The following is a summary of pertinent school policies. More details are available in the Harbor School Enrollment Packet or by contacting the office.
2019-20 School Year: Per school policy, we have closed the building for the remainder of the school year. We have also added on week of make up lessons to the end of the school year (through May 22). All music and dance instruction will be delivered via zoom or other online platform until such time as the Kenai Peninsula School District resumes in-person instruction. Please see the BAND app for more details regarding your student's music and dance lessons.
The Spring Dance Recital is Postponed until further notice. We will contact parents regarding a revised schedule when the school district allows the use of the Mariner Theatre again.
The Spring Music Recital is Canceled. We will instead focus on a school wide digital performance project.
Fairytale camps are canceled until further notice. We are sorry to see one of our favorite annual programs disrupted but value the safety of your children and our staff and want to encourage healthy social distancing throughout the summer .
Piano Instruction will be available online via Zoom or other digital platform only until such time as it is deemed reasonably safe or necessary to resume in-person instruction. Please plan for online instruction only for your student's summer music program.
REGISTRATION 2020-21 School Year
CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Related Policies
Dance Classes will be spaced so as to allow sanitizing of high-contact surfaces between classes. Dance class enrollment will be capped to allow for more space between students and to minimize populations in the school. Music students who are able to consistently participate via distance learning are encouraged to do so in order to minimize traffic through the school. Music studios will have their high-contact surfaces sanitized between students. The lobbies, office and restrooms will have high-contact surfaces sanitized regularly throughout the day.
DISTANCE LEARNING: In the event of a recurrence of Covid-19, or another pandemic contagious disease, leading to KPBSD school closures, we may switch to distance education for the duration. These classes are interactive, progressive and comprehensive. While different, they are not inferior to in-person instruction and there will be no discounts offered as a result of the method of instructional delivery. If you or your family has a logistical or financial burden that prohibits continuation under these conditions, please contact the office to discuss accommodations.
ATTENDANCE RESTRICTIONS: Students who are exhibiting any active symptoms of the coronavirus or any other contagious diseases are prohibited from attending classes or lessons in person but may attend via distance learning until such time as they are symptom-free or cleared by a physician.
If a member of a student’s household is exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus or other contagious diseases are prohibited from attending classes or lessons in person but may attend via distance learning until such time as they and their family are symptom-free or cleared by a physician.
Please be POSITIVE: Refrain from making any negative comments regarding other students at the school, or the instructors. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to bring them to the front desk at any time. Encourage your student to be inclusive of other students and respectful of their instructors.
Please be CONSIDERATE: Try to be on time when picking up and dropping off your children. Walk them into the lobby to ensure that any communication that needs to occur is done during your student's lesson or class time. Monitor your other children in the school lobbies or courtyard. We ask that children refrain from RUNNING ON THE BOARDWALKS or playing on the other side of the courtyard during business hours out of consideration for our neighbors.
Please be KIND: Refrain from posting pictures or videos online of other students (apart from your own) without asking permission of their parents. Refrain from making public negative comments about the school, its students or staff (including on social media). Concerns should be addressed with office staff rather than in the public sphere.
Please be ENTHUSIASTIC: Encourage participation and practice from your student. Help them through positive affirmation and by creating space and time for them to focus on their studies.
Please be UNDERSTANDING: We make every effort to ensure a quality music or dance education is offered to your student. You can help by allowing supporting the instructors' decisions with regard to placement for your child, repertoire that is selected and methodology that may be used in class.
Communication with Staff: Parents with questions specific to their child's music instruction are invited to speak with music instructors during their child's regularly scheduled music lesson. Parents wishing to direct questions to a dance instructor or group music instructor should email those specific concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org ; all questions regarding scheduling and billing, communications, policies or any other school matter should be directed to the office as well.
MUSIC STUDENTS: Students are offered two rescheduled lessons per academic year. Reschedules must be made 24 hours in advance. One will be made at the discretion of the instructor and will require a student attending twice within one week (once during their regular lesson time). The second is provided automatically during the second week of April, during which students are expected to attend their regularly scheduled lesson. There is no charge for this lesson.
Cancellations by the Harbor School due to instructor illness, inclement weather or other unplanned closures will be made up via rescheduling individual lessons whenever possible. Group lessons may also be utilized as a make up lesson in some circumstances.
DANCE STUDENTS: In the event a substitute instructor cannot be found or the school has an unplanned closure and a class is canceled, there is an automatically scheduled "make up" class during the second week of April that is not included in tuition charges. Additional classes will be rescheduled later during the school year.
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY during the final 9 weeks leading up to the Spring Dance Recital. Students should make every effort to attend all classes/rehearsals. Students who miss more than two classes during this period may not be able to participate in the Spring Dance Recital. Recital fees are non-refundable, so please make every effort to attend during these weeks. Thank you!
MEDIA RELEASE AND LIABILITY RELEASE
By registering your student, the school is hereby granted permission to take photographs or video footage of participant(s) to use in brochures, web sites, posters, advertisements and other promotional materials the school creates. Permission is also hereby granted for the school to copyright such photographs or footage in its name.
As the legal parent or guardian, I release and hold harmless the Harbor School of Music & Dance, its owners, operators, and teachers from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action whatsoever, arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be sustained by the participant(s) and/or the undersigned, while in or upon the premises or any premises under the control and supervision of the Harbor School of Music & Dance, its owners and operators or in route to or from any of said premises.In case of medical emergency: The undersigned gives permission to the Harbor School of Music & Dance, its owners and operators to seek medical treatment for the participant(s) in the event they are not able to reach a parent or guardian. I hereby declare any physical/mental problems, restrictions, or condition and/or declare the participant to be in good physical and mental health.
· Tuition is an annual fee based on 33 weeks of instruction over the school year and divided into equal monthly payments.
· Tuition does not include any scheduled school closures, breaks, or make-up week.
· Tuition total remains the same, whether there are five lessons in the month or one.
· Tuition total is NOT related to the number of lessons in the month.
Monthly totals include tax. We are not able to prorate or refund tuition for absences/vacations/missed lessons (see Absence Policy above). Please note: if paying for the whole year in advance, tuition paid is non-refundable.
ALL STUDENTS: Late pick ups or early drop offs (longer than 15 minutes in duration) may result in a "administrative charge." Please try to be timely and contact us if any situation arrises that we need to be aware of.
DANCE STUDENTS: Recital participation is assumed of all dance students (apart from Preschool Dancers). All dance students will be charged a recital costume deposit on October 15 to the account on file unless alternative arrangements are made. The deposit amount is $45 per student, per class. The second costume installment will be charged to the account on file on January 15 unless alternative arrangements are made. This amount will be posted no later than January 7.
MUSIC STUDENTS: Music books assigned by instructors are charged to the account on file. Most music books are less than $15. If assigned music is more than $15, notice will be given before accounts are charged.
PAYMENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Scheduled Debit Terms: Signed authorization is to remain in full force and effect until the Harbor School of Music & Dance has received written notification of its termination in such time and manner as to afford HSMD a reasonable opportunity to act on it or until the term of authorization expires. Notice shall be completed in person at the HSMD school office: 3691 Ben Walters Lane, Suite 2, Homer, AK, 99603.
Declined Payments Policy: All tuition installments are due on the 1st of the month and an attempt will be made to charge the account on file with the school at this time. Should any payments decline, a second attempt will be made on the account on file between the 2nd and 5th of the month. Should the card on file with the HSMD decline on the second attempt, an attempt to contact the account-holder will be made via phone, text or email as appropriate. Any payments made after the 10th of the month will incur a late fee of either $15.00 or 5% of the total due, whichever is greater.
Note: All payment terms are subject to a 30-day written cancellation policy. Your cancellation of tuition payment terms will be dated from the day you complete a withdrawal form in our office. You are responsible for tuition for 30 days from date of written notice.