COVID-19 Updates

The Art Effect’s COVID-19 Safety Plan

(last updated 7/17/20)

To ensure safety for all of our students and their families, The Art Effect has worked 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 is providing 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.

Our daily routines  include:

  • Car drop-off only admission, in adherence with the following: Parents/guardians pull up and students undergo a safety check and screening before entering the building and before the parent/guardian’s car pulls away.
  • Masks required: we ask that parents/guardians provide masks for their own children. A supply of masks are be on hand for extenuating circumstances. 
  • Pre-entrance screening process includes:
    •  Temperature check with no-contact thermometer
    • 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.
    • If a child has a temperature higher than 100° F, the child will be asked not to enter and to go get tested and will not be allowed back until they have 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 while inside the facility
  • Everyone wears a mask while outside if students cannot be more than 6 feet apart
  • Everyone washes hands before and after each class/activity
  • Seated activities are conducted with circular seating spaced 6 feet
  • Standing activities are conducted with students stationed at least 6 feet apart.
  • Students primarily use supplies from individual supply kits and do not use shared supplies.
  • In cases where shared supplies cannot be avoided, all supplies are washed with disinfectant between uses.
  • All tools, supplies, surfaces, and seating gets deep-cleaned at the end of the day
  • Cleaning logs are kept and reviewed to ensure documentation of compliance