COVID-19 Studio Policies and Upgrades

(Updated July 1, 2021)

As our local community continues to improve in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and reaching herd immunity through vaccination, we will continue to update this page with scientific and government sources. 

The information here is based on current CDC, American Circus Educators Association, and NC Department of Health and Human Services recommendations and on recommendations and legal orders from the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.   The decisions we are making as a business are informed by the above metrics and guidelines, as well as feedback from our staff, students, and community at large.  Please know that we are constantly monitoring the variants and updated scientific data to make the best decisions for the safety of all.

As of July 1, 2021, we are implementing the following policies:

Can vaccinated people be unmasked in your studio?  Yes, if they show proof of vaccination.   This information is confidential and only our School Director and Manager will see this information.

What is your mask policy?  If everyone in the studio are fully vaccinated and shows proof, masks are optional.  For everyone else, we highly recommend a cloth mask or even better a mask with a filter. 

When the CDC states that those who are unvaccinated are safe to resume regular activities without a mask and without distance indoors, we will then lift our mask requirement entirely.  

What about youth under the age of 12?  Masks are required.  Your teachers and assistants will wear a mask too when teaching classes with students under the age of 12.  

What if I am 12 or older and do not want to show proof or get vaccinated?  We recommend that you wear a mask.  But if you do not want to wear a mask, you are assuming the risk of contracting COVID-19.  Students between the age of 12 - 18, need a parent or legal guardian to give us written permission for your child to not wear a mask.  This information is confidential and only our School Director and Manager will see this information.  To sign the COVID-19 Assumption of Risk Waiver CLICK HERE.

What is our local current status on percent positive rate and vaccination progress?  CLICK HERE

How well do the COVID-19 vaccines hold up to the variants? CLICK HERE

 

Can you get COVID-19 through surface or fomite transmission?   Very unlikely.  Read more

 

What does a regular cloth mask do?  It keeps your germs to yourself.  It does NOT filter COVID-19 particles.  Only a mask with a filter will filter COVID-19 particles.  More info

Do vaccinated people need to social distance?  No.  Read more

When will youth ages 6 - 11 be eligible for the vaccine?  Dr. Fauci says Thanksgiving (June 3, 2021).  Read more

How does the COVID-19 affect youth?  Children, including very young children, can develop COVID-19. Many of them have no symptoms. Those that do get sick tend to experience milder symptoms such as low-grade fever, fatigue, and cough. Some children have had severe complications, but this has been less common. Children with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe illness. Read more

Can my child who is not vaccinated or who is not eligible can participate without a mask if our entire family is fully vaccinated?  No.  According to current CDC guidelines, those who are unvaccinated should continue to wear a mask.

Can we ask our students and their families if they are vaccinated and show proof?  Yes, we are legally allowed to ask and ask for proof.  We can legally keep a log but no photos of your vaccination card.  There is still gray area but we feel safe with this based on discussing this topic with lawyers in North Carolina.  This is voluntary.  We will not mandate that you show us proof.  But if you are fully vaccinated and want the opportunity to train without a mask, you have to show proof.

Sharing of Apparatus: We will allow up to 2 participants of any age to share an apparatus during a class.  Students who have their own equipment will not be asked to share their personal apparatus with someone else.  

According to the CDC if you or a member of your household has had COVID-19, you need at least 10 days from the first day of symptoms and/or a negative test before you can return to the studio.  20 days if your symptoms were severe.

The upgrades and new health procedures will be constantly reviewed and updated as more information comes from the CDC and our local and state health officials.   

Please do not come to the studio if you feel unwell.

Definitions

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects.  Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces.  

Sanitize lowers the number of germs. Sanitizing is meant to reduce, not kill, the occurrence and growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Disinfect kills germs on surfaces or objects.  According to the WHO (World Health Organization), if you think a surface may be infected with COVID-19, clean it with a disinfectant to kill the virus in order to protect yourself and others.

COVID-19 Refund/Cancellation Policy 

 

Due to these uncertain times that we live in due to COVID-19, we have adjusted our refund policy.  If you feel unsafe sending your student to class, below are your refund and cancellation options:

1 Month written notice (email is fine) to cancel tuition

No fee to cancel at this time