March 2020 COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE

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Dear NECCA community,

We hope this finds you well and that you are enjoying the first signs of spring as much as we are. As you may know, here at NECCA we take safety seriously and are constantly examining the various ways we can help keep our students and community safe.

We wanted let you know the safety precautions we are taking around the covid-19 virus and provide you with some additional resources. We want to underscore that NECCA remains open, and that with proper precautions, you can continue to enjoy all the great things we have to offer. We’re still here to help you stretch, grow, leap, and fly!

What we are doing:
In accordance with CDC recommendations, we have increased the frequency and scope of disinfecting the space. We have also added to our cleaning staff and expanded the cleaning schedule.

To encourage people to stay home if they exhibits any signs of illness, we are temporarily waiving our cancellation policies so that any student who is sick can cancel a lesson, workshop, or class enrollment and be given a credit or refund (for illness only).

We are requiring our staff to stay home if they exhibit signs of sickness as well and have expanded our sick pay to make this possible for them.

Any students traveling to NECCA for auditions will have the option to audition remotely via video conferencing if they choose not to travel or are ill themselves.

We will continue to follow state and federal guidelines as they are updated and will inform our students if there is an interruption to a class or program at any point.

What you can do:

  1. Stay home if you are sick! If you have a cough, sore throat, runny nose or fever or any cold or flu symptoms we encourage you to stay home and get the rest you need. Contact the reception staff about cancelling or rescheduling your class or lesson.
  2. Stay home if anyone in your immediate household is sick as well.
  3. Wash your hands often! (with soap and water for at least 20 seconds)
  4. Avoid touching your face. (This is harder than it seems, but can help prevent the spread of illness)
  5. If you have recently traveled to an area with a high rate of Covid-19, follow CDC and Department of Health guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html) for staying home and self-monitoring.

Additional resources:

If you are local to Brattleboro and are experiencing symptoms you can call 802-251-8777 to schedule a primary care appointment. Check with your insurance provider, as you may also use tele-health options such as “Dr on Demand” from home for guidance.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to us at info@necenterforcircusarts.org or at 802-254-9780.

Be well!
The NECCA Staff

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