Canalside Music Together (CMT) suggests that all registrants read all CLASSROOM POLICIES, GUEST POLICIES and MAKEUP POLICIES before registering for a class, which can be found under REGISTERED FAMILIES on our website.
Refunds are not available after registration deadline. Registration deadline is a week before the start date of the semester. If you opt to receive credit for a future semester and don't redeem that credit, a refund will not be given. The value of any unredeemed credit will be applied toward our scholarship fund.
Refunds or credits are not available for missed classes.
Full or partial credit towards a future semester may be given at the discretion of the center director (minus $10 registration fee) in extenuating circumstances, if registrant is unable to complete semester.
Classes need a minimum of six families enrolled in order to register. In the event a class is canceled for this or any other reason, registered families will receive a FULL refund.
In the event of inclement weather, CMT will make every effort to reschedule a canceled class, if there is a gap between semesters where rescheduling is possible. If class is canceled due to weather and rescheduling is not possible, no refunds will be given for the canceled class.
Registrant understands that refunds requested before our registration deadline will be received within four to six weeks.
Registrations are non-transferable.
Registrant understands that our ten week semester is designed to build on itself from week to week. Therefore, it is essential that families make every effort to attend as many classes as consistently as possible. If registrant fails to attend class weeks one through three, fails to schedule any makeups within that time, and has not communicated with CMT to explain any extenuating circumstance (for instance, major illness, vacation, etc.), registrant understands that their spot in their registered class can be given to another family. Registrant understands that their attendance for the remainder of the semester is contingent upon the discretion of the center director and refunds are not available.
Please do not bring a sick child to class.
If a child is brought to class that is visibly ill, the teacher has the right to ask that the child be brought home.
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. 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.
We reserve the right to dismiss a family when, in the sole discretion of CMT, 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 $40.
Registrant agrees to contact our office with a guest request at least 24 hours in advance. Registrant understands that guest requests made the day of class may not be accommodated.
Registrant understands that families arriving to class with a guest without approval from our office may not be able to stay for class.
Registrant agrees to pay guest fee of $10 for any guest age six or under, whether they participate in class or not.
Registrant agrees to inform adult guests that they are required to be active participants in class and must arrive with you at the beginning of class and do their best to stay for the entire forty-five minutes.
Registrant understands that no guests are allowed to stay in our waiting room while class is in session.
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Please turn off communication devices unless you are a doctor on call. Please no texting, photos, or videoing during class unless your teacher gives you an explicit exception to this policy for a few unobtrusive snapshots of one's own family member during the playalong. The rest of class time is a great time to dance, sing and be an active participant.
Registrant also agrees to all additional CLASSROOM POLICIES, MAKEUP POLICIES AND GUEST POLICIES, which can be found under REGISTERED FAMILIES on our website.