Summer Theatre Workshops
Safety Policies and Procedures: Summer 2021
for Grades 7-12
* 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:
In order to provide students in Grades 7-12 with rigorous, age-appropriate training, workshops will be held indoors in the largest, most well-ventilated spaces at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, apart from vocal or singing classes, which will be held onsite, outside. Grades 7-12 students are expected to follow enhanced safety protocols including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and wearing appropriate face coverings at all time.
What is the maximum number of students in a workshop?
We are following the current recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health. We are limiting our class sizes and interaction between students. Our onsite limit is 1 class during any given week with 2 teachers. Each class has a maximum of 24 students and each class is split into 2 sections, with a maximum of 12 students per section. Student sections will NOT intermix with each other, including lunch, snack, and break time. Students with a section will be required to practice social 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).
How will lunch work?
Students will eat lunch with their group in a designated outside area, 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 Extended Care for this age group.
Parent/Guardians of students in Grades 7-12 may sign a “student release” form that gives their student permission to leave on their own after class, either by driving, walking, or biking, without a parent present at pick up.
Are you taking any extra precautions for singing?
Yes. The singing portion of Song & Dance Bootcamp for Grades 7-12 will take place outside in an outdoor learning space at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Students will be required to maintain social distance, wear masks.
How will the sharing of skills at the end of the week work?
For classes that include a sharing of skills at the end of the week, these performances will be live streamed. We will not have audiences for in-person performances this year to lower the number of individuals in our spaces. Families will be provided with all details the week of your camp session. Performances will be recorded, when 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. Bathrooms are deep cleaned and sanitized daily. Classroom supplies 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: