First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We have received questions from parents about if and how COVID-19 will affect Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. We know this pandemic has been stressful to many and recognize that socializing and interacting with peers can be a healthy way for children to cope with stress and connect with others, particularly after spending quite a bit of time at home. After careful thought and planning, we are excited to let you know that we plan to resume camps and classes while following CDC considerations to protect campers, families, and our community.
The health and safety of our students and staff remain our highest priority. Below, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible. We are:
- Intensifying cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities and premises by wiping down all surfaces and using an ionizer in between classes.
- Keeping our classes small.
- Limiting the number of items that are shared or touched between students and staff.
- Promoting healthy hygiene practices by asking our students to frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, monitoring campers to make sure they are washing their hands, providing our students with hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when they don’t have easy access to soap and water, encouraging children to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow, and posting signs about these healthy habits around the camp facility.
- We will not be wearing face covering when rehearsing but will be diligent about maintaining social distancing. If your child feels he or she would like to wear his/her face mask during rehearsal, of course that would be fine.
We ask that you help us protect the health of our students. Anyone who is sick or was sick with COVID-19 or recently in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days— including staff, campers, and families— should not come to camp. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, 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.
If you have a specific question about this plan or COVID-19, please contact Kristen Poulakis at 631-288-2350 x 112 or more information. You can also find more information about COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or on CDC’s website for youth and summer camps (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html).
We look forward to seeing you.
Thank you and stay healthy,
Arts Academy Director