Drama Camp FAQ
Enhanced Safety Protocol
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 when practicable. Exceptions will be made for eating/drinking or outdoor activity. We require masks that follow CDC guidelines such as fitted masks or double layered gaiters. The CDC outlines which masks are effective here.
Can my student wear a face shield instead of a mask?
Face shields can be worn in addition to a mask, but cannot replace a mask. The CDC outlines which masks are effective here.
What is the hand sanitization protocol?
Students will wash and sanitize hands often and thoroughly! Students will be required to sanitize hands upon arrival and at other points throughout the day. Our facilities provide hand sanitizer along hallways, in restrooms, and at entrances/exits. Students are also encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.
Will you do temperature screenings at drop-off?
At drop off, we will check each student's temperature. Anyone with a temperature of 100 or higher will not be allowed to enter the building for camp. Anyone with a fever must be fever-free for at least 72 hours without medication before returning camp. Additionally, any staff member who runs a fever will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test before returning to camp. We highly recommend campers have a negative COVID-19 test before returning to camp as well.
Will camp staff be tested for COVID-19 and at what frequency?
Yes, all camp staff, teaching artists, and interns will be required to be tested on a weekly basis.
Are camp staff vaccinated?
All camp staff have been highly encouraged to get vaccinated, but it is not required.
How will you implement social distancing in the classroom?
We have chosen our camp spaces to provide 113 sq ft for each student. Each student will have a clearly marked designated space to ensure CDC recommended social distancing.
Will you have outdoor camps?
Camps will take place primarily indoors due to access to a limited number of outdoor gathering spaces at our camp locations. Students will take periodic breaks outdoors, weather permitting. This includes, but is not limited to, snack breaks, lunch, physical warm-ups, and end of day reflection exercises.
What is your cleaning/sanitizing protocol?
High-touch areas such as doorknobs and light switches will be sanitized after each use. Our classrooms, carpool spaces, and bathrooms are deep cleaned and sanitized daily. Classroom supplies such as markers, crayons, scissors, etc. will not be shared. Each student will have their own supplies to use for the duration of the camp.
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.
What should my child bring to camp?
Campers should dress in comfortable clothing they can move in and wear sneakers. All campers must wear a face mask! Each camper should bring a lunch, 2 snacks, a water bottle, a towel to sit on during lunch, and hand sanitizer (if desired). Please label all personal belongings.
What is the maximum number of students in a camp?
Camps are capped at 8-12 students depending on the size of the theater space. In accordance with CDC recommendations, we are providing 113 sq ft for each student.
How much physical interaction will classes have with each other?
Camps will operate in small pods of 3-5 camps per pod. Each pod will be assigned designated staff members, carpool locations, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces to limit interaction between camps. Camps within pods will have some interaction during transitions and carpool.
How will drop-off and pick-up work?
During drop-off, every camper will undergo a temperature check and health screening survey before being allowed to enter the building. Camp staff will then walk young actors to their camp spaces. Caretakers will not be admitted into the building in order to limit exposure. Drop-off and pick-up will be in small groups at staggered times to limit crossover. More information on your assigned carpool time, location, and specific instructions will be sent out before your camp session.
What if I am transporting multiple campers with different drop-off/pick-up times?
If you are transporting campers in camps with different drop-off and pick-up times, you can drop off all campers at the earliest drop-off time and pick up all campers at the latest pick-up time. Campers will be supervised by Alliance Theater drama camp staff if they are dropped off early or awaiting pick up.
Can my student carpool with another family?
We encourage families to make the safest decisions for their students. In order to be able to contact trace effectively, camp staff may ask which families are carpooling together in the event someone in that carpool group tests positive for or is exposed to COVID-19.
Will I be allowed to walk my student into their camp classroom?
In an effort to limit exposure, we will have a designated drop-off location and staff member for any students who are walking to camp. A camp staff member will walk your student to the classroom.
How will lunch work?
Young actors will eat lunch and morning and afternoon snacks in outdoor spaces, weather permitting. If weather does not allow for outdoor lunch, campers will eat in their classrooms or studios.
Will you provide before or after care?
In order to limit the amount of crossover interaction between camps, we will not be offering before or after care this summer.
How will performances work?
We will not have audiences for in-person performances this year to lower the number of individuals on campus. Instead, our performances will be live streamed to families to watch on the final day of camp from their personal devices. You will be provided with all details the week of your camp session. We will also record the performance and send it out to families at the end of their week!
COVID-19 Testing and Confirmed Cases
What happens if a student or staff member experiences symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19?
If a student experiences COVID-19 symptoms while at camp, the student will be immediately quarantined and parents will be notified to pick up the student. If a student tests positive, the camp the student is enrolled in will transition to a virtual format. All families who have had contact with the student will be notified by Alliance Theatre staff.
What happens if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the individual will be removed from campus and any camps the individual has had contact with will transition to a virtual format. All families who have had contact with the staff member or teaching artist will be notified by Alliance Theatre staff.
What happens if a student's family member or someone in close contact with a student tests positive for COVID-19?
If a student's family member or close contact tests positive for COVID-19, the camp the student is enrolled in will transition to a virtual format. All families who had contact with the student will be notified by Alliance staff.
How will you handle students/staff who have either been vaccinated or tested positive and recovered from COVID?
We will still require the individual to wear a mask and social distance.
Will the entire student population be notified of any positive COVID-19 case within the campus?
Yes. Alliance Theatre staff will alert all families of any positive COVID-19 cases on campus.
- Tier 1: Any student or staff member within the positive case's class will transition to a virtual format.
- Tier 2: Any student or staff member within the positive case's pod (3-5 classes) will be alerted of a possible exposure.
- Tier 3: Any student or staff member attending camp on the same campus as the positive case will be alerted of the positive case.
Cancellations and Transfer Policy
Can I cancel my camp?
A full refund is available with a 30-day notice prior to the start of the camp session. Less than 30 days notice will result in a $100 drop fee.
Can I transfer to another camp session?
Students may transfer camp sessions based on availability without a processing fee but will have to make up any cost difference if the camp tuitions are not equal. Transfer requests must be made with a 30-day notice prior to the start of the camp session.
Can I transfer from in-person to virtual or virtual to in-person? When do I have to make that decision?
Students may transfer from in-person to virtual camp sessions based on availability without a processing fee but will have to make up the cost difference between virtual and in-person. If transferring from in-person to virtual, the cost difference can be processed as a credit to put toward future Alliance Theatre purchases, a donation, or a refund. Transfer requests must be made with a 30-day notice prior to the start of the camp session.
What is the refund policy in relation to a camp cancellation due to a positive COVID-19 case?
In the event of a positive COVID-19 case within a camp, the camp will not be cancelled but instead transition to a virtual format.
To cancel or transfer, call 404-733-4700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.