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CMCB Statement on COVID-19

March 6th, 2020 in Blog, Event/News with Comments Off on CMCB Statement on COVID-19

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April 3, 2020

Dear CMCB Community,

As we continue to closely monitor COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are continuing to suspend regular operations at the 34 Warren Avenue site until further notice. 

While the building is closed, CMCB staff continues to be remotely accessible during the closure, including moving to online lessons

Online Lessons: CMCB is currently offering CMCB students/families the opportunity to continue instruction online! This list now includes:

Group instruction is also being explored!

New to lessons at CMCB? If you are not a current CMCB student and are interested in online lessons, please fill out our interest form here. You will be contacted when online lessons are open to the public in May.

Current CMCB Students: If you wish to pursue online lessons, please contact your private lesson faculty member, and fill out our Online Lesson Consent Form. If you need help contacting your faculty member, please email mdepasquale@cmcb.org.

For Early Childhood and Elementary classes, please fill out our Early Childhood Consent Form. If you need help contacting your early childhood teacher, please email gambaccini@cmcb.org.

Lessons cannot take place until the student/family has filled out the private lesson consent form. Upon filling out the form, you will receive a copy via email.

Already had your first online lesson? Fill out our survey.

Billing:  For the duration of CMCB’s 34 Warren site closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online lessons and classes will be billed at the same rate as onsite lessons and classes, and financial aid allocations will remain the same for current students. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Jasani, jasani@cmcb.org or Tiniqua Patrick, patrick@cmcb.org.

Events: At this time, CMCB will cancel, postpone, or re-imagine certain events. We will announce the rescheduled dates in the near future. These upcoming events currently include:

April 2-4: Lapin Competition (canceled)
April 8: Community Conversation (online!)
April 16: John Kleshinski Concert (postponed)

 

If you have additional questions, please contact our registration team:

Tiniqua Patrick: patrick@cmcb.org
Elizabeth Cai: ecai@cmcb.org

Additional resources:


March 28, 2020

Dear CMCB students, parents, guardians, and caregivers,

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are continuing to suspend regular operations at the 34 Warren Avenue site until further notice. 

We are closely monitoring information and will re-evaluate this decision every week. While the building is closed, CMCB staff continues to be remotely accessible during the closure, including moving to online lessons

Online Lessons: CMCB is currently offering CMCB students/families the opportunity to continue instruction online! This list now includes:

    • Private Lessons and Semi Private Lessons
    • Seminar Classes (Winds, Piano, and Strings)
    • Music Theory and Adult Music Theory
    • Music Therapy
    • Early Childhood
    • Una Voce
    • Ukulele Choir

Group instruction is also being explored!

If you wish to pursue online lessons, please contact your private lesson faculty member, and fill out our Online Lesson Consent Form. If you need help contacting your faculty member, please email mdepasquale@cmcb.org.

For Early Childhood and Elementary classes, please fill out our Early Childhood Consent Form. If you need help contacting your early childhood teacher, please email gambaccini@cmcb.org.

Already had your first online lesson? Fill out our survey.

Billing:  For the duration of CMCB’s 34 Warren site closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online lessons and classes will be billed at the same rate as onsite lessons and classes, and financial aid allocations will remain the same for current students. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Jasani, jasani@cmcb.org or Tiniqua Patrick, patrick@cmcb.org.

Events: At this time, CMCB will cancel, postpone, or re-imagine certain events. We will announce the rescheduled dates in the near future. These upcoming events currently include:

April 2-4: Lapin Competition (canceled)
April 8: Community Conversation (online!)
April 16: John Kleshinski Concert (postponed)

 

If you have additional questions, please contact our registration team:

Tiniqua Patrick: patrick@cmcb.org
Elizabeth Cai: ecai@cmcb.org

Additional resources:


March 20, 2020

Dear CMCB students, parents, guardians, and caregivers,

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus), we have determined to continue to suspend regular operations at the 34 Warren Avenue site until further notice. 

We are closely monitoring information regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 and this rapidly evolving pandemic through the CDC and the MA Department of Public Health and will re-evaluate this decision every week.

While the building is closed, CMCB staff continues to be remotely accessible during the closure, including moving to online lessons. 

If you have additional questions, please contact our registration team:

Tiniqua Patrick: patrick@cmcb.org
Elizabeth Cai: ecai@cmcb.org

Additional resources:


March 13, 2020

Dear CMCB students, parents, guardians, and caregivers,

First, I want to thank each and every one of you for being patient with us as we have been working diligently to manage each day while navigating the rapidly changing information regarding the coronavirus.

Today, the administrative team made the decision to suspend regular operations at the 34 Warren Avenue site beginning on Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, March 22. We see this as the responsible course of action with the information that we have at this time and in reflection of our mission.

We are closely monitoring information regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 and this rapidly evolving pandemic through the CDC and the MA Department of Public Health and will re-evaluate this decision every week.

It is important to distinguish that, while we are closing the building, CMCB staff will continue to be remotely accessible during the closure.

Private Lessons: We are exploring the idea of continuing some opportunities online, so stay tuned for more information. We are working diligently to provide the opportunity for continued virtual learning wherever possible.

Events: At this time, CMCB will cancel or postpone certain major public events. We will announce the rescheduled dates in the near future. These events currently include:

  • Saturday, March 14: Spring Performathon (postponed)
  • Saturday, March 21: Spring Ensembles Concert (canceled)
  • Thursday, March 26: John Kleshinski Concert Series (postponed)

If you have additional questions, please contact our registration team:

Tiniqua Patrick: patrick@cmcb.org
Elizabeth Cai: ecai@cmcb.org

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para Español, habla con Hannah, hsigel@cmcb.org
pour le Français, S.V.P visitez Michael, mdepasquale@cmcb.org

Additional resources:

Best,

LECOLION WASHINGTON
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER OF BOSTON

 

 


March 12, 2020

Dear CMCB students, parents, guardians, and caregivers,

The health and safety of our community is a top priority for the Community Music Center of Boston. This is an unprecedented time for us, and it is comforting to know that we have a dedicated and thoughtful group of staff, faculty, teaching artists, music therapists, and board members who are committed to our students, clients, parents, guardians and caregivers. As we continue to navigate the news, we humbly ask that we all continue to show each other the compassion and flexibility that is consistent with the spirit of CMCB. We are closely monitoring information regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 and this rapidly evolving pandemic through the CDC and the MA Department of Public Health. At this time, classes and lessons at CMCB will be continuing as scheduled.

Massachusetts has declared a state of emergency and with the virus now presenting in local institutions, we are asking students, families, faculty and staff to be vigilant and take a number of precautions:

We understand that the measures to prevent novel coronavirus are similar to steps that you can take to prevent other respiratory viruses, like influenza. Serious respiratory illnesses are spread by coughing or sneezing and close contact in crowded places. To help stop the spread of germs:

Please follow these guidelines for the prevention of the disease, which include:

  • Students, parents, guardians, and caregivers are asked to wash your hands often (before and after lessons/classes) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, which are readily available in all of our studios.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw that tissue in the trash. Alternatively, you can cover your cough or sneeze with a bent elbow.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home if you are sick: If you are exhibiting flu-related symptoms, we kindly ask that you refrain from entering the space until you confirm that you have been fever free for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication.

  • Individuals who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are also encouraged to stay home.

In our space, we have begun taking a number of precautions such as:

  • Our studios are equipped with antibacterial hand gel.

  • Signs regarding proper hygiene practices have been placed in all restrooms and gathering spaces.

  • We recommend that anyone not feeling well or exhibiting flu-like symptoms stay at home.

  • Providing communications that reinforce precautionary measures and public hygiene.

  • Cancelling/Postponing outward-facing community events on a case-by-case basis and limiting non-essential visitors in our building until further notice.

Travel Policy:  We recommend that students, parents/guardians/caregivers, faculty members, or staff avoid attending classes or events at CMCB if they have traveled outside the country within the last 14 days. Please contact us immediately, and we will adjust your registration status.

Cancellation/School Closing Policy: CMCB will monitor all Boston Public School closings. If it is determined that there is an extended risk to students, faculty, and staff, we will update our families regarding changes to our schedule.

If your child attends a school outside of BPS that officially closes due to the coronavirus, you are kindly asked not to attend classes or lessons at CMCB out of the interest of the safety of our community. If you encounter these or other school/business closings due to the virus, please contact CMCB’s registration team.

Events: At this time, CMCB will cancel or postpone certain major public events. We will announce the rescheduled dates in the near future. These events currently include:

  • Thursday, March 12: Adult Student Workshop (canceled)

  • Saturday, March 14: Spring Performathon (postponed)

Refunds/Billing: We will adjust student invoicing and billing on a case by case basis for now. The most important thing we ask for is to keep the lines of communication open so our faculty/staff are informed about absences in advance.

Please stay compassionate and remain true to our community’s values of welcoming and inclusion. Viruses do not discriminate, and CMCB will work to ensure that no one should face discrimination or any form of mistreatment based on a public health situation. If you have additional questions, please speak to your supervisors. 

If you have additional questions, please contact our registration team:

Tiniqua Patrick: patrick@cmcb.org
Elizabeth Cai: ecai@cmcb.org

Additional resources:

 

 

March 6, 2020

CMCB students, families, and caregivers,

The health and safety of our community is a top priority for the Community Music Center of Boston. CMCB has been closely monitoring information regarding the coronavirus COVID-19. Classes and lessons at CMCB will be continuing as normal. As a safety precaution, we are asking students, families, faculty and staff to take an additional step of washing your hands once entering the building. Caregivers, please take the additional step of washing your hands when entering the building as well even if you are not engaging in the instruction.

In short, we understand that the measures to prevent novel coronavirus are similar to steps that you can take to prevent other respiratory viruses, like influenza. Serious respiratory illnesses are spread by coughing or sneezing and close contact in crowded places. To help stop the spread of germs:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Put your used tissue in the wastebasket immediately
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands
  • Always clean your hands after coughing or sneezing by washing with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based hand cleaner

Please stay compassionate and remain true to our community’s values of welcoming and inclusion. There have been reports in news and media of persons of Asian backgrounds experiencing incidents of discrimination due to the media coverage of COVID-19. Viruses do not discriminate. CMCB will work to ensure that no one should face discrimination or any form of mistreatment based on a public health situation. 

In order to remain proactive, we will continue to monitor news reports, and we will continue conversations with similar organizations around Boston. If there are changes to our schedule, then we will send communication to you all in a timely manner.

We wish you all the best!

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