Summer Theatre Workshops

Safety Policies and Procedures: Summer 2021

for Ages 4-6, Grades 1-3 & Grades 4-6

* Updated as of February 22, 2021

 

 

 

Safety Policies and Procedures: Summer 2021.

 

Stages Theatre Company is committed to following the recommendations and requirements outlined in the “Prevention Guidance for Youth and Student Programs” document provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, which can be found here.

 

FORMAT & DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS:

 

What will class look like day-to-day?

Per the Minnesota Health Department’s current prevention guidance for youth & student programs, outdoor physical activities are strongly recommended and are safer than indoor activities at this time, and that wherever possible, we are to hold activities outdoors and encourage participants to spread out. Stages Theatre Company is extremely grateful to be able to partner with the City of Hopkins, Robbinsdale Public Schools, and St. Therese School to create dynamic, safe, and engaging outdoor learning spaces for our Summer Theatre Workshop Ages 4 -Grade 6 students.

 

How much of the day will be outside?

As much as possible, weather (excessive heat, thunderstorms, heavy rain) permitting. Prior to the first day of Summer Theatre Workshop, all families will receive detailed information regarding what to send with their student to prepare for a day of outdoor, creative fun. Bathroom facilities are indoors, and students will have convenient access to indoor bathrooms throughout the workshop.

 

If weather does not permit class to be held outside, what will happen?

Each outdoor learning space will have a designated indoor learning space onsite, if required. Indoor learning spaces will require increased social distancing, and activities will be altered accordingly (i.e. singing).

 

What is the maximum number of students on site? In a class? In a section?

We are following the current recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health. Each class will be split into multiple sections with the following numbers.

 

Age/Grade Group

Max # of Students per class

Max # of Students per section

# of Teachers per Section

Age 4-6

20 (Hopkins)

30 (Minnetonka)

10

2

Grade 1-3

24

12

2

Grade 4-6

24

12

2

 

There will be no more than 3 classes onsite for Grades 1-3 & Grades 4-6. There will be 1 class in the morning and 1 class in the afternoon onsite for Ages 4-6.

 

How much physical interaction will classes have with each other?

With student interaction in our classes, Stages is following the guidance given by the Minnesota Department of Health: “Keep groups together; maintain the same groups from day to day. This will help reduce potential exposures.”

With this in mind:

  • Sections will NOT interact or intermix with each other at any point throughout the workshop, including lunch, snack, and recess.
  • Within each section, students will be required to practice socially-distancing of six feet.

 

What if my child is taking the class with a friend?

Each class offered will have multiple sections. Each Student taking the same class may NOT be in same section. Students that are NOT in the same section will have limited interaction. With this fact, it is IMPORTANT that the STC staff is notified if your student is taking the class with a friend (either during the registration process, or by emailing the Education Registrar prior to the first day of class).

 

Will I be allowed to walk my student to their classroom?

In an effort to limit exposure, we will have a designated outdoor drop-off & pick-up location and staff members will walk students to outdoor and indoor learning areas. STC staff and Teaching Artist will be onsite to answer parent questions and facilitate drop-off/pick-up.

 

How will lunch work?

Students will eat lunch with their group in their designated area, outside, weather permitting. Snack breaks & water breaks will also be held in outdoor spaces, weather permitting.

 

Will you provide Extended Care this summer?

In order to limit the amount of crossover interaction between camps, we will not be offering Morning Extended Care this summer. We will be offering Afternoon Extended Care for Grades 1-3 & Grades 4-6 from 3:30pm-4:30pm. Families must register for the full week of Afternoon Extended Care (Monday-Friday), for a cost of $75.00 per student. We encourage families to register early, as we have a limited number of spots for this program.

 

How will the sharing of skills at the end of the week work?

Ages 4-6: Parents are invited to attend an outdoor, socially distanced, stay-and-play class on Friday for a glimpse of what was learned, and to participate in the last day of class with their young person. Adults will be required to maintain social distance, stay in their allotted area, and wear a mask.

 

Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6: More information to come. Current guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health is as follows: Pursue virtual activities and events in lieu of field trips, assemblies, and special performances, as possible.

 

CAST Summer Showtime: More information to come. Current guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health is as follows: Pursue virtual activities and events in lieu of field trips, assemblies, and special performances, as possible.

 

ENHANCED SAFETY PROTOCOLS

 

Will masks be required? If so, what type of masks or face coverings are acceptable?

Yes, students and staff will be required to wear masks in accordance with the guidelines outline by Governor Walz & The Minnesota Department of Health, see current guidelines here. We require masks that follow CDC guidelines such as fitted masks or double layered gaiters. The CDC outlines which masks are effective here.

 

Can my student wear a face shield instead of a mask? 

Face shields can be worn in addition to a mask but cannot replace a mask. The CDC outlines which masks are effective here.

 

What is the hand sanitization protocol?

Students will wash and sanitize hands often and thoroughly! Students will be required to sanitize hands upon arrival and at other points throughout the day. STC will provide hand sanitizer throughout the day, but students are also encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer. 

 

Will you do health screenings at drop-off?

At drop off, we will check each student's temperature. Anyone with a temperature of 100 or higher will not be allowed to attend. Anyone with a fever must be fever-free for at least 72 hours without medication before returning. Additionally, any staff member who runs a fever will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test before returning to workshop.

 

What is your cleaning/sanitizing protocol? 

High-touch areas will be sanitized after each use, however we are eliminating many of these areas by opting for outdoor learning spaces. Bathrooms are deep cleaned and sanitized daily. Classroom supplies such as markers, crayons, scissors, etc. will not be shared. Each student will have their own supplies to use for the week, more information will be provided prior to the first day of workshop.

COVID-19 TESTING AND CONFIRMED CASES

 

What happens if a student or staff member experiences symptoms of COVID-19?

If a student or staff member experiences COVID-19 symptoms while at workshop, they will be removed immediately and quarantined. Parents will be notified to pick up the student. Anyone with a fever must be fever-free for at least 72 hours without medication before returning to workshop. Additionally, any staff member who runs a fever will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test before returning to workshop. We highly recommend campers have a negative COVID-19 test before returning to workshop as well.

 

What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

If a student tests positive, the group the student is enrolled in will transition to a virtual format. All families with a child participating in workshop at the site of the positive case will be notified by Stages Theatre Company staff. A refund will not be given should workshops transition from in-person outdoor classes to virtual classes.

 

What happens if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the individual will be removed immediately and any camps the individual has had contact with will transition to a virtual format. All families with a child participating in workshop at the site of the positive case will be notified by Stages Theatre Company staff. A refund will not be given should workshops transition from in-person outdoor classes to virtual classes.

CANCELLATIONS AND TRANSFER POLICY

 

Can I cancel my camp?

You may cancel your workshop at any point, for any reason up to 4 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop and receive a full refund – minus the $5 handling fee.

 

Can I transfer to another camp session?

Students may transfer camp sessions based on availability without a processing fee but will have to make up any cost difference if the camp tuitions are not equal.

 

What is the refund policy in relation to a camp cancellation due to a positive COVID-19 case? 

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case within a workshop, the workshop will not be cancelled but instead transition to a virtual format. For more information regarding the virtual workshop format for your student’s age group click here: Ages 4-6, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6

 

REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1, 2021 @ NOON

WORKSHOP DIRECTORY