We hope all of you have been doing well through these last couple of difficult months. We would also like to thank you for your willingness to do online lessons during the shutdown break. As working musicians in the community, our teachers were some of the first impacted by the venue closures and gig cancellations. The ability to pivot to temporary online lessons has been an important part in providing stability for our teachers and their families.
As we re-open on Monday June 1, we will be adding additional precautions to help limit the spread of covid-19. We realize these steps may be inconvenient at times, but we feel they're reasonable based on the recommendations of local health officials. We will also continue to offer online lessons for anyone that would like to wait a little longer before coming back to in-person lessons.
While many uncertainties still remain, we are excited to see everybody again and we know everyone is ready to rock! Our precautions are below. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions at all.
Rock School instructors will be wearing masks and we ask anyone entering the building to also wear a mask. While we respect everybody's individual opinion on this topic, we feel it will make our environment safer and ensure everyone is comfortable with participating.
All lesson rooms will have hand sanitizer available, along with waiting room areas and entry. Students should use the sanitzer upon entering the building/classroom and when they leave.
Rock School will be doing temperature checks for instructors before teaching as an additional precaution.
We ask if you are ill or feel you may be starting to get sick, please do not come in for your lesson. One unexpected outcome of the shutdown has been the development of online lessons as an additional resource. We now have the ability to do online video lessons without advanced notice being necessary. If you think you may be ill, it is now as simple as contacting your instructor and letting them know you would like do an online lesson that day. We feel that going forward, online lessons will provide an additional resource and alternative for overall scheduling flexibility.
One of the benefits of our new location is a lot of extra space. Our facility has four waiting room areas, with one on each level of the building, and we encourage you to take advantage of the extra space and spread out as much as possible. With our typical building use and occupancy, we have no problem maintaining the recommended 6 foot distance.
Rock School will be increasing the frequency of cleaning regimen with additional time and cleaning of common area surfaces and touchpoints. We again benefit from the fact of relatively few common area surfaces in our building, with the front door being the only common point of contact for everybody. We will be doing additional cleaning of front entry and doors, waiting room chairs, stair handrails, and any other surface that is commonly touched.
Our facility's HVAC is serviced by four separate heating and cooling systems, each with an independent duct work and air return system. The benefit is that air is not commingled from throughout the building within the ventilation system. We are also currently looking into installing ultraviolet filtration units in all four HVAC systems. This is a somewhat extensive project, but we feel it is important and valuable, and it will take some time to fully complete. Our goal is to have it installed by the fall/early winter.