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It's a New World!

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Hi Everyone.

We are still in the midst of a pandemic, and we take the health and safety of all of you and all our staff very seriously.  We’d like to thank all of you for your diligence and focus on keeping everyone safe.

This is a lot of information to absorb, so it would be great if you could familiarize yourself with it before you arrive for your first return visit.

First things first though:

There are two different forms to fill out and submit before your first class.

YOU MUST SIGN THE WAIVER ADDENDUM PRIOR TO COMING TO THE STUDIO.

Okay - Take a Deep Breath...

* all policies and procedures subject to change

NEW TEMPORARY ARRIVAL PROCEDURE

  1. Prior to coming to the Firefly Circus Academy, please ensure you have read all of the new COVID-19 protocols.  You must sign a new waiver online prior to arrival.  Hard copies are not available at the studio.
  2. All participants are instructed to complete the COVID-19 Daily Screening Checklist prior participating in any activity.  Any participant that is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to enter the facility or participate.
  3. Please arrive ready with your workout/aerial clothes on to avoid traffic in the washroom and/or change room. We encourage you to wait outside the studio until prior students have left the building. Do not arrive earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled training and/or class time.
  4. Masks must be worn in the entrance/exit area of our studio.
  5. Upon entering the studio, you must stop at the Step 1 Station and do the following:
    • a) sanitize your hands.
    • b) using a disinfecting wipe, clean your phone, water bottle,and other personal belongings.  Place all in a bin.
    • c) place your shoes on the shoe rack behind you.
    • d) take your bin and proceed to the Step 2 Station.
  6. At the Step 2 Station:
    • a) wash your hands properly, thoroughly, and for 20 seconds.
    • b) if you need to use the washroom at this time, please be aware of others and maintain social distance.
    • c) take your bin into the training space & your instructor will direct you to a training island.
    • d) all personal belongings must remain with you in your training island.  Please do not bring extra & unnecessary items.
  7. Please maintain a safe distance from people at all times.

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NEW TEMPORARY TRAINING PROCEDURE

  1. All training, warm ups and cool downs will take place in a designated training island.  There will be one participant per island; no sharing of any apparatus or equipment allowed.  Exceptions may be made for people who live together.
  2. Students/ Staff are encouraged to bring in personal equipment for their use.  All equipment must be approved by a Firefly instructor prior to being rigged for use.  All rigging and de-rigging will be done a Firefly instructor. Staff will need to wash hands before and after rigging and derigging.
  3. Firefly equipment is available for classes and will either be quarantined for 72 hours or disinfected with Vital Oxide before each use.
  4. Rosin and chalk will no longer be provided.  Students are encouraged to bring their own if needed.  We have rosin and chalk available for purchase; please do this in advance through the Firefly website.  Sharing of these products with others will not be permitted.
  5. All Firefly instructors will be required to wear a mask while teaching.  This is to ensure the safety of the students at all times.
  6. Currently Firefly is adopting a “masks are optional” policy while and for aerial circus training. This policy may be adapted to respond to recommendations from the health and/or science community.
  7. Please maintain a safe distance from people at all times.

Not All That Bad, Right?

There’s more…

NEW TEMPORARY DEPARTURE PROCEDURE

  1. After class, all training islands must be disinfected.  The instructor will spray Vital Oxide and the students will wipe mat and floor prior to leaving the training space.
  2. Students must take their bin with all personal belongings to the Exit Zone.  There they will empty and wipe the bin prior to placing it in the ‘used bin’ pile for further disinfecting.
  3. Please exit the studio quickly as we have a limited window of time to clean the studio between classes.
  4. Please maintain a safe distance from people at all times.

That Makes Sense

Okay!

NEW TEMPORARY GENERAL STUDIO POLICY

  1. Firefly office hours will be Monday – Thursday, 11:00pm – 3:00pm (Annie) and (Carol)
  2. In order to reduce exposure to COVID-19, there is a no-cash policy at the studio.
  3. In order to reduce exposure to COVID-19, do not eat inside the studio.  If you go outside to eat, you must stop at the Step 1 and Step 2 Stations upon re-entry.
  4. Our sessions will consist of four weekly classes, with each class being one hour.

Yup - Got It!

You’re doing great!

NEW TEMPORARY CANCELLATION POLICY

IMPORTANT: We are temporarily changing our cancellation policy at this time.

While we sympathize with everyone’s situation and we do not want students coming to the studio if they feel unwell, please note we will not be offering any refunds or class credits for classes cancelled. This has been an incredibly difficult time for small businesses, and we still have many fixed expenses to cover. We greatly appreciate your support and understanding.

We want to offer some flexibility for students who are feeling unwell and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. We will be allowing students to sell the class they want to cancel to someone else. The student will be responsible to contact people from an official waitlist that will be provided by Firefly Circus Academy, and sell the class they plan to miss in order to mitigate their costs. This will be solely the responsibility of the students to arrange among themselves. Waitlists will be specific for each class; you can only sell your class to someone on the waitlist for that particular class. If you have any questions, contact Carol or Annie – aerialarts@fireflytheatre.com.

Fair Enough - Thanks for All This Information

There might be a test!

COVID-19 RISK MITIGATION & PRACTICES

  1. All rigging points are a minimum distance of 3 meters (10’) in order to mitigate the risk of virus transmission.1) All rigging points are a minimum distance of 3 meters (10’) in order to mitigate the risk of virus transmission.
  2. Face masks are mandatory for Firefly Circus Academy instructors and staff.  Masks are optional for students while training, but mandatory for studio entrance and exit zones.  Be aware that this policy may be updated.
  3. At this time we will not be practicing active spotting unless there are safety concerns.  This is for the health of our staff and students.   All classes will be structured to re-integrate our students to the demands and risks of aerial training without relying on active spotting.
  4. Firefly equipment is available for classes and will either be quarantined for 72 hours or disinfected with Vital Oxide before each use.
  5. All studio training aids, such as free weights, stability balls and bands, bosu ball, etc. will not be used at this time.  Students are encouraged to bring their own training aids if required.
  6. Anyone who uses the washroom before, during or after class will be required to follow the cleaning checklist after use.
  7. We ask that everyone limit the amount of surfaces that they touch when they are in the Firefly studio.
  8. Use of studio common areas is prohibited during this time – please do not sit on the couches or use the kitchen facility.
  9. Only students, instructors, staff, and individual users are allowed in the studio at this time. Unfortunately all parents and guests will be prohibited from entering the studio for the time being.
  10. Hand sanitizer is available at our entry point and in our washroom, however students, instructors and staff are encouraged to bring their own.
  11. Participants are reminded to exhibit good respiratory etiquette (i.e. sneezing or coughing into the crook of their elbow or a tissue, no spitting, no clearing of nasal passages)
  12. Students, instructors and staff who become symptomatic will be asked to leave immediately and to isolate from others.
  13. PPE is readily available for instructor, staff and students in case emergency contact is required, such as tending to an injury.
  14. In between classes, instructors will wipe down any equipment that was used, including spotting blocks, auxiliary mats, and music speaker.
  15. At the end of the day, instructors will wipe down all high touch surfaces including counters, entry/exit tables, music speaker, light switches, sink in kitchen, door handles, thermostat.
  16. The studio will be deep cleaned, disinfected and fogged with Vital Oxide on a nightly or weekly basis, depending on usage.

Remember, This is Supposed to Be Fun

But we have to be careful

RAPID RESPONSE TO A POSITIVE TEST

  • Any participant that is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to enter the facility or participate
  • If anyone develops symptoms while training, they will need to leave the space immediately
  • If an instructor, staff or student is identified with a confirmed case of COVID-19 Firefly Circus Academy will close for a minimum of 3 days, complete extensive disinfecting, and contact everyone who was on site on about possible exposure.
  • PPE is readily available for instructor, staff and students in case emergency contact is required, such as tending to an injury. 

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KIDS DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURE

  1. Only students will be allowed to enter the studio.
  2. All new online forms & waiver MUST be completed prior to the student entering the studio.
  3. While your child is in class, we ask that they remain in their designated training island for the entire class (unless the instructor has said otherwise).
  4. After class, your child will be asked to leave the studio one by one. Please make sure you are on time for pick up as we need the studio empty for cleaning.

One More Thing

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

How will you promote health and safety in the studio?

  • Staff will conduct active symptom screening of each student every day or, in the case of minors, with the parent or guardian as they drop off their children.
  • We will keep daily records of who attends classes to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
  • If there is any confirmed case of COVID-19 among our participants, we will cease operation for a minimum of 72 hours to allow contact tracing and then adhere to recommendations from Alberta Health Services.

This Really is the Last Thing

You might want to know this

WHAT ARE WE USING AS A DISINFECTANT?

We will be using the Vital Clean Fogging System that will be used daily to disinfect the space with Vital Oxide. We will be disinfecting the training islands after each use.

Vital Oxide: A hospital-grade disinfectant that is approved by Health Canada to kill COVID-19 (among several other viruses and bacteria strains). It is the safest disinfectant on the market, with an SDS rating of 0-0-0, no VOC’s, and no PPE required at any concentration. It is skin safe and not a skin sensitizer like alcohol-based hand sanitizers. It is also food safe and approved as a no-rinse-required product.

Adult Classes

Turn your life upside down or inside out! We’ve got Silks, Rope, Trapeze, Hoop, Hand Balancing, Extreme Stretching & Contortion, Aerial Fitness & more.

Kids Classes

Got Kids? We’ve got Saturday Morning Circus, classes for Homeschoolers, and a special Kids Contortion class. All for ages 9 – 16.

Private and Semi Private Instruction

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Sometimes your schedule doesn’t fit with ours.  Or perhaps you want to fly with six of your best friends. We can help you with that.

Special Workshops

Just starting out? Try our Taste of the Circus workshop to see what we are all about. Looking for something even more unique? Click here to see what is coming up.

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