HSMTA – COVID Safety Procedures

COVID Safety Procedures

The Collaborative School of the Arts is looking forward to welcoming students, parents, teachers and audiences to the High School Musical Theatre Awards. Life during a global pandemic is anything but predictable. Please know that we will be using the utmost caution when it comes to protocols to ensure the safety of students and staff.

The following protocols have been updated for our student and school programs, including mask wearing, appropriate social distancing and sanitization practices. Our goal is to ensure that anyone who wants to participate in this program can do so with confidence that your safety is a priority for us.

It our expectation that these procedures may be modified in the coming months.

Entry:
Students will enter through the Arcade main doors at Proctors for rehearsals and show. If teachers are chaperoning students to rehearsals, two teachers will be allowed per school group. Proctors reserves the right to send students or staff members home, should they exhibit any of the symptoms below. Guardians or teachers should not send students to rehearsals or the ceremony if they are experiencing any of the following:
• Fever or chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• Recent loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Any other signs of illness

Safe Rehearsals:
Should students, teachers or someone in your family be diagnosed with COVID-19, you must follow all state regulations, including quarantine times. Before returning to rehearsal, you must test negative for COVID-19 and be symptom-free. For the health and safety of you and your friends, it is important to read and follow all COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Procedures. Should COVID-19 restrictions require missing rehearsals, because of the limited rehearsal schedule, adjustments may be made to the content of the final show.

For the final ceremony of HSMTA, students can unmask if they show a negative result on a covid rapid test the day of the show. Otherwise, masks will be required at this time.

If in-person rehearsals and show become impossible due to state mandates, Proctors will shift all resources, energy and attention to virtual programming.

Air Circulation:
The state mandates MERV 11 air filters. All of our buildings have MERV 13 filters and the air handlers mix in 30% fresh air with every cycle, which can be adjusted as capacity and needs require.

Breaks:
Removal of masks will be limited to eating or drinking. Tables will be sanitized between uses and spaced six feet apart. Restrooms will be available for student use with a sanitization table outside of the restrooms that includes wipes and hand sanitizer.

Visitors:
There will be no additional visitors allowed during rehearsals. If a student needs to be released early, they will exit to the outside to meet their party.

Show:

Audience COVID requirements will be clarified closer to the show date.