COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY
HANDMAKERY has been back to hosting in-person/in-studio/limited class size/weekly art workshops since June 2020 with safety and success for small groups of artists. Some of the simple routines include: daily wellness check in + no-touch temperature checks before entering the studio + routine hand-washing + practiced social distancing + studio cleanliness + face coverings (masks)...which may become optional in the future (we’ll keep you posted).
We are closely following guidance released by the State of Colorado and the Garfield County Health Department. We’ve adapted our workshops and routines to establish a plan with added precaution focused on prioritizing the health and safety of everyone.
- We train our staff on health and safety standards, screen the health of our staff + take (including routine no-touch temperature checks), and provide staff adequate personal protective equipment.
- All parents will be required to monitor their child daily for key symptoms by completing a daily wellness check in form at check in.
- Drop off and pick up will be socially distanced/staggered to reduce the number of people entering the studio. Upon arrival, a staff will greet each artist and their one parent for an outdoor temperature check. If a child has a temperature above 100.4, s/he will not be allowed to enter the studio. One parent will sign the daily wellness check for the child at drop off.
- We will currently be following the local school district’s mask policy.
- Children will bring their own labeled healthy snack and water bottle in a backpack.
- Hand washing will be required upon arrival and we will maintain a hand-washing schedule throughout the workshop.
- Class size will remain a bit smaller/or determined by Garfield Public Health. The classroom/studio/restroom will be exclusively used by the students and staff only. Parents will be asked to not enter the studio throughout the week for safety.
- Classroom/studio will practice added spacing. Children will be encouraged to not engage in unnecessary physical contact with others and to use healthy routines.
- Window will be open to maximize ventilation with added overhead airflow and building venting.
- Each child will have their own main supplies.
- Commonly touched surfaces will be cleaned daily. The studio will be disinfected at the end of each workshop.
Responding and Staying Informed
- If a child becomes symptomatic, s/he will be isolated and parents will be notified immediately to pick the child up. We will report any cases to local public health authorities. Please make sure your phone number(s) are current and accessible.
- We will continue to follow guidance from key policymakers closely and adapt our policies as required.
- Our plan is on file with Garfield County Public Health Department for ongoing feedback and implementation of best practices.
Please Be Advised
- If your child is presenting: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea they should NOT attend workshops at HANDMAKERY.
- If your child has been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days of a class they should NOT attend workshops at HANDMAKERY.
- If your child has traveled by air/bus/train/within the past 14 days of any class they should NOT attend workshops at HANDMAKERY.
- High risk children should NOT attend workshops at HANDMAKERY.