Covid-19 Safety Measures & Our Clean and Safe Facilities

tuneBugz! is committed to following city, state and federal guidelines for safety and to reduce the spread of Covid-19: 

For those in high-risk category - we encourage you to take advantage off our vast online class schedule. 

For those in moderate to lower-risk category - we encourage you to enroll in our masked and distanced outdoor classes in addition to the online classes for max flexibility.  

Weather can be unpredictable and we never want you to come to class sick so enrolling in both online and outdoor classes provides consistency and cohesive support system for your little music maker. 

Our outdoor classroom set up will include

-access to handwashing/restroom/changing station in the clean and climate controlled restrooms

-clear visuals for keeping safe distance between you and other families 

-each family spot will be safely distanced and clearly marked at min 10 ft from the teacher, and 6 to 8 ft minimum from blanket to blanket

-limited numbers of disposable masks will be available on site as parents are required to wear masks while in our classes 

-all instruments and props are single use only, each instrument set will only be used by one family and then immediately de-commissioned for cleaning/sanitizing

-families are encouraged to bring everything they need to feel safe and comfortable - bring your own blanket, hat, sunscreen, even your stroller, play-yard or pack n' play as you will need to prevent crawlers/toddlers/wanaderers from approaching other families and the teacher - this will be challenging and we'll work together in teaching children how to stay safely distanced by making it as fun as possible

-families are asked to work together with kindness and grace as we navigate this new situation and work to keep each other safe and protect each other 

Requirements from parents

-do not come to class if you have come into contact with anyone who is sick or is known to have Covid-19 or has had a Covid-19 exposure

-parents and children will be required to participate in temp checks at the door

-do not come to class if anyone in your group has a fever of 99.7 or higher

-you will be required to sign a waiver/release/ statement of health before attending each class, every week

-maintain 6 ft of physical distance between your family and other families 

-wear face-coverings at all feasible times and in compliance with city and state requirements

Indoors at Balance 

The staff at Balance Dance has done a tremendous job fortifying their facility against the spread of Covid-19. You should feel safe going indoors for water fountain, hand-washing, diaper changing and using the restroom. To review the extensive safety measures in place at Balance,  click here

Information from various health authorities

ACCORDING TO THE CDC AND THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL, AND THE WHO and Local health authorities these measures reduce the spread of covid-19 and protect yourself and others 
  • Wash your hands often – and thoroughly – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content when handwashing not an option
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others in a public setting
  • If you are in a private setting and do not have your face cloth covering, remember to always cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with others especially those that are at a higher risk of getting very sick
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

In the Dance Hall at Pioneer Farms:

The wonderful staff and volunteers at Pioneer Farms work to routinely clean and sanitize common areas of heavy use by the public. During music class - the farm is closed to the public but our music class families will have access to clean restrooms in addition to having clear space markings in the open air dance hall (considered an outdoor facility due to having more windows than walls!). Each family space in the dance hall has it's own window for fresh air and plenty of space to move, dance and make music and restrooms are just a few steps away. Weather permitting  - classses may even be conducted fully outside in the grassy square in Sprinkle Corner if desired. 

Safer Singing Study from Elsevier Public Health - Lowered Risk for Singers (bold/underline are things we do at tuneBugz! to minimize risk)

  • 1.

    Rehearse outside when possible. Inside, open windows and doors and use ventilation strategies such as fans to blow air away from the singer(s).

  • 2.

    Use PPE, at least cloth face masks. Singing is possible with a mask. 

  • 3.

    Rehearse alone, remotely, or in smaller groups. When with others, physical distancing of six feet or more appears paramount.

  • 4.

    For choirs: Rehearse in shifts or smaller sections, if possible, ideally in separate locations. Consider having a few representatives from each voice part and, if necessary, change the repertoire to accommodate.

  • 5.

    Shorten rehearsal times. There is no absolutely “safe” duration of for rehearsal, and so organizations should do everything they can to limit rehearsals to the shortest possible time period.

  • 6.

    Limit extraneous activities (eg, breaks, socializing, food etc).

  • 7.

    Wipe down items that have been set up or touched by others before and after use (chairs, scores/paper music, instruments, music stands, etc).

  • 8.

    Screen for symptoms, including fever, upper respiratory infection symptoms such as coughing and nasal congestion, loss of smell and taste. Take temperatures of singers prior to entering the rehearsal space. Remember that some infected patients will not have any symptoms.

  • 9.

    Avoid direct contact (eg, hand-shaking, joining hands).

  • 10.

    Practice meticulous hygiene. Wash or disinfect hands before, during and after rehearsals. Singers should not touch their face as part of a warm up exercise or singing instruction method (or anytime unnecessarily).

  • 11.

    Sick singers should stay home as should singers who have been around a COVID-19 positive patient. Exposed singers should self-quarantine for two weeks.