KCYA Coronavirus Update 7.1.20

 

Our building is slowly re-opening to staff.  There are four more weeks of virtual summer programming and while we miss having young artists fill our studios, we’ve enjoyed seeing the interactions they’re having with the virtual classes and camps. We continue to monitor recommendations of the CDC and guidelines from local authorities as we plan for the future. 

 

CSA Fall Session Plans

As of now, we plan to offer both in-person classes and online classes this fall (details and class schedules will be shared in the next few weeks). In order to re-open our doors safely, we will be following all CDC protocols as well as instructions from the City of Kansas City. Those protocols will include things such as: temperature check/health screening at the door, mandatory mask wearing, smaller class sizes, staggered start times, extra cleaning, etc. We will also be prepared to convert these in-person classes into online classes should the need arise.

 

In-School Programming Update

Our staff is working with many dedicated Teaching Artists to create new programs and adapt existing ones to meet the changing needs of schools and students. We believe deeply that ‘all children deserve the transformational spark the arts ignite’ and we’re developing content that can reach them wherever they are learning this schoolyear. 

 

Fundraising Update

The last four months have been financially difficult for many individuals and organizations, and KCYA is not immune. We’ve created the Sunrise Fund to help. Your support is critical to the health of our organization and the well-being of thousands of young people in our community.

 

Also, the planning for our ‘Spark the Arts in Young Hearts’ benefit luncheon is well under way. We hope you can join us, either in-person or virtually, on October 14 to help raise much-needed funding for our inspirational programming.

 

 


 

KCYA Coronavirus Update 5.1.20

 

While stay at home restrictions may be lifted in the coming days and weeks, there is no way to practice safe physical distancing at summer camp.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to host our amazing summer camps and classes in person this year. 

 

Because we believe creativity is vital and helps to provide an outlet for children’s feelings of anxiety, boredom, loneliness, and worry, we are pleased to offer VIRTUAL Summer Camps & Classes

 

We continue to evaluate how and when to reopen the building for staff and eventually, for the kids and teaching artists we miss so greatly.  In addition, we continue to work with our teaching artists to develop new classes, workshops, performances, and residencies that could be delivered virtually or in-person - building in the flexibility necessary for this rapidly changing situation. Now, more than ever, children will need the engaging power of the arts to fuel their minds and lift their spirits. 


 

KCYA Coronavirus Update 3.23.20

 

Due to the Stay at Home order issued by the City of Kansas City, Missouri and other area authorities; the KCYA office will remain closed until April 24, 2020. KCYA staff continues to work remotely and can still be reached via email and voice message.

 

We have also officially canceled the remainder of the Community School of the Arts Spring Session (through 5/2) classes and the end of session student showcases including: Garage Band & Improv Showcase, Tiny Dancer Showcase, and the Acting Class Showcase. (Affected families will be emailed more information.)

 

These closings and cancelations will result in significant loss of income for our wonderful teaching artists. We are deeply committed to the livelihood of our professional artists, who are facing unprecedented uncertainty. They are independent contractors and rely on income from programs that have now been cancelled. Please help us help them with a donation to the Teaching Artist Emergency Fund.

 


 

KCYA Coronaviru Update 3.17.20

 

Following the mandates of local, state and federal authorities, the Community School of the Arts will remain closed through April 3rd; at which time we’ll reassess the situation and communicate our plans going forward. 

 

Effective immediately, the KCYA staff will work remotely and can be reached by email or phone message. Click here for the staff directory. The KCYA Office will be closed through April 3rd and can be accessed by appointment only.

 

At KCYA, we believe in the transformational power of the arts. At this critical time, we believe the arts can provide a much-needed calm focus and creative outlet for children who may be feeling anxious or uncertain.

 

Through social media, we will do our best to share free and engaging arts activities your children can do at home. Watch our Facebook page for more information! 

 

As we navigate this difficult situation, KCYA will need continued financial support to maintain the agency infrastructure necessary to deliver arts education programs to those who need them the most. Now, more than ever, children will need the engaging power of the arts to fuel their minds and lift their spirits. Please consider a contribution, no matter the size, to help us weather this unprecedented storm. 

 

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KCYA Coronavirus Update 3.12.20 at 6:00pm

 

In light of recent events, KCYA is following the lead of Kansas City Public Schools and will be closed effective Friday, March 13 through March 22nd. We will reassess the situation and post an update by March 22.

 

This decision is intended to protect our CSA families, teaching artists, visitors, and staff.  We sincerely apologize for this disruption in our programming and hope you understand it was not an easy decision to make.

 

We are not closing because of a known Covid-19 case in our building, but we believe closing our building for a time will assist in slowing the spread of the virus.

 

We will work remotely and follow the guidance of the City of Kansas City, the Kansas City Public Schools, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as to when we might reopen.

 

This means there will be no classes beginning Friday, March 13 and no Spring Break Camps (March 16-20) and the make-up classes scheduled for Wednesday, March 18.

 

Spring Break Camp enrollments are eligible for a credit or refund. Please submit your request in writing to Janell Rinne. Jrinne@kcya.org

 

Spring Class enrollments will also be eligible for a credit or refund for all cancelled classes. However, since our reopen date is fluid we will let you know how to request the credit or refund once classes have resumed.

 

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!


 

KCYA Coronavirus Update 3.12.20

 

KCYA continues to monitor the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. For details on the virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 webpage

 

The City of Kansas City, Missouri has just issued a State of Emergency. It will last for 21 days and prohibits events with more than 1,000 people. See more information here:

https://www.kcmo.gov/city-hall/departments/health/coronavirus

 

The safety and security of our students, families, teaching artists and staff is KCYA's top priority.  We will continue to monitor developments, revise our response as appropriate, and will follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and appropriate state, county and local authorities. Our doors are open, and our schedule of classes, camps, and school programs is currently unchanged. However, we are carefully watching news reports about the best way to proceed.

 

What should you do?

While there are no additional precautions recommended for our community at this time, it's important to remember steps you can take to prevent the spread of any virus, including the flu:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid large crowds in areas where viruses are prevalent.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your doorknobs, light switches and commonly touched areas with disinfectant wipes frequently.

 

Should you wear a mask?

There are different public health perspectives in different regions of the world on the benefits of wearing a mask. It's common practice in Asia, for example, to wear masks in public to avoid getting sick or to prevent others from being exposed to illness. If you see someone wearing a mask in public, don't assume that they have coronavirus or any other illness. In the U.S., public health officials have deemed masks effective only for specific circumstances and not for general use. The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks for the general public to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

 


 

KCYA Coronavirus Update 3.9.20

 

KCYA continues to monitor the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. For details on the virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 webpage.

 

Recent news reports indicate there is a confirmed case in Missouri and Kansas. However, based on statements from local authorities, we believe the current risk to the KCYA building, our clients and the surrounding community remains relatively low.

 

The safety and security of our students, families, teaching artists and staff is KCYA's top priority.  We will continue to monitor developments, revise our response as appropriate, and will follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and appropriate state, county and local authorities. KCYA staff has met with a risk assessment expert to advise us. 

 

What should you do?

While there are no additional precautions recommended for our community at this time, it's important to remember steps you can take to prevent the spread of any virus, including the flu:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid large crowds in areas where viruses are prevalent.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your doorknobs, light switches and commonly touched areas with disinfectant wipes frequently.

 

Should you wear a mask?

There are different public health perspectives in different regions of the world on the benefits of wearing a mask. It's common practice in Asia, for example, to wear masks in public to avoid getting sick or to prevent others from being exposed to illness. If you see someone wearing a mask in public, don't assume that they have coronavirus or any other illness. In the U.S., public health officials have deemed masks effective only for specific circumstances and not for general use. The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks for the general public to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

 

Learn more about the Community School of the Arts Illness Policy here.

 

Learn more about the Community School of the Arts cancellation & refund policy here...

 


 

KCYA Coronavirus Update 3.3.20

 

KCYA is monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, which was first reported in the Hubei province in China and has since spread to a growing number of countries, including the United States. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. For details on the virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 webpage

 

Recent news reports indicate there are no confirmed cases in Missouri or Kansas at this time. Based on the information available at this time, we believe the current risk to the KCYA building, our clients and the surrounding community remains relatively low.

 

The safety and security of our students, families, teaching artists and staff is KCYA's top priority.  We will continue to monitor developments, revise our response as appropriate, and will follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and appropriate state, county and local authorities. KCYA staff has met with a risk assessment expert to advise us. KCYA’s janitorial staff follows industry standards for cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces, door handles, etc. six times each week.

 

What should you do?

While there are no additional precautions recommended for our community at this time, it's important to remember steps you can take to prevent the spread of any virus, including the flu:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid large crowds in areas where viruses are prevalent.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your doorknobs, light switches and commonly touched areas with disinfectant wipes frequently.

 

Should you wear a mask?

There are different public health perspectives in different regions of the world on the benefits of wearing a mask. It's common practice in Asia, for example, to wear masks in public to avoid getting sick or to prevent others from being exposed to illness. If you see someone wearing a mask in public, don't assume that they have coronavirus or any other illness. In the U.S., public health officials have deemed masks effective only for specific circumstances and not for general use. The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks for the general public to prevent the spread of coronavirus.