COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols

Last Updated 08/12/21

Brooklyn Music Factory’s COVID-19 health and safety policy is based on recommendations from the CDC and New York State Department of Health. We will monitor recommendations and guidelines regularly and will update these policies as needed. We are committed to enforcing these safety policies, while also ensuring students enjoy joyful lessons and classes!

Vaccines
• All Brooklyn Music Factory staff and faculty working on site are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
• Beginning October 15, Brooklyn Music Factory is requiring all vaccine-eligible students doing in-person lessons or classes to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
• Beginning October 15, vaccine-eligible parents, caretakers, siblings and relatives will also need proof of vaccination to enter our facilities.
• To meet the vaccine requirement, all vaccine-eligible individuals coming to Brooklyn Music Factory must be two weeks past either the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
• Medical exemptions will be available for those with a doctor’s note.
• Brooklyn Music Factory will not permit PCR tests as an alternative to vaccine confirmation. Brooklyn Music Factory will also not offer virtual lessons in place of a scheduled in-person lesson, refunds, makeups, etc. for vaccine-eligible students who are unvaccinated. These will be considered missed lessons. (Note: Students who are vaccine-eligible, but unvaccinated, can sign up for online lessons.)
• Students who turn 12 or who become newly eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine during the course of the school year will have three (3) months from their date of eligibility to submit proof of vaccination.

Health Screening
• Upon arrival at Brooklyn Music Factory, students and staff must answer health screening questions, regarding symptoms and exposure to COVID-19.
• Temperatures will be taken via a touchless thermometer as students and staff arrive at Brooklyn Music Factory.
• Staff and students exhibiting symptoms such as a fever, coughing, shortness of breath or fatigue will not be allowed to attend lessons or class.
• If children develop symptoms during a class or lesson, parents will be called to pick up their child immediately. The child will wait outside of the studios (along with a BMF employee) until they are picked up.
• If a staff member develops symptoms while on site, they will be asked to leave immediately and a substitute will take over.
• If a staff member or student develops symptoms while at Brooklyn Music Factory, all areas used by the sick person will be vacated and not used until thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
• Students who are not fully vaccinated and have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19, including family members who they live with, should quarantine at home in accordance with the most current CDC recommendations.
• Staff and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate at home in accordance with the most current CDC recommendations.
• BMF staff will follow up with protocols for contact tracing and potential class closures.
• BMF will follow CDC recommendations for when students and staff who test positive for COVID or have had recent close contact with a person with COVID can return to Brooklyn Music Factory.

Social Distancing
• Students will be dropped off and picked up outside the studio to limit the number of people inside.
• Parents/caregivers/siblings will not be allowed to wait inside the building during the lesson.

• We will maintain three feet of social distancing while inside. Studios will have floor markers as distancing reminders.
• The bathrooms in our building are shared with other offices. To limit interaction with others, we will wait to enter shared bathrooms until they are empty.

Ventilation
• Studios will have air purifiers.

Masks
• Masks will be required for employees and students at all times.
• We will have extra masks on site, in case a student’s mask is lost or damaged.

Hand Hygiene
• Students and teachers will use hand sanitizer before and after every lesson and class.

Minimize Shared Equipment
• All shared instruments and materials will be sanitized between lessons.

Cleaning
• All studios and common areas will be professionally cleaned daily.
• Shared surfaces will be sanitized periodically throughout the day.

Note: All protocols are subject to change, based on recommendations and guidelines from local and federal health departments. Please email jessica@brooklynmusicfactory.com with any questions.