Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy

IN-PERSON OPEN STUDIO/CLASS SAFETY PROTOCOL

Updated 01/03/22

Please note that these open studio/class days/times may be changed and/or be reduced to accommodate future in-person classes or according to updated recommendations by health officials in response to changing pandemic conditions.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

  • Due to the rise in COVID-19 infections, especially among children, TAC is requiring all in-person students, ages 5 and up, to show proof of receiving a COVID-19 Vaccination to either the Director of Education or the Executive Director.
  • In-person students unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine must show proof of medical exemption by your medical provider AND provide weekly negative COVID-19 tests to Director of Education or the Executive Director.
  • TAC will only accept COVID-19 test results from a Rapid antigen or PCR test administered at a testing facility or other medical location by a medical professional. At-home COVID-19 test results will not be accepted.

BUILDING ENTRY

All individuals ages 2 and up are required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth and social distance at all times while inside The Art Center, regardless of vaccination status. This is in accordance with Governor Pritzker’s Mandate issued on August 26, 2021, and CDC guidelines to minimize the spread of the Delta and Omicron Variants.

Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled class time. You may not enter your classroom if there is another class present.

CLASSROOM PROTOCOL

  • Please go straight to your classroom and check in with your instructor upon entering the building
  • Class sizes will be based on the size of the classroom and student age. All adult classes will be limited to 80% capacity or less. Youth classes are limited to 60% capacity or less.
  • Classrooms will be set up for you prior to you entering the room. Please remain in your area. If you need to move from your designated space please inform the teacher in order to maintain social distancing.
  • Masks must remain on for the entire time at TAC, including the classroom and restrooms. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

CLEANING

TAC facility staff will continue following a scheduled cleaning protocol focusing on youth classrooms but all students, faculty and staff are requested to consistently clean any surface they contact during their sessions.

  • Shared tools used in youth classes must be wiped down with sanitizing wipes or soap and water.
  • Hand sanitizer can be found in each classroom and around the building.
  • Please wash your hands often. There are contactless soap and paper towel dispensers in every classroom and bathroom
  • Our HVAC system constantly circulates fresh air into the rooms

GENERAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • Water coolers are off limits
  • Please use a paper towel or disinfecting wipe to open the bathroom doors and avoid bare-hand touch of common surface.
  • Elevator allows for one person at one time.

EXPOSED TO COVID-19

  • Any individual exposed to COVID-19 must not return to TAC for 10 days from date of exposure regardless of vaccination status.
  • You may return to TAC only if you have received a negative COVID-19 test* that has been taken 5 days after the date of exposure AND are not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.

*Please refer to Vaccination Requirement regarding accepted COVID-19 Tests.

TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

  • If any individual tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, may not return to TAC for 10 days, starting from the test date.
  • If you begin to show symptoms, the 10 days’ restarts.
  • Individuals may return to TAC after receiving a negative test* result taken 5 days after test date OR 5 days after onset of symptoms.
  • If you refuse to follow any of the above items, you will be asked to leave the premises.