|Class Changes||Holidays||Mixed Ages||Privacy||Sibling/Guest Visits|
|Confirmation Emails||Inclement Weather||Phones, Cameras, Pagers||Refunds||Tuition|
Refunds: Refunds (less the $20 registration fee) are available only before the first day of class unless the class is canceled.
Class Changes: If your child's schedule changes, you may move into another class that has room in it without a charge once in the semester. A second move in the same semester will incur a $10 administrative fee.
Priority Registration: For winter and spring sessions, there is always a priority registration period with a hierarchy: if you are registered in the previous semester, you have first dibs for returning to the same class day/time/location over any other family who wants to switch into it. After priority registration period ends, the non-registered public is allowed to enroll in any remaining unclaimed spaces and all registrants are on a strictly equal first-come, first-served basis. Because registrations come in by web, mail, and in the classroom, we date them upon receipt and update the remaining class spaces on the website as promptly as possible.
Cancellation: If a class is canceled your tuition will be refunded in full, including the registration fee.
Confirmation Emails: Immediately after you register via online registration, you will receive an automatic email confirming payment: do not assume that you will be in your first choice class. Registrations are numbered and entered as they are received. It is occasionally possible to register online for a class that is full because the website reg. engine won’t recognize faxed and mailed in registrations until we manually enter them into the system. If it is necessary to place you in your second-choice class, you will be notified as soon as possible and you will have the option of joining the wait list. Approximately one week before the first class, you will receive an email or phone call confirming your final class placement. We recommend accepting waitlist places when offered, because changes often happen during the first week(s) of the term. If we are altogether unable to place you in a class of your choice you may choose to be refunded your tuition or to apply it to the following semester. Classes must enroll a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve students (director may override these limits based on extenuating circumstances).
Mixed Ages: All classes, unless otherwise noted, are Mixed Age from 0-5. The mix of ages in every class is determined randomly by parent registration patterns. For reasons of privacy and security, we cannot disclose the age of anybody's child to anybody else.
Holidays: Classes meet on all holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas unless we notify you otherwise.
Inclement Weather: Outdoor Classes 2020: Please check for email and texts from us before leaving for class. We have never lightly cancelled classes, because we respect people's commitment and enjoyment. For minor drizzle without threat of lightning, given people's ever-greater need for nutritious activities this year, we encourage you to dress for the weather and bring appropriate seating (tarp, beach pop-up). If we have to outright cancel a Music Together® Outdoors class, we are able to add one session on at the end of the six-week session. In the event of two dangerous-weather cancellations, we simply cannot, logistically, add two classes on the end. In the event of a Canta y Baila Conmigo® Outdoors cancellation, we invite you to Zoom class on Friday because our CyBC teacher's calendar is filled with training other teachers.
Makeups: Covid-era makeups: you may make up in Zoom classes or watch recordings. If you miss an outdoor class due to travel or conflicting engagements, we are not able to commit to allowing you to make up in another outdoor classes, because each class is filled to its currently strict six-family limit. We urge families to notify us of anticipated absences so that we can give first dibs on planned-absence slots to the people who most need/deserve them. Pre-covid, makeups were unlimited. We hope to return to that policy!
Sibling/Guest Visits: Covid-era: our tuition is now per family, not per child. Please introduce family members who are at their first class and orient them to safety rules.
Phones, Cameras, Pagers: Please turn off communication devices unless you are a doctor on call. Please no texting or phonecalls during class.
Photos and video: you may record stills and brief undistracting moments of video, only of your own family or with another family's permission, as long as you share your best images with us and give us permission to use them! Email them, or tag @MusicAndMovementOfNewton on Facebook, or @JuliasMusicNewton on Insta, @MusicJulia on Twitter.
We ask you to keep all photo and video time very brief for everybody's comfort and for educational value. Class time is a great time to participate and be a role model!
Safety: We reserve the right to dismiss a family when, in the sole discretion of Music and Movement of Newton, the family cannot be served with safety and with respect for the rights of other class-members. Dismissal is accompanied by a pro-rated refund for the remainder of the semester less the semester's registration fee and $50.
Please note that by attending a drop-in class or registering for the semester you signal that you know and accept that participation in physical activities including dance movement and instrument play could result in injury. You understand that attending our classes is contingent upon a contract and that you waive your right to hold Music and Movement of Newton and Music Together Worldwide responsible for any injuries or damage to property that might occur incidental to participation in class.
Health: We usually give our hands a quick wash before class. Washing hands ahead of time makes sure that the things we are sharing are the things we want to share. We disinfect instruments with a nontoxic, plant-based spray. Please keep in mind the following points suggested by pediatrician and Music Together dad Ben Kruskal MD of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, based on the medical literature.
Runny noses: It is not correct to assume a clear runny nose is OK and green is not. The color of the runny nose does not help to determine how contagious a child is. It is more reliable to make a judgment call by the way the child is acting. If your child has slept poorly and is acting tired and grouchy along with the runny nose, assume he is sick enough to stay home. If the runny nose is a week old and your child is acting playful and active, she is likely healthy enough to attend. If your child's nose is runny enough that the mucus is being wiped on sleeves and/or classroom equipment it is best to keep him at home! Some children can have persistent runny noses of any color for weeks or months, which is often caused by allergies, and should not be contagious. Please check with the child's mother or your teacher if you are concerned about a child with a consistently runny nose in your class.
Coughs: A child with a frequent deep moist cough of less than 3 weeks' duration should stay home, especially if he is too young to cover his own mouth when he coughs. An occasional cough in an otherwise healthy-appearing energetic child is of no more concern than the cold that causes it. A persistent cough for more than 3 weeks in the absence of other symptoms is unlikely to be due to a contagious infection.
Antibiotics: While ear infections are not contagious, the colds that often lead to them are. Even if your child has been put on antibiotics for some other infection occurring together with a cold, this does not make the cold any less contagious. Please use the same criteria listed here based on your child's symptoms if your child has a cold and is on antibiotics. If your child has been put on antibiotics for a strep throat, she may return to class after taking antibiotics for 24 hours.
Diarrhea or vomiting: While these symptoms are most commonly caused by viruses rather than bacteria, they can have serious consequences, especially for infants and toddlers. Your child should not return to class until he has been free of both diarrhea and vomiting for at least 24 hours. If your child has a more significant infection such as chickenpox, measles, German measles (rubella) or whooping cough (pertussis), please check with your pediatrician about when she will no longer be contagious. The germs which cause most common infections can be transmitted by close airborne contact (face to face within roughly 3 feet) OR passed through hand to hand contact, as well as carried on clothes, toys, etc. Please wash your hands and those of your child before and after class or avail yourself of a waterless hand disinfectant such as Purell. If you are not sure if your child is contagious or not, please err on the side of caution and stay at home. People are often contagious for 24-48 hours before showing any symptoms. Therefore a child who appeared perfectly healthy in class could come down with a fever two hours later and may have unwittingly exposed the class. Obviously, this is unavoidable.
Fevers: Please keep your child at home until it has been at least 24 hours since her last fever without the assistance of fever reducer medicines. Your child is the most contagious during the time she is feverish.
Eyes: Pinkness, redness, or “bloodshot” appearance is usually due to conjunctivitis, which may be infectious or allergic. Please keep these cases home until your doctor determines that they are not contagious. Gooey yellow-green goop on lashes without redness is not a reason to exclude children from class.
Rashes: The majority of rash illnesses in children of this age range are not contagious; the majority of contagious rashes are preceded or accompanied by fever. If your child has a rash WITHOUT prior or co-existing fever or other symptoms, the rash is unlikely to be transmissible, so it is fine to come to class.
In summary: there is going to be exposure to germs no matter how careful anyone is or what the policies are. Any communal activity (for example storytime at the library, playgroup, new moms' group, church, etc.) lays us open to catching germs, which is not always bad. Kids catch several colds per year, according to the CDC. There is reasonable evidence suggesting that humans need to be exposed to germs at an early age to develop their immune systems. By following these guidelines, you can minimize the risk of infection being transmitted at our classes while also minimizing the need for unnecessary absences. For most families, the health and educational benefits of group music-making far outweigh the risks!
Have a wonderful semester!