COVID-19 CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR ACTOR'S STUDIO OF ORANGE COUNTY
We want to inform and assure our community that the studio is taking every precaution to secure the health of our students, teachers, and staff. We are also staying up-to-date on all local and national guidelines.
For these reasons, we decided to move all our classes online for the remainder of the winter semester and for the upcoming spring semester. Our teachers are trained to teach using the platform Zoom, which allows us to lead interactive, collaborative, and dynamic online classes. Students need to have a secure location with a good wifi connection and a laptop or device that has a camera and mic in order to participate. Common laptops and smartphones will generally suffice. We've simplified our course offerings in the spring so that all courses will translate well to the online medium. We have also updated our attendance policy, which now has greater flexibility regarding excused absences due to illness.
We understand how unpredictable, stressful, and dangerous these times are, most significantly health-wise and economically. We are working with our students who are currently in class to find the best course of action in the event that they are unable to attend online classes. We ask for patience as we work through this transition, and we welcome full transparency and open communication with our community. Please let us know what you need and what you would like, and we will do everything we can to help.
Before the social distancing and self-quarantine precautions were in place, the studio had already upped its disinfecting and cleaning frequency as well as limited close proximity and touch between students during classes and in scenes. At present, the studio has not had any cases of COVID-19 amongst our students, which we are very grateful for. We ask our students to notify us if they test positive for the virus, so that we can contact any students who were in class with them.
Our plan for resuming in-person classes will be in lockstep with the guidelines from the CDC and World Health Organization, as well as local and national notices. And when we do so, that transition will be as graceful and cautious as we can manage, as we then acclimate again to face-to-face, social interactions. Our cleaning measures, proximity limitations, and relaxed attendance policy will still be in place so as to ensure the continued well-being of our actors. Although great art is our ideal, nothing is more precious than health.
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.