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  The College takes seriously the safety and security of its students and employees. After normal school hours, the College employs security guards on campus; in addition, the Music Department employs a student monitor who is responsible for Thayer in the evenings.  If a security guard or student monitor makes a reasonable request of a student or family member who is waiting in the building, cooperation is expected. No one is allowed in the building after hours, even if a door or window is found unlocked.  

The College maintains exit lights, emergency lights and smoke detectors, but everyone using the building needs to be aware of the location of safety exits. 

There is no smoking allowed in the building, nor any type of open flame vessel such as candles, matches, cigarette lighters, etc.

The sign-in system for children eighth grade and below will ensure that in case of emergency, these children will be located and properly assisted by emergency personnel. 

Another safeguard to our TPAC students is the guest sign-in procedure. This applies to those who enter the building for reasons other than lessons, rehearsals, or concerts (not applicable to parents or family members who accompany students to lessons.) These guests must state their purpose and abide by TPAC and college rules. 

Protection of personal property is the responsibility of the student. Atlantic Union College and its subsidiaries are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Please keep all personal items (i.e. wallet, purse, backpack, musical instruments, etc.) with you at all times or see that they are securely locked. In the case of a theft of personal items, the Thayer Office should be notified and an incident report will be filled out.

Incidents of personal injury should also be reported to the Thayer Office and an accident report filled out. The office has a supply of band-aids; however anything serious may require a call to 911 or at times the college nurse may be of assistance

Students gain the most from consistent study. Students are encouraged to meet lessons weekly if they are to profit from the experience at Thayer. Proper practice between lessons also enables the student to gain the most out of the musical instruction time.

Students are asked to arrive no more than 15 minutes before the lesson time, and to leave no more than 15 minutes after the lesson time.

Arriving students are asked to go directly to the designated waiting area closest to the teacher’s studio.

Students who have completed their lessons are to use the grand central staircase to go to the Oak Room on first floor where they can wait to be picked up. (All other areas of the building are off-limits.)

Seasonal outside waiting is to be in the area to be designated and is allowed only with special parental permission.

Students in ensembles are asked to follow these same policies.

Students with siblings taking lessons are also asked to wait in the Oak Room and should be picked up within 15 minutes of the completion of the last lesson.

It is an expected courtesy to notify a teacher through the office when a student is unable to attend a lesson.

For sickness, emergencies, and unexpected schedule conflicts, each student is granted two make-up lessons during the regular school year—one during the months before the December make-up lesson week, and one during the months before the May make-up lesson. One make-up lesson is also allowed during the Summer Session; the make-up lesson week is in August. During these three weeks designated “Make-up Lesson” weeks, only those students needing make-up lessons will be taught.

These make-up lessons are guaranteed only if the office was notified at least 24 hours prior to the absence. (These are designated “Absence Excused” or AE in our attendance records.)

If the office is notified less than 24 hours ahead of the lesson, it is appreciated as a courtesy to the teacher, but no make-up lesson is given. (These are designated “Absence Unexcused” or AU in our attendance records.)

The teacher is not obligated to make up more lessons than those guaranteed in this policy, regardless of the reason for the student’s absence. However, if the teacher cancels a lesson for any reason, he or she is responsible to make certain the student receives the correct number of lessons for the session. (These are designated “Teacher” or T in our attendance records.)

At times, by agreement with the student or parent, a teacher will arrange a lesson at a different time during the week, or give a longer lesson to make up his or her absence. If this is not done, a credit or refund will be given to the student.  

  We do not necessarily close when the public schools close. A decision about Thayer closing for inclement weather will be made for the morning classes by 8:30 a.m. and for the afternoon and evening classes by 1:00 p.m. Cancellation information may be obtained by calling 978-368-2100 after those times for a recorded message. Lessons missed because we close will be made up. A lesson will also be made up if a teacher cancels, even though we are open. 

To make the following sign-in procedure as simple as possible, you may park briefly in the drop-off area at the front door of the building as you sign in your child. Otherwise, please park in the parking lot provided beyond the building. Vehicles should not park in the fire lane on the right side of the driveway.
 
 
Reservations for practicing in a recital hall should be made through the Thayer Office to avoid conflicts in scheduling.
Upon registration, a parent may make arrangements for a student to practice in a specified room while waiting for a sibling. If a room is available, the office will issue a practice pass for that day on a first come/first serve basis. (Only one student is allowed in a practice room at a time.)
  • Parents and guardians of students fourth grade and below are asked to bring the students into the building and sign them in each time they come for a lesson; we also ask you to sign them out as they leave.
  • Fifth to eighth grade students are asked to sign themselves in and out each time they come for a lesson.
  • Everyone entering the building after 6 pm is asked to sign in.
All posters and notices must be approved by the office.  College events are posted on the bulletin board near the office.  Other notices are posted on the bulletin board on the opposite wall.
There are both a pay phone and a campus phone provided for student use in the front hall on the first floor of Thayer Performing Arts Center.