CBK Safety Policies and Procedures
Our number one priority is the safety of students and staff at CBK. We believe that visual arts are an important form of communication and expression, and that having a creative outlet can be deeply therapeutic, especially in difficult times. Additionally, we hope the structured schedule and extra safety measures we’ll be implementing for in-person camp will be a helpful stepping stone to prepare your child for return to school in the Fall. At the same time, we want to enforce and model these safety precautions as an act of kindness and mutual respect, so that your child never feels the learning environment is less than warm and welcoming despite social distancing. Staff will be serving your children both directly and behind the scenes and will initiate a process of constant evaluation of our policies, procedures, and interactions to reduce potential risk while fostering experiences that inspire creativity and celebrate community in new ways. Please carefully read the details below regarding specific safety procedures so that you can help us to achieve these goals - we’re all in this together!
Keeping it small
At this time, we can only open our camps to a very limited number of 10 students in order to properly observe social distancing measures inside the studio. The projects and activities will be focused on individual work, while collaborative projects and play will be adapted to meet this requirement.
Additionally we will be limiting our staff to two staff members per camp. These staff members will teach the entire week to keep consistency and limit exposure.
Our teachers’ responsibilities
Each camp week will be staffed by two teachers only, limiting the number of outside contacts. All our teachers are committed to maintaining their own social distancing and personal health practices. These include: wearing a mask at all times outside the home; only going out for necessities; walking, biking, or taking their own private cars to work; and informing the studio of any known contact with potential carriers. Teachers will never come to work if any symptoms are present. They will also clearly communicate safety expectations to all students and support and promote social distancing measures in the studio. Teachers will be following our strict sanitizing schedule, to maintain a clean classroom environment for the students to safely create in.
* We will have a cleaning/sanitizing checklist and daily schedule available for parents to see if they would like a more specific breakdown of these duties.
Pick up and drop off
Due to safety guidelines recommended by the CDC and the NY State Department of Health we will be instituting staggered drop off and pick up procedure for all in-person camps & classes at CBK, this will take place outside the building. Only one parent/guardian is allowed to accompany their child/children as we need to limit the number of people at the studio during any given time. We will try to work with everyone’s schedules as much as we can.
Participants will be given a time slot prior to the first day of the camp week; it is imperative that we stick to the set schedule as much as possible to avoid potential contact between families due to bottlenecks during check in, which will include mandatory temperature checks. To keep this process running smoothly please do not arrive early for your scheduled drop off or pick up window; likewise, if you are running late we ask that you communicate directly via phone calls or texts with management and staff to get a new time slot. We ask that families do not congregate inside or outside the studio. We ask that families provide an alternative contact who can facilitate pickups in the case of a parent/guardian developing symptoms and will not be available for their pickup time.
Please do not send your child to camp with any soft toys, or personal items aside from their lunch, medications, and additional clothing (in a sealable plastic bag).
A CBK staff member will meet students and their guardians outside, log student temperatures, sanitize hands, and ensure masks are on before entering the studio. Students will then be sent upstairs to a second CBK staff member who will assist students in securing their belongings in assigned, clearly labeled cubbies, then setting them up in their designated “zone” for the day, sanitize railings and doorknobs, and await the next student.
If parents prefer to accompany their children upstairs, we can only allow this option free of charge on the first day of camp. If you prefer to accompany your child daily you will need to enroll for Early Care, as this is the only time we have to accommodate that request safely. Parents will be required to have their temperature scanned and hands sanitized before entering the studio. Parents must wear a mask at all times while indoors, we will have disposable masks available. Early Care requires a $20 daily fee to accommodate for staffing needs, you can add this option prior to the start of camp when you register or Venmo (@createdbykids) the day of, as the studio cannot accept cash or check at this time due to DOH recommendations.
Adults are asked to wear masks during pick-up and drop-off. We are happy to make masks in the studio for students and families. CBK students will be given their own washable cotton mask that they can customize for camp. We will ask that all students wear their masks throughout the day. We understand that this can be a challenge for younger children, and so we will have a mask-free rest time area away from others to allow children to take a breather.
Fever scanning and hand washing
Before entering the building, all staff and students will be scanned with a contactless thermometer, by a staff member wearing gloves, to check for any signs of fever, and refused entry if signs are present. We will take an additional temperature scan midday before lunch time. All temperatures scans will be documented.
All staff and students will wash hands for twenty seconds on entering and leaving the space and at regular intervals throughout the day, before and after projects, before snacks, lunch, bathroom use etc.
Communal areas like bathrooms, sink, supply areas, and the cubby area will be limited to one student at a time, with students waiting in their designated seats if there is a need for more than one student to use facilities. Areas where lines might form (such as the sink or bathroom) will be clearly marked with floor stickers indicating six feet of spacing.
After each student uses the bathroom or sink these areas will be sanitized by staff wearing gloves.
As always, students will keep their backpack and lunch in a separate, clearly labeled cubby, spaced out from others’ cubbies as much as possible.
While in the studio each student will be allocated their own individual zone as a work space. We will have posters and other visual cues hanging throughout the studio to remind students how to keep safe in the studio. Staff will outline the studio rules and new culture at the beginning of each day.
All the materials will be provided to students in their zones so students will not share supplies or move around the studio unnecessarily. Students will have access to their own equipment, pottery wheels and sewing machines - these items will be thoroughly sanitized before being reused.
We know kids love to move! In lieu of park time, students will have their own designated free time and movement space; the student’s ‘zone’ or bubble area will still have access to our usual free time activities, like boondoggle, free draw and rainbow loom. All reusable items will be sanitized after each use. We will encourage movement and communication throughout the day with group activities including bingo, yoga and stretching, and group games that can be played at a distance, such as twenty questions and freeze dance. Though we will not be visiting parks or playgrounds (unless advised that it is safe to do so by authorities), we will be staying active while staying inside.
We always strive to keep our studio super clean. Extra measures include:The studio will be sanitized and decontaminated following CDC guidelines. Any items or materials that are reusable will be placed in a designated area where these items can be sanitized before reuse. All common areas and surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times a day. Each night we will deep clean the studio, followed by sanitation each morning before student arrival, after morning snack, before and after free time, before and after lunch, after our indoor active time, before our final projects & pick up. High vector items will be sanitized after each use (stair rails, door handles, taps, bathrooms etc.)
We use a laundry service for drop clothes and smocks. These items will be bagged and quarantined in our storage area for 14 days when they arrive in the studio.
Any artwork going home with students will only be handled by staff wearing gloves or the students themselves, and will be disinfected if possible (such as ceramic surfaces) before being packed away.
In order to keep everyone safe we ask that families inform CBK of any potential infection or illness within their communities. We ask you not to send your child to camp if they’ve had a fever in the past 48 hours, traveled out of state to a restricted state in the past two weeks, or come into contact with anyone, including family members, who have exhibited symptoms. We will check children’s temperatures twice a day - at drop off and at lunchtime - and keep a private, teacher’s only log. If a child develops a fever or any other symptoms such as rash, vomiting, diarrhea, we will contact their family immediately and keep all other families informed. We will also keep families up to date with any changes in policy.
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