Building Protocols for CSA Students and Families

 

*updated 8/4/2020

 

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).

 


Temperatures:

Students, teaching artists, and staff will 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 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)?

 

  • have signs or symptoms of COVID-19?

 

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


 

Visitors:

  • In order to minimize risk and maintain a healthy environment for our students and faculty, we regret we will not be able to allow visitors into the building during class times. 
  • Visitors include all people who are not staff, teaching artists, or students.
  • 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.

 

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: 

 

  • Upon arrival each day, families are asked to park in a KCYA parking spot so that students can either walk themselves or be escorted by a single family member to the building entrance where they will participate in a health screening and contactless temperature check.
    • Anyone with a temperature registering at 100.4 or above will return to their vehicle and will not be allowed to attend class that day.
    • We encourage families to wait until they can confirm that their student has been cleared for class.
    • We encourage students to have their temperature taken before arriving at KCYA to reduce the risk of being sent home.
  • Parents/Guardians must have completed a Health Assessment Waiver prior to attending their first class.
  • Students will then be guided to their classroom by a KCYA staff member.
  • To limit the number of visitors inside the buildings, we encourage you to stay in your car and call the office with any questions or concerns.
  • Students may be dropped off as early as 10 minutes before their class start time, keeping in mind that students will not be admitted earlier than this to help eliminate cross-over contact with other classes.

 

 


 

Pick Up:

 

  • Families will receive two unique tags to display in their designated vehicle(s). 
  • Tags will be distributed at drop off on the first day of class.
  • Please attach the tag to your visor or place prominently in your window so that upon arrival your tag is clearly visible to our staff. 
  • Student pick-up will be conducted outside the building; parents/approved pick-up individuals must remain in their vehicles when lining up. A staff member will ensure all students reach their car safely. Students will be released in the order cars line up, so please plan accordingly and arrive early!
  • Students will remain socially distant while waiting to be picked up inside our building and sent out to their designated pick-up vehicle in the order in which they arrive.
  • A staff member will ensure that students are picked up by appropriately tagged vehicle(s).
  • Students must be picked up within ten minutes of their class ending time.
  • If students need to be picked up early, please contact the office at least 15 minutes prior to the pick-up time so that your child can be ready.
  • To limit the number of visitors inside the buildings, we encourage you to stay in your car and call the office with any questions or concerns.

 

 


 

Performances and Showcases:

At this time, KCYA does not intend to offer in-person public performances or showcases for the fall session classes.


 

Health Policies:

  • Please remember that we have a community-wide responsibility to adhere to our health and safety protocols for 2020-21. 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.

 

If a student is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Students with symptoms will be taken to a separate room overseen by one of our staff members and parents/guardians will be contacted to arrange pick-up within the hour.
  • In addition to students, teaching artists, and staff with symptoms will be sent home immediately.

 

If an individual is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is awaiting test results:

  • KCYA will assist local health departments’ efforts in contact tracing and will follow their quarantine and isolation recommendations.
  • Students or staff may return to class/work following a negative result and symptom- and fever-free for at least three days. A physician note may be requested.

 

If an individual has been exposed* to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or has been directed to
quarantine by a healthcare provider, but feels healthy otherwise:

  • Contact the KCYA office at enrollnow@kcya.org.
  • Contact your physician.
  • Stay home for 14 days** from the time of last exposure.
  • Students or staff may be contacted for contact tracing purposes.

 

KCYA will notify those individuals in the school community if they have been exposed* to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We will not share names of those exposed or infected and only appropriate (need-to-know basis) staff will be informed. All names, specific information and records will remain confidential.

*Exposure is defined as at least 15 minutes of contact within six feet.
**Timelines may be adjusted with appropriate testing and approval from a physician.


 

 

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

 

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