In order to protect our students and staff as much as possible, PAA will be implementing the following protocols for our programs:
You can find the participation waiver here: https://paacolorado.org/participation-waiver/
- Students will be in smaller casts and classes to comply with the current guidance provided by local and state government officials for indoor spaces. In turn, this allows for more individual instruction as well as featuring more students in our staged productions.
- All students and staff will maintain adequate social distancing of at least 6’. Performance blocking and choreography will be adjusted to accommodate these requirements.
- Classes and rehearsals will take place either upstairs or downstairs at St. Luke’s UMC, limiting the amount of movement throughout the building.
- We will not use stage makeup during performances – depending on the program, students may use makeup from home.
- Students will be asked to bring and wear a mask during most of their time while at PAA. If a personal mask is not available, PAA will make every attempt to provide a student mask.
- Student check-in/out is outside the St. Luke’s building while weather is good. The check-in/out station for programs will be in front of the main entrance.
- Parents are asked to wait in their cars or outside of the building during pick up and drop off. In case of inclement weather, the Production and Site Manager will advise parents or guardians on the updated procedure via email.
- Students are asked not to arrive early, and will not be allowed to linger after classes and rehearsals.
- All faculty and staff’s temperatures will be checked regularly.
- Students will be asked to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after each rehearsal and performance.
- Please take your students temperature before coming to PAA. If they have a fever 100.4 or above or is close and don’t feel well, please stay home.
- Students will use hand sanitizer after they blow their nose, sneeze, or cough into their mask and elbow. PAA uses a hand sanitizer that is between 62% and 70% alcohol based.
- PAA will be cleaning high-touch surfaces in the building before and after each class and rehearsal such as handles, door panels, hand railings, drinking fountains, sinks, urinals, etc. with a certified disinfectant that is state approved for preschools.
- PAA will sanitize and disinfect the restrooms regularly while in the building.
- The University of Colorado, Boulder and University of Maryland joint Aerosol
- Study parts 1 and 2. Final report comes out in late November/early December 2020. https://www.nfhs.org/articles/unprecedented-international-coalition-led-by-performing-arts-organizations-to-commission-covid-19-study/
- CDC Guidelines
- Tri-County Health Guidelines
- PAA’s nurse consultant from Children’s Hospital
What do I do if I’m sick or someone in my family is sick?
If your child feels sick at all, for any reason, PLEASE STAY HOME. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the symptoms you are experiencing. Any student who has a fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, or vomiting is required to stay home until they are symptom free for 24-48 hours. If you know you have been in close contact (15 minutes or more) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, PLEASE STAY HOME and quarantine for 14 days and check in with your Health Care Provider. Send an email to email@example.com and we will work with you on a plan of action.
How many children will be in each class or cast?
While exact enrollment numbers fluctuate, we maintain the current requirements by governing authorities. Classes have been limited to no more than 9 students and an instructor in spaces that allow for 36 square feet or more per child. Casts have been limited to no more than 11 students with an instructor in larger spaces that allow for 100 square feet or more per child.
Will you create cohort groups to limit exposure?
Will students be required to wear masks?
All Faculty, Staff and Students will wear a mask while at PAA, both inside and outside. We have been studying the most recent scientific data and international aerosol studies that overwhelmingly conclude that wearing masks while speaking and singing significantly reduces the risk of transmitting aerosols that carry the coronavirus.
Should students bring their own masks from home?
Yes please! Students will be asked to bring and wear a mask during most of their time while at PAA. If a personal mask is not available, PAA will make every attempt to provide a one-time use student mask.
Why do all of the students wear masks?
We wear masks to protect not only ourselves but also each other. If a person is infected, their mask will capture any large respiratory droplets they produce before they are expelled into the air, thereby preventing them from unknowingly infecting people around them. In contrast, a FACE SHIELD, by nature of its design, allows these droplets to escape rather than be captured.
How will social distancing occur inside and outside?
Yes. Students will be encouraged and reminded to social distance inside and outside as appropriate. Additionally, they will still be able to socialize with their friends while socially distanced.
Will students be required to socially distance in the classroom?
Yes, when stationary and as much as possible while moving. However, our goal is also to keep our students safe while not making them feel fearful or nervous to socialize with others.
Will students have their temperatures taken during the day?
No, unless they are not feeling well or exhibiting symptoms.
Should students bring their own hand sanitizer from home?
Hand sanitizer is available for all students at any time they are involved in a PAA activity. If you prefer that your child only uses their individual size containers, please send it with them. Students will be asked to use hand sanitizer after they blow their nose, sneeze, or cough into their mask and elbow. PAA’s hand sanitizer is between 62% and 70% alcohol based.
Who are the governing bodies who have influenced these policies?
PAA Board of Directors, PAA Staff, St. Luke’s UMC, CDC, Tri-County Health, and the State of Colorado
RESCHEDULING AND QUARANTINE PROCEDURES
What happens if my child gets sick at PAA?
We have created an isolation room that allows us to properly care for any sick children while quarantining them from their peers and waiting for parents to arrive to take the student home. We understand that not all illnesses will be COVID19 related, but we need to provide a safe place to handle illnesses. A staff member will be monitoring the student in the isolation room. We will call the parents when a child reports being ill, and if we have not heard from a parent or guardian within 30 minutes, we will begin to call the emergency contacts listed in the registration paperwork.
What if my child or another child has a fever not related to Covid? Can he or she return to PAA?
If a child has a fever above , they cannot attend PAA. Once a student exhibits no symptoms for 24 hours including a fever, the student may return to PAA.
What happens if a student, staff or faculty member tests positive for COVID?
While each situation is unique and will be handled accordingly, it is likely we will suspend in-person learning for the classroom or cast where the child tested positive until the appropriate time has passed since exposure. By keeping classes socially distanced, wearing masks, and exercising consistent hygiene procedures, we hope that we only have to close the classrooms with immediate contact to the child or staff member who is suspected of being exposed.
What happens if a student’s family member tests positive for Covid?
There is an exposure model called the ABC model that will help us determine the correct course of action. The model essentially helps us determine if someone is a primary contact (someone who needs to self-quarantine), or a secondary contact (someone who needs to be aware but does not need to self-quarantine). In the event a parent tests positive, their child would be a primary contact, and the students in the classroom would be secondary contacts. We will also consult with our school nurse, Tri-County Health, the church, and our licensing department in each Covid exposure situation. Again, we will work hard to communicate situations with families while maintaining confidentiality.
If one of our family members is asked to quarantine (NOT ISOLATE) from their school or business, does my child need to quarantine as well?
No. According to the health department, siblings or children of someone with potential exposure do not need to quarantine, but please notify the Production and Site Manager so we can watch for symptoms. If someone at home does start to develop symptoms, then the child does need to quarantine.
Will I be notified if someone at Little School tests positive for Covid?
In the event someone at PAA tests positive for COVID19, we will consult Tri-County Health and PAA’s contracted Health Care Professional (nurse) from Children’s Hospital, and alert St. Luke’s UMC. We will follow the advice of Tri-County Health on who needs to be notified. A student or family member’s personal information and name will never be shared. We will respect confidentiality and HIPPA laws.
If a class or cast is quarantined due to a suspected positive or confirmed positive COVID19 case, can they still meet?Yes, but on zoom. The PAA team has had good success in teaching over zoom during the summer. If we move to a zoom platform, the Production and Site Manager will send a specific zoom link for your child to participate with the instructor and their class or cast mates.
What if the surrounding school districts shut down again like they did in March? Will PAA close?
Not necessarily. That being said, a decision to close will be made by the PAA board and staff based on the requirements and recommendations from our own policies.
Are the restrooms cleaned regularly?
Yes! While we encourage students to utilize the bathroom facilities before coming to PAA, selected restrooms are available for use and are cleaned, disinfected and sanitized regularly during programming.
What is PAA doing to help increase ventilation in the classrooms to reduce the spread of COVID?
We are currently working with the leadership and trustees of St. Luke’s to determine next steps to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID19. We are looking at both commercial HEPA filtration units as well as replacing air unit filters with MERV13 or HEPA filters. We are also determining the ACR or air change rate for various rooms. The higher the rate, the healthier and safer the room.
What cleaning protocols are in place to ensure the safety of the children and staff?
PAA uses a line of cleaning products that have been approved by Tri-County Health called Buckeye. Buckeye provides both a sanitizer and disinfectant that are used properly according to their labels. We have a professional cleaning company who cleans every night. In addition, teachers will be disinfecting toys, materials, and surfaces as necessary daily.