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 lower-risk category - we encourage you to enroll in our outdoor class program in addition to the online classes.
Weather can be unpredictable and we never want you to come to class sick so enrolling in both online and outdoor programs adds a depth and cohesive support system for your little music maker that is consistently fun, engageing and includes their friends and family!
Our outdoor classroom set up will include
-access to handwashing/restroom/changing station in the clean and air conditioned restrooms inside at Balance Dance studios
-clear visuals for keeping safe distance between you and other families
-each family spot will be safely distanced and clearly marked at 10 ft from the teacher, and 8ft to 10 ft from blanket to blanket
-limited numbers of disposable masks will be available on site but parents are required to bring and wear a mask so, consider purchasing mask that is comfortable to sing in
-all instruments and props are single family 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 has Covid-19
-you will be required to submit to 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
Safer Singing Study from Elsevier Public Health - Lowered Risk for Singers (bold/underline are things we do at tuneBugz! to minimize risk)
Rehearse outside when possible. Inside, open windows and doors and use ventilation strategies such as fans to blow air away from the singer(s).
Use PPE, at least cloth face masks. Singing is possible with a mask.
Rehearse alone, remotely, or in smaller groups. When with others, physical distancing of six feet or more appears paramount.
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.
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.
Limit extraneous activities (eg, breaks, socializing, food etc).
Wipe down items that have been set up or touched by others before and after use (chairs, scores/paper music, instruments, music stands, etc).
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.
Avoid direct contact (eg, hand-shaking, joining hands).
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).
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.