We hope you are all settling into your fall schedules and having a good start to the school year! As we monitor the developing COVID-19 situation, we want to lay out a clear protocol for how we will be handling exposure going forward. The health and safety of our students and teachers is our main priority, so we will be adhering to the following guidelines, which have been pulled directly from the CDC website:
Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:
-At least 10 days* have passed since symptom onset
-At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
-Other symptoms have improved.
*In some cases of severe illness, the virus can last up to 20 days. Persons who have severe illness related to COVID-19 or who are severely immunocompromised should pursue guidance from a medical professional before ending isolation.
Persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 who never develop COVID-19 symptoms may discontinue isolation and other precautions 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.
Persons who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should pursue testing and start quarantining right away. Exceptions include:
-Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19 does not need to quarantine, but should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result
-Someone who has recovered from COVID-19 within the last 3 months and remains without COVID-19 symptoms.
If there is an exposure at Guitar Shed, we will notify the teacher’s whole studio and you always have the option to go virtual. When lessons are switched to virtual due to COVID-19, we will offer the option to opt-out until the teacher or student can return to in-person lessons.
If the student is quarantined and has to switch to virtual, the typical lesson policy will be followed and we will offer make-up credits to those who opt-out of virtual lessons.
If the teacher is quarantined and has to switch to virtual, we will offer monetary credit to those who opt-out of virtual lessons.
We are observing a strict mask policy in Guitar Shed which, if followed by everyone correctly, should prevent the vast majority of potential spread.
We have engaged in talks with epidemiologists who work at the CDC who echo these sentiments and we will continue to observe guidance provided by the CDC and follow the situation to the best of our ability.