Dear Cirque de Vol Students & Family,
We hope you all have been taking good care of yourselves, and that you and your loved ones continue to be safe and well cared for in these challenging times. We have some important updates and news in regards to our youth programming and circus camps that we would like to share with you all at this time.
At the studio, our youth program director and management team at Cirque de Vol (Chloe, Bonnie, and Sara), have been working diligently to navigate the challenges of these uncertain times to uphold the safety of our families and local circus arts community at this time. We want to first start with a warm thank you to all of you for your continued support of the studios in these uncertain times -whether by purchasing a gift certificate, enjoying our youth mindfulness and online circus classes, making a donation, or through equipment rentals and sales -your gracious support is really felt and deeply appreciated in these uncertain times.
In light of the Governor’s plan to safely re-open aspects of the local economy, we have been researching and evaluating the safest and best ways to move forward in adjusting our safety protocols to rise to the occasion of meeting the needs of our students, staff, and community during the current pandemic that we all find ourselves in. As you know, Cirque de Vol closed its physical doors and shifted to online classes back in March for this very reason.
As it currently stands, Cirque de Vol will be permitted to re-open for camps by the Governor of North Carolina as part of Phase 2, starting on May 22nd with strict safety protocols in place, and social distancing observed and upheld at all times.
We know many of you are excited to get back to enjoying extracurriculars, as well as favorite summertime activities, including our youth and aerial circus arts classes along and summer camp programming.
For everyone’s safety, it is vital that we adhere to the following safety measurements to re-open our physical doors slowly, in small steps, and at a smaller capacity than previously before.
Our instructors and staff team are dedicated and committed to vigorously up-holding this protocol, and we are grateful to you, our students, parents, and community, for your focused attentiveness and collaboration on this very important matter.
Below is a list of the new adjustments to our safety protocols being put into place for our summer camps and youth programming. We ask that you please read over these carefully and review the protocol with your child(ren).
Please reach out to let us know if you have any thoughts, questions, concerns, or inspirations, by emailing the management team directly at email@example.com
We do ask that if you are immune-compromised, or living with someone immune-compromised, that your family does refrain from coming into the studio at this time. As an alternative, we would be happy to get you or your child signed up for one of our online class offerings -including some of our Parent/Child class offerings.
Thank you again for your continued support, we look forward to seeing you at the studio here safely and soon!
Cirque de Vol Summer Camp Safety Protocols
- Let’s stay HEALTHY. One minor thing that can make a really big difference is checking in with yourself and your kid(s) before coming into the studio. No camper should ever come into the studio if feeling sick or under the weather. As a safety precaution, we ask that you please take your child’s temperature with a thermometer each day before coming into the studio to ensure that they do not have a fever, and check-in with them to make sure they do not have any symptoms of illness. We really appreciate your help with this!
- The studio will be using gaff tape to mark off 6-8ft areas of space around the studio, as well as around each aerial apparatus on the floor. We will also be using gaff tape to mark 6ft of distance on gym mats, and for parents waiting in line to check-in their child in for camp at the entrance door for each studio. Lines will also be clearly marked going down the sidewalk outside under the awning. Please pay special attention to the floor markings, and use them to guide you as and your child navigates moving about the space. We will also be offering curbside pick-up and drop-off as an alternative option.
- Please PLAN AHEAD. Instructors can no longer accept payment for camps or early and aftercare in-person. All student payments are required to be made ahead of time online or over the phone, using your own personal computer or phone device. We appreciate your thoughtfulness with this.
- For Safety, we are only allowing future enrollment for ages 7 and up. If your child is under 6 and already enrolled, we will honor this agreement.
- CHECK-IN. Your Camps Counselor will check your child in for camp using their designated clipboard in the studio room your child will be in. Camp will be divided with no more than 10 people per studio space. Please take special note of whether your camper is in Studio 1 or Studio 2. ONLY Enter and Exit through the Studio Room your child is going to be in. There will be no more going in between studio spaces for the time being.
- Please have your child bring in your own necessary equipment, food, utensils, snacks, and reusable water bottle for the day.
- No water fountain use unless filling up a water bottle, -everyone must bring their own (ideally pre-filled) reusable water bottle from home with them in the morning.
- All campers must vigorously wash and sanitize hands with warm water and soapy immediately upon entering the studio, and then sanitize. We ask that you send your child in with their own personal use hand sanitizer when possible, though we will also have sanitizing stations on-site for use as well.
- Students must bring and wear their own face masks for class. (Masks are optional but highly encouraged for instructors while teaching).
- No partner work of any kind will be permitted under any circumstance at this time. This includes Partner Acrobatics, Partner Yoga, Partner Aerial Work, and Partner Warm-up Exercises. Aerial Fabric work will only be allowed one day per summer camp week, and no circus arts equipment (hula hoops, juggling balls, spinning plates, arts and crafts materials, or aerial fabric will be allowed to be shared. We will also not be able to enjoy costumes or dress-up for the time being, though we will have plenty of fun clowning and theatre game exercises to enjoy!
- Camp counselors and instructors will be sanitizing ALL surfaces – doorknobs and iPads, toilet, and sink handles before and after every class. Classroom spaces will be set up prior to student arrival with proper apparatuses in places and safety mats in places. Sanitizing solutions will be available for students to wipe down their section of gym mat and apparatus after use/at the end of class.
- Please use hand sanitizer or sanitizing stations upon walking in and leaving the studio.
- A high-level alcohol-based sanitizing solution will be available in Tupperware with a washcloth in both studio rooms and in each bathroom. This solution is safe for use on hands, as well as surfaces. Instructors will be utilizing this to wipe down often: doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles, the volume knob on the sound system, cubby holes, etc. You as the student are also welcome to use the sanitization stations as you need as well (for your apparatus, mat, etc.)
- Please do not play with your phone or keys while in the studio, and be sure to sanitize them before and after use.
- Do your best to not touch your face, nose, eyes, or mouth. If you do, please wash your hands immediately.
- Summer camps will be capped at 10 people total per studio room, and all campers must maintain a minimum of 6ft of distance from each other at all times. The floor will be clearly marked to help you and your child(ren) maintain the proper distancing measures. Apparatuses and equipment may not be shared between students.
- Aerial Fabrics classes (hammock-yoga, sling, silks) may only be used once a week. Other apparatuses that can be wiped down before and after use, such as lyra, cube, and trapeze, may be used more regularly.
- Please have your child shower and put on fresh clean clothes before coming to camp whenever possible. We also ask that you do not make any stops along the way from home to the studio whenever possible as well.
- **Please Note that it is always safest to drive directly to and from your location at any time. Upon arriving home, we highly recommend immediately showering and changing your clothes anytime you go out into any public space.