Dear Conservatory students, parents and families,
We would like to thank you again for your continued efforts and flexibility as we navigate this uncertain time. The stories and photos you’ve shared with us over these past weeks have lifted our hearts and spirits. We are so proud of all you’ve accomplished during your virtual lessons at home!
Here at the Omaha Conservatory, we have been actively monitoring the coronavirus situation and sending regular updates to our community. As we’ve shared previously, virtual learning will continue through most of this month. OCMI in July (full- and half-day) is currently still on the schedule to occur in-person as planned.
Week 34 of the academic year ends this coming Monday, May 17. Make-up week begins May 18 with the building closed for Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 22 to Monday, May 25. We will finish out the academic year lessons and make-ups as virtual lessons with the first possible in-person lesson occurring on Tuesday, May 26.
We encourage you to talk with your teacher about your level of comfort in returning to in-person lessons and your teacher’s plan for offering in-person lessons. Our top priority is the health and safety of our musical community. Each student should receive six summer lessons as part of the 40 lessons offered in the 2019/20 year, and you should work with your teacher to determine when those lessons will be scheduled and whether you prefer to maintain the virtual lesson format or if you would feel comfortable having an in-person lesson. There is flexibility with regard to scheduling summer lessons, which is beneficial to everyone.
Tuesday, May 26 will be the first day OCM will allow in-person lessons. For those teachers and families returning to in-person lessons, we wanted to inform you in advance of the health precautions we are implementing.
The following procedures are mandatory and must be complied with as a precondition to entering OCM and/or receiving lessons:
We ask that everyone treat the COVID-19 situation seriously, adhering to the above procedures so as to minimize the risk to all who enter the facility. Any concerns with these procedures, or otherwise, may be brought to the attention of the staff or faculty of OCM.
Thank you again for supporting our mission to create a vibrant musical community! We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we hope you join us in our ongoing commitment to health and safety as we navigate forward.