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From Monday 12th April 2021, England enters stage 2 of the Roadmap out of lockdown. From this date, face-to-face tuition is permitted for all children without restrictions on the reasons for which they may attend. Below is our own policy for the resumption of face-to-face lessons.

Distancing: The ‘one metre plus’ is the government’s present advice and keeping this distance will be the best way to protect both ourselves and our students.

Ventilation: If possible, windows should be open in the teaching room.

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 only mark up pupils’ music or write in notebooks where necessary and will, if possible, encourage them to do do so themselves. Follow up notes can be sent over email. We will bring a face covering and are happy to wear it if required.

Health and Guidelines: Face-to-face lessons should not go ahead if anyone in the house is displaying COVID-19 symptoms or has had a positive test within 14 days. 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 outside the UK or Ireland 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 11th April 2021

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