Like many of you, the PFAC has been monitoring the situation with COVID-19, the coronavirus, and its impact on our community. The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is our highest priority. To minimize the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) within our community, public programming and events at PFAC have been reduced in the number of guests to 50% capacity. Per the order of the Governor, PFAC reopened to the public on June 23. We encourage visitors to call in advance of your visit to 596-8175.
The safety and well-being of our staff, guests, visitors, and students is paramount to us, and we will stay vigilant in maintaining “best practice” policies and procedures that adapt and respond to the latest health and safety recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.
Increased Cleaning/Safety Procedures
- The front welcome desk has a hand sanitizing station and each studio classroom has a hand washing and hand sanitizing station
- Water fountains are closed.
- Plexiglass barriers will protect employees and guests from direct contact at the PFAC Welcome desk and Gallery Shop.
- Where possible, students and campers will be assigned their own materials daily
- Galleries, public spaces, and classrooms will be sanitized daily by PFAC’s professional cleaners and cleaned by instructors, staff or camp counselors at the end of the day.
- Each camp class for children will be limited to 10 campers (one counselor and a teaching artist/instructor).
- Campers will eat inside their classrooms and enjoy recess separately.
- Adult students will be limited to 10 students and one instructor.
Contactless Dropoff/Pickup for Campers
- Parents/Guardians will be provided Pickup Paper at the beginning of each week that identifies their child(ren). Staff members will verify validity carside, send for child(ren), and sign out for them once safely in the car. (We will work with any parents/guardians who request alternative safety measures at pickup/dropoff.)
- Each Studio Art school student or camper will have their temperature checked (contactless) prior to entering PFAC for class daily. Students registering a temperature of 100 or above will be sent home.
- Visitors please stay home if you are sick.
- If a student develops symptoms while at PFAC (fever of 100 or higher, cough or shortness of breath while at PFAC, the student will be immediately separated from the well people into a room until the ill person leaves the PFAC, the student must be picked up within 1 hour of notification.
- Per the Governor of Virginia all staff, students, and children over the age of ten, when feasible, should wear cloth face coverings when inside a facility and when unable to maintain social distancing of at least six feet. Consider cloth face coverings for children over the age of two if it is determined they can reliably wear, remove, and handle masks following CDC guidance.
- Face coverings should be cleaned, following CDC guidelines, or a new disposable face covering should be used each day.
- Students enrolled in classes at PFAC are not allowed to share food, snacks, or drinks.
- All shared and used equipment will be cleaned and disinfected between each use.
Reporting Covid Cases
- If a student or employee tests positive for the virus, PFAC will contact the local health department to identify the close contacts that will need to quarantine. It is likely that all members of the infected child or adult’s group will be considered close contacts.
- Appropriate cleaning and disinfecting of all areas used by the person who is sick such as classrooms, offices, bathrooms, and common areas will be conducted.
Informed Consent and Waiver of Liability Agreement
- All students shall sign the consent form acknowledging notice of the following:
- People who are 65 years and older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions or are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are recommended to stay at home. A list of medical conditions associated with a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 can be found in CDC’s guidance. Individuals and families should consult with their healthcare provider to determine whether they have medical conditions that place them at risk.
- Staff, students, and children living in households with individuals who are 65 years and older OR have higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are recommended to stay at home.