COVID-19 & THE CENTRE

STAYING HEALTHY TOGETHER

The Centre staff are taking measures to create an environment for our students, volunteers, staff, board, and community that is as safe as possible. We will be following guidelines set forth by the federal and state Centers for Disease Control.

New Policy and Procedure:

  • Please use the carpool line only to drop-off and pick-up your student. This will limit adults congregating and will decrease congestion in the lobby area. 

  • Just like at school, students ages 8 & up will need to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while at the Centre. Also, in our music rooms, since they are very small, we will require all students of every age to wear a face covering while they are in the room for their lesson. Younger students can remove their mask before and after their lesson.

  • We will screen students for sickness upon arrival. Individuals who have a fever of 100.4 degrees F or above, or other signs of illness, will not be admitted to the Centre. 

  • We will implement isolation measures if a student becomes sick and will follow with a cleaning and disinfecting process. If a student becomes sick while at the Centre, they will wait in an empty classroom or at a designated spot in the carpool lobby to wait until they can be pick up by a parent or guardian.

Best Hygiene Practices:

To ensure healthy personal hygiene, we will do the following: Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available. Supervise children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent ingestion. Assist children with handwashing who cannot wash hands alone. After assisting, staff should also wash their hands. All children and staff must engage in hand hygiene at least every two hours and at the following times:

  • Arrival of the facility and after breaks

  • Before and after preparing, eating, or handling food or drinks, or feeding children

  • Before and after administering medication or medical ointment

  • After using the bathroom or helping a child use the bathroom

  • After coming in contact with bodily fluid

  • After handling garbage

Intensify cleaning and disinfecting efforts:

  • Wipe down table surfaces after a group leaves the room and goes to another room.

  • Disinfect light switches, doorknobs, and tables at least once a day.

  • After students have left for the day, do an initial wipe down of table surfaces, bathroom sinks and toilets, and sweep floors. Pass over table surfaces, bathroom sinks and toilets again with disinfecting agent (bleach solution). Let the disinfectant stand for 10 minutes. Do a final wipe to those surfaces to remove the bleach solution. Mop floor with bleach solution. Let stand for 10 minutes and dry on its own.

Establish and maintain static groups:

Group Sizes according to the Phase that the State of Louisiana has declared:

  • Phase 1: 10, including adults

  • Phase 2: 25, including adults

  • Phase 3: 50, including adults

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

We ask all staff, volunteers, community members, and board members who have a cough or feel sick to work from home and not attend their scheduled activities at the Centre. 

We ask that you or your child please consider staying home if you have any symptoms of the flu including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, or have been in contact with anyone with those symptoms in your household or place of work.

If a student cannot attend their classes or performances due to illness or any of the reasons above, please email courtney@centreforthearts.org, and we will follow up with you as soon as possible to send homework or practice assignments for them as best we can. 

CLOSURE & RE-OPENING POLICY:

The Centre will close if the state moves back to Phase 1.

During the re-opening phase, we are allowed to slowly open during Phase II. 

For all other events (holidays, natural disaster, severe weather) we follow the PCPSD's closure policy. 

As always, we hope that you are staying well, and if you or your family is in need, please feel free to call our director, Courtney, at 318.518.9761 or email at courtney@centreforthearts.org.

Thank you for helping us keep you and our community healthy!

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