COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

Date: November 2, 2020

Dear CMCB Community,

This fall we have several new policies and procedures created to ensure the health and safety of students of our Community Music School. The first version of our COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols was released to our community on September 12. The latest version was edited on November 2. Edited sections are highlighted in yellow and also copied below.

Please read through this document carefully. This document is subject to change.

Edits to the November 2 version:
(Edited text noted with italics.)

  1. All Wind, Brass, and Vocal instruction is currently taking place online. This aligns with the first draft of the Massachusetts State Guideline for music. CMCB will explore possibilities for onsite instruction for these instruments for the spring semester.
  2. In the event that the Board of Health recommends closure after a student, family member, faculty or staff member who has been onsite tests positive for COVID-19, all lessons will shift online.
  3. CMCB is not allowing outside organizations to rent our space for the 2020-2021 year
  4. CMCB staff and faculty members are not responsible for ensuring student safety in the hallways, common spaces, and restrooms. For students that need restroom assistance, parents and guardians should plan to arrive onsite early to use the restrooms and wash hands before class.
  5. If a member of our community tests positive for COVID-19 and has been onsite, we are committed to the following actions based on recommendations from the Board of Health
  • In the event that a visitor (student, caregiver, faculty, staff, contractor, etc.) who has been onsite tests positive for COVID-19, all lessons will shift online. 
  • CMCB will close for 48 hours prior to having a deep cleaning and disinfecting performed in accordance with the current CDC guidelines. 
  • CMCB will inform employees, students and families of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

There are two items which we need to have families read and acknowledge within the first two weeks of programming:

  1. CMCB Health and Safety Pledge
    • Students participating in-person programming must complete the Health and Safety Pledge.

  2. CMCB Online Lesson Consent Form
    • All student/families must read and complete the CMCB Online Lesson Consent Form. Note: Whether students sign up for online or in-person programming, all CMCB students will engage in some level of online activity during the course of the school year. As such, it is important for everyone to acknowledge understanding of CMCB’s online policies.

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Other Resources:

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Massachusetts

Previous Updates


Date: August 26

Dear CMCB Community,

We at CMCB are continuing to work hard to provide safe programming in our building, and online.

Thank you to all who have participated in online lessons during our closure, responded to surveys sent to both students and faculty and our wider community, and for speaking directly to us with your questions and concerns. We want you to know that your voices are heard, and we are taking careful steps to move forward thoughtfully, and with your safety in mind.

Thank you to all who have already registered for programming this fall! We wanted to share this update with everyone so that you can make your own decision in regards to your music classes and lessons at CMCB this fall.
Please visit this link to register for the fall.

CMCB Fall Updates: Some instruction will be online-only.

  • All Wind, Brass, and Vocal instruction will begin online for the 2020-2021 School Year. This aligns with the current Massachusetts State Guidelines for music in schools, due to the nature of the coronavirus.
  • All Piano, String, Guitar, and Percussion students will have an online OR in-person programming option.
  • As of now, Early Childhood / Caregiver classes (Little Notes, Music and Movement) will take place online-only.
  • For an updated class listing which notes whether a class will be online or in-person VISIT register.cmcb.org

CMCB Fall Updates: Phased Re-Entry
CMCB has decided on a phased approach to bringing in-person programming back to 34 Warren.

  • CMCB will only have in-person programming Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. If you previously scheduled for in-person lesson on Monday or Friday, these lessons will move online.The registrars will be reaching out to confirm scheduling.
  • The first day of classes remains Saturday, September 12th. However, all classes for the first week will be taught online.
  • Beginning Saturday, September 19th, Piano and Percussion may be taught in person at 34 Warren. All other classes will remain online.
  • On Saturday, September 26th, Strings (including Guitar) and Small Group instruction and ensembles will return to in-person programming.

CMCB Fall Updates: Facility Upgrades

  • CMCB is repairing and improving our HVAC system which will improve the quality of the air.
  • Daily cleanings are taking place, followed by a deep cleaning on Fridays
  • Additional cleaning protocols are being added to each practice room in between classes and lessons.

For further information and updates regarding our decisions for fall programming, please visit our website. We will be sending another update in early September with our detailed safety protocols.

FOR AN UPDATED CLASS LISTING VISIT register.cmcb.org

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