Safety Guidelines for Adult Classes

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Kala will continue to host online classes and slowly transition back to hosting in-person classes. We are prioritizing the safety of our staff, educators, artists, and surrounding communities. We are continuously monitoring safety guidelines and updating protocols as we have the capacity to do so. We appreciate your patience as we transition back to in-person classes. Below are our current guidelines and safety protocols for hosting in-person classes.

Kala Safety Guidelines & COVID-19 Protocols for In Person/On Campus Activities

Kala is constantly keeping up with the latest updates on COVID-19 safety guidelines and we will update according to the policies dictated by the Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), the State of California, and County of Alameda guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Requirements for In Person Classes

Waivers & Proof of Vaccination
• Media, liability, and health waivers are required and must be signed and submitted prior to the start of classes
• As of August 2021, all participants are required to show proof of vaccination in order to participate in any in-person classes. This can be done via email or by showing a physical or digital copy of a vaccination card on the first day of class.

• Appropriate masks as defined by the CDC are required to be worn at all times by students and staff. These include cotton fabric masks with at least two layers (with insertable filters if possible), and N95/KN95 masks. Double masking can also be effective.
• Neck gaiters, single layer masks, masks with valves are not sufficient and will not be allowed
• Masks must cover the nose and mouth at all times when worn.
• Any additional PPE, such as face shields, are welcome to be used but not required
• If a disability prevents you from wearing a mask, please contact before your scheduled class.

Hand Sanitizer
Participants will be asked to sanitize their hands upon arrival. Hand sanitizer will be available at the front sanitization station, as well as throughout the facilities.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19
• If you or anyone you live or interact with experiences any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as listed below, please notify Kala staff immediately via phone or e-mail, and refrain from entering Kala facilities.

•Symptoms include: frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell

• Participants and their families are encouraged to get tested as soon as possible if they suspect possible symptoms of COVID-19.
• If you test positive for COVID-19, please notify Kala staff immediately.
• If a participant is experiencing any symptoms, they will be unable to participate in-person for the rest of the class. They will be refunded for the remainder of the class session.

General COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Class Size
Small group sizes of no more than 8 students in a room, socially distanced, will allow for individualized/one-on-one guidance and support, as well as safety.

Social distancing
• Participants are asked to maintain social distance (3 feet or more) when possible during indoor and outdoor instruction. Teaching artists and assistants are responsible for enforcing social distance rules.
• There may be cases in which a staff member may approach participants for one-on-one assistance or guidance during class, though social distance will be maintained as much as possible

Mask wearing
• Participants and Staff are required to wear appropriate masks as defined by the CDC (see “PPE” section under “Requirements For In-Person Camp”)
• Masks must cover both nose and mouth at all times when worn
• Masks may be taken off during designated fresh air/water breaks and lunch breaks, but students will be encouraged to put their masks back on when not eating or drinking

Hygiene, Sanitization, Air Circulation
• Participants will be asked to sanitize or wash their hands throughout the class session.
• Staff, Teaching Artists, and volunteers are required to wash their hands throughout the day.
• Kala will provide hand-sanitizer for adults and children to use when entering the building, and in the classrooms.
• The rooms, restrooms, and other high touch spaces will be disinfected by staff throughout the day during the week and weekend.
• There will be open windows, fans, and air purifiers that aid in ventilation of all classroom and teaching spaces.

• When possible, participants will be provided with their own art supplies and tools to use during the class session.
• Tools and supplies will be disinfected before and after each class session.
• Gloves will be provided if students prefer to use them.

If a student refuses to comply by safety protocols

Immediate dismissal
• If a participant refuses to comply with safety protocol, such as wearing or keeping on a mask properly and following instructions from the teaching artists, the participant will be asked to leave the remainder of the class session.
• Participants will be allowed to return if they agree to follow protocol the next class session. This only applies to multi-session classes.
Impact on refunds due to early dismissal
• If a participant repeatedly refuses to comply with safety protocol on multiple occasions/days, they will be dismissed and asked to refrain from attending the rest of the class sessions. In this situation, participants will not be refunded.