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COVID PROTOCOLS HEALTH AND SAFETY

 

The health and safety of our staff and students at Art and Soul Creative is very important to us. We have kept our business current on all of the Ontario government protocol and mandate guidelines and have provided important links below for you to click on and read through.

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccine-booking-support#proof-of-vaccination

Under the current Government protocol effective September 22nd 2021, Art and Soul Creative has put into place, an Immunization Policy and numerous safety measures in the studio to help prevent the potential transmission of the virus.

 

 

Immunization Policy

Art and Soul Creatives Immunization Policy will require proof of  COVID-19 vaccination for all students and staff in order to have access to the studio. Our decision to proceed with a vaccination policy follows a full review of all public health evidence and legal guidelines regarding vaccination requirements. The policy and procedures are in line with Hamilton Public Health Guidelines and direction from the Province’s Chief Medical Officer.

Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated students are strongly encouraged to consider our virtual zoom programs until such time as it is safe for them to return to the studios.

For those who do not submit proof of vaccination (because they are exempt), there is a requirement to participate in regular COVID testing in order to access the studio:

  • Unvaccinated students wishing to participate in-person classes require documentation of a negative COVID test, timed within 72 hours of the end of their class time slot

  • This documentation must be presented on arrival for each class, e.g., a two or three evening class will require a new test.

  • Testing must be done at a medically recognized site with the subsequent report as proof of test results

  • All COVID-19 testing will be undertaken at the student’s expense

Keeping us all safe

Numerous safety measures are in place in the school to help prevent the potential transmission of COVID-19.

  • a vaccination mandate is in place for all on-site staff and faculty

  •  promote physical distancing

  • both staff and students must successfully pass an on site self screening assessment prior to class

  • all students must have a COVID-19 waiver on file as a part of their registration click here to print:

  •  https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/65854656/coivd-19-relase-of-liability-sept-7-2021

  • the use of face masks when in the studio is mandatory (face masks and shields for instructors when teaching)

  • hand sanitizer is widely available

  • increased cleaning and disinfecting procedures are in place throughout the studio

  • the implementation of contact tracing protocols

 

Art and Soul Creative will operate programs in consistent classes of no more than 12 students.

  • While close contact may be unavoidable between members of a studio, physical distancing and general infection prevention and control practices will be encouraged, where possible

  • Face coverings (non-medical masks) will be used if physical distancing of at least 2-metres cannot be maintained between classes. You can bring your own mask or one will be provided.

  • Face coverings will be changed if visibly soiled, damp, or damaged

  •  studio/space will be cleaned and disinfected before and after. A cleaning log will be posted and used to track cleaning

  • Each class will have designated supplies, tools, and equipment or these will be cleaned and disinfected between class uses

  • Personal belongings brought to the studio should be minimized. 

  • Participants and staff will perform proper hand hygiene before and after eating.

  • Art and Soul Creative will contact the Hamilton Public Health unit to report a  participant suspected to have COVID-19. The local public health unit will provide specific advice on what control measures should be implemented to prevent the potential spread and how to protect and, if needed, isolate staff members and participants
    Thermometers will be disinfected between each use.

Record Keeping: 

  •  keep daily records will be kept of anyone (e.g. students, staff and visitors) entering the studio who stays for 15 minutes or longer. Records (e.g., name, contact information, time of arrival/departure, screening completion etc.) will be kept up-to-date and available to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case or outbreak.

 

As we navigate through these difficult times, Art and Soul Creative wants to ensure you that we are fully complying with the most up to date provincial and federal Covid 19 protocols. We look forward to being in studio with you creating!