Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Melbourne Piano School Response & Health Policy
UPDATE 23 MARCH 2020
In light of the comprehensive shut-down of all non-essential services in the state of Victoria, we are now moving to online piano lessons for all students until further notice. MPS teachers will contact students directly to discuss the specific arrangements of how to set up the lessons, as the platform will vary by teacher. New students are still welcome to join us for online lessons.
The Health Policy below will apply to In-Person lessons when they resume. No in-person lessons are currently being offered by Melbourne Piano School. We are following Australian and State government advice and will only resume the lessons when it is considered safe to do so.
1. Students are advised not to attend lessons if feeling unwell
If you / your child has been feeling unwell, we request that you cancel the lesson by contacting your teacher with as much notice as possible. At this time there will be no penalty for cancelling a lesson due to health reasons regardless of the amount of notice given. A make-up credit will be offered and the lesson can be re-scheduled directly with your teacher. Likewise, please do not bring any siblings to the studio who may be unwell.
2. Melbourne Piano School teachers will ensure their piano has been sanitised prior to each lesson
Students can be assured that their teacher's piano has been sanitised prior to each lesson as a precautionary measure to prevent possible virus transmission.
3. We request that all visitors to the studio wash their hands on arrival
In the interest of everyone's wellbeing, all students, parents, and siblings must wash their hands thoroughly prior to the commencement of the lessons. Please try and arrive a few minutes early to allow for hand washing. Likewise your teacher will also wash their hands in between every lesson they teach during the day.
4. Hygiene etiquette during the lesson
If you need to cough or sneeze during the lesson, please use the tissues provided which will be located near the piano in all studios. Please place the tissue into the waste basket and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before resuming the lesson. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, this is an important time to practice exceptionally good hygiene etiquette.
5. Any Melbourne Piano School student who has had close contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus must contact us and discontinue in-person piano lessons for a period of 14 days.
Following government guidelines, any person who has had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis must undertake self-isolation for a period of 14 days. Online piano lessons will be offered in this case.
6. Online Piano Lessons
While attending a private piano lesson at a teacher's home is a very low risk activity, we understand that some students may not want to attend lessons at this time. Most teachers are able to offer online piano lessons via Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp, etc. as an alternative to visiting the teacher's studio. We believe it's important to maintain educational continuity and online piano lessons can be a very effective alternative to in-person lessons. Please contact your teacher if you'd like to discuss this further.
Links regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Australian Department of Education, Skills & Employment
Victoria Department of Health & Human Services
Australia Department of Health