There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our students, patrons, staff and faculty. COCA’s leadership team is communicating constantly with one another, as well as outside partners and community leaders, to make sure we’re adapting to the latest information and every single decision is viewed through a lens of science-based best practices and community wellbeing. To that end, please plan to check this page frequently – it is your central hub for all relevant communication.
Here’s what we’re doing at our campus to keep our community safe:
- We have prioritized proactive deep cleaning efforts, comprehensively and routinely sanitizing all surfaces. This is in addition to our already rigorous daily cleaning efforts. Hand sanitizing stations are also accessible in many locations in our building, and their use is actively encouraged. We are also posting signage in all our restrooms and around the building reminding everyone about the importance of proper hand washing.
- Throughout our studios and classrooms, our teaching faculty have been instructed to ensure all equipment, bars and regularly touched surfaces are wiped down both before and after class. COCA Patron Services have increased cleaning, including disinfecting door knobs, stereo equipment, light switches, and studios overall. We are also disinfecting the iPads daily.
- When entering a community space, teaching artists are instructed to wash hands frequently and disinfect any props used.
- We are providing more spacious areas for parents and students to sit, better accommodating social distancing.
- During Spring Break Camps, students will be guided to eat lunch in the classroom, limiting the time spent interacting in spaces with others and touching additional surfaces.
- We are helping children engage in dramatic play and dance that does not involve close physical contact or wrestling. We are also instructing students to avoid sharing masks and hats.
- Multiple communications have gone out to students, staff and faculty advising everyone to stay home and take care if they are feeling sick or showing symptoms of a cold or the flu. If you aren’t feeling well or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home and follow recommended self-quarantine efforts!
- Additional resources and information can be found HERE on the St. Louis County website or HERE through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.