SAPling Rules and Policies

Please read and familiarize yourself with our center rules and policies to optimize your in-class experience! 

Distractions: We strive to have 45 minutes of distraction-free singing and playing. Food, drinks, toys, etc. are all distractions for not only you and your child, but for everyone else in the room, including the teacher. Please leave them at home or put them away for the duration of the class.

Phones, cameras, and electronics: All of these are distractions as well and we kindly ask you put them away for the duration of the class. We know it is tempting to want to catch the musical moments during class but children and adults alike are extremely distracted by electronics and the use of them detracts from everyone’s experience. Please feel free to use them before and after class but our policy is to have a distraction-free zone for everyone to enjoy themselves and sing and play together, so please refrain from using all electronics during class time.

Wellness: If your child is sick, please please please do NOT come to class--make-ups are always available! If your child has had a runny nose, fever, vomiting, or known communicable disease (strep, pink eye, etc) within 24 hours before class, please exercise caution and common sense and take that day off from class.

Inclement weather: Our center adheres to the DCPS closures regarding inclement weather--if DCPS has a delayed opening or closes school for the day, we will not have class that day. Classes canceled due to inclement weather will be made up at the end of the semester.

Participation: Adult caregiver participation is vital to our program. You (or whomever the child's caregiver may be) are your child's best model. By participating in class you are modeling what good musical behavior looks like and your child will naturally follow suit. Child participation can look different from adult participation. If a child is old enough to manipulate limbs independently, we ask you to resist the urge to move the child’s arms or clap the child’s hands. We also ask you to resist the urge to force your child to stay seated next to you or in your lap. Some children may sing and dance along while others may simply sit and observe. Children learn in their own unique ways so try and resist the inclination to compare them and don’t worry about what you think “normal” participation looks like. If you sit back, have fun, and participate yourself, your child will get the most out of the class experience—and so will you!

Nannies and au pairs: These adults care for your child and are invaluable to your child’s development and education. While not the children’s parents, they are still role models for the children and their participation every class is vital. Please discuss the importance of their role as models and share these policies with them. If there is a language barrier, please help us by communicating these policies so they can understand.

Extra adults and children: Families are always encouraged to make Music Together®! Extra adults are welcome any time, at no additional cost. For information on bringing additional children to class, please see the FAQ page.  

Running: Children are very energetic and can feel the need to run around in class--that's normal! Singing and playing is fun and exciting! Our center policy on running is that it's ok as long as everyone is safe and happy. Although it may appear that the child is not "actively participating," just being in the room, your child is still immersed in the rich musical and educational environment of the program and is constantly benefiting from it. However, if a child becomes reckless or there is a possibility of injury to the running child or other class participants, the teacher may ask the caregiver to have the child stop running.