Dear Students, Faculty, and Friends,
We wanted to make sure that you understand that your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us at Improv Hawaii. We are asking everyone to take extra precautions in the immediate future to ensure we keep ourselves as healthy as possible. While we are confident that our classes are a vital part of sustaining good mental health during these uncertain times, due to the nature of this virus we can never guarantee that we can provide 100% protection for your physical health. We are doing everything in our power to provide you with the safest experience possible, but improv classes are considered nonessential activities, and we need to make sure every student and teacher recognizes this.
A huge part of our ability to protect you is through communication. We recognize that you are putting your trust in us, and likewise, we are putting our trust in you. Should any of our instructors knowingly come into close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19, we will contact the students immediately, and the instructor will quarantine. We are counting on the students to give the same courtesy to the instructor and fellow classmates by contacting Improv Hawaii as soon as possible to report close contact with an infected individual. Please do not wait for test results if you have symptoms. Contact us as soon as you feel ill. If you are asymptomatic, please contact us as soon as you receive your test result. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Please read the list below and take the following steps in class for the foreseeable future.
Thank you for your unwavering support and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you in class!
Team Improv Hawaii
⇨BEFORE COMING TO CLASS
All students, instructors, and/or audience members MUST refrain from attending class or events if they are experiencing any cold-like symptoms – Check in with yourself. If you are feeling run down or like you are coming down with something, please stay home. If you have been in close physical contact with anyone who is ill or has been diagnosed with an illness, please stay home. Please contact your instructor, and let them know that you will not be able to attend. If COVID-19 is a factor, we will certainly work with you. We’d much rather you stay home and get better.
⇨BEFORE ENTERING THE CLASSROOM
Masks – Masks must be worn upon entering the building.
Temperature Check – Instructors will be taking temperatures with a contactless thermometer before you enter the classroom. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or more will be asked to sit out of class that night.
Class Size – Classes are currently limited to 6 students. As always, no guests will be allowed in classes. There should be no more than 7 occupants in the room at any given time.
Greetings – Greet each other accordingly. No hugs, high fives, or fist bumps. We know it’s Hawaii style, but we’re going to have to do the mainland thing for a little while. Waves, verbal greetings, peace signs, and shakas are all welcome.
Seating – Instructors will spread the seats apart, and seats will be assigned at the beginning of class. Students, please don’t rearrange them when you come in.
Masks – Instructors and students will be wearing masks for the entire duration of the class. Disposable masks will be available, but please let the instructor know in advance since masks are required to enter the building.
Distance Requirements – Students will remain 6 feet apart while performing and observing. Do not touch another student, especially anywhere near their face, while coming and going from the stage. Maintain the 6 feet separation.
Breaks – We understand that masks can cause breathing difficulties or anxiety for some when worn for longer periods of time. We will provide breaks at least once every 45 minutes for students to get some air.
Disinfectant Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Disposable Masks – available upon request.
Air purifier with HEPA Air Filter – will be running at all times during the class.
UV Lights – have been mounted in the intake ducts for the room. UV light kills bacteria, molds, and viruses, and installing them in the intake ducts allows us to pretreat the air before it arrives in the room.
Plexiglass Partitions – are available for guests who would like the extra shielding.
⇨MAKE UP CLASSES
If students get sick, or are turned away due to high temperature, they may make classes up when they are well and classes are available.
The CDC recommends the following:
- If you’re sick, stay home and rest.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
When To Use Soap and Water
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the bathroom, changing diapers, or cleaning up a child who has used the bathroom
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal food or treats, animal cages, or animal waste
- After touching garbage
- If your hands are visibly dirty or greasy
How To Use Soap and Water
- Wet your hands with clean running water
(warm or cold) and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap.
- Scrub all surfaces of your hands, including the palms, backs, fingers, between
your fingers, and under your nails. Keep scrubbing for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
- Rinse your hands under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel, or air dry them.
When To Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, and wash with soap and water as soon as you can.
How To Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Apply. Put enough product on hands to cover all surfaces.
- Rub hands together, until hands feel dry. This should take around 20 seconds.
Note: Do not rinse or wipe off the hand sanitizer before it’s dry; it may not work as well against germs.