Art Steps News & Notes!

Covid-19 Safety Accommodations

June 15, 2021

Dear Art Steps families,

We follow state, county, CDC and OSHA laws and guidance for all aspects of running our small business, including pandemic safety measures. We stay alert to changes from all agencies each day, and implement policy changes accordingly. 

Effective June 15, 2021, the governor has issued a directive allowing limited use of masks in public spaces, though in our setting, masks are still required. Among other sources, we are following the State Public Health Order, Guidance for Face Coverings, and Checklist for Childcare and Supervised Youth Activities. iPlease read below for further measures we are taking to comply with state guidelines: 

SAFETY POLICIES - Updated August 13, 2021
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Students & Parents
  • Everyone will wear masks during class.
  • 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 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
  • Advanced MERV air filters have been installed into the HVAC system for each studio location.
  • Each classroom is outfitted with a standard air purifier, whose filter is changed monthly.

 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. 
  • 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.
  • Fully vaccinated staff may remove masks only if 1.) alone in a room or 2.) if there are no more than five fully vaccinated people in the building (three for the Costa Mesa studio).

Introductory Classes
  • Parents may sit outside or simply drop students off for introductory classes.
Administration
  • Fully vaccinated staff may remove masks outside of class time, but must wear masks while children and families are present. Staff who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks within studios at all times.

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. 
  • All persons that have had close contact (less than 6 feet of distance indoors for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period, said person will need to immediately self-quarantine or remain out of the studio for up to ten (10) days unless they test negative for the virus, five (5) days after initial exposure, in accordance with CDC, State of California and OSHA guidelines. 
  • 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.

Wishing all of our families the best.