COVID-19 Safety Policies and Procedures for Students and Visitors
In order for NECCA to reduce the risk of viral transmission on-site, we appreciate your partnership in following these guidelines. It is not possible to eliminate the risk of transmission entirely and any participants must acknowledge this in advance. These policies are designed, in combination with state regulations, to reduce the instances of transmission where possible.
Congratulations to everyone at NECCA and to the State of Vermont for continuing to be super diligent about the protocols. This full document has been edited with details, and here is a quick rundown of the changes taking place as of Jan 3, 2021.
Starting Mon January 10, students in partnering specific classes such as Partner Acrobatics, and Flying Trapeze, must be fully vaccinated and have whatever booster they are eligible for or show a negative COVID test before each class. Negative tests must be presented when you check in for class as a letter from your PCR testing site for a test taken within 4 days of the class OR a photograph of two antigen tests taken within 36 hours of each other and the last taken within 12 hours of the class
Starting February 7, NECCA will require proof of vaccination if eligible.
Starting February 28, we will require proof of completed vaccination and booster, if eligible. If you have a medical or religious exemption, you may fill out forms provided on our website at a later date and we will notify you for approval.
Review the COVID-19 Safety Policies in this document. You are responsible for being up to date, and following all guidelines.
For the week of January 3, all of our students, staff and parents/guardians must show a negative COVID test before entering the building.
Until February 7, we require testing for Unvaccinated Persons of any age who engage in full-day programming such as camps, workshops and weekend immersions. *Does not include weekly session classes.
Starting February 7, NECCA will require proof of vaccination for all activities. Starting February 28, we will require proof of completed vaccination and booster, if eligible. If you have a medical or religious exemption, you may fill out forms provided on our website at a later date and we will notify you for approval.
In addition, all Staff and ProTrack program participants are required to get a weekly COVID test and send proof of results to COVID@necenterforcircusarts.com for staff and COVIDPT@necenterforcircusarts.com for ProTrack Students.
Please call your Program Director or the NECCA front desk to let them know your situation.
All students and staff must wear a mask that hooks on their ears (not tied around the head) at all times when on site. Double Masking or KN95/N95/KF94 is mandatory. You must wear a surgical paper mask under a cloth mask or a KN95/N95/KF94 mask (based on best fit). Masks with respirators are not permitted.
Please allow at least 6 feet between people at the entry and then at all other times when on the grounds or in the building. No more than 5 people in the lobby at one time. Only one person in the bathrooms at a time.
No person will be admitted into NECCA who:
Limited guests or observers are permitted in the facility. Anyone entering the building must follow the same testing or vaccination requirements as students. No more than 5 people in the lobby at one time. If you are the parent / guardian of a student who is under the age of 18, please review our drop off / pick up protocols as parents/guardians of younger students will be asked to stay on site, but others will be recommended to use our out-of-doors areas or other options while their child is in class. For a full list of youth drop off policies, please see our website.
NO REFUNDS will be provided to students who are asked to leave for not following NECCA safety policies. However, any student who does not come in because they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or because they have come in contact with a known COVID-19 case within that past 14 days WILL be refunded. (Basically, no refund for NOT following policies. Yes to a refund FOR following policies that require them to miss a class or training session.)
At least 6+ horizontal feet are required between people in training areas. Masks are required at all times. Each student should have a minimum of 1 extra clean face mask with them. Any student without a clean mask will be asked to go home. To safely acclimate to using a mask while training, students must start with minimal training and build up a tolerance as directed by their coaches.
No partnering and limited hand spotting for the week of Jan 3-7; After Jan 9, all partner class participants will be required to either weekly test or provide proof of booster to continue.
Vaccinated Catchers may catch in flying trapeze classes.
Please limit your time in the lobby by moving through quickly. The lobby should primarily be used on your way to and from the bathroom, for hand washing in the sink, or if first aid supplies are needed. Parents of young children who are required to remain on site are welcome to use the lobby. No more than 5 people in the lobby at one time. You may close the restroom door while in use, but please prop it open as you exit. Please limit the bathrooms to one person at a time.
Please exit the side doors of the building and allow 6 or more feet between people. Covered seating is now provided under the west porch. Re-entry can be through the side entry or the main entrance.
Due to the indoor access of our studio space at the Cotton Mill here are our expectations for that studio.
Due to the high contagen rate for Omicron we are returning to our policy of no indoor eating and drinking. Due to the cold weather we know that this is difficult for our staff and full time students. We will be reviewing this and updating as the science progresses.
There will be no indoor performances until further notice.
Audience members for out-of-doors performances will be asked to mask and follow social distancing protocols listed above.
IF YOU TEST POSITIVE: Regardless of vaccination status, you should stay home AND isolate from others in your home for 5 days from the date of test results.
You can return to NECCA if:
*Notify your close contacts that you have tested positive.
IF YOU ARE EXPOSED to someone who tested positive (unmasked, within 6 feet distance, cumulatively for 5 min):
Regardless of vaccination status, you should stay home AND isolate from others in your home for 5 days from day of exposure or if exposed by someone you live with, the first day of isolation from your exposed roommate. If you are unable to isolate, you will need to stay home and isolate from others for 10 days and may return if you are asymptomatic and produce negative PCR results.
You can return to NECCA if:
We understand that the period of quarantine for exposed persons may be longer than for COVID positive persons, due to the incubation and contagious period.