At Upstage, we take your children’s safety very seriously, and have developed a protocol that includes prevention and management of COVID-19, and other illnesses that can impact classes and camps. We have done this after carefully reviewing the current CDC, Los Angeles and Ventura County guidelines, as well as consulting with a public health specialist at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
All staff members are trained on health protocols to ensure full understanding and compliance, and what to do in the event someone becomes ill, coordinating with our Health and Safety Officer Dr. Kay Hooshmand.
General Health and Safety:
- If your child is sick, please do not send them to class or camp. If your student is showing symptoms while present, we will ask parents to pick them up.
Specific to COVID-19:
- Our staff have either been vaccinated, or are required to submit a weekly negative PCR COVID‑19 test.
- We ask that you help us protect the health of our students and staff. Anyone who is sick or was sick with COVID-19 (or recently in contact with someone with COVID‑19) in the last 14 days, should not come to class. Be on the lookout for symptoms, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.
- As of now, all students will follow indoor mask mandates as specified by each school facility or venue, unless they are eating or drinking, which will happen outside and distanced from each other.
- Upstage promotes healthy hygiene practices by teaching students the importance of washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, monitoring students to make sure they are washing their hands, providing campers with hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when they don’t have easy access to soap and water, and encouraging children to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow.
- If a child does get sick at camp, we have identified an area where they can rest, be watched after, and safely isolated from others. They will remain in the isolation room until they can be transported home. We will communicate with parents or caretakers directly and, if necessary, arrange for the child to be taken to a healthcare facility for care. We are registered with the Los Angeles County Department of Health and the Ventura County Department of Health, which will actively guide us if a child should become ill while attending classes or camps. We will notify families in the case that a child has tested positive, but this will not prompt closure of a program unless deemed necessary by the Department of Health.
- All facilities are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.
- Ventilation of the areas will be maximized using highest quality Hepa filters wherever possible.
Thank you for your help making our classes and programs safe, fun, and memorable for everyone!