COVID-19 Lesson Status
Fall lessons will be offered both in person and online!
Families are asked to declare a "default" status for each student of either in person or online. If I don't hear otherwise, I will expect the student to attend in that way. Families may change their lesson type as needed, but 24 hour notice is required, except for in person lessons being changed to online due to illness or COVID-19 exposure.
All students who choose to attend lessons in person must follow all of the studio COVID-19 policies below.
Face-to-Face Lesson Requirements
Be Flexible with Time
A few minutes of each lesson will be devoted to cleaning and sanitizing common surfaces, including the piano keys. If you are not ok with your lesson being cut a bit short for this purpose, please stick with online lessons.
Check for Symptoms
Before attending an in person lesson, all students must complete a COVID-19 symptom checker. This includes using a thermometer to check their temperature. If any symptoms are present, students must stay home. You'll be asked if you did this prior to being let into the studio.
Since I'm in the high risk group for COVID-19 due to my age, masks are still required, even for those who have been vaccinated. If you forget your mask, disposable masks will be available. If you are unable/unwilling to wear a mask throughout your entire lesson, please stick with online lessons.
Students will be asked to sanitize in front of me before they start their lesson and again at the end. I'll also sanitize in front of them. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
Use Tissues on Door Knobs
Avoid touching surfaces as much as possible. Internal doors will be left open and external door knobs should be opened/closed with a disposable tissue. Tissues and waste receptacles will be provided.
Use the Bathroom Elsewhere
My restroom will be closed - true emergencies only! Please prepare and use the bathroom elsewhere before you arrive for your lesson.
Waiting Room Closed
My waiting room will be closed. Parents and siblings should wait in their car until it is time for their lesson. Parents should not sit in on lessons unless it is absolutely necessary and this must be requested and approved at least 24 hours in advance.
Don't Be Too Early
To minimize passing between families, please do not arrive early to your lesson. If you do arrive early, please wait in your car until it is time for your lesson to start. If you are unsure if you can enter, you can always text me. If I don't answer right away, it means I am still teaching the student in front of you.
Reschedule to Online
When in doubt, sit it out!
If you feel tired, feel "off" or have any symptoms of any illness, do not come to an in person piano lesson. Also, please avoid cancelling if at all possible. Instead, switch to an online lesson, even if it's the last minute. Just let me know!
If someone in your family tests positive for COVID-19 or is informed they have been exposed, please inform me ASAP and switch to online lessons for 10 days post exposure. Likewise, I will inform you if any known exposures occur at Palmer Piano Studio.
While my goal is to continue teaching face-to-face, I reserve the right to change plans and switch back to online lessons if exposures occur or safety protocols are violated. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.