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.

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.

Mask wearing
• (UPDATED 2/14/23) In alignment with Bay Area public health and local school guidelines, indoor masking at Kala is now recommended but no longer required for staff, program participants, and visitors. We encourage participants to make whatever masking decisions best suit themselves and their families and to respect the decisions of others.
• Please note that everyone should mask for 10 days after exposure to a COVID-19 case and for 10 days after testing positive. Anyone who develops symptoms should test immediately and stay home. Anyone who tests positive must follow isolation requirements. The CDC, as well as state and local health departments still recommend regular mask use for those who are medically compromised or unvaccinated for COVID-19, especially when COVID-19 community levels are medium and for everyone when levels are high.
• We recommend at least a 3-layer mask or a N95/KN95 mask
• No matter what kind of mask one wears, checking the fit by avoiding gaps above the nose or on the sides is very important and highly recommended. Masks should 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

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 and follow 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.