The Return of In-Person Classes
Updated May 2022
All our staff are fully vaccinated and boosted; all attending adults are required to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination to enter any class.
We are so excited to be rocking out in person again! That said, we’re also very mindful of the safety of your families and our staff. We will continue to require all adults to wear a mask throughout the class, and to show proof of vaccination to enter. (Learn why.)
Please review our protocols and rules before enrolling:
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:
- The paper receipt you received upon getting your shot
- The digital copy that was emailed to you
- The digital copy downloaded from the COVID-19 vaccination provincial portal
- 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
- 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.
As the Monkey Rock Music instructor will be required to check all customers’ proof of vaccination, it is imperative you arrive before your class begins.
We appreciate that can be difficult with young children, so we will be proceeding as follows:
- At most locations you can enter the building when you arrive with your mask in place. Please do not enter the class room. The instructor will scan proof of vaccination for everyone up until the time class is scheduled to start, and admit them to the class room. At this point the door to the class room will be closed.
- Please note: The instructor needs to start the class exactly at the designated time. If you arrive only one or two minutes before the class starts, you may need to wait to be admitted.
- After singing the Monkey Rock Music Theme song, the hand warm up, and the Wake Up song, the instructor will admit anyone at the door at that time (approximately 5-7 minutes after the start of class).
- At this point the door will be closed. If you are late, wave and get the instructors attention – after the current song is finished, they will come and check you in.
- Please do not enter the class room until the instructor has come and checked your documents. This applies to every class.
- 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.
- Including the instructor, the maximum number of people in the room is 29, though more likely 20-25.
Spacing and Masking
- All adults are required to wear masks indoors, children are strongly encouraged to wear them as well.
- Instructors will wear masks up until the start of the class, then remove them to sing.
- Instructors space themselves 3m from participants, based on Ontario Public Health guidelines for singing indoors.
- We have carefully sourced the largest rooms possible, allowing for groups to all be well spaced.
- Class turn over times have been lengthened to 15 minutes to allow for safer entry and exit.
- Hand sanitizer is readily available for use before and after class.
- Everyone must be officially registered in advance to enter the room.
- Attendance is carefully recorded at every class.
- Anyone with the sniffles or other symptoms are not to attend. Ample options to ‘make up’ missed classes, either in person or on Zoom are offered.
- Instrument of the week:
- Each week the instructor will demonstrate a new instrument. It will then be put aside so that children have the option of trying it out AFTER the class at their caregiver’s discretion.
- The instrument will be sanitized, and those who try it must use hand sanitizer before and after touching it.
- The option to try it out will be ‘down played’ so that you can choose to simply leave after class if you’re not comfortable with your child touching it.
- 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 and the wearing of masks for all adults attending for the May-June session, despite the lifting of mandates.
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)
- The vast majority (95%) of our currently enrolled customers support keeping the vaccine requirement, based on a recent survey.
Will we still have to show proof of vaccination and ID every time?
- Yes. We will continue to require new adults to show proof of vaccination and ID. After we record in our system that we’ve seen it, you only need to show ID each time.
- Showing your ID every time is a pain in the butt. It’s an even bigger pain checking it! The problem is on average a teacher sees around 100 different kids and their caregiver each week. Caregivers who are wearing masks, and could change on any given day, as kids are welcome to come with any parent/caregiver. It is not reasonable to expect our staff to remember the guardians names and faces with masks on – it’s enough of an effort to remember 100+ kids.
- Yes, there are some of you we do remember. But it’s not a good path to go down for the staff to start to try and check some ID, but not all. Mistakes will happen. Also, it’s just bad form to let one person in, then turn to another parent who has been coming just as long and say “I need to see your ID”.
Why are we requiring all adults to wear masks?
- 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 require adults to do so.
- Again, feedback from our customers has indicated this is the preferred course of action.