I want you to know that I am closely monitoring the developing corona virus (COVID-19) situation here within King County. Guidance from King County Health and the Centers for Disease Control are to take sensible precautions.
I am currently focused on continuing classes. In all classes, I want to make sure that I am maintaining best practices to prevent the spread of germs. To that end, I am increasing the frequency of normal cleansing and putting a few new protocols into place:
- All instruments (rather than just those that are “mouthed”) will be disinfected between classes.
- Additional disinfectant wipes will be available for families during class for use whenever needed.
In addition, I encourage families to do the following:
- Wash hands (adults and children) before/after class for at least 20 seconds (sing the Hello Song to all the members of your family – that’ll be at least 20 seconds.) All of our class venues have facilities. Please allow time for this.
- Carry hand sanitizer. Washing hands is better but hand sanitizer is a great back-up.
- Cough or sneeze into your arm, elbow, or sleeve – not your hand (practice this with our chant, “I’m freezing, I’m freezing, I hope I don’t start sneezing…Achoo! Achoo!”
And, most importantly:
- If you or your child are not feeling well, has a fever, cough, sore throat, or runny nose, please stay home and heal.
- If you or your child has had a fever, you must be fever-free for at least 24 hours (without assistance of pain medication) before returning to class.
It’s important to turn to the most reliable sources for information and guidance. I am following the recommendations offered by both the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and King County Health. These are updating their sites regularly with the latest news on outbreaks and recommended precautions.
I am concerned for those all over the globe who are affected by the virus, including Music Together centers in China, Japan, Taiwan, Italy, and elsewhere. Our best defense is preparedness, so our goal here is to dispel fear by raising awareness and putting best practices in place. The big question for all of us who have small children is how the virus affects them. Read this excellent article from a pediatrician to learn more.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me directly. Let’s keep the music playing!
Grania Buckley, Director
Tiger Mountain Music Together