COVID-19 Safety Measures and Procedures

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July 27, 2021:

During this unprecedented time in our history, the CTA has remained a destination for all children. We have ALWAYS asked what’s best for the kids.

Moving forward – we’re continuing to follow recommended guidelines for children. The CTA will continue to operate and provide instruction while wearing masks. It is what we need to do for our student population and also to help ensure the CTA stays open. Looking ahead – We are excited to begin to implement some additional changes and adjustments in our studios as we continue to take small and calculated steps toward re-opening.

We do ask that you please keep in mind the CTA is a community school that currently serves students from 6 different school districts. Depending on where the students come from, the students may be required to wear face masks for in-person classes moving into the new school year amid the coronavirus pandemic or they could be able to attend class mask-free. This can certainly be confusing for them when they come to the Center for classes.

Since the pandemic remains ongoing, we will continue to remain informed and flexible to any changes that may occur.

We are monitoring local conditions just like the schools and we will continue to review all new federal, state and county guidelines.

Since the beginning we have made adjustments and implemented multiple strategies as needed and of course looking ahead – we will be paying attention to changes and potential challenges in the coming year.

Moving forward
We will NOT be lifting our mask mandate in conjunction with the ending of Pennsylvania’s mask mandate.

As of this update the CDC, PA Board of Education and American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that unvaccinated individuals wear masks indoors.

We have a culture of young students UNDER the age of 12 that are unable to be vaccinated. Students ages 4-18 share the CTA studios on a weekly basis.

The CTA is prepared to move forward with multiple strategies toward success! In addition to remaining focus on ways to ensure the safest environment for our students, as well as, our talented faculty and staff.

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

Modifications: Studio/Equipment/Sanitation:

  • CTA has been stripped down and 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 The Facility is currently being “deep cleaned” by a cleaning services once a week, and the CTA acquired additional sanitizing materials that will be used after hours to safely disinfect entire studios after each use.
  • Additional “hand sanitizer stations” are located in each studio.

Policies and procedures have been revised, including the following:
We will NOT be lifting our mask mandate in conjunction with the ending of Pennsylvania’s mask mandate.

  • Currently the CDC, ACHD and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation is that unvaccinated individuals wear masks indoors.
  • 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.
  • The CTA will also consider community transmission rates in determining which activities and instruction strategies are appropriate.
  • 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.
  • Moving into the fall session we will NOT be allowing anyone into the CTA who is not participating in a class. 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.
  • Children should wash hands before drop-off, each time they return to the Studio, after using the restrooms, and as directed by our staff.
  • 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.
  • We will continue to adapt to Covid-19 and make additional changes as conditions warrant, and we remain committed to responsible, disciplined and focused strategies as we move forward.