Building Protocols for CSA Students and Families

 

 

 

We are excited to have kids and teaching artists in our classrooms learning and creating together. We know that the Kansas City Young Audiences community is dedicated to having a safe and healthy environment, and we appreciate everyone doing their part. KYCA has outlined here the steps that we will be taking to mitigate the risk of illness while in our building.

 

Thank you in advance for following our safety protocols.

 

While we are planning for many scenarios, it is important to remember that this is an ever-evolving situation. Our decision to hold class In-Person will be based on specific data points, including but not limited, to the increasing/decreasing number of cases over a two-week period and the percentage of positive tests in our community. If it is decided we can not safely meet in person, all In Person Classes will be held virtually (via Zoom).

 


Health Policies:

  • Please remember that we have a community-wide responsibility to adhere to our health and safety protocols for 2021-22. Families are asked to monitor their household members for symptoms, including fever, and avoid sending children who are ill to class. 
  • We are directing staff members who are not feeling well to avoid coming to the building as well, and are preparing a long list of substitutes to avoid any interruptions to the class schedule.

 


 

Exposure to Covid-19: 

If you were exposed to someone with Covid-19

If you: have been boosted or

Completed the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months or

Completed the J & J vaccine within the last 2 months

Do not need to quarantine.

 

Monitor for symptoms; get tested on day 5 and


Wear a mask around other people for 10 days

 

If you develop symptoms, get a test and isolate.

 

 

If you: completed the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted or

 

Completed the J & J vaccine more than 2 months ago and are not boosted or

 

Are unvaccinated

 

 

 

Stay home for 5 days.

 

Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

 

Monitor for symptoms; get tested on day 5 and

 

If you develop symptoms, get a test and isolate.

updated 1/10/22

 


 

Positive Covid-19 Test:

If you test positive for Covid-19

 

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Stay home for at least 5 days.

 

If you have no symptoms or symptoms are resolving (no fever for 24 hours and other symptoms are improved) after at least 5 days you can leave your house.
 

Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

updated 1/10/22

 


 

If we have a confirmed positive case in our building,

  • KCYA will notify (by email) all currently enrolled families, teaching artists, and staff in our ongoing effort to be transparent and forthcoming with information related to the pandemic.
  • KCYA will continue to follow all Jackson County Health Department protocols for reporting and contract tracing.

 

Additionally, should a positive case be reported inside a specific class, individual families, staff and teaching artists will be notified and any necessary safety protocols put into action (including potentially shifting classes to VIRTUAL only) where appropriate.

 


 

Temperatures:

Students, teaching artists, and staff may have their temperature taken at the entrance to the building each day. 

  • Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above will be asked to return home.
  • We encourage students to have their temperature taken before arriving at KCYA to reduce the risk of being sent home.

 


 

Health-Screening:

We expect all members of our community to answer the following health-related questions before entering our building. If anyone who is unvaccinated answers “yes” to any of the questions, they should refrain from coming into the building. These questions are:

 

Within the last 14 days, have you or anyone in your household:

 

  • had close contact* with someone exhibiting symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19 (fever of 100.4 F or higher, a new dry cough, sore throat, congestion, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, runny nose, respiratory illness, labored breathing, new loss of taste or smell)?
    • if yes and unvaccinated, student cannot attend class & must stay home at least 5 days (see table)
    • if yes and vaccinated, student may attend class, with mask, watch for symptoms (see table)

 

  • have signs or symptoms of COVID-19?
    • no one with any symptoms will be admitted to KCYA

 

* “close contact” is defined as being within approximately six feet of a person for at least 15 minutes

updated 1/10/22

 


 

Visitors:

  • In order to minimize risk and maintain a healthy environment for all our students and teaching artists, we will be limiting the number of visitors into the building.
  • In addition to teaching artists and staff, only students and *one parent/guardian may enter the building for classes.
  • We will strongly encourage individuals who must come to the building to make an appointment unless otherwise directed. Their temperatures will be taken prior to coming into the building and compliance with our building policies is expected at all times.

 

*edited 11/10/21

 


 

Masks:

  • KCYA’s policy requires everyone to wear masks. Masks must cover the nose and mouth and be secure under the chin. They should fit snugly against the sides of the face. 
  • This policy aligns with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that all individuals over the age of two wear masks. Current scientific research concludes that consistent mask use decreases viral transmission by 80 percent or more.
  • KCYA will provide masks for those without one.

 


 

Physical Distancing:

  • We are establishing procedures to accommodate appropriate physical distancing throughout our building. This includes evaluating all spaces to determine the most effective way to create safe classrooms, offices and common areas with appropriate spacing, staggering start times and limited class sizes.
  • The number of students in each class will be based on the physical size of the classroom.
  • Students should plan to arrive dressed for class (except for dance shoes, or other clothing items as directed by your teacher) and will be expected to keep all their belongings together in an individual bag or backpack.
  • We will also limit the number of individuals in restrooms.

 


 

Handwashing, Sanitizing and Cleaning:

  • Frequent and effective handwashing will be encouraged.
  • Sanitizing stations, will be placed at all entrances, common areas and classrooms. Hand sanitization will be required upon each entry to the building and prior to being dismissed.
  • Throughout the day, our teaching artists and staff will be frequently cleaning common areas and high-touch points such as door handles and ballet barres. 
  • Many soft surface items, such as furniture and rugs, have been removed or are restricted.

 


 

Sharing Supplies:

  • Wherever possible, students will bring or be provided their own set of materials to avoid sharing.
  • Students should arrive with a pre-filled water bottle as we will restrict the use of the water fountain and kitchen to staff only.

 


 

Drop Off: 

 

  • Students can either walk themselves or be escorted by a single parent/guardian to the building entrance where they will participate in a health screening and possible temperature check.
  • Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed to attend class.
  • Students may go directly to their class or, if early, may wait in the Family Lounge. One parent/guardian may wait inside until class dismissal. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate siblings at this time. 
  • Students may arrive as early as 10 minutes before their class start time.
  • Masks must be worn at all times; no eating or drinking inside the building. (If weather is nice, you are welcome to picnic on the deck before you enter the building.)   

 

edited 11/10/21

 


 

Pick Up:

 

  • Parents/guardians of children ages up to 10 years should be near the classroom door at dismissal time to escort your student out of the building.
  • Parents/guardians of children 11 and older may meet near the classroom door, in the Family Lounge, at the building entrance/exit, or you may choose to meet your child in the parking lot at dismissal time. Please make sure your child knows where to meet you. For their safety, students will not be allowed to wait outside. 
  • Students must be picked up within ten minutes of their class ending time. If you know you will be late, please give us a call.
  • KCYA staff will be at the entrance/exit of the building to assist students as needed.

 

edited 11/10/21

 


 

Performances and Showcases:

We are exploring possible options for performances and showcases. Communication about plans will be announced in classes and via email. 


 

As always, we welcome your feedback or comments, please email enrollnow@kcya.org. 

 

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