COVID HEALTH AND SAFETY FOR FACE-TO-FACE PIANO TEACHING
Our Public Liability Insurance cover through the Musicians' Union became valid for face-to-face teaching once again from 4th July 2020. This is provided that we and any venue in which we are working, are following the current government guidelines. Below is our own policy for the resumption of face to face lessons.
Distancing: The ‘one metre plus’ is the government’s present advice, provided that appropriate mitigations are in place, and keeping this distance will be the best way to protect both ourselves and our students.
Cleaning: We will bring sanitiser and wipes to each lesson to ensure any surfaces which have been touched are cleaned straight away. We will ask if we can wash our hands on arrival and departure at each lesson.
Ventilation: If possible, windows should be open in the teaching room, and outside lessons could be taught if practical.
Instruments: The student will use their own instrument. To each piano lesson we shall bring an electric keyboard from which we can demonstrate.
Equipment: The joint handling of music should be kept to a minimum; we shall keep as much as possible on an iPad and can take photos or scans of pupils’ music if we don’t have copies readily available. We will not mark up pupils’ music or write in notebooks, but will encourage them to do do so themselves in the way that has been done online, and we are happy to send follow up notes over email. We will bring a face covering and can wear it at all times if required.
Health and Guidelines: Face-to-face lessons should not go ahead if anyone in the house is displaying COVID-19 symptoms. Current guidelines are that only people from one other household can enter another house, so we would not be able to teach a face to face lesson if someone from outside their household or support bubble were present (cleaner, extended family member, etc). We shall check for emails and phone messages before travelling to every house for a lesson, and can instantly send a zoom link and begin a remote lesson if it emerges a face to face lesson cannot be taught as planned.
Quarantine: If somebody in the household where we are due to teach has returned from a country on the UK quarantine list within 14 days, a face-to-face lesson should not be taught and the lessons during the period of quarantine should be taught on zoom.
Contact tracing: If, in the event that someone in a household where we have taught tests positive for COVID-19 and we have delivered a face-to-face lesson in their house within 48 hours before developing symptoms, we would be happy for them to provide our contact details for the NHS Test and Trace service. Similarly, if we were to test positive we would contact directly anyone whose house we had been to 48 hours before developing symptoms.
Matt Harrison and Hannah Mitchell-Harrison 10th July 2020
Updated 25th August 2020