COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Thank you for taking the time to review Settlement’s COVID-19 policies and procedures. In addition to the updated CDC guidelines reflected below, please note that anyone in our branches who develops symptoms throughout the day (fever or chills, new cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and/or new loss of taste or smell) will be immediately isolated and sent home. We ask that all employees, students, family members, and guests self-screen prior to entering our buildings. Please remember that our online learning platform is always an option if you would prefer to stay home for your lesson or class. We encourage anyone with questions or concerns to reach out to us at any time. 

And remember, when in doubt about the best approach, please know that safety is our number one priority. The policies below reflect the CDC Guidelines as of May 2, 2022. 

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 (Everyone, regardless of vaccination status):  
    • Stay home for five days.  
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after five days, you may enter our buildings.  
    • Continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days. Settlement requires masks inside all public spaces of our buildings. 
    • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.  
  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have been boosted, completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months, or completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine within the last two months:  
    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days. Settlement requires masks inside all public spaces of our buildings. 
    • Testing on day five is strongly encouraged. 
    • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are unvaccinated, completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over six months ago and are not boosted, or completed the primary series of J&J over two months ago and are not boosted:

    • Stay home for five days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days. Settlement requires masks inside all public spaces of our buildings. 
    • Testing on day five is strongly encouraged. 
    • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.  
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Masks are required in all public spaces of our buildings (lobbies, front desks, hallways, restrooms, etc.) and for those in our Children’s Music Workshop, Kaleidoscope, and Kaleidoscope Plus programming.
  • Studios, classrooms, rehearsal spaces, and offices are now mask-optional spaces. For all spaces where mask wearing may be optional, if there is a person who would like for masks to be worn, then masks will be required.
  • Audience members will still be required to wear masks at performances. If the performer and accompanist would like to remove their masks on stage, they may do so. If a performer or accompanist prefers to perform in a mask, then both will do so.
  • In the event of a sharp increase of COVID-19 cases in our region, we may return to temporary, mandatory mask wearing as an extra precaution in minimizing the risk of COVID-19 within our buildings.
  • Masks must cover both the nose and mouth and be secured under the chin and fit snugly against the side of the face.
  • Employees are asked to provide their own masks. A limited number of masks will be available on-site in the event of an emergency. 
Social Distancing
  • Employees are encouraged to maintain proper social distancing (six ft.) and refrain from offering handshakes, high-fives, etc.
  • Lobbies and hallways have been reimagined with limited socially distanced seating.
  • Water fountains are turned off and out of service.
  • Eating and drinking may only take place in individual offices spaces, faculty lounges, conference rooms, or in the studios.
Lessons, Therapy Sessions, Classes, and Rehearsals
  • Students may not enter the studio/classroom/rehearsal space until authorized to do so by their teacher/director.
  • Faculty and students must wash and/or sanitize their hands prior to the lesson/class/rehearsal. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations are located on each floor of every building.
Piano Cleaning
  • Students should be encouraged not to touch the piano anywhere except the keys. 
  • After each lesson, the faculty member must use a disinfectant wipe to clean down the keys. After the teacher has completed the wipe down, the teacher must use hand sanitizer to clean their own hands or wash their hands.
  • Please use the disinfectant wipes provided in the rooms to clean the piano.
General guidelines for cleaning piano keys:
  • Use alcohol-based disinfectants; do not use bleach-based disinfectants or any product containing citrus.
  • If using a spray or liquid bottle, use a disposable towel to dry the keys. Put the disinfectant on the towel and not the piano. 
  • After use, immediately put the towel or disinfectant hand wipe in the trash and wash your hands. Do not use reusable towels or cloths.
  • Always follow up with a dry towel and never leave any liquids on the piano or keys. 
  • If using sanitizing wipes, wipe down all keys going from back to front of each key. 
Building Cleaning
  • Our buildings are cleaned thoroughly and on a regular basis which includes the use of hydrostatic foggers.