COVID-19 Protocols

CSSMA COVID-19 Reopening Safety Plan
Updated September 2021

Church Street School for Music and Art’s (CSSMA) policies comply with New York State and City
guidelines and with CDC recommendations, and will be updated as information develops.
All policies will apply to CSSMA programs, held at 41 White Street and at any off-site location.
Additional policies may apply when programs are held in off-site locations.


  • All CSSMA employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19
    before teaching or working in-person unless they have a medical
    exemption. In the case of a medical exemption, CSSMA requires the
    employee to produce a negative COVID test weekly.
  • Everyone age 2 years and up will be required to wear a mask while in the
    school. Masks will be provided if needed.
  • Everyone will be asked to remain at least a 6 foot distance from each
  • Everyone will have their temperature checked upon entering the
    building. No-one will be admitted with a temperature over 100°F.
  • All employees, and renters will be required to sign a COVID-19 safety
    plan agreement.
  • All Program participants will sign a code of conduct agreement acknowledging understanding
    of CSSMA’s new COVID-19 procedures, agreeing to abide by them or risk losing the privilege of
    visiting our facilities, and agreeing not to visit the facility if experiencing any of the outlined
    COVID-19 symptoms (temp over 100° F, cough, chills, shortness of breath, runny nose, new loss
    of taste or smell, muscle pain, sore throat, diarrhea or nausea or vomiting), and agreeing to
    alert us if they or any member of their household tests positive for COVID-19.
  •  Only Employees, registered program users and rental clients are allowed in the facility. No
    guests, drop-in users or non-pre-registered customers will be permitted into the facility.
    – Prospective students must be arranged by appointment
    – Vendor deliveries can be left just inside the facility without contact
    – If necessary, parent/caregiver limited to one per program participant for children under
    age 14 years.



  • Front desk has a new acrylic barrier to protect front desk staff while having conversations.
    Lobby seating is spaced to easily adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Signage throughout the space has information on safe procedures for staying healthy through
    social distancing, wearing masks and cleaning hands.
  • New HVAC system filtration and cleaning. Our central air system has been fully serviced and we have installed new hospital grade filters. This system can be used throughout the year to
    improve overall air quality throughout the school.
  • Windows will also be opened to let in outside air whenever possible.
  • No-touch hand sanitizing stations are located in all lobby areas.
  • Traffic in stairwell is directed by floor markings to organize movement and allow for social



Daily Cleaning Protocols:

  • Sweep, mop, vacuum and clean the space daily or more as needed.
    Remove garbage and add new lining to cans daily or more as needed.
  • Supply a hand washing stations with soap, and paper towels or hand
    sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol – check supplies throughout the day.
  • Clean common areas with guest access including bathrooms and
    entrances daily and additionally as needed.
  • Wipe railings with disinfecting spray prior to classes and between classes
    throughout the day.

Additional precautions we will take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to the standard
cleaning protocol:

  • Limit guest count based on state and local capacity guidelines: Ask parents to drop off and pick
    up at front door.
  • Space out classes and rentals to allow for cleaning between activities.
  • Disinfect high touch surfaces and shared amenities such as light switches, door knobs and
    railings throughout the day.
  • Properly clean pianos and other instruments between use with the appropriate supplies which
    will be provided in each classroom and teaching studio.
  • Provide a hand sanitizer and disposable masks for guests and employees if needed.
  • Capacity will be monitored at the front desk, and lobby areas are configured to adhere to social
    distancing guidelines.
  • A cleaning log will be kept in the front desk and supervised by Betsy Kerlin, Associate Director to ensure compliance with cleaning regulations.



Prior to opening, CSSMA will provide a clear safety plan to our community through email as well as
making it accessible on our website and posted inside the school. This information will be updated
regularly to reflect state and city guidelines.

  • Signage: Social distancing, face mask requirements, and appropriate hand cleaning procedure
    guidelines will be posted throughout the school.
  • All registered program participants will receive and be asked to sign a COVID-19 code of
    conduct agreement prior to attending in-person programs.
  • All Employees will receive and be asked to sign a COVID-19 safety plan agreement prior to
    attending the facility.



Only scheduled employees, renters and students will be admitted into the facility, and an attendance
log will be kept in the front desk if needed for contact tracing.

Everyone will have their temperature checked upon entering the building. Individuals with
temperature equal to or higher than 100° will not be permitted to enter the facility.

All CSSMA employees are required to take a digital survey, answering the following questions
prior to coming into the school each day:
a) Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
b) Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days; and/or
c) Have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with
anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19;
d) Have you traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community
transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days?


CSSMA has developed protocols for caring for students, faculty or staff who may develop
COVID-19 symptoms while in the school. Staff and Faculty will be trained to follow these
protocols as well as sign a safety agreement prior to commencing in-person work with CSSMA.

Winter 2020 Student Recital

**Please find the name of your teacher below for your recital date and time!!**

TUESDAY 1/21 @ 7:00 PM – Abby Payne, Liz Asti & Rosi Hertlein

WEDNESDAY 1/22 @ 7:00 PM – Allie Glassman & Burak Bedikyan

THURSDAY 1/23 @ 7:00 PM – Danny Kirkhum

FRIDAY 1/24 @ 7:00 PM – Tereza Lee, Michael Eaton, Michi Fuji & Susan Hyman

SATURDAY 1/25 @ 12PM – Jane Irving & Karl Kaminski

SATURDAY 1/25 @ 2 PM – David Stone (#1)

SATURDAY 1/25 @ 4 PM – Phil Stewart

SUNDAY 1/26 @ 12 PM – Matt Baranello

SUNDAY 1/26 @ 2 PM – Jung Sun Kang (#1)

MONDAY 1/27 @ 7:00 PM – Eri Miyashita & Sasha Kern

TUESDAY 1/28 @ 5:30 PM –  Richard Tschudy

TUESDAY 1/28 @ 7:00 PM – Kenny Shaw

FRIDAY 1/31 @ 7:00 PM – Steve Jabas & Sam Friend

SATURDAY 2/1 @ 2:00 PM – David Stone (#2)

SATURDAY 2/1 @ 4:00 PM – Johanna Kopp

SUNDAY 2/2 @ 12:00 PM – Kevin Bernstein & John Gray

SUNDAY 2/2 @ 2:00 PM – Jung Sun Kang (#2)

SUNDAY 2/2 @ 4:00 PM – Stacy Werdin

MONDAY 2/3 @ 5:00 PM – Angela Jaeger (Choristers)

WEDNESDAY 2/5 @ 6:30 PM – Sabine Heubusch & Yvonne Troxler

THURSDAY 2/6 @ 7:00 PM – Wilson Montuori, Todd Grunder & Kevin Hailey

Spring 2019 Recital Schedule

We’re excited to see our talented students perform at our annual Recitals! Find the spring recital schedule below:



Church Street School for Music and Art

**Please find the name of your teacher below for your recital date and time!!**

TUESDAY 5/28 @ 7:00 PM – Liz Asti and Sam Friend


WEDNESDAY 5/29 @ 7:00 PM – Karl Kaminski, Nicole Guberman & Rosi Hertlein


FRIDAY 5/31 @ 5:30 PM – Tereza Lee, Richard Tschudy & Kevin Bernstein

FRIDAY 5/31 @ 7:00 PM – Michi Fuji and Michael Eaton


SATURDAY 6/1 @ 12:00 PM – Danny Kirkhum and Rob Block

SATURDAY 6/1 @ 2 PM – David Stone (#1)

SUNDAY 6/2 @ 2 PM – Phil Stewart

SUNDAY 6/2 @ 4 PM – Jung Sun Kang (#1)


MONDAY 6/3 @ 5:00 PM – Angela Jaeger (Choristers)

MONDAY 6/3 @ 7:00 PM – Andrew Schiller & Kevin Hailey

WEDNESDAY 6/5 @ 7:00 PM – Eri Miyashita and Yvonne Troxler

THURSDAY 6/6 @ 6:30 PM – Sabine Heubusch and Burak Bedikyan


FRIDAY 6/7 @ 5:30 PM – Abby Payne

FRIDAY 6/7 @ 7:00 PM – Steve Jabas and Todd Grunder


SATURDAY 6/8 @ 12:00 PM – Jane Irving and Wilson Montuori

SATURDAY 6/8 @ 2:00 PM – Alex Dine and David Stone (#2)

SATURDAY 6/8 @ 4:00 PM – Johanna Kopp


SUNDAY 6/9 @ 1:00 PM – Kenny Shaw

SUNDAY 6/9 @ 3:00 PM – Jung Sun Kang (#2)

SUNDAY 6/9 @ 4:30 PM – Stacy Werdin


MONDAY 6/10 @ 7:00 PM – Matt Baranello

Detail for the spring semester make-up classes

LAST DAY of the spring semester: Tuesday, June 20


MAKE-UP WEEK for instrumental lessons: Wednesday, June 21 to Tuesday, June 27

*Make-up lessons will be held at held at their regularly scheduled time and day.*




  • Thursday, June 22  for the Thursday, February 9 snow day closure
  • Tuesday, June 27 for the Tuesday, March 14 snow day closure

INSTRUMENTAL lessons and classes:

  • Thursday, June 29 for the Thursday, February 9 snow day closure
  • Wednesday, June 28 for the Tuesday, March 14 snow day closure
  • *All students who intend to come for a make up at their usual time on Wednesday, June 28 will be required to confirm attendance.*


The Event 2017 Highlights

Thank you to everyone who made The Event another wonderful success!
We were so inspired by the great showing of support for Church Street School and for our Honoree, Harry Kendall.

To our Co-chairs, Danielle Elder, Lena Lalvani and our amazing planning committee, all who were in attendance, donors and everyone who participated in this fabulous night, we thank you! You helped raise crucial funds to support scholarships and music and art education for over one thousand students in NYC.

See below for photo highlights and join us next year!

All photos by Michael Scott.

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New for Fall! Art & Music Classes That Make Us Excited for September

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Fall enrollment is now open and we have some exciting new art and music classes in the works. With fall right around the corner, we encourage you to snag your spot ASAP, they’re sure to fill up quickly.

New After School Art Studio Classes

3D Building & Sculpture (5-7 yrs) – Explore 3D art in all forms!
Wild Paint Immersion (8-10 yrs)Dive into the wild world of paint and color.
Think Big! Public & Installation Art (11-14 yrs)Translate BIG ideas into large-scale artworks!
Textile Arts (11-14 yrs) – Explore sewing, weaving, dying & more!

New Instrumental Music Classes
FUNdamentals of Music (8 yrs & up) – Explore the building blocks of music!
Song Writers Workshop (10 yrs & up) – A unique intro to composition.

New Drop-in Program
Little Creators (16 mo- 5 yrs) – Drop-in/drop-off for a creative morning! Join us Tues/Thurs mornings for a music or art class, open play & story time.

Of course, we also have a full schedule of favorite classes returning. To see everything we’re offering this fall, download our 2016-2017 schedule. We’ll see you in the fall to make more music, make more art!

Spotlight on Church Street School

Take a look at this Spotlight on Church Street School by Tribeca Citizen! Learn about our beginnings, our unique philosophy and programs, and what the future has in store.


“We had 150 students when we were starting out, and this year we’re pushing a thousand,” says Lisa Ecklund-Flores, who co-founded the school back in 1990. “We’re the only non-profit school for the arts below Canal Street, and I’ve always felt like the school is a vessel for the community to use any way they want.”



Photo by Claudine Williams.

Creating & Sharing Church Street School’s Vision for the Future

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A Series of Town Hall Meetings

Church Street School, an anchor for cultural arts and education in the Downtown community for the last 25 years, is at a crossroads.

Join us to hear about the state of the school and the challenges before us, and share your thoughts and ideas about what we could and should be in the future.

We want to hear your voice and your dreams for this community as we embark on the next 25 years and beyond!

RSVP for April Town Hall Meetings:

Thursday, April 7th 6:30-7:30pm

Wednesday, April 13th 9-10am

Monday, April 18th 6:30-7:30pm

RSVP for May Town Hall Meetings:

Wed, May 11th 9-10am

Thurs, May 19th 9-10am

Wed, May 25th 6:30-7:30pm

Meetings will be informal and limited to adults.