COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

& NEW POLICIES ( Phase 1 )

Listed below are The Rising's PHASE 2 guidelines which must be accepted and followed by all students / staff / visitors who enter The Rising. 

According to the guidelines set forth by WorkSafe BC, CDC, BC Ministry of Health, American Circus Educators (ACE), EnPiste ( Canada's National Circus Alliance), and Gymnastics BC we have created the policies and procedures below to help mitigate the risks of Covid-19.

* These Health & Safety Guidelines are subject to change 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

1) DISINFECTING SURFACES & EQUIPMENT 

  • All high use areas (i.e. door handles, washrooms) will be disinfected each day

  • Staff will spray and wipe down equipment for each class.

  • Aerial Silk/Hammocks will be machine washed after each single use or stored separately  for 72 hours min depending on class schedule

  • floors will be disinfected with fogging machine each day

  • Students are to refrain from touching rigging hardware or to help with rigging equipment

  • Cubbies disinfected each day

  • Small items used at any point (eg. exercise balls, hoops, wall bars, tubing, weights, etc) will be wiped down and disinfected after each single use by Staff.  However, use of these items will be greatly reduced and some will not be available at this time

  • Teen and Adult Students are welcome to use the disposable disinfecting wipes/spray bottles available if they wish to disinfect equipment at any point during their class

2) STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES - Kids/teens/adults

  • Read and Sign our new waiver via the registration portal through your Rising account.  Minors must have waiver signed by legal guardian.  Students cannot participate in classes unless new waiver has been agreed to/signed

  • All students/ legal guardians must sign our Safety First Partnership Agreement and Assumption of Risk form.  It is available for download at the bottom of this page, as well as linked in emails.  It must be printed out and handed in at first class.  Students cannot participate until The Rising receives this form.

  • A screening questionnaire will be posted on our front door.  Please read and do not enter if you answer YES to any of the questions.  

  • We are following the same guidelines as Sooke School District 62.  Students who show any symptoms of a cold, the flu or COVID-19 should not attend class.

  • For mild symptoms without fever, students and staff can monitor at home for 24 hours. If symptoms improve, they can return to class without further assessment.

  • If the staff or student (or their parent) indicates that the symptoms are consistent with a previously diagnosed health condition and are not unusual for that individual, they may return to school. No assessment or note is required from a health care provider.

  • Agree to have their temperature taken with no-touch thermometer by staff before entering each class.  Temperatures will not be recorded.  For screening purposes only.  If temperature at 38.5 degrees C or above, student will be sent home, and cannot return to class until symptoms no longer persist and they have followed guidelines set out by CDC listed HERE

  • Do not enter The Rising until 5 min before your class.  Please wait in your car or outside our doors while maintaining 2 metres separation.  This is to ensure previous class has left the building and disinfecting procedures are completed.  

  • Please respect physical distancing measures when entering/exiting The Rising.  Do not block the doorway

  • Please leave promptly after class.  We love our students & community but socializing must happen outside The Rising for now

  • Shoes immediately removed and placed on shoe rack upon entering

  • Come to class in clothes you will be taking the class in as often as possible

  • Limit amount of personal belongings taken into The Rising. (eg. Water bottle, car keys, wallet).  

  • Immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds upon entering and after using washroom

  • Proceed directly to circus room and wait for class to begin once hands are washed and belongings stored.  Refrain from waiting on couches or hanging out in front room

  • Please read and follow any signs and posters on the walls and floors

  • Cover all coughs/sneezes in elbow or tissue and immediately dispose of tissue and wash hands afterwards with soap & water or use hand sanitizer

  • No student access to fridge/microwave/cups/utensils, etc.  Please remember to fill up your water bottles at home if possible.  We cannot supply cups at this time if you forget a water bottle

3) KIDS CLASSES

  • DROP OFF- children can enter 5 min before class time starts.  Please wait with parent/guardian outside of school until that time

  • Children will be screened for symptoms and temperature taken with a no touch thermometer by staff before entering

  • Coach will be present to guide and supervise children as they make their way to class  

  • If needed, parents can enter briefly to drop off their child and help them get ready for class while maintaining 2 metres distance from others.  

  • No parent watching days at this time.  Coaches will take photos and some video throughout the session and share on our social media ( FB and IG) to show what children are working on.  If you do not want your child to appear in any photos/video please inform The Rising via email

  • Parents must remain outside of building during class time.  No waiting area inside the school at this time  

  • PICK UP- please wait for your child in your car or outside of front door.  Do not enter the school during pick up time.  Coach will supervise children leaving the facility

  • Please do your best to arrive on time for Pick Up so we can make sure we have enough time to disinfect facility before next class arrives

  • Bring a water bottle for your child.  We cannot supply cups at this time for water

  • Please have your child arrive in the clothes they are going to take class in

  • Coaches will wear masks when spotting.  Students will need to focus on safe drills given by coach until they develop the strength, flexibility, and coordination to attempt the skill on their own.  Students will need to respect the discretion of the coach, be patient with their own progress, and continue to perfect previously learned skills that still need work

4) CLASS PROTOCOLS

  • Most classes will have 4-6 participants.  Possible extension to 8 max if class has sets of students from same family

  • One student per aerial point at this time, except for students who are taking class with another family member.  Students from same family will share equipment, if needed

  • Please stay in your designated training area, unless using washroom, outlined by your crash mat 

  • Warm ups will be done in individual floor sections

  • No partnering 

  • Coaches will be doing minimal spotting but will use a mask when doing so.  Students will need to respect the discretion of the coach, be patient with their own progress, and continue to perfect previously learned skills that still need work

  • Students cannot spot or touch eachother or their coaches, unless in emergency situation

  • Masks are optional for students * subject to change*

  • Students must supply their own chalk or rosin and bring it in a sealed container or spray bottle

  • Hand sanitizer pumps will be available throughout the school

  • Classes will start and end on time

5) MISCELLANEOUS POLICIES

  • No Lost & Found.  All items left behind will be disposed of immediately

  • Added Ventilation: HEPA filters.  Loading bay doors will be left open during warmer months.

  • Loft and front room area are not available to hang out in prior to and after your class

5) CLASS WITHDRAWALS / REFUNDS / MISSED CLASSES / PRORATED CLASSES

Due to operating at a lower capacity, there have been changes to the following policies. The Rising will be strictly adhering to policies listed below.  Please read carefully:

  • Once classes begin no class refunds for any reason, excluding illness or injury with a doctors note

  • Withdrawal  7+ days from class start date, a full refund will be given​

  • Withdrawal from 7-1 days notice from class start date and a 50% refund will be granted

  • CLASS CREDIT may be given on a case by case basis for a WITHDRAWAL where a student will miss 50% or more of a session.  Otherwise, no class credit for missed classes

  • KIDS MAKEUP CLASSES:  no option to make up missed kids classes at this time​

  • TEEN / ADULT MAKE UP CLASSES:  open training drop in on Sundays

  • Classes will be prorated for late registration                ​

  • The Rising reserves the right to cancel classes due to weather, coach absence, or other rare circumstances.  The best place to check current status of classes during bad weather is on our FB and IG pages.  We will try to notify via email and /or phone, text, however, this is not always possible.  Cancelled classes by The Rising will be credited back to your account or a make up class option will be scheduled.

Safety First Partnership Agreement & Assumption of Risk- Download form below, sign, and bring to first class

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