How We’re Addressing Covid-19

Please read SLO REP’s plans to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff during COVID-19. If you are uncomfortable with any of the guidelines laid out below (including mask-wearing) or you believe your child may not be able to adhere to the health and safety guidelines, please do not sign your child up for class this session. Thank you!

Please Note: As our understanding of COVID-19 and best practices changes, so might the things in this guide. We’ll keep parents as up to date as possible with changes.

Covid-19 Exposure: In this guide, you’ll find all the ways SLO REP is working to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure during class. However, it’s important that both students, parents/guardians, staff, and friends realize that we cannot guarantee that there will be no exposure to COVID-19 while at class. As you’ll read, we’re screening students and staff, cleaning and sanitizing more, and changing a lot of our policies to make sure the risk is as low as possible, but there’s always a chance of exposure.

Covid Response Team: If you have questions about COVID-19 and class, please contact our Education Director, Kerry DiMaggio at act@slorep.org or (805) 781-3889 x 14.

Higher Risk: We recommend that children with underlying health conditions not attend class as risk factors can be increased, even in enhanced safety conditions. We recommend that parents/guardians of higher-risk students consult their child’s medical provider to assess the risk before attending. For more information, on how to better protect high risk individuals from COVID-19 visit the CDC website. 

Program Offerings: Under the guidance of the CDC and San Luis Obispo Public Health we will be making modifications to our program to help protect the health and safety of our students and staff. Please carefully review the information below. It is possible that our health and safety policies will change (either enhanced or relaxed) as new guidance from our partner agencies becomes available. SLO REP is committed to keeping our network informed and will issue updates to our policies as they develop.

Before Class

Refund Policy: In light of COVID-19, we have revised our refund policy for 2020.

  • Parents may cancel participation in any session by the Monday before that session is set to begin to receive a full refund in the original method paid. Please allow 5-14 business days for your refund to be processed. Cancellations made after the Monday before your session is set to begin will be refunded minus a $50 per week/per child late cancellation fee.
  • In the event that sessions are cancelled as a result of a change in public health guidance that precludes SLO REP from operating classes safely, parents will be fully refunded for their cancelled session(s).
  • To cancel or modify enrollment, please email Kerry DiMaggio at act@slorep.org. Please include your name, the name of your child(ren), and identify the weeks you wish to be refunded.

Home Health Screening: Prior to drop-off at class, we request that parents screen their children for symptoms of Coronavirus on a daily basis. A full list of symptoms can be found here on the CDC website. If your child is exhibiting symptoms, has been in close contact with someone that has COVID-19 (or is displaying symptoms), they will be advised to home isolate and not come to class.

What to Bring:  We ask that parents send their student with a labeled water bottle. Masks will be required for students during check-in and check-out, as well as any time during which physical distancing is not possible. We ask that students bring their own masks (we will have a limited supply of paper masks on hand). We also request that students wear close-toed shoes and comfortable, moveable clothing.

What Not to Bring: In consideration with the health and safety of our staff and participants we are asking that students leave personal items at home. Examples of personal items include: backpacks, toys including but not limited to stuffed animals, action figures, tablets or electronics, etc.

Arriving at Class:

Check in Procedures: We’re implementing “curbside pickup/dropoff” protocol for classes. More information will follow upon registration.

You will be asked if your child has shown symptoms of COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Your child’s temperature will be checked. Students who have a temperature above 100.3, or have confirmed “yes” responses to the pre-screening questions will not be admitted into class. Children must be fever-free for at least 3 days before they can return to the program with a doctor’s note.

During Class:

ACT’s classes will adhere to the following:

SLO REP has hired additional staff in order to maintain the required physical distancing between students (particularly in our younger classes), assist with safety and hygiene during bathroom breaks, and ensure appropriate hand-washing and disinfecting of surfaces as needed (see below for more details).

Physical Distancing during class: Staff is committed to maintaining student-student and student-staff physical distancing as much as possible during the course of daily class activities. It is for this reason that we’ve kept our class sizes very small this session. However, there may be some situations in which complete physical distancing is not possible; in this case both student and staff will wear a mask. Students may rehearse, play, and receive instruction in the theatre, on the front patio, and back lawn. Students will be asked to stay in their own “zone” in each of these locations, and—to the extent possible—staff will delineate these “zones” with tape, etc. on the ground. Students will also maintain physical distance during check in/out and restroom breaks.

Face coverings (masks): Students and staff will be asked to wear face coverings during check in and check out, and any time in which physical distancing is not possible. Due to the nature of the material and instruction, students and staff may remove their masks once everyone is situated and ready for instruction in their physically distanced “zone” of the classroom (theatre).

Hygiene: Staff will be disinfecting surfaces (floor, chairs, door handles, faucets, etc.) before and after each class. Students and staff will be asked to wash and/or sanitize hands frequently, including at check in/out and after restroom break. Any class materials will be kept in individual tubs to be reused by the same student. Hand sanitizer, tissues, wipes, etc. will be provided, and staff will be on hand to help assist students with appropriate hygiene.

Please do NOT send your child to class if they are sick or exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19:

Cough

Fever

Shortness of breath of difficulty breathing

Chills

Repeated shaking with chills

Muscle pain

Headache

Sore throat

New loss of taste or smell

OR if your child or a member of your family have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19

In the event of a case of illness or suspected illness while at class: any students or staff exhibiting symptoms will immediately be required to wear a face covering and will be required to wait in an isolation area until they can be transported home as soon as possible. In the case of serious illness, parent/caregiver AND 911 will be called immediately. Any sick student or staff will be asked not to return to class.

In the case of a positive Covid-19 test within our class group, SLO REP will notify local health officials, staff, and all families immediately (while maintaining confidentiality as required by state and federal laws) and the remainder of class will be cancelled.

We hope this guide has been helpful! For general information about our program, please visit our website at slorep.org. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Kerry DiMaggio at act@slorep.org. We look forward to spending time with you this fall and sharing the theatre fun we have planned. Thank you for your support!