HalfSteps Health Policy and COVID-19 (March 13, 2020)
At HalfSteps, we are closely monitoring the situation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our community. Until the situation is resolved, we will continue to defer to the CDC and other health professionals on how best to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
According to the Manatee County Health Department, at this time, COVID-19 is holding steady at 2 cases in Manatee County, and there are two cases pending in Sarasota. We are planning on starting our Spring 2020 classes as originally scheduled, on April 13. As you know, this is a rapidly changing situation, and we have started planning for future scenarios in case it becomes necessary to cancel or delay classes. We will keep you updated and informed as the situation continues to unfold, and invite you to reach out to Tanya Li Roth, Director, at any time.
In the meantime, we have revised our health policy using guidance from the CDC about best practices to prevent the spread of all germs and ensure your continued health and well-being.
2020 Health Policy for HalfSteps
We ask for your help in keeping all the members of our musical community healthy by following these protocols. Our classes may have immune-compromised individuals (including pregnant women) who may be more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including influenza and COVID-19, so your vigilance and adherence to this health policy is extremely important. Our teachers reserve the right to send a family home from class if they feel these sickness protocols are not being followed.
Classroom Cleaning Protocols
Family Health Protocols
Some classes still have one class left for the remainder of the Winter session. As of right now, since the Manatee County schools are closed until March 30, we will follow their lead and postpone the last class until at least March 30. If we cannot make up this class prior to the start of the Spring semester, we will allow families to carry it over as a makeup in next semester. As a thank you for staying home when you have had symptoms, we are allowing TWO makeup sessions to be carried into the Spring semester(one for the missed class due to COVID-19 response and one for a class you missed because you or your child was sick).
Please see our Registration Page to learn how we plan to help you keep the music going at home during this social distancing period, including exclusive video content for Spring 2020 enrollees.
Contact Director Tanya Li Roth with your questions about this health policy or our plans for responding to COVID-19.
Let’s keep the music playing!