COVID-19 Updates

The Art Effect’s COVID-19 Safety Plan

(last updated 6/3/20)

To ensure safety of our campers, students, and their families, The Art Effect is working hard to create summer programming environments which are safe, sanitary, and responsive to the shifting needs of these uncertain times.

In addition to securing the safety of our employees in accordance with directives issued by the NYS Governor’s Office, The Art Effect endeavors to provide the safest in-person programming experiences possible for the students and families we serve with the plan laid out below.

This is a living document. As new requirements and policies are put in place we will update our safety plan accordingly and provide due notice to the families of young artists enrolled in our programming.

Before the first day of program, we will:

  • Establish texting service contacts with all parents to adhere to the NYS reopening standard of having a communication plan for employees, visitors, and customers with a consistent means to provide updated information.
  • Send student code of conduct to all registered families
  • Receive signed policy statement from parents
  • Shift to electronic release forms to eliminate need for transferring physical paperwork
  • Deep clean all program areas, bathrooms, common areas, etc.
  • Post social distancing markers using tape or signs that denote 6 ft. of spacing in commonly used and other applicable areas on the site (e.g. bathrooms)  
  • Ensure all facilities adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NYS Department of Health (DOH) and maintain cleaning logs on site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning.

Our daily routines will include:

  • Car drop-off only admission, in adherence with the following: Parents/guardians pull up right in front of the door, students walk directly to a safety check table set up outside the door, and must undergo a screening before entering the building and before the parent/guardian’s car pulls away.
  • Pre-entrance screening process includes:
    • Masks required: we ask that parents provide masks for their own children. A supply of masks will be on hand for extenuating circumstances.
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Health screening questionnaire, asking about
      1. COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days,
      2. positive COVID-19 test in past 14 days, and/or
      3. close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days. Assessment responses must be reviewed every day and such review must be documented.
    • Temperature check with no-contact thermometer
    • If a child has a temperature higher than 100° F, child will be asked not to enter and to go get tested and will not be allowed back until has obtained negative test results
    • If a student or students’ immediate family member (with whom they have daily contact) tests positive for COVID-19, we will immediately notify state and local health departments and cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts, such as workers or visitors who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations.
  • Everyone wears a mask inside the facility
  • Everyone washes hands before and after each class/activity
  • Seated activities will be conducted with circular seating spaced 6 feet
  • Standing activities will be conducted with students stationed at least 6 feet apart.
  • Students will primarily use supplies from individual supply kits and not use shared supplies.
  • In cases where shared supplies cannot be avoided, all supplies will be washed with disinfectant between uses.
  • All tools, supplies, surfaces, and seating gets deep-cleaned at the end of the day

To protect our youngest artists, our in-person camp will take the additional precautions:

  • Prior to program beginning, each student will be notified of their group designation, and each group will have its own unique “home base.”
  • Campers remain in their unique “home base” for morning circle, lunchtime, and pick-up, except for when attending classes.
  • Class transition times will be staggered so that only one group is in halls at a time.
  • Classes and break times will be held outdoors as often as possible.
  • Masks are required while on the playground at all times.

As the Mid-Hudson Valley region of New York continues progressing through the phases of re-opening, we will continue to incorporate updates and developments into our safety plan.