**A note from The Art Garage's Executive Directors (May 31st, 2022):** Dear Art Garage Artists and families, Although many places have lifted their mask requirements, The Art Garage will continue to require all students ages 3+ wear masks until students under 5 have an opportunity and access to get the COVID-19 vaccine (and time for it to become effective). This summer alone, The Art Garage will work directly with over 300 artists under the age of 5 years. The Art Garage believes it important to remain cautious to best protect our community and young artists. The Art Garage will communicate all class COVID-19 protocol changes as they occur. Thank you for your support, feedback and dedication to keeping our students safe. Sincerely, Katie Moran and Abi Ostendorf, Co-Executive Directors <br> Updated May 27th, 2022 **Do kids have to wear masks?** Yes. Masks are required for students 3 years and older and encouraged for students 2 years and older.  Students will be able to take off their masks during snack time, when we will be sitting 3-6ft apart. **What if my child will not wear a mask?** Students will not be able to attend class if they can not wear a mask. **Can my child wear a shield instead of a mask?** A mask must be worn at The Art Garage.  If you would like to wear a shield in addition to a mask that is welcomed. CDC does not recommend using face shields or goggles as a substitute for masks. Goggles or other eye protection may be used in addition to a mask. Face shields are not as effective at protecting you or the people around you from respiratory droplets. Face shields have large gaps below and alongside the face, where your respiratory droplets may escape and reach others around you and will not protect you from respiratory droplets from others. For more information please refer to the CDC website: []( If you have concerns about wearing a mask please call us to discuss your situation. **Will the students be inside or outside?** Classes will be held both inside and outside the building. Classes will take place inside for the majority of the time, but students may work outside during class for specific projects and media. The Art Garage will close its bay doors if external temperatures exceed 80 degrees in order to maximize the efficiency of our swamp cooler and keep our students cool and comfortable. In this case, entry doors and windows will be left open to increase air circulation. Kids' classes lasting 3 hours or more will take an OUTDOOR snack and story break during class if external temperatures exceed 50 degrees. Please make sure your student is dressed in weather-appropriate clothing for being outside during snack time and has sun protection if needed.  If it is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit outside or in the event of extreme weather,  students will eat their snack indoors, distanced 6 feet or more apart. **What if you encounter bad weather outside?** If there is bad weather outside, we may need to delay the class start time or cancel class if we are not able to properly keep kids safely distanced. We will notify you via phone and email ASAP if we encounter this. **How is your organization following social distancing?** The Art Garage is following social distancing by keeping students that are not living in the same household at least 3-6ft apart.  We have designated paint spots for story and snack time that are properly spaced out. Individual desks are pre-measured out to also be 3-6ft apart from one another. Whenever possible staff are also maintaining a distance of 3-6ft from students and other staff. We ask that you inform your child that friends need to also maintain a 3-6ft distance even if they have been in the same 'quarantine pod' to set the distancing example and ensure the safety of all students in class. **Can you tell me more about your current cleaning protocol?** The Art Garage is using guidelines and cleaning solutions put out by the CDC. Each room is set up with a proper mixed cleaning solution, rags and gloves.  Cleaning of high touched surface areas is done multiple times throughout the day. Cleaning of classrooms is done at the end of each class, including desks, cubbies, materials and mopping. Hand washing is done before and after snack time and multiple times throughout class as needed or switching materials. **Are art materials being shared?** We are keeping shared art materials at an absolute minimum.  Students will have bags or bins of art supplies that will be theirs for the duration and length of classes. If materials need to be shared they will be disinfected before and after a student is using it. **How is The Art Garage providing proper hygiene throughout the classes?** Increased hand washing and hand sanitizer readily available. **What if a child gets sick while at The Art Garage?** The child will be isolated from other students and will be with two staff members.  Parent or emergency contact will be contacted for immediate pick up. **What if a child has a fever?** If your child has a fever of 100.4 or higher they will not be able to attend class. **What if a staff member is sick?** Art Garage Staff will abstain from working if they are sick. If a staff member begins exhibiting symptoms during their shift or is notified of an exposure while at work, they will be sent home and asked to get tested. Management will follow up with staff before they are permitted to return to work and will require a negative PCR test. **Do I need to pack a snack and water?** Pack a snack and water bottle for your student(s) for classes _lasting 3 hours or longer_ and please note that The Art Garage is a peanut-free zone. If your student is enrolled in a full day class (the morning and afternoon class), please pack a lunch for them to eat in between classes as well. In order to keep our students as safe as possible, The Art Garage will not be providing snacks or water cups. In order to minimize COVID-19 exposure, kids classes lasting 2 hours or less will NOT have a snack break.  Kids classes lasting 3 hours or more will take an OUTDOOR snack and story break during class.  Please ensure that your student is dressed in weather appropriate clothing for being outside during snack time. **I do not want my child to attend, how do I cancel my registration? What are my options in regards to a refund?** The Art Garage has a strict no refund policy. Please call us at 303-377-2353 for transfer, donation and replacement options. **My child is sick, do I lose the money from my registration?** If your child is sick it is important that they stay home to help keep our community safe.  We will do our best to adjust your child’s registration to another class where space allows or make sure they have what they need to complete the class project. **I would like to speak to someone regarding protocol.  Who can I speak with?** Please call us at 303-377-2353 and we are happy to answer any questions. **My child is registered with a friend and in the same social circle/quarantine pod, can they sit together in class?** No.  You can inform administration of children in the same social circle/quarantine pod, but in order to keep social distancing among peers all students' desks will be separated and students will sit 3-6 feet apart. Other children will have friends in the class or be making new friends and we have established this protocol for the safety of every child, child’s family, staff and staff’s family along with the general community. If there are siblings in the class that live in the same household they will be able to sit together if they choose. **I have children in different age groups.  Can we combine them into the same class?** Children need to be registered in their correct age group. **What will happen if The Art Garage needs to close as a health precaution?** We will continue to uphold our no refund policy. It is our goal to continue to provide in person classes, but health and safety for staff and participants is our top priority. You will be notified if a change needs to happen as soon as possible. Each situation will be thoughtfully decided on how to move forward. **What happens if there is a positive case of COVID-19 onsite at The Art Garage?** The Art Garage will notify anyone that had direct contact and those in the building with the person that tested positive. All staff who were in the building or had direct contact with the positive case will need to be tested and/or quarantine for the appropriate time based on their vaccination status and will return to work following the CDC guidelines. Adjustments to classes will be made as needed to ensure the safety of The Art Garage community. The positive person that was on site will not be able to attend classes again at The Art Garage until after 14 days have passed.