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Covid-19 Procedures & Guidelines

LIGHTS UP – COVID-19 Procedures & Guidelines

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:

Our staff will all be wearing masks throughout the session. All staff and students will be required to wear masks when moving to different locations in the building. Students will be encouraged to wear masks during classes, 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 between each class and periodically during the session.

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, Strictly limited class sizes: 

Students will be divided into groups of 10. Each group of 10 will at times work with one other group to form a cohort of 20 students. Special attention will be given to placing siblings and those who are currently in the same “social bubble” or school cohort together at Lights Up.

6, Singing:

While the weather is good, we will be singing outdoors with adequate distancing between students and teachers. Later in the term, we will move our focus to other aspects of musical theatre, whilst keeping music a central part oWhile the weather is good, we will be singing outdoors with adequate distancing between students and teachers. If weather does not allow outside time, we will move our focus to other aspects of musical theatre, whilst keeping music a central part of our program though games, exercises, and music appreciation activities.f our program though games, exercises, and music appreciation activities.

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 will only be working within their group of 10, occasionally alongside their other cohort class (max total of 20). Students are reminded to be aware of distancing, masks are encouraged, and no activities will require students to be too close to each other (eg; games that require touching etc..).

9, Performance pieces filmed and e-mailed to parents:

Each cohort will be working on a video production that will be emailed home to families for viewing and sharing. There will be no in-person performances or audiences until it is safe and allowed to happen.

10, No students or staff to attend if they or anyone in their household has any cold/flu symptoms.

11, Parents required to verify wellness of students:

Parents will be required to verify this at sign in each session throughout the term 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 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.

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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