When will you feel comfortable teaching in person again?
One of my goals for 2021 is to rebuild my studio that tanked when 2020 got its groove on. This week I struck gold with several people asking for lesson info!
However, I'm still on the fence as to when to start teaching in person again. I am half-vaccinated currently, so I should be less paralyzed by the question than I am, I suppose.
When will you feel comfortable teaching/learning in person again?
My teacher is fully vaccinated, but isn't interested in teaching in person again until most of the restrictions are gone. From what I can tell most of the local teachers in my area are of the same mindset.
I will feel okay going to my lessons in person again when:
I am happy to when the guidelines in my country allow me to. Guidance so far says no, so I will continue to respect that. I am not sure how likely it is for children to be vaccinated this year, the approach by the UK is to get all adults vaccinated this year, with a small amount of research for vaccinating children now taking place.
At minimum, I need to be vaccinated. My studio numbers are too small for me to be a "super spreader" but I'm still a common point of contact for all those families. It would be responsible to do what I can to reduce risk. I would need to have most of my studio on board (90%?) and have all make the transition together. A gradual trickling back would wreak havoc on scheduling and physical setup of my home studio/workspace and I'm not doing that. I will freely share my vaccination status with students but not ask/enforce of them.
Spring is coming before too long...especially if you are vaccinated, lessons outdoors will be a good option April through June. And since kids won't be eligible to get it for some time, I wonder if fairly wide separation in some place like a church sanctuary may be another option.
Some teachers in my area do teach in person with masks and distancing or barriers. This is in Canada and there aren't too many restrictions and there aren't thousands of cases province wide so it's not totally unsafe, but I totally understand if people are scared or afraid.
I'm looking forward to the weather warming up enough to be able to meet outdoors for rehearsals. By then, I hope to be (a) vaccinated, and (b) able to play again without extreme pain.
The vaccine is no joke. For me, it was as bad as getting a nasty flu. High fever, horrible headache, fatigue that just won't go away, etc. I have friends and coworkers who had less symptoms when they actually were infected with covid. Still, it's better than not being vaccinated.
When I am fully vaccinated and the weather moderates enough to allow me to keep windows open in my studio. I teach in an unusually large room (it was added on as a mother-in-law suite by a previous owner of our house) with windows on three sides and no shared airflow with the rest of the house.
I'm fortunate to be teaching in person since September. Where I live there have been very few cases of covid, none relative to the school. We use masks and disinfect hands before and after, I'm comfortable with that. I don't give much seriousness to distancing, as it's basically impossible to teach beginners without tweaking their hands all the time.
When I'm vaccinated and my students and families are as well.
My teacher has decided that moving forward he will move to a hybrid teaching environment with 3 Zoom lessons a month and 1 (longer) in-person lesson. I'm fine with that as long as we've a chance for one-on-one lessons. This will happen once the local restrictions are lifted. I've given up guessing when that might happen...