1) We require vaccination for all adult students, and 2) Masks are required for all, with some exceptions. Please see full policy below.
Due to the recent surge in COVID cases due to the newest variant of Omicron, we have updated our COVID-19 studio policy.
Student safety is our priority, and we want to ensure a safe place for students to come and learn. As of December 28th, 2021, we will be enforcing a vaccination requirement for all ADULT students. We will be requiring proof of vaccination to be shown on the first day of class. Please note that medical and religious exemptions will be considered with a written note. See below for details on the vaccination protocol.
For Spring Semester, our masking policy is still in effect. One change: teachers will have the option to determine for their own classrooms whether or not they will allow masks to come off during scenework, (2 actors working at the same time.) Students should expect to stay masked for the entirety of class unless their teacher adjusts the policy for their classroom.
These policies will apply until further notice. We will keep you updated on any future policy changes.
How it will work:
On the first day of class, students will be asked to show their vaccination card to the instructor, along with a proof of identification matching the name on the vaccination card. Completion of the vaccination series (1 dose for Johnson & Johnson, or 2 doses for Moderna/Pfizer) is highly encouraged before beginning any of our classes. To encourage vaccination, we will accept just the first dose, as long as the student plans to complete the remaining vaccination dose(s). A booster dose is not required, but also encouraged.
For those with medical and religious exemptions to the vaccination, you will need to provide a weekly negative Covid test taken 1-2 days before your class. Please bring your negative Covid results with you to class each week to show the instructor as you arrive.
PLEASE NOTE: This updated vaccination requirement is only applicable to our ADULT classes. For our students in our Teen or Kids Acting classes, we will not require proof of vaccination, but do still encourage vaccination when applicable. For Kids and Teens classes, teachers will have the option to determine for their own classrooms whether or not they will allow masks to come off during scenework. Students should expect to stay masked for the entirety of class unless their teacher adjusts the policy for their classroom. Classes that are designated to take place online also do not have the vaccine requirement.
In the case that you become ill or are tested positive for COVID, we would also like to remind you that every class has a Zoom option where you can attend virtually for the day. Please do not hesitate to use that option if you feel that you are sick, if you believe you have been exposed to COVID, or are currently in isolation.
Thank you very much for your patience and understanding.
Why are we still requiring masks and vaccinations?
Our industry is bound by what the union SAG-AFTRA requires for Covid testing for actors working on set. Until their policies loosen regarding testing requirements, we must maintain a policy that protects both teachers and students. Health is still the primary priority; however, if someone contracts Covid, they could lose their livelihood by not being allowed to come to set. For this reason, we need to maintain a stricter policy than other businesses and industries. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will adjust this policy accordingly. We appreciate our students' understanding of this decision.
Given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, the studio may need to make decisions about the safety of its students by moving an in-person class online. Students registering for classes acknowledge this possibility and agree to transfer the class if/when the studio makes that determination. Students may not receive a refund or a transfer of credits in such an event.
All In-person classes will function in a hybrid manner, which means that at any point a student can opt to join the classroom remotely. This will change and limit the way the student will participate in the classroom, but students will still get to learn and work in the class. Every in-person class will have a Zoom link assigned to it, so should a student need to miss meeting in-person, they can log in remotely and join the class. In the physical classroom, there will be a large screen where remote classmates will be viewable to the group.
Students and community are welcome to check back here where we can update the status of our classes. And we will also be updating that information on the individual courses.