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NAA POLICIES

 

NAA 2022-2023 Schedule

The NAA year has two terms for lessons and classes:

  • Term 1: September 12th, 2022 to January 27th, 2023
  • Term 2: January 28th, 2023 to June 5th, 2023.

Upon full registration for lessons and classes a full year schedule of our class days and holidays will be shared. 

 

Payment

Students may only commence instruction (whether private lesson or group class) when registration has been confirmed and payment has been processed. Students are not considered registered until payment has been received.  Late registration for Northern Arts Academy Instruction is accepted up to and including the third week of classes. Late students are responsible for paying the full term’s tuition.

We accept payment by either eTransfer (northernartsacademy@shaw.ca), cash or cheque. Late payments by any form will be charged a late processing fee of $20. NSF cheques are subject to a $35 service charge. If a payment is declined, the student/parent will receive a notification by email and is expected to remit payment immediately.  All applicable fees and outstanding balances must be paid in full before lessons or classes can resume.

Withdrawal

All students have the option to withdraw after a six week trial period or at the end of Term 1. In such cases we will happily refund the remainder of the lesson fees. If you continue after the initial six weeks, you are committed for the 1st term. If you continue after the 1st term then you are committed for the 2nd term.

 

In-Person Learning during COVID at The NAA (163 East Street)

In monitoring current health updates regarding private and group singing as well as considering everyone’s safety, the NAA will be providing in-person instruction.    If there are changes mandated by APH at any time during our 2022-2023 season, we will follow them.  Our studio is well set up to transition to online instruction in the remote possibility it should be required.  However, our primary focus is to provide in-person instruction for all our curriculum.  For those students who are interested in online learning for the year, we have two instructors who can accommodate you in Voice and Elementary Piano.

 

COVID Protocols at The NAA (as of August 1, 2022)

We are aligning our Covid-19 policies with the ORMTA (The Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Association). Please note the following policies may change as health requirements dictate in September 2022.

In order to attend all lessons and classes in-person the following requirements/protocols must be followed:

Waiver Form

  • All students entering the Northern Arts Academy will be required to submit a waiver form that will be emailed to you before the beginning of your attendance at the Studio.

 

Proof of Vaccination

Before lessons commence, all NAA students must provide proof of the most recent vaccination against COVID-19.

 

Sanitization/Physical Distancing

  • We will be adhering to government guidelines regarding sanitization.  

All students must sanitize upon entering the building.  

PLEASE NOTE:  If someone in your household tests positive for Covid-19, and the student has no symptoms and intends to attend their lesson or class, we ask you wear a mask for that week.  A disposable medical grade mask will work well for children--the mask should tightly cover their nose and chin.

There will be sanitizer available upon entering the building.

 

Lesson Attendance

  • We ask if students are unwell to stay home.  Please notify your instructor in advance for accommodation.  

 

Attendance

Students are expected to be present and on time for all private lessons and group classes and to participate actively in their musical development. Unfortunately, time lost as a result of student lateness cannot be made up. A time has been reserved for you regardless of whether or not you attend. For these reasons, we have instituted the following policies for missed lessons and classes:

      Missed private lessons

  • If you need to cancel a lesson due to illness or emergency, please notify us in advance at northernartsacademy@shaw.ca or by the cell number you have been provided by your instructor. If a lesson is missed due to illness or emergency and there is at least 24 hrs. notice, and the student is well enough, every effort will be made to reschedule the lesson or to arrange a Zoom session in lieu of the in-person lesson. However, in this circumstance a make-up lesson is not guaranteed - it will be done as a courtesy whenever possible as scheduling permits.

      Missed group classes

  • There is no make-up for students missing group classes. In the event of teacher absence, an alternate instructor will be assigned for the evening, or a make-up scheduled at a mutually convenient time.

      School closure

  • For school closures due to inclement weather, please be advised that The Northern Arts Academy will follow School Board closure announcements. In the event of a closure we will send out email notifications or text messages to all affected students. Any lessons or classes cancelled due to weather will be rescheduled. If the lesson or class cannot be rescheduled at a convenient time, a tuition credit or refund will be issued.

      Teacher absence

  • For private lessons that are cancelled due to teacher absence, a makeup will be offered at a mutually convenient time. If the class cannot be rescheduled, a tuition credit or refund will be issued at the end of term.

      In-Person lesson interruption due to changing Covid-19 measures

  • In the unexpected event that future lockdowns may occur due to changing Covid-19 measures, we will move seamlessly to all online-only instruction until APH confirms it is safe to resume in-person activities.

     

Promotional Release

Unless otherwise requested, students may appear in Northern Arts Academy promotional materials and/or media which may include visual or audio representation.

Communication

As email or texting is the most efficient form of communication with students, it is the responsibility of the student or parent/guardian to check their email and phones for school updates. Please keep your online profile with us up to date and make any necessary changes to your contact information as soon as possible.