Covid-19 Message to parents

Our families have faced such disruption during these difficult times. Our children are experiencing feelings of isolation and a loss of a normal environment especially with school.

 

Together we will get through this! My hope as a mother and director of Art First is for you to draw strength from our vibrant Art First community and see us as a source of support and comfort for your family and especially for your beautiful children. We hope the art your children are creating brings you joy!

 

The following are the policies and procedures we have evolved in this process of learning of COVID-19 and how to keep our children, families, team and studio safe. We will continue programming in the safest way possible.

 

COVID-19 Symtoms & Daily health check:

ALL FAMILIES, CHILDREN AND THEIR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS MUST CONDUCT A DAILY HEALTH & SYMPTOM CHECK BEFORE COMING TO THE STUDIO.

  • Fever of 100.4 F or higher, now or in the preceding 72 hours (or would have, but have used fever reducing medicine)

  • Cough

  • Sore Throat

  • Muscle Aches

  • Difficulty Breathing

  • New Loss of Taste or Smell

Should you or any household member have any of the following symptoms, we ask you to remain at home and monitor symptoms with your health care provider. Please notify the studio director, Marla Love 415.272.9453.

 

HEALTH POLICIES & PROTOCOLS

All in-person programming requires children and staff wear facemasks & the addition of face shields.

  • Children must stay home if anyone in their household is sick. 

  • Children will learn about personal hygiene and social distancing

  • Strict hygiene will be practiced: hand washing, sanitizing hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Keeping hands to self. Keeping all personal items to self. Keeping unused items in their cubby. 

  • Face masks & face shields will be required. Please speak with your children about this new normal. Have children practice at home. This will help our team.

  • Face mask must be worn by parent/guardian at Drop Off & Pick Up by all.

  • Only Art First team and children in studio. No other adults/children in studio.

  • Daily temperature check of children will be taken with parent consent.

  • No communal supplies. Each child will be required to keep their items separate.

  • Small groups only, large groups will be prohibited.

  • Parent & emergency contact numbers updated and confirmed.

  • Field Trips: Places of mass gatherings will be avoided. Open spaces in nature will be visited.

  • Art First studio will have plexiglass dividers installed as an additional safety precaution.

  • More information is available on our website regarding COVID-19 guidelines and studio protocol.

Group Size: We anticipate groups will be between 10-13 kids per group. We are watching the state’s public health and the CDC guidelines closely and may adjust group size as appropriate. The CDC limit is 20 children per group, Art First has chosen to keep the children groups smaller at 10-13 children.

 

Field Trips:  Field trips will be taken daily. Due to COVID-19, we will be outdoors more, steering clear of enclosed public spaces like museums, galleries etc. We are exploring private tour options and other larger venues where we can keep our distance from other visitors. We are surrounded by the beauty of Utah and will take advantage of more nature exploration. Including but not limited to Millcreek Canyon, Big & Little Cottonwood Canyons, and Bridal Veil Falls.

Strict Hygiene & Sanitation practices: In the studio we have strict hygiene & sanitation practices, intensified cleaning, and disinfecting protocols. Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched. Team is also required to wear face mask & face shield. Studio is divided with plexi guard.

 

Art Supplies: For COVID-19 safety reason, each child will have their own art kit for the one-time fee of $99. The kit will remain at the studio for the summer, everything will be labeled with your child’s name, and the Art First team will sanitize your child’s art supplies daily. At the end of summer camp, you will take the art supplies home. You will have a great assortment of art supplies to take home at the end of the season. Each change of programming there will be a replenishing fee of $55. (Example: Summer Camp to Day Camp)

 

Emotional & Social Support

Most of our children have been in some sort of quarantine since March. The closure of school, inability to see loved ones and the overall experience of the pandemic has caused strong emotions in our children. Art First is committed to providing a safe and loving environment for our children. Children will continue to have a fun and enjoy a beautiful season! We have fun art projects and activities that take into consideration our current situation and concerns. 

 

Immune Support for your children:

  • Make sure your children are up to date on well-child visits and immunizations.

  • Any concerns please visit health care provider

  • Have your children sleep a full 8 hours to build their immune system.

  • Set a regular bedtime and wake time.

  • Eat healthy, vitamins and water

  • Toss the toothbrush after sickness.

 

More tips:

https://pcgkids.com/how-to-boost-immunity-and-keep-your-kids-healthy-this-winter/

 

EXPOSING YOUR CHILDREN IN OTHER PROGRAMS OR SOCIAL GATHERINGS & PLAYDATES:

 

  • Due to COVID-19, this is not the year to expose children to multiple groups, playdates, camps, extracurricular activities, extended family gatherings including: birthday parties, weddings etc. We ask for a 14 day quarantine if your family and children are exposed to these activities.

 

  • We ask that you commit to Art First for programming vs multiple programs.

 

  • Exposure to additional children and adults outside of your immediate family and extracurricular activities should be managed to decrease risk.

 

 

COVID-19 SYMPTOM, TRAVEL & SOCIAL DISTANCING Policy

The health and well-being of our children, families and staff are our highest priorities. In the interest of limiting the opportunity for transmission to our vulnerable community, we are taking the following precautionary measures:

 

COVID-19 Positive Child and/or family/household member: 14-day quarantine is required if any member of your household has (or has been in close contact with anyone who has):

  • A suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 (for example – close contact at school, work, religious service, social gathering)

  • In contact with a person who has COVID-19.

  • Traveled: internationally; or domestically.

  • Traveled in state/out of state to large group functions, events, or activities.

  • If child has been exposed to another camp or facility with larger number of children.

  • Anyone in household has attending a larger extended family & friend gathering including birthday parties, weddings etc.

  • We ask you to adhere to these guidelines to keep our children safe.

14 days after the last potential exposure, your household may return provided these three things have happened:

 

  • At least 14 days, household has been symptom free.

  • The household has been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicines.  

  • If any symptoms have been displayed a medical clearance before returning to the studio will be required.

 

 

HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS:  include individuals who may not live in the household but may be staying there or are otherwise present in the household on a regular basis (e.g. nannies, caregivers, home health workers, contractors, etc.) and includes anyone with pick up or drop off privileges at the studio.

 

CDC & LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES

Art First is following local medical recommendations, guidance from CDC, direction from local Utah Health authorities including the Utah Health Department.

 

For the latest information from the CDC, please visit:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

 

CDC fact sheets:

We are continually updating our processes and protocols in accordance with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and the guidance of our medical experts.