COVID-19 Guidelines & Policies

We are continuing to monitor developments surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are focused on recommendations from the CDC, local health officials and government agencies. There may be changes to these guidelines, as new information is received from government and health agencies.

Return to Work and Lessons In-Person Guidelines

The following guidelines are being implemented to provide further protection for the employees and students at OCM during the COVID-19 pandemic. They supplement previously issued policies and guidelines, and may be subject to modification as conditions require.

Artist-Faculty and Staff:

Any OCM employee who:

Must notify their supervisor as soon as possible and will be asked to work from home until the guidelines below are met. If the employee has tested positive, they will be asked to assist with contact tracing within the organization. OCM will notify all affected employees if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the workplace.

If the employee is symptomatic, but has not been tested for COVID-19, OR has tested positive for COVID-19, the employee may return to work if:

If the employee (or their immediate family member) is NOT symptomatic but has been directly exposed (Less than 6 feet for 15 minutes with or without a mask, as defined by the CDC) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the employee may return to work if:

If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, OCM may elect to close the office for a period up to 72 hours to allow for deep cleaning. Staff would be expected to work from home. If an Artist-Faculty member tests positive for Covid-19, Artist-Faculty will follow the guidelines above and teach virtually from their home according to the above guidelines. Artist-Faculty will make-up all lessons which are missed following our current policy.

Students and their immediate family members:

Any student (or their immediate family member) who:

Must notify their teacher as soon as possible. The student will arrange with their teacher for virtual lessons until the guidelines below are met. If the student or their immediate family members have tested positive, they will be asked to assist with contact tracing within the organization and the teacher will notify all families in their studio of the situation. The teacher will not disclose the names of the students or family members who have tested positive for COVID-19.

If the student (or their immediate family member) is symptomatic but has not been tested for COVID-19, OR has tested positive for COVID-19, the student may return to lessons at OCM if:

When a student (or their immediate family members) tests positive for COVID-19, deep-cleaning procedures will be triggered for the studio where the student attended their lesson. Furthermore, the teacher who has been in close contact with this individual will be instructed to self-quarantine, teaching virtually for a minimum of 14 days.

If the student (or their family member) is NOT symptomatic but has been directly exposed (Less than 6 feet apart for 15 minutes with or without a mask, as defined by the CDC) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the student may return to in-person lessons if:

*Note (from CDC): Recommendations for discontinuing isolation in persons known to be infected with COVID-19 could, in some circumstances, appear to conflict with recommendations on when to discontinue quarantine for persons known to have been exposed to COVID-19. CDC recommends 14 days of quarantine after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness if infected. Thus, it is possible that a person known to be infected could leave isolation earlier than a person who is quarantined because of the possibility they are infected.

OCM will disclose information about any known positive cases within the school’s staff, faculty, students, and immediate family members after notifying any persons who had direct contact with this individual.

For String Sprouts classes and Onsite Classes:

It is the intention to run classes in-person as much as possible, unless the class is a designated virtual class. Teachers will set-up their "going virtual" plan at the beginning of class and outline the circumstances clearly for when this would be implemented. Protocol for moving a class virtual will vary according to the timing of the exposure in relation to the date of the last class. If someone in the class has tested positive or been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid, the class will be moved to virtual for a period of 14 days. Teachers will notify the classes about the positive test case without revealing ANY names. Classes will be taught at the regularly scheduled time. No refunds will be given based on whether the class was virtual or in-person due to Covid-related reasons.