this request may create a burden for some families, we respectfully ask families to follow this mandate. If you or your child, a Music School student, requires 14 days of self-quarantine, please contact the school and we will work with you and your teachers to make this extended absence as productive as possible.

As a reminder, we require that you stay home when you are sick (for at least 24 hours after the last signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine). Please continue to practice good hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette and avoid close contact with those who are sick.

The Concord Community Music School is continuing our increased efforts in sanitation to make our facility as safe and healthful as possible. We will continue to monitor the changes and communicate to our students, faculty, parents and volunteers any updates or changes to our policy or recommendations.

  • Routinely disinfecting commonly touched surfaces. We are cleaning doorknobs, handles, stair banisters, and other frequented areas throughout the building twice daily, both morning and evening.
  • Each teaching studio and all of the large teaching spaces are equipped with antibacterial hand gel and wipes and we have asked faculty to routinely clean shared instruments and commonly touched surfaces between each student.
  • Signs regarding proper hygiene practices have been placed in all restrooms and gathering spaces.
  • We require that anyone not feeling well or exhibiting flu-like symptoms stay at home. Faculty members are permitted to not teach a student who arrives with these symptoms.
  • Providing communications that reinforce precautionary measures and public hygiene.
  • Cancelling/Postponing outward-facing community events through May 1st and cancelling group ensembles and classes for the next two weeks.

Please be compassionate and remain true to our Music School mission of a musical environment that is welcoming and offers access to all. Viruses do not discriminate. The Music School will work to ensure that no one should face discrimination, or any form of mistreatment based on a public health situation.

Thank you for your patience and continued support during this time. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at (603) 228-1196 x105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sincerely,
Kristin

Kristin Selesnick
Registrar and Director of Administration
Concord Community Music School
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: (603) 228-1196 x105
Fax: (603) 226-3151


Additional Resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS)
New! For phone conversations: 211 NH http://www.211nh.org/


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020

Dear Music School Staff, Faculty, Trustees and Student Families:

As we are all aware, the Novel Coronavirus / COVID-19 is spreading globally and causing concern. We are paying close attention to developments, including receiving regular updates from the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and understanding potential impacts to the health and safety of all community members at the Music School. As with the flu and other illnesses we experience annually, the best defense against the spread of this virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (CDC Covid-19 Information), is to practice good hygiene. We want to inform you with how the Music School will be taking protective measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.

We ask that you take the following measures to prevent the spread of illness:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing two verses of twinkle twinkle!). If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick. Do not share personal items such as food or water bottles, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Students should stay at home for at least 24 hours after the last signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Those who have a constant cough should stay home until medicine relieves it. If students are out sick with illness, please let the Registrar know and not just the teacher.
  • If you have traveled to one of the countries identified as Level 2 or 3 Travel Warning locations (CDC Travel Warnings), we ask that you contact us immediately.

The Concord Community Music School has taken these actions to help mitigate the spread of the disease within our facility. These include:

  • Routine disinfection of commonly touched surfaces. We are cleaning doorknobs, handles, stair banisters, and other frequented areas throughout the building twice daily, both morning and evening.
  • We are providing each teaching studio with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. We are asking that teachers use these between students to wipe down any commonly touched surfaces.
  • Students should wash hands or use hand sanitizers, both before and after using shared instruments. We are asking that teachers consider student distancing for small ensembles and large ensembles where possible.

As part of the Music School’s policy, we are asking that if you are sick to please stay home to prevent the spread of any illness you may have.

We will continue to monitor the changes and communicate to our students, faculty, parents and volunteers any updates or changes to our policy or recommendations. We thank you for your cooperation, and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at (603) 228-1196 x105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sincerely,
Kristin

Kristin Selesnick
Registrar and Director of Administration
Concord Community Music School
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: (603) 228-1196 x105
Fax: (603) 226-3151

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