COVID-19 Safety Plan

In-Person Classes

Updated for Spring 2023

All our staff are fully vaccinated and boosted; all caregivers must be vaccinated to attend.

We are so excited to be rocking out in person! That said, we continue to be very mindful of the safety of your families and our staff. We will continue to require all caregivers be vaccinated; masks are no longer required as of April 2023, but we strongly recommend them. (Learn why.)

We regularly poll our customers and consult with medical experts to help determine our safety protocols.

Please review our protocols and rules before enrolling:

Important Points:

  • Adults must be vaccinated to attend any classes – more info
  • Only one adult may attend per registered child – more info
  • Adults are recommended to wear masks during classes  – more info

Entry Procedure

If it is your first time attending Monkey Rock Music, you will be asked to show your proof of vaccination and ID. Once we have recorded you in our system, you will most likely not have to show it again – but please always have it with you!

  • When you arrive, you may enter the class immediately and take a seat.
  • The instructor may ask to see your proof of vaccination and/or ID if you are not yet in our system.
  • If you arrive late, you may enter at any point and find a seat – if it’s your first time attending, you may be asked to show proof of vaccination and ID between songs, so please have them ready.

Proof of Vaccination

All adults attending Monkey Rock Music classes are required to show proof of vaccination as defined by the government of Ontario to enter. You will need to show:

  • Your vaccination receipt showing you are fully vaccinated containing the scannable QR Code. This can be:
  • Identification. This can be:
    • Birth certificate
    • Citizenship card
    • Driver’s licence
    • Government (Ontario or other) issued identification card, including health card
    • Indian Status Card /Indigenous Membership Card
    • Passport
    • Permanent Resident card

— OR —

  • Proof of medical exemption. The province has defined this as a note from a doctor or registered nurse. This note must include:
    • The name of the person in the written documentation matches the identification provided.
    • The physician’s or registered nurse in the extended class’s information is complete by including:
      • Name and contact information of the physician or registered nurse in the extended class;
      • Logo or letterhead identifying the physician or registered nurse in the extended class;
      • Statement that there is a medical reason for the individual’s exemption from being fully vaccinated against COVID-19; and
      • Any effective time-period for the medical reason which includes the date the patron is seeking access to the business or organization.
  • Identification as outlined above.
Numbers
  • Each class has a maximum of 12 kids enrolled, with room for 2 make-up or demo lessons.
  • Caregivers are limited to one per child to ensure maximum spacing.
  • Including the instructor, the maximum number of people in the room is 29, though more likely 20-25.
  • We will mark seating with foam mats to ensure social distancing.
Spacing and Masking
  • All adults are recommended to wear masks indoors, children are strongly encouraged to wear them as well. However, masks are not mandatory.
  • Instructors will wear masks up until the start of the class, then remove them to sing.
  • We have carefully sourced the largest rooms possible, allowing for groups to all be well spaced.
  • Hand sanitizer is readily available for use before and after class.
Missing Classes due to Illness
  • Anyone with the sniffles or other symptoms are not to attend.
  • We offer ample opportunities to make up missed classes within the session. (See our FAQ page for details.)
Instruments
  • Instrument of the week:
    • Each week the instructor will demonstrate a new instrument.
    • After demonstrating the instrument, it will be passed around for everyone to try. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available.
  • The Jam Session
    • Towards the end of class everyone is encouraged to jam out on kids’ percussion instruments.
    • You may opt to bring some from home, or use instruments provided by the instructor.
    • Instruments from home:
      • MUST be rhythm percussion, such as tambourines, shakers, and castanets – please no ukuleles, xylophones, harmonicas, etc.
      • If you’d like, you can purchase the pictured instrument pack here.
      • Please make sure they are out of sight until the instructor says it’s time.
    • Our instruments:
      • They are all washed and sanitized before the start of each day.
      • Between classes, ‘used’ instruments are sanitized with disinfectant wipes before being used by the next group.

 

We will continue to require proof of vaccination for all adults attending the Spring 2023 session.

Why are we requiring all adults to be vaccinated?

  • We consulted directly with doctors at the COVID assessment centre in Ottawa. After explaining how our classes work, we were advised that the unvaccinated children in the classes would be safer if all adults attending are vaccinated.
  • Though it is possible for vaccinated individuals to contract and transmit the virus (particularly the omicron variant), vaccinated people are contagious for a shorter period of time, and have a lower viral load – you’re expelling less of the virus, and are therefore less likely to infect anyone around you. (Source)
  • Once ample time has passed to allow parents to get young children vaccinated, we will revisit this policy.

Will I have to show proof of vaccination and ID every time?

  • No! Once your child has at least one caregiver on file as having shown proof of vaccination, we will no longer regularly check your proof of vax and ID.
  • Our logic here is that if a child has a vaccinated caregiver, it is extremely unlikely that they would attend with a different, unvaccinated caregiver.
  • We will periodically check to ensure a caregiver is vaccinated. Please always bring your proof of vaccination and ID to class!

Why are we recommending adults to wear masks?

  • Though no longer required, Ottawa public health strongly recommends masking indoors. We are heeding that recommendation.
  • Wearing a mask primarily protects the people around you, as you expel fewer aerosols into the air. As many of the children in our classes cannot wear masks, we will continue to ask adults to do so.
  • Feedback from our customers has indicated this is the preferred course of action.

Why are we limiting the number of adults per child?

  • As we are no longer requiring adults to wear masks, medical experts have told us that spacing continues to be an effective safety measure.
  • As space is limited in many of our venues, we can’t maximize social distancing without limiting attendance to one caregiver per child.