Class Policies & FAQS
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
Due to rising cases of COVID-19 in Georgia and after consultation with medical and public health experts, effective as of September 1, 2021, the Alliance Theatre will implement a mandatory vaccination policy for all students attending classes in person on the Woodruff Arts Center’s campus. Students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend in person classes and will be asked to show proof of vaccination upon arrival at the first scheduled class. “Fully vaccinated” means 14 days have passed since completion of a COVID-19 vaccination series (after the second dose of a 2-dose series, or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine). This policy is intended to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local rules and regulations, and is based on guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in effect as of the date of this communication.
The only exceptions to the above vaccination requirement will be for students under the age of 12, or those over the age of 12 who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief that prevents vaccination. Students who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to each class start time or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of each class start time.
Proof of vaccination (or negative test result) must come directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination (or test). Students can show proof of vaccination by presenting a physical vaccination card, a photo of a physical card, or a digital confirmation of vaccination.
Students under the age of 12 are not required to be vaccinated and do not need to present negative COVID-19 test results to attend classes.
All students are required to wear cloth face coverings (as recommended by CDC guidelines) properly indoors at all times.
In-Person Classes FAQs
Are teaching artists vaccinated?
The Woodruff Arts Center has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all staff and artists.
Will masks be required? If so, what type of masks or face coverings are acceptable?
Yes, students and staff will be required to wear masks properly indoors at all times. Exceptions will be made for eating/drinking. We require masks that follow CDC guidelines such as fitted masks or double layered gaiters. The CDC outlines which masks are effective here.
Where will classes be held?
All classes will be held indoors in studios, classrooms, or performance spaces. We have chosen our classroom spaces to provide 113 sq ft for each student in order to maintain social distancing.
What is the maximum number of students in a class?
Youth and teen classes are capped at 8 students. Adult classes are capped at 10 students. Free workshops are capped at 15 students.
What is your cleaning/sanitizing protocol?
High-touch areas such as doorknobs and light switches will be sanitized after each use. Our classrooms and bathrooms are deep cleaned and sanitized daily.
Has your HVAC system been upgraded?
Yes. The HVAC system in the Woodruff Arts Center has been upgraded. Our new ionization system provides a 99.4% reduction on COVID-19 within 30 minutes.
Will you do health screenings?
All students will complete a health screening upon arrival. Students who do not pass the health screening will not be allowed to participate in class that day.
What is your sick policy?
Stay home from class if any of the following apply:
- You are not fully vaccinated and have had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
- You have had any signs or symptoms of a fever or have taken fever reducing medicine within the past 24 hours or had a temperature greater than 100.4 or higher.
- You have any of these symptoms: fever or chills, new cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle or body aches, congestion or runny nose, headache, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
- You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not completed the required isolation period.
- You have taken a COVID-19 test and are awaiting results based on mild symptoms or feeling unwell.
We do not offer makeup classes in the event of an absence.
What happens if a student or staff member experiences symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19?
If a student or staff member experiences COVID-19 symptoms while in class, the person will be immediately quarantined and required to leave campus. If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, all students who have had contact with the student or staff member will be notified by Alliance Theatre staff.
What is the transfer and cancellation policy?
Prior to the registration deadline, the student may: transfer to another class; apply tuition to another session, or request a full refund.
After the registration deadline, the student may: transfer to another class or receive refund minus a $50 drop fee.
Once a class session has begun, a student may transfer to a different class up to the start of the second class session. No refunds may be given once a class has begun.