Covid-19 Information

Brookline Music School actively monitors local, state and federal advice and directives on how to safely operate during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Under the guidance of its Re-opening Task Force, BMS regularly updates its policies, keeping the health and safety of the BMS community at the forefront of all policy decisions. This policy is subject to change based on local, state, and federal advice, and directives on how to safely operate the school during the COVID pandemic. Please read the latest COVID Update Letter from our Executive Director.

Be Healthy at BMS

It is of utmost importance that staff, faculty, and students notify BMS and do not come to work/teach or a lesson/group class if (1) they are awaiting results of a COVID test for themself or a member of their household; (2) they have recent close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID; (3) they are experiencing any of the following signs of illness (the CDC notes that this is not a list of all possible symptoms):

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Skin rashes

Before entering Kennard House or any other BMS teaching space, faculty, staff, students, families, and visitors should self-screen and stay home if they are ill. If someone exhibits symptoms that raise concern, they must isolate until they can safely leave the building.

Masks and Instrument Coverings

BMS follows the Public Schools of Brookline’s masking policy. BMS policy is mask optional. However, if anyone in a studio space wants others to be masked, we will graciously respect this request and remain masked. Masks continue to be required for students under age five who are not yet vaccine-eligible (participating adults and students over age 2 will mask in classes for our youngest learners), and for attendees at events and recitals.

Vaccinations

The CDC emphasizes that vaccination is the most effective way to protect against severe illness or death from COVID. BMS strongly encourages everyone who is eligible to be up-to-date with their COVID vaccine, which includes being boosted. While it is not required for students/families to share their vaccination status with BMS staff or faculty, if faculty members are not comfortable teaching unvaccinated students in person, they will inform students that they will continue to teach remotely or with the use of a mask.

Recitals

For all Brookline Music School recitals, guests of the performing students must show proof of vaccination to attend. Anyone sitting in the audience (including students) is required to wear a mask. Students may remove their masks while performing. All BMS faculty and staff working at Kennard House and in other BMS teaching spaces are required to be vaccinated.

Eating/Drinking

There will be no eating and drinking allowed at Kennard House or other teaching spaces.

Hygiene

Hand sanitizers are located on each floor of Kennard House and should be used by everyone entering Kennard House. In addition, students and employees will be instructed to wash hands frequently, especially before and after lessons and group instruction. Piano keys will also be wiped down regularly.

Air Purification

BMS installed a new HVAC system during the 2020-2021 school year which includes an air purification system running through the ducts of our building. This system is active all of the time.

Isolation

If a student exhibits symptoms, we will isolate the student until a parent/guardian can pick the student up. In order to minimize these occurrences, we implore students to stay home if they have missed school or work on the day of a lesson due to illness. The same is true for faculty and staff.

Positive Cases

If a staff or faculty member, student, or other visitor tests positive for COVID-19 after spending time at Kennard House or in one of our other teaching spaces, they must notify BMS. BMS will follow the CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation.

Remote Lessons

If a student or faculty member needs to continue learning/teaching remotely, they should contact the BMS Director of Education for assistance. For health and safety reasons, BMS may revert from in-person to remote lessons for some or all students depending on the status of the pandemic.

This policy is subject to change based on local, state and federal advice and directives on how to safely operate the school during the COVID pandemic.