COPA Face Mask Statement!

UTAH COPA 2020-2021 FACE MASK STATEMENT
August 5, 2020

1. If any COPA student is showing any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, abnormal fatigue, abnormal muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, we strongly encourage them to stay home to recover quickly. We also encourage them to message their teacher and director regarding their health circumstance.

2. All students, faculty, staff, parents and guests will wear masks at all times in COPA buildings unless they can be distanced 6’ apart. We would encourage our students to purchase masks with windows over the mouth to be used in their voice classes. Face shields may be temporarily worn without masks by instructors who are modeling correct acting and singing techniques. Students may also temporarily wear face shields when performing individually or being coached specifically by an instructor.  
NOTE: If a student has a health issue that does not allow for mask wearing, that student is required to share their medical health plan created by their doctor. The doctor must suggest alternate options to mask wearing. With a medical note shields will be accepted.”

3. Temperatures of all those entering the building will be checked. Those with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to wait outside until their temperature lowers to appropriate levels.

4. All students, faculty, staff, parents and guests will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entry to the buildings, as well as between classes.

5. All students will be required to have completed the Utah COPA COVID-19 CONSENT FORM  prior to participating in any classes or rehearsals. If you have not already completed this form, they may be accessed through the office staff.

6. In regards to demerits for missing classes or rehearsals due to COVID-19 health concerns, parents of the students will need to communicate with the students’ teachers and directors. Each situation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

COPA’s Safety Measures

We have altered our schedule to keep fewer bodies in the building at one time.  You will be receiving an email from your Academy Director before Saturday evening with specific information for your company.  We have tried to minimize the changes in the schedule as much as possible. Additionally, some of the COPA classes will continue to be held via Zoom for the remainder of the year. 

Below we are outlining procedures and precautions COPA will be following. Please READ these carefully and completely.  

COPA REQUIRED SAFETY MEASURES:

  • All parents must print and sign the COVID-19 Consent and Waiver form and send it with the student before they attend class. (Attached below).
  • Checking temperatures at the door with touchless infrared thermometers. 
  • Hand sanitizing upon entrance to the building.
  • COPA will wipe down hard surfaces with disinfectant wipes between classes.
  • Requiring all students and instructors to wear masks when less than six feet apart.
  • Enter and exit the specific door for your company (Main entrance or Black Box included in your company email).
  • Parents drop off students and wait in the car, rather than the building.
  • Drinking fountains will be closed.  We ask each student to bring their own water bottle. 
  • We are asking parents to drop off their children 5 min early to allow time to go through the checkpoints. 
  • All students who show symptoms of illness must stay home. If they come to class with symptoms they will be lovingly sent home. 
  • The break room will be closed.  If needed, please bring healthy prepackaged snacks.  There will be no access to the fridge or microwave.  Students who need to have a snack will be asked to step outside to eat.  They will need to use hand sanitizer again to re-enter the building. 

NOTES:

  • According to the Governor’s new ruling regarding masks, POP/MDT students who enter the building with masks, and no fever, may remove the mask after they are in their seat for their vocal rehearsals.  These classes will be held in larger studios and chairs will be set at least 6 feet apart.  Masks will be asked to be put back on as students exit the building. 
  • In choreography, we will do our best to social distance. If social distancing isn’t possible then masks will be asked to stay on.
  • Students will never be required to remove their masks. 
  • The removal of masks in class will be up to the discretion of the instructor whether or not the exercises for the class are in line with the social distancing parameters.
  • Students are welcome to bring their own latex gloves for choreography classes. 
  • We ask that students use the restroom at home prior to attending class.  If a student needs to use a restroom at COPA they are welcome of course.  Restrooms will be sanitized regularly. 
  • Parents and students are welcome to ask about any procedures regarding COVID-19. 

Please reach out with any questions you may have. 

Sincerely, 

COPA Administration

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