Policies, Protocols & Procedures

For The Growing Stage Creative Arts Academy FALL 2021 Session

This document provides an overview of The Growing Stage’s policies and procedures for safe educational programs. The Growing Stage continues to follow guidelines provided by state and local government and the Center for Disease Control regarding reopening and safely offering arts experiences to the community and our students.

This document will be made available digitally to parents, teaching artist staff, the community, and Growing Stage employees. Protocols will be modified and revised as conditions change within our state and/or local community. Parents and staff will be notified of any changes to these policies.

For any questions regarding The Growing Stage Theatre’s COVID-19 protocols and procedures, please contact Cara Scalera at cscalera@growingstage.com or  (973) 721-6632 or Lori Lawrence at llawrence@growingstage.com or (973) 721-6635. 

STAFF

  • All teaching artists will be vaccinated against COVID-19.

CLASS CAPACITY

  • Classes will have no more than 12 students.

MASKS

  • Face masks must be worn by all students and staff at all times throughout the one hour class sessions.
  • Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps.
  • Masks should meet CDC guidelines:
  • If a student arrives with a mask that does not meet CDC guidelines as shown above, The Growing Stage will provide a disposable surgical style mask.

FACILITY SAFETY

  • The Growing Stage is equipped with Aerus Pure & Clean air purifiers. This technology:
    • Destroys over 99% of all surface and airborne contaminants
    • Has proven effective in independent studies against bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungi in the air and on surfaces
    • Continuously protects, purifies, and freshens air
    • Reduces allergens that can trigger allergies and asthma

CLEANING & DISINFECTING

  • Classroom spaces and restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected each week prior to classes.
  • Commonly touched surfaces and any shared objects such as chairs or props will be disinfected between class sessions.
  • All classroom spaces will have a supply of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to be used as needed.

 

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP

  • All parents/guardians must wear a mask during drop-off and pick-up. Parents/guardians will not be allowed to wait inside the theatre during classes.
  • Drop-Off:
    • Students will have their temperatures taken with a touchless digital thermometer and will be visually assessed for symptoms. The parent/guardian will be asked to confirm that their child has not been experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Pick-Up:
    • Parent/guardian will wait outside for pick-up at one of two designated exits to be assigned in advance based on the child’s assigned groups. Pick-up, parking information will be sent electronically prior to the start of the classes.

 

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AND PROTOCOLS IF A CHILD BECOMES SICK

  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19:
    • Fever or chills
    • New uncontrolled cough (For persons with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline.) 
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • New onset of headache 
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • If a student is experiencing any of these symptoms at home, they should not come to class and The Growing Stage should be notified as soon as possible.
  • If a student begins to display these symptoms while in class:
    • They will be immediately separated from their group and taken to a separate room and the parent/guardian will be called to pick them up.
    • CDC guidelines recommend that the parent/guardian contact the child’s healthcare provider for an evaluation to see if they need to be tested for COVID-19.
  • If a student shows symptoms of COVID-19 during the week between classes or the week following the final class, parent/guardian should contact The Growing Stage. Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear between 1 – 14 days following exposure.

POSITIVE CASE OR EXPOSURE

If a student tests positive for or has close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 during the week between classes or the week following the final class, they should notify The Growing Stage staff as soon as possible.

  • Parents/guardians of students who shared a class with the positive student will be notified of a positive case. The CDC indicates that contagiousness of COVID-19 is highest two days before symptoms appear through five days after symptoms appear. This information will be shared anonymously to best inform whether exposure to other students has occurred.
  • If it is determined that there was a high chance of exposure or if otherwise determined based on the circumstances, class may be switched to our VIRTUAL platform for the following week and any subsequent weeks as deemed appropriate by The Growing Stage staff using latest information and guidelines.
  • Students who have recovered from COVID-19 may return to class no sooner than 10 days after symptoms first appeared and if they have had no symptoms for at least 72 hours and with clearance from their doctor.
  • Please note, the CDC lists the following to define “close contact”:
    • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
    • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
    • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils
    • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

For any questions regarding The Growing Stage Theatre’s COVID-19 protocols and procedures, please contact Cara Scalera at  cscalera@growingstage.com / (973) 721-6632 or Lori Lawrence / llawrence@growingstage.com / (973) 721-6635

Ticketing System

  • Main Stage Performances are normally Saturdays at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM. Friday performances are on a limited basis at 7:30pm.
  • Studio Series Performances: Thursday/Friday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Local Flavor Coupons and Groupons cannot be redeemed online.  You must call the Box Office to reserve and redeem. Box Office is open daily Monday thru Friday from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Please call at least 24 hours prior to redeem.
  • Seating begins 30 minutes prior to each performance. If you select Will Call as your ticket delivery method, your tickets will be available for pick up starting an hour prior to the performance.
  • Seating is general admission except for season ticket holders and groups of 10 or more.
  • Sales are final and no refunds will be given unless the performance is cancelled. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Box Office and we will do our best to accommodate you at a different performance based on availability.
  • Concessions will be available for sale before the performance and during intermission. Outside food and drink is not allowed.
  • Parking is available in the bank parking lot next to the theatre (when the bank is closed), the park lot behind the bank lot, and on the surrounding streets. If needed, overflow parking is available at the Methodist Church down the street.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Box Office at 973-347-4946 or boxoffice@growingstage.com and we will be happy to assist you.

    Group Sales (10 or more) are available by calling the Box Office at (973) 347-4946.

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