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VSOSoM COVID-19 Safety Protocols 

The VSO School of Music has undertaken an exhaustive approach to identifying and implementing strategies that will keep students, faculty, staff, and guests safe from the spread of COVID-19. Elimination and control measures have been put in place that will limit the potential exposure to COVID-19.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you will not be permitted to enter the facility. This same restriction applies to all VSO Musicians, VSO Staff, SoM Staff, Students, and Parents. If you have concerns, we encourage you to use the BC health self-assessment tool. For school policies, including missed lessons, please click here

Vaccination Policies:

Anyone 12 years and older attending in-person activities at the VSO School of Music are required to have received a COVID-19 vaccination. As part of a strengthened BC COVID-19 vaccination policy, all members of our VSO community – including musicians, employees, faculty, students, and visitors are required to demonstrate proof of vaccination. Proof of vaccination should be registered with a staff member before attending their first class, lesson, or booking. Once registered, proof of vaccination will not be required for subsequent visits.

Vaccination will not be required for any programs or lessons taking place online.

For more information about the proof of vaccination requirements as well as information on how to get vaccinated, please visit the following resources:

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements

How to get vaccinated for COVID-19

OCCUPANCY AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING

  • Directional signs have been placed strategically around the building to facilitate safe physical distancing
  • Seating areas have been reduced in order to maximize the amount of space for social distancing regulation
  • Classrooms and studios have been reorganized to remove extraneous items and maximize available space
  • Parents are encouraged to drop off/pick up outside the front door of the School or in the lobby area. When needed, only one parent may accompany the child to their lesson/class. Note: Please check with your instructor for individual studio policies regarding parent presence in the lesson
  • The School asks both instructors and students to not arrive more than 15 minutes before their assigned time

FACE MASKS

  • As of Wednesday, Sep 25 – all visitors to the VSO School of Music facility over the age of 12 are required to wear a face covering in correlation with the new mask mandate issued by the BC government.
  • Masks are highly recommended for children ages 3-12 and may be required by your instructor.
  • Once in classrooms and studios, please follow the mask policy of your individual instructor.

CLEANING 

  • All staff, faculty, students, and guests are asked to wash their hands upon entering and exiting the building and before and after room use
  • Common Area high touch surfaces throughout the building are sanitized daily
  • Hand sanitizer stations on each floor are signposted clearly and hand sanitizer is topped up regularly. Hand sanitizer is available in all studios and classrooms
  • Air handling systems have been modified to increase the outside air intake and allow greater air exchange throughout the facility. The air is circulated 4 times an hour.

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