Connecting Community WITH Creativity and Care
Communication is merely an exchange of information, but connection is an exchange of our humanity.
UPDATED: August 18, 2021
We all share a tremendous desire for human connection. We also take the health and safety of all staff, students, volunteers, contractors, guests and others very seriously. While it is our desire to continue to offer programming, we are evolving our polices as the situation changes. We continue to follow the orders and guidance from our local, state and federal health authorities to do our part to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Accordingly, we have implemented the follow policy regarding mask:
In compliance with, and in the spirit of, the order issued by the Kalamazoo County Health Department on August 18, 2021, for all students participating in our Academy, up to 8th grade, masks will be required while inside our facilities. The county order remains in effect until six weeks after a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and available to persons ages 5-11 years. Accordingly, the Civic will maintain this policy throughout our Fall Academy Series for ALL participants, regardless of vaccination status.
For high school students and adults, for non-Academy programming, we will be following CDC guidance for masking that is tied to local transmission levels. When Kalamazoo County is at a substantial or high level of transmission, masks will be required while inside our facilities, regardless of vaccination status. We will follow this policy for high school students and adults for all of our programming, including workshops, auditions and rehearsals.
In addition to our mask policy, we have adopted other protocols to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 including:
- At the Academy, we continue to offer reduced class sizes and maintain physical distancing when indoors. To make this easier, our classrooms have spacing marked on the floors.
- Anyone feeling sick is asked to stay home for the day.
- Basic hand washing and hand sanitizing practices are encouraged throughout the day.
- High touch surface areas are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.
- Most classes are prepared to move to a virtual format within 3-hour's notice. If the class cannot effectively be taught virtually, we will work with participants to reschedule or refund the class fees.
Also, as we begin to sell tickets to our 93rd Season, we will be handling seating for our first show in the Civic Auditorium, 1940's Radio Hour, a bit differently than in the past. We will be offering seating for that show as General Admission. This will allow us to ensure proper distancing between groups of audience members. Seating for the Parish Theatre and the Carver Center Studio are always General Admission. If you have any questions about this temporary policy, please do not hesitate to contact our Box Office.
We thank you for partnering with us as we have navigated these uncertain times. We encourage everyone to follow all published guidance so that our opportunities to connect with our community can continue.