Covid-19 Safety

Safety for our students, teachers and community is of the highest priority. Philly Art Center has run consistently safe and successful programs, with vigilance to safety protocol, throughout the entire pandemic. Pre-registration is required for all programs and space is limited. Updates to protocol will be made here, as dictated by the evolving pandemic. PAC will always follow local, state and CDC guidance. PAC regularly goes above and beyond these standards to ensure the safest environments for students, families and staff.

Vaccination Required

*All artists enrolled in PAC programs, ages 5 and up, must be fully vaccinated to attend.
*Adults accompanying ages 0-4 must present vaccination card at entry.
*We strongly recommend that all people 5+ who are eligible, be boostered.
*Proof of vaccination for all enrolled artists’ is required and must be received before program start date.
*A two week grace period will be provided for anyone not vaccinated. Within two weeks of start date, vaccination card with record of first shot must be received. An updated card, showing both shots, must be received within the subsequent 4 weeks. Failure to do so will result in dismissal without refund.
*Medical /Religious exemptions can be submitted for consideration at least 2 weeks before program start, we will alert you after review if it’s been accepted.
*Detailed information will follow your registration in a Confirmation Email sent before program start date.

Exposure + Positive Case Protocol

Protocol + Return Plan Printable <— All info contained in the link.

Notables

  • Masks are required at all locations, for all in attendance, ages 2+. We ask that people wear N95, KN95, or KF94 masks. We have stocked kids and adult sized masks for anyone who needs them.
  • Continue to notify us of exposures and positive cases.
  • The entire PAC team is vaccinated + boostered. We strongly encourage all eligible to be, as well.
  • Hepa filter units operate in every studio/common areas throughout all locations.
  • Immediate notification is required when enrollee has a known exposure or is Covid-19 positive
  • Per your signed enrollment agreement, you will not attend (or keep your child home) if exhibiting any two upper respiratory symptom or are otherwise feeling sick.
  • Social distancing is practiced.
  • We’ll continue with outdoor drop-off and pick-up for all kids drop-off programs to limit any potential exposures, thank you for your understanding!
  • If programming includes snack time, swift, 10 minute eating breaks will be managed, at this time.
  • Detailed seating chart records are kept for every program to aid in contact tracing.
  • Regular sanitizing of studios is practiced.

Required Forms

The following forms AND a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Card must be emailed to info@phillyartcenter.com ASAP and at least THREE days before your program start date (one week prior to summer camps). Forms are kept on file and good for one year.

KIDS Enrollment Forms

ADULT Enrollment Forms

Easy Reference –> Protocol + Return Plan Printable

Protocol for Vaccinated Students (required 5+)

  • Report exposures and positive cases to info@phillyartcenter.com
  • PAC will continue to contact trace and notify students/families so that we may effectively affirm our protocol and ensure that no spread occurs in our buildings.
  • Do not attend with any one symptom.
  • Vaccinated exposures do NOT need to quarantine and may attend with no symptoms, Mask-to-Stay for 10 days.
    • School Exposures must test at day 5 and email negative results promptly.
    • Household/Social Setting Exposures must test at day 5 + day 7 and email negative results promptly.
  • Positive cases should isolate for 7 days and will Mask-to-Stay for the subsequent 3 days.

Protocol for Unvaccinated Students (4 yrs and under, partially vaccinated)

  • Report exposures and positive cases to info@phillyartcenter.com
  • PAC will contact trace and notify students/families.
  • Do not attend with any two symptoms.
  • Exposures – 7 day quarantine, rapid test at day 7, email negative results to return. For household exposures that are able to fully isolate, the count starts after isolation begins.
  • Positive cases should isolate for 10 days.

Covid-19 Signs + Symptoms

  • Fever / chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea/vomiting

Notify Health Officials

  • If PAC becomes aware that an individual tests positive for COVID-19, we will immediately notify the Department of Health, local health officials, staff and families of a confirmed case while maintaining confidentiality with the Americans With Disabilities Act
  • We will follow all guidance outlined at that time and set a return plan with families. Those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 will stay home, self-monitor symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Resources:

https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/guidance/guidance-documents/summer-camps-guidance/

https://www.phila.gov/media/20200630112537/Guidelines-for-Elementary-Schools.pdf

https://www.phila.gov/media/20200529115018/Guidelines-for-Summer-Camp.pdf

https://www.nj.gov/health/ceohs/sanitation-safety/youthcamps.shtml

https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/20200522-Department-of-Health-2020-Summer-Program-FAQ.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/controlprevention.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/Childcare-Decision-Tree.pdf