In light of the Coronavirus, I have changed my classroom procedures around disinfecting our classroom environment (and general sick policies) while still keeping in mind the CDC’s assertion that:
Until that time in the future when we can all return to normal, the following is in place:
Disinfecting Instruments for Each and Every Family Class: Force of Nature is now used to disinfect ALL instruments after use, so each group is using instrument that are disinfected. “Force of Nature is an EPA-registered disinfectant & sanitizer that kills 99.9% of germs, even Staph, MRSA, Norovirus, Influenza, Salmonella and Listeria.” They one of few “Green” companies talking about Coronavirus. It's a system that uses water + little pods of vinegar and salt plus electricity to create a non-toxic industrial-strength cleaner like the one used in hospitals. It is an EPA registered disinfectant. It only has a 2-week shelf life so you have to make it at home as opposed to buying it at the store, but it's as effective as using bleach and it can sprayed directly, air or towel dried and then safely used by children who are in oral stages of development. On one of the companies safety data sheet I read: “Ingestion of large quantities (>greater than one liter or one quart) may produce gastric discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.” That increased the level of comfort that I already had.
Sharing Dancing Scarves: We love to dance and move in Music Together® and sometimes we enjoy dancing with scarves. I now have two bags of dancing scarves that will be washed and dried daily for each group. They are not used each week.
More Surface Cleaning:
* I will be cleaning the lower (child height) part of the mirror with Force of Nature along with the inside and outside lower part of the viewing mirror.
* I will also wipe door knobs, outside door handle and dancingbar along with all the other surfaces that are touched by families as they are coming and going.
Three Hand Sanitizer Options:
I have found that my favorite BabyGanics Foaming Hand Sanitizer may not make folks feel entirely comfortable as it is alcohol free, I will still have it available as it still claims to kill bad stuff. I will of course have plenty of the traditional Purell-type sanitizer on hand, but am excited to offer a third option. It is called Elyptol which is made without triclosan, parabens, synthetic fragrances, glycols, chlorine, formaldehyde carriers, petrochemicals, or most common allergens and purported to kill 99.99% of germs. The company believes that frequency of use is what really measures sanitizing effectiveness, so they’ve designed their product for frequent use, so it’s gentle on the skin for people who need to reapply often, such as professional health workers. Since Elyptol utilizes ethyl alcohol, alcohol-containing formulas of hand sanitizer is more that they should never, ever be ingested and that parents should be vigilant to keep out of reach of children. WHO (World Health Organization) & CDC (Center for Disease Control) categorically prove that 70% v/v alcohol (optimal level – 70%-80%) is what kills Gram-positive & Gram-negative bacteria, general viruses and some fungi. Elyptol has 70-80% active antiseptic.
I will have a Clean Well All Natural Foaming Soap available for your use. Please consider making handwashing musical and fun and sing 20 seconds of a favorite song - one verse of Twinkle Little Star is a perfect 20 seconds.
My policy has been and will continue to be PLEASE do not come to class sick - but has been expanded to:
It would be great honor to be entrusted with your family’s music education (and I do not take that lightly.) I want you to know I will continue doing whatever I can to keep our classroom as clean and anxiety free as possible, especially now around the new (and most unwelcome!) Coronavirus.
I hope you will join us for the Spring Music Together semester. We will doing the Maracas Collection of songs.