COVID-19 Safety Measures and Procedures

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June 1, 2020:

The CTA has been working around-the-clock so that we are ready to welcome everyone back and begin to celebrate our 40th Anniversary!!!

WHAT we do and WHY we do it have always been special – BUT now more than ever – HOW we do it will allow us to begin the process of raising the curtain. There are hopeful signs everywhere, every day and opportunities to explore ways the CTA can play a role in your lives moving forward.

As many of you know Pennsylvania began the careful process of reopening, and Governor Tom Wolf designated Allegheny County as “GREEN” on June 5th allowing our region to take small steps toward opening.

This certainly gives us something to SING about! We are optimistic, as long as appropriate modifications are made to ensure social distancing, enhanced hygiene measures, reimagining common spaces, as well as studios, and implementing adjustments in HOW we do… WHAT we do!!!

The CTA is prepared to move forward with multiple strategies toward success! In addition to remaining focused on ways to ensure the safest environment for our students, as well as, our talented faculty and staff, we will be as flexible as possible, as we roll out newly designed schedules, class sizes, and instructional strategies. Like many educational organizations, our goal is to move forward responsibly with a commitment to our students, families and the community we serve. Below is an overview of the revised facility modifications, policies, and instructional programming we have instituted.

Thank you for continually entrusting the CTA with your children, rest assured we have taken extensive measures to keep them safe as we welcome our 4th decade of operation.

Find your voice. Develop your style. Reach high.

Billy Hartung
Executive Director

 

 

Modifications: Studio/Equipment/Sanitation: 

  • The CTA has been thoroughly cleaned in its entirety. 5,800 square feet of studio space has been re- explored and re-imagined for our Better Together, Division with Vision strategies. The Facility will continue to be “deep cleaned” by a professional cleaning service once a week. Daily the CTA studios will be disinfected after each use.
  • Additional “hand sanitizer stations” are being installed at the center.  We have acquired for our use gloves, alcohol wipes, hand sanitizer, Clorox, mic covers and face masks.
  • To practice enhanced safe distancing, we have purchased 22 feet clear movable walls and plexiglass sneeze guards. The new dividers will provide the following benefits:
    • The plexiglass dividers act as a line of defense from infectious diseases spreading.
    • They allow for physical separation without losing the ability for visual guidance and surveillance.
    • The transparent barrier allows communication to continue on either side of the partition as well. 
    • The dividers act as a sneeze guard and also a form of crowd control between people. 
    • The dividers are freestanding and portable, they can easily be moved to different areas of the facility as needed.

Policies and procedures have been revised, including the following: 

  • The CTA will operate according to state and local regulations, and best practices as new policies are created, we will adapt our operations to meet these new requirements.
  • Children who are ill may not attend the CTA and must remain at home according to our center policies. Any child who becomes ill at the center will be separated from the other children and must be picked up within one hour.
  • CTA Staff members are required to have their temperatures taken when they arrive at the center. Should any employees become ill at the center, they will be sent home.
  • Parents will be permitted inside the building, however social distancing protocols will be implemented as best as possible. We encourage drop-off efforts.
  • Parents should conduct any lengthy conversations with our CTA staff by telephone.
  • Visitors will be permitted inside the center by necessity and appointment only.
  • Our CTA staff members will more closely supervise all hand-washing. Children should wash hands before drop-off, each time they return to the Studio, after using the restrooms, and as directed by our staff.
  • Face masks or coverings are currently required to be worn by parents and staff members at the center. Children are exempt from this order once inside the studio; keeping in mind they will have been placed in positions of social distancing throughout the class instruction. However, you may supply one at your discretion. Moving forward face coverings will be optional. Names MUST be on students’ mask.
  • In the event a parent, child, or staff member tests positive for Covid-19, they will not be permitted into the CTA until cleared by their physician or as directed by our local health agencies.
  • In the event a household member of either a child or staff member tests positive for Covid-19, the child or staff member will not be permitted to return to the center for 14 days or as directed by our local health agencies.
  • We will continue to adapt to Covid-19 and make additional changes as conditions warrant.

The following strategies will be explored and implemented by the instructors/teachers:

  • An assigned 6×6 socially distanced space will be provided for the participant.
  • The class will be limited to 12 to 15 participants in a studio.
  • Copies of words, music, scripts will be emailed ahead of time to all participants and there will be no exchange of materials delivered to the students from the CTA.
  • ALL students should bring their own water containers marked with name.
  • Students will be assigned to a “STUDIO” and will not leave that Studio during their time in the camp.
  • The rotation of the creative team will be how instruction is delivered to the kids

MUSICAL THEATER/PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP CLASSES

DIRECTING/ACTING
Work with Stage Directors / Acting instruction / Character development, and exploration is usually done with exercises in circles, multiple patterns and stage movements.

Adjustments made:

  • All Instruction (Directing/Acting) will be delivered with instruct “facing” the mirror while students are “social distantly” positioned behind them.
  • The student will all be in a forward direction/position allowing for the mirror, as well as the instructor to prompt them with coaching, execution, adjustments as well as techniques.
  • All stage movement will be limited to explore the “socially distant” 6×6 for area provided of the actor. All efforts will be made to explore multiple body positions, heights and levels with no physical exchanges or interactions between participants.

CHOREOGRAPHY/DANCING/STAGE MOVEMENT
Character development, and exploration is usually done with exercises in circles, multiple patterns and stage movements and choreography.

Adjustments made:

  • All instruction (Movement or Choreography) will be delivered with instructor “facing” the mirror while students are “social distantly” positioned behind them.
  • The student will all be in a forward direction/position allowing for the mirror, as well as the instructor to prompt them with movement, execution, adjustments as well as techniques.
  • All movement will be explored from a FULL FRONT body position, with no physical exchanges or interactions between participants.

VOCAL/VOICE/CHORAL/ARRANGEMENTS
Working with Music Directors/Instruction is usually done in a traditional format of facing the students/casts and guiding them with visual as well as audible prompts and techniques.

Adjustments made:

  • All Instruction (Musical/Vocal) will be delivered with instructor “facing” the mirror while students are “social distantly” positioned behind them.
  • The student will all be in a forward direction/position allowing for the mirror, as well as the instructor to prompt them with vocal coaching, execution, adjustments as well as techniques.
  • All singing will be explored from a FULL FRONT body position, with no physical exchanges or interactions between participants

PERFORMANCES
All performances (acting/singing/dancing) when possible – will be presented to the audience from the same 6x6ft space created and explored by the students. This summer we will utilize an outdoor parking lot performance space that also allows for socially distant observation.