VPS has been operating with reduced capacity since July 1st with new protocols in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of all our students and staff is our number one priority and extra measures have been put in place to ensure physical distancing, increased sanitation and extra hand washing. Because of these requirements, we will need to limit registration and class numbers to ensure we have the physical space to allow for proper distancing. Cleaning of high touch surfaces and daily health checks will take place between each class to ensure a safe environment. Should another wave of Covid-19 prevent us from meeting safely we will continue rehearsals online until it is safe to resume in-person at the studio. By enrolling in any fall VPS program, you acknowledge and accept that no credits or refunds will be issued in the event that programs have to be moved online.
Here is what we’re doing to ensure we are operating safely under the Covid-19 WorkSafeBC guidelines:
At Vancouver Performing Stars, the safety of our program participants and instructors is always our primary concern. We understand that many parents may have questions and concerns regarding the measures we are putting in place to safely operate programs at this time. We have developed a safety action plan, that follows the recommended guidelines outlined by Worksafe BC in the Performing Arts Industry Sector along with staying up to date with the public health authorities. We want to thank all of our VPS families for their patience and understanding in this constantly evolving situation.
1st level protection:
Limit the number of people at the workplace and ensure physical distance whenever possible
- We have established and posted an occupancy limit for our premises
- 12 people in studio maximum, 2 metres spaced out taped squares
- 20 people in entire space at one time
* Physical distancing of children & individual class groups:
– Defining 2 metre spaces for individual campers in classes with taped out squares
– Instructors are advised to limit physical contact and demonstrate instruction wherever possible
– Classes will be 15 minutes apart
– No non-essential visitors or parents are allowed in the waiting area or studio
2nd level protection:
Barriers and partitions
* Contactless sign-in and sign-out procedures
- Stay at home if you or your child are feeling ill
- Daily health checks will take place before every class, please prepare your child for this
- Parents should remain outside the studio for sign-in/sign-out
- At drop off, a daily “yes/no” verbal confirmation that children do not have symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other respiratory disease.
3rd level protection:
Rules and guidelines
- Signage and communication to all participants regarding social distancing behaviour and protocol, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
* Enhanced hand washing protocols & facility cleaning
- Hand sanitizer – instructors and students will be asked to use upon arrival at the studio
- Instructions for students and staff on how to cover mouth/no touching of face.
- Washrooms should only be used when absolutely necessary. Please try and change at home and have gone to the washroom prior to attending class.
- One way walkways for entrance and exit from the studio
- Cleaning and disinfecting of the studio will occur at the end of every day
- High touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between class groups
* If a child exhibits or communicates symptoms of illness, parents will be contacted to pickup their child immediately. The child may not return to class until all symptoms have cleared and have consulted a physician or 8-1-1. There are no credits or refunds for missed sick days.
4th level protection:
- Students and Instructors will wear masks upon entry and exit of the studio. Once in their personal performance space, mask wearing is optional. Masks should be worn at all other times, including going to the washroom.
- BC Health Ministry & BC CDC Public Health Guidance for Childcare Settings
- BCCDC Choirs and Bands Guidelines
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines
- WorkSafe BC Performing Arts Guidelines
- Gyms & Fitness Centres Protocols for Returning to Operation
- Safe Singing – with Dr. Michael Schwandt (Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health and BC Centre for Disease Control)