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Covid-19 Procedures & Guidelines

LIGHTS UP – COVID-19 Safety Plan, Procedures & Guidelines (updated June, 2021)

1, Drop off and pick up to take place outside:

Our staff will be outside to facilitate drop off and pick up. Parents will not be permitted to enter the building. Sign-In will take place in designated areas for each specific group, spaced well apart, outside of the venue.

2, Masks:

As per the current provincial guidelines (March 2021) Masks are mandatory for students in Grade 4 and Up, we will be requesting all students in our Spotlight, Company programs and full day camps wear masks at all times when indoors. Lights Up staff will wear masks at all times when indoors. We strongly recommend younger students in our Sparkles, Starlight and half day camp programs also wear masks at all times when indoors.

As restrictions ease, we will adjust our mask wearing protocols accordingly to follow the guidelines and rules put in place at the time by the
BCCDC.

Lights Up carries a stock of child specific as well as adult masks for everyone’s use as needed.

3, Attention to cleaning and sanitizing:

High touch surfaces (doorknobs etc.) to be wiped down periodically during the session. Special attention will be paid to common areas such as washrooms etc.

4, Handwashing or sanitizing at frequent intervals throughout the session:

Special attention to hand cleanliness before and after snack breaks. Hand sanitizer to be used on entering a new environment/room. Hand washing on arrival and before leaving the building.

5, Limited class sizes: 

We have reduced our class sizes in all programs and camps to allow more spacing between students in the classroom and during group activities.

6, Singing:

Singing classes will take place with students masked when indoors (or as current guidelines dictate) and appropriately distanced. When possible with the weather singing will take place in outdoor spaces available.

7, Dance:

Dance only takes place in our largest available room (eg: Main Hall or Gym) to allow space to adequately distance students, doors and windows are opened to allow maximum ventilation. Floor markers (spots to stand on) are used to encourage distancing. Routines will involve no contact between students. If weather permits, outdoor spaces will be used for dance when possible.

8, Acting:

As with all classes, students are reminded to be aware of distancing, masked when indoors (or as current guidelines dictate) and no activities will require students to be too close to each other (eg; games that require touching etc..).

9, Performance pieces filmed and shared with parents if no in-person performance is possible:

As restrictions ease we will be re-introducing live performances when possible and practical. Small audiences may be allowed this summer camp season for our Friday shows. If a live performance with an audience is still restricted, the show will be filmed and shared with parents.

10, No students or staff to attend if they or anyone in their household has any Covid-19 like symptoms.

11, Parents required to verify wellness of students:

Parents will be required to verify this at sign in each session throughout the term (or each morning at sign in on camp) that their child and members of their household are free of Covid-19 like symptoms. We request that parents contact Lights Up immediately if this situation changes during our 10-week class term, during the scheduled camp days and for 14 days afterwards. This also applies to Lights Up staff.

12, Parents and guardians are required to complete our ‘Covid-19 assumption of risk and permission form’ as well as our ‘Covid-19 health assessment and declaration’ prior to attending their first class of the scheduled session or camp.

13, Any student showing symptoms during the day will be isolated and supervised away from their classmates by a staff member and parent will be contacted for collection from the program.

14, Being mindful of social distancing at all times:

The BC Centre for Disease Control recognizes that physical distancing for children is difficult. Instead, the focus should be on avoiding physical contact where possible. With this in mind, we will be avoiding activities and games that involve physical contact and close proximity to others. We will be using floor markers to encourage distancing in the classroom setting.

15, Lights Up uses rented venues:

All Lights Up programs use rented venues, in order to be allowed to rent space we must adhere to each venue’s specific Covid-19 procedures and guidelines. These include individual room capacities, washroom protocol, adequate social distancing in common areas, following specific cleaning procedures and additional safety protocols that may be in place on top of Lights Up procedures and guidelines.

16, All Lights Up locations have a non-teaching manager on site to ensure the smooth running of the program, its their responsibility to ensure Lights Up specific Covid-19 guidelines are followed as well as any venue specific Covid-19 policies are adhered to on an ongoing basis.

For more information on current recommendations and operating guidelines Lights Up will be following during this pandemic, please see the following links:

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