Our goal is to provide a fun and enriching class or camp experience for your child(ren), in as safe a manner as possible!
During Covid-19, our camps and classes are much smaller (only about a third of our capacity in our new Waverly studio) with additional safety + sanitation procedures in place.
While we can’t fully control or eliminate the risk of COVID-19, we can do our best to provide as safe & controlled of an environment as possible! And we can control the epic amount of fun we have while doing that! Here are some of the measures we plan to put in place:
1. Class Size:
The number of students in each class or camp will be limited to allow room to spread out. Two kids will sit on opposite ends of our 5’ tables; siblings will be grouped together. Tables will be spread out as much as possible throughout the studio.
2. Masks, Sanitation, Social Distancing:
Children under age 11 are not required to wear a mask (kids 11+ must wear a mask per the NC Governor’s mandate); however, we strongly encourage all ages to wear a mask and will have small disposable masks available. Parents are welcome to impose whatever requirements on their child as they are comfortable with, but please remember that we are not able to assist your child with his/her mask, or force them to wear it.
Small Hands Big Art staff will all wear masks.
We have always practiced impeccable cleanliness + sanitation standards in the studio. Our stainless steel tables provide a non-porous surface that can be thoroughly cleaned, sterilized, and sanitized. At scheduled intervals during the day, we’ll disinfect & sanitize surfaces (tables, doors, faucets, soap dispensers, bathroom surfaces, etc.) – at minimum prior to arrival and in between sessions.
Students will get hand sanitizer upon arrival and will wash hands with soap and water as needed after projects, before/after snack, after coughing, sneezing or using the restroom, and any other time they wish (within reason). We’ll practice social distancing – and maybe some fun new hand washing ditties & line games – while waiting turns at the sink or restroom.
Each student will get a personal caddy with basic supplies they will use during the week (oil pastels, brushes, pencils, markers, scissors, etc.). We’ll minimize ‘touch points’ and shared materials as best we can. If a tool is required but not plentiful enough to give each child his/her own, we’ll wipe it down prior & in between use.
3. Arrival and Departure / Daily Wellness Check:
We’ll limit people inside the studio to only students and Small Hands Big Art staff. A staff member will be outside to assist with checking in each child, and will use a touch free digital thermometer to note your child’s temperature on the sign in sheet.
You’ll sign your child in daily, and verify their health status. Kids with a fever, cough, runny nose, discharge from the eyes, nausea, shortness of breath, diarrhea, or rash should not come to camp. If any of these symptoms develop during class, parents or an authorized caregiver will be contacted.
At pick up, parents or authorized individuals will wait outside in line a safe distance apart and an SHBA staff member will send your child out to you, along with their pile of artsy loot ready to take home that day! Some days they may be empty-handed while their work in progress is drying overnight or waiting for five more layers of fabulousness!
To minimize personal items in the studio, for classes or camps longer than 2 hours, Small Hands Big Art will provide a complementary light NUT FREE snack (either Goldfish, pretzels, or animal crackers). No outside food or drink will be allowed in the studio. If your child has any food allergies, or special dietary restrictions, please provide that information via our Parent Portal ahead of time, and contact us to make special arrangements if necessary.
5. Cancellations / Refunds:
With the Covid-19 crisis, we want to be as flexible and accommodating as possible and will provide a full refund (including the normally non-refundable deposit) if you cancel at least 14 days prior to the start of class or camp. To minimize the financial hardship to us and enable us to manage supplies & resources, refunds due to cancellations less than 14 days prior to the start of class or camp will be only in the form of a studio credit that you can use towards any in studio program in the future, or any “at home” kits or art boxes we offer. This allows us time to hopefully fill your spot with another child.
If for any reason we are required to close due to Covid-19, we will switch to online classes or camps and provide you with all of the materials and access to instructional videos for your children to enjoy creating at home.
We’re looking forward to doing our best to help kids feel as normal as possible during these trying times! We know first-hand how art provides such a therapeutic way to express thoughts and feelings, and we’re so grateful to be able to provide this for kids when they need it more than ever! THANK YOU for the confidence you have placed in us!
If you have any questions, please give us a call at the studio 704-246-8271.