Guidelines for In-Person Learning
Updated April 20, 2022
Do I need to be vaccinated to attend in-person classes?
TK Studio requires all members of the community to be fully vaccinated in order to attend class. “Fully vaccinated” includes booster shots for those who are eligible.
Students and faculty must provide a photo or scanned copy of the front of the vaccine card via email to the Director of Operations, Ashley Hughes ([email protected]) prior to the first day of class. Anyone who does not submit proof of vaccination via email will be unable to attend class until having done so.
Students and faculty may apply for a medical or religious waiver. Exemption requests may take up to 7 business days to review so please submit your request with adequate time before the beginning of your class. You may not attend class while an exemption request is under review and the Studio is not responsible for any missed classes due to the timing of an exemption request. Additional documentation and/or an interview may be required. Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee that a waiver will be granted.
For questions regarding exemptions, please contact Ashley Hughes at the email address above.
Do I have to fill out health screening questions prior to coming into the studio?
All staff, faculty, and students must complete our daily health screening questions before entering the studio for the day. We use HealthCheck as our daily screening tool, which can be accessed on any mobile, tablet or desktop device. Questions about downloading the app to your device or accessing it may be addressed to Ashley ([email protected])
If you do not pass the self health screening, you will not be allowed to enter the studio. You should promptly contact your health provider and seek a COVID-19 diagnostic test.
Do I need to wear a mask in the studio?
For the safety of everyone at TK Studio, all students, faculty, guests and staff are always required to wear a mask in classrooms and in all shared spaces, including hallways and restrooms.
TK Studio asks that students bring their own mask but additional masks will be available at the front desk if needed. Cloth masks are not permitted. The use of KN95 masks is strongly encouraged.
In addition to wearing masks while at the studio, we ask that all students also use masks while participating in any rehearsal in an indoor space.
Please see how our students talk about working with masks in our video series here!
What precautions are you taking within the Studio itself ?
All studios, common areas, movement rooms, furniture, equipment and facilities are cleaned and disinfected regularly. HEPA filters have been added to every space, and when possible (considering temperature and noise), windows are open for increased ventilation. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the studio. Where possible, individuals should practice social distancing.
No food is permitted in classrooms or public spaces within the studio, unless it is a part of your artistic work. Coffee, tea and water are allowed, but please keep your mask on unless you are actively drinking. Food may be consumed in the hallway, but social distancing should be observed while eating.
What happens if I come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine after exposure. However, we ask that you continue to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms for a full ten days after exposure and get tested 4-5 days after the exposure. Rapid tests (at-home tests) are acceptable.
Regardless of your vaccination status, if you experience any COVID-19 like symptoms at any time, please stay home until you are able to complete a test. (Rapid and at-home test kits are acceptable.) If you continue to have symptoms, but your rapid test is negative, it is strongly recommended that you obtain a PCR test.
If you have a negative rapid test, and you are waiting for PCR results, you may attend class if you are free of both fever and respiratory symptoms, but please be extra diligent with masking. Be advised that the Studio reserves the right to ask you to return home if it is deemed that your presentation of symptoms, ie., excessive sneezing or congestion, are not acceptable.
What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?
Students, faculty or staff members who test positive for COVID-19 are required to immediately report it to our Director of Operations, Ashley Hughes at [email protected]. When TK Studio is informed that an individual who has been at the studio has tested positive, the administration will conduct contact tracing and notify those who are considered close contacts consistent with all confidentiality requirements and any other applicable laws and guidance.
Individuals who test positive are required to isolate for 5 days, regardless of whether or not they are asymptomatic. If after 5 days, symptoms have not resolved, the individual should continue to isolate until symptoms are resolved including the absence of fever for a full 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
Infected individuals must be able to provide proof of a negative rapid test result before returning to the Studio.
It is not a requirement to obtain a negative PCR result before returning to the Studio.
Please note that the Studio reserves the right to request a PCR-test result at any time as there may be circumstances that require it.
Will I be able to participate in a remote-learning option while I am isolating?
At this time, TK Studio does not offer an option for students who are at home to participate remotely in on-site classes. We have found that this set up is challenging for teachers and does not represent the best quality of work for either students in the classroom or at home. Any questions or concerns about this must be addressed directly to the administration. We ask that students refrain from requesting this option directly from a teacher, but rather direct all such requests to Ashley Hughes ([email protected])
What happens if there are multiple cases in the Studio?
TK Studio retains the sole discretion to assess each incident, or incidents, of exposure at the TK Studio Space and may adopt additional appropriate mitigation measures, including the closure of the Studio Space for a period of time for deep cleaning/disinfection, in which case classes may be conducted online.
Where can I get a COVID-19 Test in NYC?
TK Studio encourages the practice of ongoing, periodic testing despite vaccination status as our commitment to the health and safety of our community and their families.
For location information, call the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.
For NYC borough specific testing locations including mobile testing vans, visit https://portal.311.nyc.gov/article/?kanumber=KA-03322
Information about our protocols and our commitment to health and safety
The health and safety protocols that allow the TK Studio community to continue to participate in in-person learning may be updated from time-to-time with new governmental and regulatory guidelines, including NYForward. Faculty, staff and students are responsible for knowing and following the protocols that the Studio communicates.
Additionally, we ask that the members of the community remain accountable to each other and maintain the highest level of adherence to health and safety protocols. The Studio understands that it is not in a position to monitor or enforce outside activities, but it does ask that students make choices within the framework of allowing in-person learning at the Studio to continue.
In the shared interest of health and well-being, we ask that community members report positive cases as quickly as possible and cooperate fully with the contact tracing efforts. When a positive case affects even a single member of our community, whether faculty, staff or student, it may very well affect many. Being as transparent and forthcoming as possible is the best way to care for one another.
Questions about the health and safety plan may be addressed to the Director of Operations, Ashley Hughes, [email protected]