Below are the ways we plan to keep The Real School of Music students and faculty safe, as well as the steps we’ll take as an organization if and when issues related to COVID-19 arise in our facility or community (PDF DOWNLOAD). Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the physical changes to our schools and the policy changes to our usual routine. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these safety measures, while providing our community with the music education experience you’ve come to know and love. This is a temporary and necessary shift in protocol that we will continue to evaluate and adjust as needed.
IN-SCHOOL VS REMOTE VIDEO LEARNING:
Students and families are encouraged to choose in-school lessons, remote video lessons, or a hybrid of both, based on several suggested factors: 1) personal comfort level 2) Instructor availability 3) convenience! Real School is here to discuss the advantages of both lesson types, as well as to review the safety efforts outlined on this page as it pertains to your instrument or activity. Additionally, you are not being asked to make a permanent decision on where/how you'll receive lessons from Real School. These options will remain available if your personal situation should shift.
If you do not see your Instructor on the list below, they are not yet available for in-person lessons. This list will be updated regularly as availability changes. If your Instructor is listed below, they are available for both in-person AND online lessons. Vocal and wind instrument lessons will NOT be available in-person at this time. We will update this list and send an alert to students and families as soon as it is safe to deliver this lesson type.
|Andover In-Person Lessons||Burlington In-Person Lessons||Derry In-Person Lessons|
|Michele Cronin (TUES & SAT)||PJ Holaday||Bill Doss|
|Alex Stoica||Bill Doss||Rich Fauteux|
|Matt Fisher||Evan Gianoulis||Matt Marzola|
|Dani Fortner||Chris McKenney||John Medeiros|
|Johann Robledo||Don Schulze||Aurora Sidor|
|Liam Bliven (TUES & FRI)||Ed Spargo||Ed Spargo|
|Rick Forzese (THURS)||Skuli Thorsteinsson||Maddy Roop|
|Tim Rowell (WED & SAT)|
CAMPUS CAPACITY AND SCHEDULE REDUCTION:
We have reduced our school capacity by scheduling only necessary staff members and will follow a phased return for in-person lessons (see chart above!).
FACULTY & STUDENT WELLNESS CHECK:
We guarantee that all faculty members will NOT enter campus if they have expressed experiencing any symptoms or direct exposure to COVID-19. For the safety of our faculty and community members, we ask that all attending students (or parents entering the building) follow this wellness self-check process as well. All faculty and students will have their temperature taken with a contactless forehead reading device upon entering the building. Those with a temperature reading above 100* will NOT be permitted inside.
STUDENT DROP OFF/PICK UP PROCESS:
Parents are encouraged to wait outside/drop off and return 5 minutes before the end of lessons for pick-up. If parents prefer to accompany their child inside the building, they will be required to follow all of the wellness and safety protocols on this page. When dropping off/picking up students, we will ask parents to not enter the building unless absolutely necessary (ex: escorting young children, emergencies, medical reasons, etc). If you prefer to remain in the building while your child is in their lesson, you may wait OUTSIDE the lesson room door in a socially distanced chair.
We require that all students, parents, and faculty wear a face mask at all times inside the school. When outside the school, please continue to wear your mask if not physically able to socially distance. We are in the process of ordering Real School branded masks! Stay tuned for more info on these items.
LESSON ROOM AND GROUP CLASSROOM SANITIZING AND SAFETY:
Each lesson/ensemble room will be provided with a personal HEPA air purifier, a mechanical filter that works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles. Each lesson/ensemble room will also be equipped with a number of see-through barriers/partitions which comply with COVID-19 state and federal safety regulations. After each private lesson or group class, equipment which was shared or commonly touched will be sanitized by the Instructor. To ensure the safety of all, Instructors will end their lessons several minutes early to complete this room sanitation process before the next student arrives.
FRONT DESK AREA SANITIZING AND SAFETY:
Like many retail stores, our front desk station(s) now have see-through barriers between guests and our staff members. Our front desk phones and emails will be staffed Mon-Fri 10AM-9PM and Sat 9AM-6PM. We encourage you to call or email instead of coming to the front desk stations. If you do need to come to the front desk station, we will try to keep all interactions to less than 15 minutes.
SANITIZING STATIONS & BATHROOM SUPPLIES:
Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the school for students, parents, and faculty to use at any time. Note that we have dedicated a Real School team member to ensure the stations are filled at all times and working properly. Additionally, each bathroom is available for hand washing and will be stocked with antibacterial soap and single use paper towels. We encourage hand washing/sanitizing as often as you feel necessary while in our building. Please feel free to bring your own sanitizing products for personal use but do not share with others.
OTHER CAMPUS CHANGES & POLICIES:
The combination of these safety guidelines and your effort in following them will keep Real School a safe place to learn and enjoy music during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to monitor and implement any state-wide protocols or health measures recommended by the CDC. If you see anything missing from this list, or wish to discuss anything in more detail, we encourage you to call or email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888.881.7325.