Art Steps News & Notes!

Covid-19 Safety Accommodations

May 7, 2021

As of April 23 2021, Orange County and the State of California have adjusted guidelines for our type of business. Changes include students distancing at three feet instead of six, as well as modified sanitation measures, with an emphasis on hand hygiene. Mask-wearing, ventilation and other protocols remain in place. To read the directives from the county and state, click here, enter "Orange" under County and "Day Camps" under Activity.

New protocols go into effect immediately, though some classrooms may stay at 6 feet of distance between students as late as June 1 and beyond. We would love to hear from you! Please contact your Studio Manager if you have any questions!


SAFETY POLICIES - Updated May 7, 2021
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Students & Parents
  • Everyone will wear masks
  • Students will wait outside the studio, social distancing with a parent, and enter following a quick temperature check and hand-washing or sanitizing.
  • Only students and staff will be allowed inside the studio.
  • Students are not to come to the studio with any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell. Makeup classes will be provided for symptomatic children. We require that any known case of COVID-19 in a student’s household be reported to our office on the day that it is discovered. 
  • Students whose temperature reads over 100.4 degrees will be sent home.
  • Students who would like to wear an apron must come in wearing their own; no aprons will be provided.
  • Students must stay three feet from other students and six feet away from adults wherever possible. 
  • Students will sanitize their hands upon exiting the studio.
  • Parents must sign an Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver on paper or digitally, as an addendum to the Waiver section in Art Steps Customer Portal.
  • Students who either will not or cannot abide by the above requirements for any reason will be asked to leave the premises as soon as it is safe to do so, per the teacher’s or Studio Manager’s sole discretion. 
  • Art Steps reserves the right to ask any particular student not to return to the studio for any reason, and reserves the right to require written documentation of a negative COVID-19 test or of sufficient quarantine before allowing a student into the studio.

Ventilation
  • Front and back doors will be kept open for ventilation whenever possible, unless an advanced air filter is installed into the HVAC system for that location.
  • Each classroom is outfitted with a standard air purifier, whose filter is changed monthly.
  • Fans at the door may be used to direct air out of the studio.

 Materials, Supplies & Furniture
  • Art supplies will be single-use only within the same day, as much as possible.  Used art supplies will be cleaned and sanitized every evening.  
  • Students may elect to bring in their own art supplies. Purchase the brands we use in-studio here.
  • Teachers will minimize the use of students’ handling of curriculum books.
  • Staff will thoroughly clean shared surfaces at the end of each night.

Teaching Methodology
  • Demonstrations may be done at the student’s bench as usual, but where equally effective, the teacher will conduct demonstrations at a distance, such as using a pointer stick or bringing the drawing board away from the student.
  • Teachers may briefly touch a child’s hand or art supplies where needed to teach a specific technique. Teachers will stay aware that it is better choose hands-off teaching methods instead where equally effective.
  • Hand sanitizer will be kept at each student’s workstation and on teacher aprons for use after any hands-on instruction. 
  • Only two students at a time will be released to get supplies or clean.
  • Staff members per classroom is limited to three (two teachers and one very occasional supervisor)
  • Class sizes are determined by whether students can be seated three feet from other students.
  • In some classes, students may be kept at a distance of six feet for a variety of reasons. Please contact your studio manager for more details.

Staff Policy
  • Each staff member self-screens for and attests that they do not have any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell. Any staff members who have any of these symptoms, believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 who are ill, or who appear ill, will be required to stay home, and will be asked to leave if they arrive at the studio.
  • Staff will be required to wash or sanitize hands upon entrance to the studio and frequently throughout the day.
  • Staff will have their temperatures taken upon arriving to the studio, and any staff member with a temperature of over 100.4 degrees will be sent home.
  • If a staff member has come into contact with another person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they must inform their studio Director/Manager immediately, and will be asked to stay home in accordance with CDC, State of California and OSHA guidelines.

Introductory Classes
  • Parents may sit outside or simply drop students off for introductory classes.

What Will We Do If Someone Tests Positive for COVID-19?
  • All staff and students that had contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, whether an Art Steps staff member or student, will be contacted immediately. The name of the individual who reported being positive must be kept confidential by management. 
  • Art Steps staff that have had contact with said person will need to immediately self-quarantine for up to ten (10) days, in accordance with CDC, State of California and OSHA guidelines.
  • Any Art Steps rooms occupied by the person who tested positive for 15 minutes or more will be immediately shut down for at least 24 hours, and a deep cleaning and thorough ventilation will be done. This may result in a discontinuation of classes for that day.
  • All Art Steps staff who had contact with said individual will be tested or take action otherwise in accordance with CDC, State of California and OSHA guidelines.
  • We will continue outstanding instruction in our online program throughout this social distancing period for as long as possible.

Wishing all of our families the best.