COVID-19 Safety Precautions And Protocols
It is our primary goal to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every child and member of our Young At Art community. We are continually adjusting our programming based on the state and local health regulations and the guidance we receive from the Center for Disease Control and American Camp Association. With proper health and safety actions in place that are detailed below, as well as monitoring of staff and students, Rachel's Young At Art Studio is back in operation for classes, camps, playgroups, and birthday parties.
Creating A Safe Space
We have worked hard to implement protocols as recommended by the ADHS and CDC, and we are doing everything in our power to serve our families with their health and safety as our top priority. Here are some of the basic techniques we have enacted. A more in-depth explanation of how these techniques will be implemented into daily operations is to follow.
- First and foremost, please stay home if your child has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, is feeling ill, has a fever, has a cough, or is experiencing any other symptoms related to COVID-19.
- All staff and children ages 5 and up are required to wear masks unless they are eating or drinking.
- The new studio is 2,089 square feet and to ensure as much social distancing as possible, we are limiting camp enrollment to a group of 25 children with 5 instructors, who will be together for the entire week. Classes will also be reduced in capacity, depending on the age group of the children.
- During camp, Mini Monet, and Crafternoon, parents will drop their children off with and pick their children up from a counselor just outside the studio and are encouraged to stay outside.
- We will be taking temperatures upon arrival. Any child with a fever (who has not come into contact with the COVID-19 virus) is required to stay home for at least 24 hours.
- We will practice social distancing during snacks, lunch, and as much as possible during art projects.
- Brushes, markers, pencils, and all other art supplies will be sanitized between uses. All other surfaces will be sanitized regularly throughout the day.
- We will encourage proper hand hygiene (washing with soap and water for 20 seconds).
It is important that parents have a conversation with their children about COVID-19, some common symptoms, and how to prevent spreading it to others prior to visiting the studio. Children should be aware that their teachers are required to wear masks. Similarly, parents should be aware that there is an open line of communication between them and Rachel's Young At Art administration to ensure the safety of all students, campers and staff members. If a parent believes their child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at any time, they should inform our staff and stay home. To return to classes or camp, the child must be fever free and not experiencing any other virus-related symptoms for 24 hours or have a note from their doctor.
If someone in the student, camper, or staffer's household has a confirmed case of COVID-19, they must stay home for 10 days or receive a negative COVID-19 test result. Campers that experience symptoms at camp will be evaluated by the instructors and parents will be notified if the child needs to go home. It is important that parents pick their child(ren) up 30 minutes after they receive a phone call. If the child(ren) cannot be picked up in 30 minutes, an emergency contact will be notified.
We hope that no person becomes ill during camp, however, our policy is to disclose and notify families if a positive COVID-19 case occurs while keeping the camper or staff member’s name confidential. Parents should be aware that children with pre-existing conditions and/or auto-immune diseases are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and should consult with their health care provider before visiting the studio. Due to the extenuating circumstances, and to lower the risk of exposure to all campers and staff, parents will not be allowed inside of the studio during camp hours or during Mini Monet classes.
Parents should be advised that staff members will receive specialized training recommended by the ACA and AZDHS in accordance with CDC standards and protocols on behaviors and precautions students and campers should abide by to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some of which include the following:
- How and when to effectively wash and sanitize hands
- How to practice physical distancing in various settings
- Which symptoms to look out for and when/how to report them
- When to stay home
- Coughing/sneezing etiquette
- Cleaning/disinfection techniques
- Other specific policies and guidelines detailed here
- All staff will have their temperatures taken each morning.
- Upon arrival to classes, adults and children will have their temperatures taken.
- During camp, there will be contactless drop off and pick up outside. All children will have their temperatures taken before entering the studio. Any child with a fever of 100 degrees or above (who has not come into contact with the COVID-19 virus) is required to stay home for at least 24 hours.
- Staff will regularly monitor customers and campers for signs and symptoms of illness throughout the day in the hopes of determining potential risks before they pose a threat to others.
- Before visiting the studio, take into consideration the following questions:
- Has your child taken Tylenol or any other fever reducing medicine today?
- Does your child have:
- cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Are there any members of your household with symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Have you come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- If the answer to any of these questions is "YES" then you or your child may not be admitted into class or camp.
Cleaning and Disinfection
- We have purchased a powerful antibacterial formula from the Honest Company that kills germs and viruses. We will be cleaning all of art tables and washing stations with it hourly.
- Communal spaces will be cleaned and disinfected several times throughout the day. Shared items including but not limited to toys, balls, and games, will be cleaned between each use.
- Restrooms will be cleaned with Clorox products between classes and periodically throughout camp days.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the front desk, but children are encouraged to wash their hands regularly. Between arts and crafts, potty breaks, and snack time, you'll notice those little hands are cleaner than ever before!
Below is a list of the resources used to compile our protocols and precautions. Parents may find them helpful when looking for further information on the topics discussed above.
- American Camp Association Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance
- State and Country Level Metrics
- COVID-19 Dashboards
- Arizona Department of Health Services