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Update September 17, 2021

Restriction Exemption Program

The Firefly Circus Academy will be implementing the Government of Alberta’s
Restriction Exemption Program

Of course, like all of you, we are still trying to figure out exactly what that means.
Here is our current interpretation, but bear in mind, this could change with further clarification from AHS and/or the province.

As of September 20th, all students age 18 and over will be required to provide proof of at least 1 single dose of vaccination, with the provision that the single dose was received at least two weeks prior to coming to class. As of October 25th, proof of double vaccination will be required. For the current session, if you are not minimally vaccinated, you can bring proof of a negative COVID test to class, provided that the test was taken not more than 72 hours before class.

The Firefly Circus Academy implemented strategic masking, distancing and disinfecting policies in our studio back in July of 2020. We continue to utilize our protocols and policies in order to keep our staff and students safe. All students will remain socially distanced while training, and will have the use of their own aerial apparatus. We will carry on with asking everyone to sanitize and wash their hands when entering the building. And we will continue, at least for the present time, to ask all students to wear their mask while in our studio.

The Firefly Circus Academy and Firefly Theatre and Circus is pleased that we are able to remain open at this time. We do not mind being accountable ourselves for the sake of our healthcare system and society in general. We expect everyone in our studio to be respectful of the health and welfare of those around them, regardless of age, gender, political viewpoint, or position.

If you have questions or concerns about our implementation of the Restriction Exemption Program, you must contact us via email or telephone prior to coming in to our studio.

Thank you very much and stay safe!

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In keeping with our  “new normal” our classes will continue to be social distanced, one-hour sessions with students having their own aerial point.  Our policies will remain in place for everyone’s safety.  You must still fill in the COVID questionnaire and waiver, along with the general waiver, before attending class.  (If you have already done so, there is no need to do it again)

Face masks must still be worn in all common spaces; once you are on your training island you may remove your mask.

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COVID Protocols

Updated July 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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 all common spaces, once you are on your training island you may remove your mask.
  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.

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. Masks must be worn in all common spaces, once you are on your training island you may remove your mask.
  6. Please maintain a safe distance from people at all times.

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.

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.

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.

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. Masks must be worn in all common spaces, once you are on your training island you may remove your mask.
  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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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