SAK U COVID-19 Class Policies

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As SAK Comedy Lab enters our phased re-opening, we’re very happy to start welcoming back our students and teachers, with the safety and well-being of all of them being the key focus of all our planning efforts.

As we progress together through this unprecedented and evolving situation as responsibly as we can, we’ll be implementing a number of new safety measures based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. Since many of these measures will be new, and may adapt according to ongoing developments, we want to be sure our students and teachers are aware of all these changes. These measures and policies are outlined below.  These policies may be amended as regards ongoing best health practices.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a contagious disease that can, in some instances, lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and people with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. So, it’s important that our students and teachers understand and agree to abide by these policies. By coming attending class at SAK you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Policies SAK will implement to ensure a safe environment for both students and teachers:

Staying Home when Appropriate
Our policy is that teachers and students must stay home if they have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms. We will require teachers or students who are sick, have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19, traveled abroad or taken a cruise to stay home. Our policies will encourage sick teachers to stay at home without fear of reprisal, and we will make sure our teachers are aware of these policies. We will require a fourteen-day quarantine for any teacher or student before returning to work. Any teacher or student who tests positive for COVID-19, must immediately notify us at [email protected] 

Face Mask/Coverings
We will require face coverings to be worn by everyone in the building. An exception may be made for eating or drinking. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN FACE COVERING.  SAK will not be providing these.

Temperature check
Each teacher will check their temperature by touchless thermometer upon arriving to every shift. Any teacher with a temperature above 100.4 will go home and begin quarantine procedures, and cannot return to work for 14 days, and then only if they have been fever-free for three (3) days and is otherwise symptom-free as well.

Hand Hygiene
We will encourage and enable our teachers and students to handwash with soap and water, and we will structure classes to provide opportunities to do this. We will provide strategically located stations with hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Cleaning and Disinfection
A dedicated staff member will clean and disinfect all commonly touched surfaces in the class areas, between classes, using a cleaner which meets EPA disinfection criteria.  

We have arranged our class areas so that students can maintain social distance while both seated or standing. We have marked off distinct performing areas for safe spacing during scene work. For class breaks, we have installed social distance markers/guides in common gathering areas such as restrooms and hallways. Please follow these guides.

Food and drink
Since our concession area will not be open during classes in any capacity (self-serve or attended), students may bring their own food or drink to class. Please be mindful of your fellow students and keep these items away from where others might touch them and dispose of them in the trash can after finishing.

We will ensure that all teachers, students and staff are aware of our policies and trained in/appraised of them and they will be updated to any changes to our policies. We will update these policies as needed following guidelines and regulations of federal, state and local authorities. We will keep records of all trainings and updates.

Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you in class soon.