COVID-19 Precautions

What will we do for COVID-19

What you can do when arriving and in the building:

  • Check temperature as you enter, no one will be able to enter with the temperature of 100.4 or above
  • Masks are asked to be worn into the building
  • Mask and/or shields will be worn during the school day

What we will do as a Facility:

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and equipment daily
  • Students cannot share instruments, books, music, or stands.  Please make sure to bring your necessary supplies to class each week.
  • Social distancing in our classrooms will be enforced to the best of our abilities.  Chairs will be spaced as best we can taking into consideration the size of the room and the number of students enrolled.  
  • After class, students must replace their masks, and leave the classroom.
  • Brass players may not empty spit valves onto rags or onto the floor.
    • Please bring a small Tupperware container with a lid.  Place an absorbent material in the bottom of the bowl.  Paper towels and kitty litter have been recommended.  Spit valves will be emptied into these containers, sealed after class and taken home for proper sanitation.
    • Another recommended option is disposable puppy pads.  They are absorbent and can be placed on the floor with a waterproof barrier between the contents and the carpet.
    • Percussionists should not share drumsticks and mallets if possible.  Bass drum beaters etc. must be shared but there will be disinfecting wipes in the percussion section to wipe down the item between users.
    • Instructions for properly sanitizing your instruments after class and practice sessions at home will be provided soon.
    • Install tape on floors to keep 6 ft distancing
    • Air filters downstairs and in the sanctuary when using stage and during recital

Teachers and staff will be given disinfectant to clean surfaces in their classrooms each day. A deep cleaning and disinfectant will be completed once a month and promptly following any confirmed cases of the virus. 

Masks should be worn by all adults upon entry, exit, and during any time in the building. Teachers and staff may wear a mask or face shield in the classroom at their discretion so long as they are compliant with guidance from the Health Officials. 

Before sending a child to school, parents are expected to pre-screen students to ensure there are no symptoms of COVID-19 and the student does not have a fever. Upon entry to the building, individuals will be screened to confirm they do not have any symptoms and to have their temperature taken with a no-touch thermometer. Any individual with a fever will be asked to exit the building as soon as possible.

  • Employees screening individuals entering the building shall wear a mask or face shield and gloves. 
  • If a student or staff member starts exhibiting symptoms, they will need to go home. Students will be taken to a designated quarantine room until a parent or guardian can pick them up. 
  • No parents or other visitors will be permitted inside the building without the appropriate mask/shield. Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout each building, routine hand washing and sanitizing will occur among the student body and staff. 
  • There will be signage to indicate guidelines at the entrance of each site. Arrows will be placed on the floor to encourage social distancing, and hygiene reminder posters will be hanging throughout the building. 
  • Water fountains will not be in use. Students should bring their own refillable water bottle that is labeled with the student’s name, and refills will be permitted with the assistance of staff.
  • Consistent with applicable law and privacy policies, CMA will require staff and families to self-report to the school if an employee or a student has symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations relating to privacy and confidentiality, such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). CMA will notify staff, families, and the public of school closures and any changes in these restrictions to limit COVID-19 exposure. 

In the unfortunate circumstance that an CMA employee or CMA CO-OP student contracts COVID-19, CMA will implement the following strategies: 

  • Advise Staff and Families of Sick Students of Home Isolation Criteria required by the Health Officials and inform sick staff members or students not to return to the BLC until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation. 
  • Ensure that staff and families know that they (staff) or their children (families) should not come to school, and that they should notify school officials if they (staff) or their child (families) become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case. 
  • Immediately separate staff and children with COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath) at school. Individuals who are sick should go home or to a healthcare facility depending on how severe their symptoms are and follow CDC guidance for caring for oneself and others who are sick. 
  • Identify an isolation room or area to separate anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive but does not have symptoms at the CMA site. 
  • In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); 
  • Inform those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID- 19 to stay home for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms, and follow 
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop. 
  • Communicate with CMA parents any time there is a confirmed case of COVID for one of our students or staff members at parents’ particular CMA CO-OP for students that may have been in close contact with the individual testing positive. If the student or parent/guardian tests positive, the student will have to comply with Health Official guidelines to quarantine, test for COVID, and any other guidance as may be applied prior to being authorized to re-enter the CMA CO-OP. 
  • In order to return to the CMA CO-OP site, a student, parent/guardian or staff member must be fever and symptom-free for 3 days after being absent due to symptoms and 10 days post-positive test per CDC and Oklahoma Health Department guidelines. 
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