Updates for Opening

SPRING 2020

Message from Ms. Sondra & the Act Too Players Team

Greetings to our Act Too Family!

Providing top-notch theatre training and live performances to this community for the past 18 years has been our privilege, and we're so grateful for your continued support as we work through the current unusual circumstances.  We're thrilled to announce that our Spring 2021 registration is officially open, and we thank you for your patience - it was important to us that we wait to make our class decisions until we could do so in the most informed way.  Our Spring session will look different than normal, but we feel great about the balance that's been achieved between the health and safety of our students and families, and providing innovative and exciting theatre education for all our young performers.  We're embracing the "new normal" as an opportunity for us to offer more focused training, and we can't wait to get started!

All in-person classes will continue to follow the guidelines set by the CDC, the TN Pledge, and the Tennessee Health Department. All students will be required to wear a face mask while on the premises. We will also be maintaining our health-conscious procedures (like taking temperatures upon arrival and departure, maintaining social distance, increased sanitation, daily staff screenings, and decreased access to common areas). 

In the Fall semester, our classes did not have any public performances. We recorded the showcases and then shared them with parents and students via an unlisted YouTube link. It is our hope that we will be able to have performances at the  end of our spring semester with an audience present. We are waiting to make a definitive decision on this until we get closer to showtime. We'll keep all enrollees apprised of these plans as they develop.  

(Now is also an ideal time to consider private lessons, so if you feel your child would benefit from one-on-one voice, acting, dance or piano lessons, please reach out and we'll get you set up!) 

Theatre endures no matter what, and we can't wait to get back to doing what we love best - fostering the talents of our amazing ATP kids.  We look forward to seeing all of you this Spring!  Here's a comprehensive list of what we have available for registration.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Here's to a happy and healthy new semester!

Ms. Sondra

Update Posted: November 6, 2020

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Updated November 9, 2020

Thank you for your unwavering support and patience as we continue to navigate these uncertain times. We have been busy following the TN Pledge and CDC guidelines as we slowly start the process of resuming our normal schedule. We continue following updates from the CDC and TNPledge to determine what our best options are in keeping our families safe. 

Act Too Players plans to open in a less restricted capacity for our spring session. The health and safety of our staff, students, and their families is our number one priority. Since we plan to have more in person classes we have implemented several additional measures to help keep everyone safe in the coming weeks and months. We have followed the best practice guidelines from the CDC, Tennessee Health Department, local school policies, and Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge program. 

In response to current COVID-19 safety guidelines, we have made the following updates to our policies and procedures:

  • TNPledge has recommended that all businesses have improved ventilation for confined, indoor spaces. We have purchased  

    • For the large studio: 5-in-1 air purifier that filters 99.97% of airborne pollutants. It completely filters the air up to 29 times a day.

      • 5-in-1 Filters: Cold Catalyst Filter, Cellular-Activated Carbon Filter, Antibacterial Filter, True HEPA Filter, Ionizer (Ozone-Safe)

    • For the smaller studio: Air purifier with H13 True HEPA Filter that filters 99.97% of airborne pollutants including 0.3 microns allergens. It completely filters the air in the room every 45 minutes.

      • Filter: with Huge Honeycomb activated carbon filter, True HEPA filter, Pre-filter, the purify efficiency is 30% higher and purify speed is 30% faster than other ordinary air cleaner. 100% ozone-free.

    • For the individual teaching rooms: Pluggable UV-C Sanitizer and Deodorizer

    • For the office: Advanced 3-Stage Filtration System: The Pre-Filter, True HEPA Filter, and High-Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter

      • Circulates room air over 4 times per hour to achieve rapid purification. It filters 99.97% of airborne pollutants including 0.3 microns allergens.

  • Increase our use of signage, floor markings or other cues to direct human traffic flow and manage lines

  • There are no specific capacity percentage requirements or recommendations regarding facility occupancy numbers; however, we are implementing the following strategies:

    • Access to the studio for non-students will continue to be restricted

    • At this time, we are increasing our class occupancy. The exact number may change based on current covid-19 levels.

    • We may implement an early dismissal of about ten minutes to decrease exposure during class changeovers. 

  • Regarding masks:

    • Everyone on the premises will be required to wear face masks

    • For performances and showcases: We will be performing without wearing masks unless a parent expressly informs us that they want their child to wear a mask.

    • Even during performances and showcases, all staff will be wearing masks.

  • Each class will have a Zoom link for students to access in the event they are unable to attend an “in-person” class due to being quarantined because of a positive covid test, fever, other illness, or positive exposure to covid-19 via contact tracing. That zoom link can be found through your Class Portal in the class info found under “My Schedule.”

  • If one of our students tests positive, we will implement the recommendations set forth by TNPledge:

    • Close off areas used by the person who is sick. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas

    • Wait up to 24 hours or as long as possible before you clean or disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting

    • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas

We will continue to follow all city, county, state, and federal mandates for the duration of the pandemic. For example, if mask mandates or more stringent occupancy regulations are enacted Act Too Players will immediately modify our procedures to be in compliance. 

If you are enrolled in a session that gets canceled, you will receive a refund of your registration fee in the next couple of days.

The loss of class tuitions, camp registrations, and ticket sales have severely impacted our business. The COVID-19 emergency has made us face the reality that we will not be able to fully recover the lost revenue which is so vital to our organization. The support we receive from our parents and the community is the core of our existence and without it Act Too, and other arts organizations, could see devastating losses. We ask for your patience, support and understanding during this incredibly difficult time.

 

Continue to read below for a comprehensive list of policies and procedures that have been enacted for students and employees.

 
Business Process Adaptations
  1. Limit facility occupancy to 50 percent of capacity as dictated by fire code (as such capacity is adjusted in consideration of closed areas of the facility pursuant to these guidelines)

  2. Modify check-in and check-out procedures to observe social distancing and implement sanitization measures:

    1. Check in and check out students outside of the facility

    2. Stagger arrival and drop-off times or locations by cohort or put in place other protocols to limit contact between cohorts and direct contact with parents as much as possible

    3. Have parents and students waiting to check in maintain a distance of 6 ft

    4. Staff to wear masks during check in and check out

    5. Students have their hands sanitized upon entry to the facility

  3. Disinfecting of high-touch surfaces: Staff to conduct regular (i.e., every 2 hours) disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, equipment and common areas of the facility using disinfectant cleaning supplies according to CDC guidelines

  4. Removal of shared lobby items: temporarily removing toys, books, and magazines from the lobby

  5. Improve ventilation for confined, indoor spaces. Circulate outdoor air where possible and when code compliance and security may be maintained

  6. Use signage, floor markings or other cues to direct human traffic flow and manage lines

  7. The use of face coverings when in close proximity with others is required.

  8. Temporarily close water fountains, common areas, break rooms, check-in counters, where customers or employees may congregate. Encourage students to provide their own water.

  9. Post extensive signage on health policies, including the following documents, in the workplace to help educate building occupants on COVID-19 best practices:

    1. CDC guidance to stop the spread of germs

    2. CDC guidance on COVID-19 symptoms

    3. TNGov Business ToolKit 

    4. Signs asking people not to touch the fish tank

  10. Provide a sanitizing station with hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, and Lysol. 

  11. Response to Positive Covid-19 Test if a facility becomes aware that a person has a confirmed case of COVID-19:

    1. Close off areas used by the person who is sick. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas

    2. Wait up to 24 hours or as long as possible before you clean or disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting

    3. Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas

    4. If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary

 
Student and Consumer Protection
  1. Screen customers for illness upon entry to studio or during check-in

    1. Staff to take student temperatures onsite with a no-touch thermometer each day upon arrival at camp.

    2. Temperatures will be logged at the beginning and end of each shift

    3. Normal temperature should not exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that exceed 100.4 will not be permitted on premise.

    4. Question parents at start of camp week regarding COVID-19 symptoms 

      1. Has your child been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

      2. Is your child or anyone in your immediate family experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?

      3. Has your child or anyone in your immediate family had a fever in the last 48 hours?

      4. If the answer to any of these questions is ”Yes”, the student will not be allowed to participate and no refund will be offered. 

  2. Students and Customers will be required to sanitize their hands upon entering and leaving the facility. 

  3. Students, Staff, and Customers will be encouraged to practice social distancing 

  4. Recommend that persons more vulnerable or at-risk for  COVID-19 as identified by the CDC—including those who are over the age of 65 or those who have chronic medical conditions—take extra precaution or refrain from use of the facility during Phase 1 of re-opening

  5. Stay home if feeling ill. All staff should stay home if feeling ill, report any symptoms of illness to Sondra and Megan and require notification of COVID-19 positive case in employee’s household. Employees who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the CDC (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) are encouraged to stay home

  6. Arrive with minimal belongings. To limit the risk of exposure, students will be expected to arrive with minimal belongings. Ideally, they should arrive with their lunch (day camp only), pencil, cell phone, water, and script.

 
Employee Protection
  1. Daily Screening: Staff will be screened with the following questions:

    1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

    2. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?

    3. Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?

    4. Have you had new loss of taste or smell?

    5. Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

  2. Temperature screening staff: 

    1. Employers to take staff temperatures onsite with a no-touch thermometer each day upon arrival at work.

    2. Temperatures will be logged at the beginning and end of each shift

    3. Normal temperature should not exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that exceed 100.4 will not be permitted on premise.

  3. Face Coverings:

    1. Staff should wear face coverings 

    2. Masks will be optional during instructional times.

    3. Masks will be required during student check-in and check out

    4. Masks will be available onsite for staff members 

  4. Stay home if feeling ill. All staff should stay home if feeling ill, report any symptoms of illness to Sondra and Megan. If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in a staff members household they are required to notify employers. Staff who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the CDC (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) are encouraged to stay home.

These policies and procedures are subject to change based upon changes in applicable law at the Federal, State or Local level or changes in best practices according to CDC or other public health authorities. 

All other regular facility rules still apply. 

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