Along with providing a secure, relaxed environment to create and learn, the safety and well being of my students is my most primary concern. Therfore, now that my studio has reopened during Covid 19, I have implemented the following necessary changes.      

Statement of Procedures for Covid 19                            

Physical Distancing / Classroom Seating  

Each class will be limited to an enrollment of 4 students. There will be a distance of 2 plus metres between each student seated at their own easel with seating facing forward, to avoid students facing each other.

Students are required to limit movement to their seating area only.  

In accordance with mandated Government of Nova Scotia Guidelines, all students are required to wear a face mask. Plastic face shields are not permitted, unless accompanied with a face mask. Instructor will wear a face mask at all times.

 


Classroom Hygiene  

Studio classroom will maintain the highest sanitary protocols before and after each class.

Students will be required to sanitize hands after entering building and before entering classroom. 

Respiratory etiquette guidelines will be prominently displayed in studio with a designated plastic lined waste basket for disposal of tissues. This is to be followed by proper hand washing protocols.  

Cross air circulation will be implemented.  

Due to high touch use of cell phones, students must santize phones before entering class. 

Regular high touch surfaces / Classroom ipads ( sanitized after each student use ) seating, tables, easel edges, door handles/ will be sanitized after each class.  

Art aprons will no longer be provided. It is recommended students bring their own apron to class or dress appropriately for working with water based painting materials.    


Sanitization of Art Materials  

Adult Students  

Most adult classes will have students bringing thier own supplies to class. In the case of some adult students renting their supplies, students will have restricted handling of art materials. Instructor will set up and take down all materials for each student. Materials handled by students: paint trays, water buckets and brushes will be sanitized at end of class by instructor.    

Child /Youth Students  

Students will have restrictions with handling classroom art materials.  Instructor will hand out drawing and painting materials individually to each student for their class project. Students do not co share art materials during a class.  Brushes, stay wet pallets, water buckets will be sanitized at end of class by instructor.

Smaller art materials ie, pencils, colored pencils, chalk pastels, oil pastels, markers, pens, conte, charcoals/ will be quarantined for 1 week before being placed out for re use again.  

Classroom paint washing station will be limited to instructor use only.


Entry and Exit of Classes  

Due to social distancing and time needed for sanitization protocols, it is now required to limit number of people entering building.

Parents must remain outside building.

( Exception / parents bringing student to class for the first time.)

Students will be required to wait outside and enter when OPEN sign in upstairs window is turned on.  

When class is over, parents are required to wait outside the building to meet children when they exit.   

If parent(s) are running late to pick up their children after class, please notify instructor by phone call or text.  

To ensure the safety of the student waiting, parent must notify instructor by phone call or text upon their arrival, for student to come downstairs to meet parent at downstairs front door.  

Instructor/ Parent conversations must now take place outside regular classroom hours. Please contact by phone or email and or schedule a time to meet in person.  

 

Complete a Covid 19 Self Assessment

If in the past 48 hours you have had or are currently experiencing the following:

Fever ( chills / sweats OR cough, new or worsening ) or are experiencing 2 or more of the following symptoms, stay home, self isolate and call 811  

Sore throat, shortness of breath, hoarse voice, sneezing, headache, runny nose, new onset of fatigue, new onset of muscle pain, red/purple lesions on feet, toes or fingers without clear probable cause,diarrhea, loss of taste or smell.  

When a student travels outside the atlantic provinces, upon return they must wait 14 days before returning to class.