COVID-19 Policies

COVID-19 Policy as of 3/3/22: Upon review of the current Covid-19 prevention recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, PA Department of Health, and our community partners, it is the decision of the Board of Directors to make masks optional for all who enter Sweetwater Center for the Arts, regardless of vaccination status. Sweetwater continues to monitor the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19 mitigation practices. Sweetwater reserves the right to implement a mask requirement and other prevention measures at any time. Requirements will be communicated by email and posted throughout the facility.

Sweetwater has instituted the following Health & Safety Practices as recommended from the CDC and in collaboration with local arts and culture organizations:

  • Masks are optional at this time. Sweetwater continues to monitor the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19 mitigation practices. Sweetwater reserves the right to implement a mask requirement and other prevention measures at any time. Requirements will be communicated by email and posted throughout the facility.
  • Promoting healthy hygiene practices such as hand washing.
  • Encourage social distancing through increased spacing, small groups, and limited mixing between groups.
  • We have posted signage in our classrooms, restrooms, and throughout the building to inform staff, instructors, students, parents/guardians about the SIGNS & SYMPTOMS of COVID-19.

Important policies to remember when coming to Sweetwater:

  1. SICK = STAY HOME. Please do not come to Sweetwater if you have any illness or suspected illness. 
  2. WASH/ SANITIZE HANDS. We will be providing hand sanitizing stations at convenient locations and encouraging everyone to wash hands frequently. Masks are required and will continue even for those who are vaccinated.


More Policies and Procedures

As we remain open, Sweetwater follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the PA Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of students, parents/guardians, instructors, staff, and guests. You may find links below to resources utilized to formulate the below policies and procedures. We will continue to monitor Covid-19 and update policies and procedures as needed. 

Sweetwater is committed to the following to minimize the risk of COVID-19:

  • Providing hand sanitizing stations at convenient locations.
    •  There will be at least 10 foaming hand sanitizing dispensers placed throughout the building
  • Providing gloves for employees to wear as needed – especially when working in common areas, cleaning/disinfecting, etc.
  • Posting signage in our classrooms, restrooms, and throughout the building to inform staff, instructors, students, parents/guardians about signs and symptoms of Covid-19.

We ask the visitors and students do their part to minimize the risk of COVID-19:

  • Masks are optional at this time. Sweetwater continues to monitor the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19 mitigation practices. Sweetwater reserves the right to implement a mask requirement and other prevention measures at any time. Requirements will be communicated by email and posted throughout the facility.
    • Masks should not be placed on children under age 2.  Adults (staff, instructors, parents & guardians) and all students are required to keep masks on throughout the day.
  • Please use hand sanitizer before and after class, and after using the restroom.
  • Please wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with hot water and soap after using the restroom.
  • Please avoid touching your face.
  • Please avoid touching other people.
  • Please register for classes and pay tuition online, in advance of your visit.
    • No one will be permitted in our Administrative Offices, except staff members.
    • If you need assistance with registration or have any questions, we encourage you to call in advance. If you must speak to someone, you may come to the office and a staff member will assist you with the glass window closed.

We are asking anyone to STAY AT HOME if you are feeling sick:

  • Staff, instructors, students, and parents/guardians who are sick or have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 are not permitted in the building.
  • Staff, instructors, students, and parents/guardians who have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms are not permitted in the building.

Resources:

CDC Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps

CDC Readiness and Planning Tool to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Among Campers

CDC: Symptoms of Coronavirus 

CDC: “What to Do If You Are Sick”

CDC: “Public Health Guidance for Community Related Exposure”

PA Department of Health, “Wolf Administration Releases Summer Camp and Recreation Guidance” – May 22, 2020 

PA Department of Health, Summer Recreation, Camps and Pools Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Ceramics Studio Policies

ONLY ON PERSON AT A SINK AT A TIME
Please announce to the room you are going to the sink before getting up.
Communication with your classmates is key to keeping social distancing.

WASH YOUR HANDS 

DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE

When an item is ready to be fired place it on the appropriate shelf in the kiln room. DO NOT touch or move any other pieces on these shelves. 

The bottoms of your work must haveYour name AND your class code! 

  • We want to limit the use of communal shelves. PLEASE put your name and class code on the bottom of your pieces so the technician can put your fired items on YOUR PERSONAL shelf. 

As Always Please Keep the Studio Clean: 

  • Keeping the dust level down is important for everyone’s health who uses the studio. 
  • DO NOT sweep or use fans in the ceramic studio. 
  • Wipe down all surfaces with clean water and sponges, including wheels and splash pans. Do not use soap. 
  • Pick up any chunks of clay that are on the floor by hand. Do not sweep. 
  • Please mop up the area you used after you are finished.  
  • These steps will ensure a clean, dust reduced environment for all. 
  • Always use a clay trap sink to rinse tools, buckets, and splash pans.

Sweetwater tools and equipment: 

  • You may bring your own tools. 
  • You may still use Sweetwater’s tools. Wash your tools thoroughly after you are finished using them. The studio tools will be disinfected in between classes. 
  • If you use a rag that can be reused, keep it on your shelf until it is ready to be washed. All used rags should be put in a dirty rag bin. DO NOT rinse and hang rags to dry.  

Please clean up after yourself.  Stay safe for yourself and others! 


Gallery Reopening Policies

Sweetwater Gallery will implement the following Covid-19 safety plan to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of gallery guests and staff.

1. Masks are optional at this time.
2. Visitors should practice safe spacing of at least 3 feet.
3. Please be respectful of others to ensure all may view our exhibitions safely.
4. Please follow all of Sweetwater Center for the Art’s Safety procedures while in our building.

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