Safety Guidelines for Adult Classes

We are continuously monitoring safety guidelines and updating protocols as we have the capacity to do so. 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, cancellation policy, 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.

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 given partial class credit to use towards future classes.

General COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Class Size
Small group sizes of 6-12  will allow for individualized/one-on-one guidance and support, as well as safety.

Social distancing
• 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
Classes in the Community Classroom: All participants, including instructors and students will be required to wear masks during class sessions. Appropriate masks as defined by the CDC are required to be worn at all times by students and staff. Exceptions will be made for students who have a medical waiver or disability.
Classes in the Printmaking Studio: As of September 7, 2022, masks are now optional in the studio. However, it is at the discretion of the instructor. Please bring and wear an appropriate mask into the studio until the instructor says otherwise.
• If a disability prevents you from wearing a mask, please contact classes@kala.org before your scheduled class.

Hygiene, Sanitization, Air Circulation
• Participants will be asked to sanitize or wash their hands throughout the class session.
• Kala will provide hand-sanitizer for adults and children to use when entering the building, and in the classrooms.
• There will be open windows, fans, and air purifiers that aid in ventilation of all classroom and teaching spaces.

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.