“Safer at Home” Virtual Learning Update
NOV 16, 2020
Dear COCA Families,
First and foremost, I hope you are safe and healthy.
As you probably heard, St. Louis County is implementing a new “Safer at Home” order beginning end of day on Monday, November 16, 2020. With the new order, COCA’s previously approved COVID-19 operating plans have been revoked. Thus, as of Tuesday, November 17, we will be moving to all virtual classes and performances.
Anticipating this as a possibility, our semester was designed as a hybrid model—able to pivot back and forth between in-person and virtual learning. We believe this transition will be relatively smooth for our students, families and community and we thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding as we navigate this challenging year.
We understand that a move to a virtual platform is disappointing news. We will continue to adjust our plans in response to the situation and work with St. Louis County in hopes to return to in-person learning for the Winter/Spring semester.
To help make this transition as seamless as possible, our Patron Services team is available to answer your questions, provide technology support, and assist in making virtual classes possible for your family. Our Patron Services team can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 314.725.6555.
For help with some of the most common virtual learning questions, visit https://www.cocastl.org/virtualclassesfaq/
All fall classes will continue at their regularly scheduled day and time through Zoom. If you participated in livestream classes through Vimeo, your class will now be through Zoom.
Accessing your class:
To access the Zoom link for your class, visit our virtual class webpage:
The virtual class webpage also will be accessible from the home page of our website.
The password to access the webpage will be sent to current students by email.
If you are registered for a COCAcooks class, you will receive an email prior with instructions for when to pick up your Create Crate and the link for your Zoom class.
COCA companies will continue to rehearse virtually.
Accessing your rehearsal:
To access the rehearsal schedule and Zoom link, visit our company rehearsals webpage:
The company rehearsals webpage also will be accessible from the home page of our website.
The password to access the webpage will be sent to company members by email.
COCA Presents performances of Joyful: Growing, Learning, Performing; Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol; and The Winter Improv Troupe, were designed to be presented as virtual events. Information on our 2020–2021 performances is available at www.cocastl.org/coca-presents.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are grateful for everyone’s support of COCA as do our best to serve our community in these extraordinary circumstances. As always, you can find the most up-to-date information regarding our COVID-19 operations and safety protocols on our website: www.cocastl.org/covid19-updates/.
COCA Executive Director
COVID-19 Update for COCA Families
NOV 13, 2020
Dear COCA Families,
I hope you are well. We are aware of the new COVID-19 restrictions from St. Louis County and are in the process of adjusting all of our programs and operations in accordance with the latest information made available from county officials.
COCA will continue our current operations through close of business on Monday, November 16. Starting Tuesday, November 17, we will pivot to all virtual classes and performances. A full, detailed update on changes to our operations and schedule will be shared on Monday.
While moving to our virtual platform is not ideal, we anticipated this shift and are prepared. We are confident that we have the infrastructure in place to make this transition as smooth as possible for all of our students and families.
Please check your inbox on Monday for further details on this transition to virtual. And, as always, you can find the most up-to-date information regarding our COVID-19 operations and safety protocols: https://www.cocastl.org/covid19-updates/.
Through all of this, we are deeply grateful for your resilience, flexibility, and trust as we continue to navigate through these uncertain conditions. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Stay safe, and enjoy your weekend,
COCA Executive Director