Class Procedures and Protocols

This Page Last Updated: 3/25/21

  1. Due to the conditions of the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Fitton Center for Creative Arts has made adjustments to classes for the safety of our students and staff.

  2. Please review the information on this page completely before registering for any of our 2021 classes or workshops.

  3. In order to provide the best class experience for everyone, the Fitton Center is following the CDC Guidelines and the protocols outlined by The State of Ohio, made in consultation with the City of Hamilton’s Health Department.

  4. We are taking every precaution we can to ensure the safety of students, families, and Fitton Center staff to the very best of our ability.

 ​Fitton Center Process

​Classes will be limited to nine (9) students or fewer per class.

  • There will be one teacher per nine (9) students.

  • All payments must be made one week in advance of class. Payment should be made via credit card only. No cash or checks will be accepted.

  • Parents, siblings, and other non-student guests are not allowed to stay in the building during class time.

  • Each day, after class, our facility will be cleaned including, but not limited to restrooms, banisters (indoor and outside), and floors vacuumed.

  • High touch areas in the room are the teacher’s responsibilities to be cleaned through the day.


​CDC Fever Definition

A fever is a temperature of 100.4 degrees F.


COVID-19 Protocol

If a student, or family member has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, then the student must be symptom free for 14 days before they are able to attend a class session.


Assumption of Risk

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens, and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting Fitton Center for Creative Arts, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. 


Prior to Fitton Arrival - PRE-SCREENING

Fitton Center for Creative Arts encourages students to begin pre-screening 14 days before class begins. Please also ensure no other family members have any symptoms.


Please track the following:

  • Temperature-taking and recording the student's temperature for 14 days before class (refer to the individual instructions provided with your thermometer).

  • Self-screening for the presence of symptoms (fever of 100.4 °F or greater, chills, muscle aches, runny nose, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss to taste or smell, difficulty breathing, and conjunctivitis) within the past two weeks. 

  • No national or international travel for the two weeks prior to class.

  • If the student or student's family has been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested for, or quarantined as a result of COVID-19, please reschedule your class.


Drop Off/Pick-Up

(for our Younger Students)

 Parents may escort their child to the classroom, but may not remain in the building during class.

  • Parents may pick-up their child from the classroom.


All Staff Responsibilities

  • Wear a facial covering that includes covering mouth, nose, and chin. 

  • Wash hands frequently along with using hand sanitizer.

  • Sanitize hands after working with any individual student before interacting with the next student.

  • Monitor health each day, including taking temperature prior to arrival at work each day.

Instructor-Specific Responsibilities

  • Make sure students wash their hands regularly. 

  • Ensure social distancing between students.

  • Communicate with staff for any additional needs that may arise throughout the day. 

  • After Class: Clean high touch areas in their room. 

Student Responsibilities

  • Be healthy- no fever, chills, muscle aches, runny nose, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss to taste or smell, difficulty breathing, or conjunctivitis.

  • Bring water bottle daily.

  • Bring mask daily.

  • ​Wear a mask at all times while in our building.

  • Maintain appropriate social distance (6 ft.) with fellow students.

  • Listen to teachers and Fitton Center for Creative Arts staff. 

  • Wash hands regularly, and when asked by faculty. 

  • Wash hands before leaving class.

  • Have fun and be creative

​Parent Responsibilities

(for our Younger Students)

  • Ensure child is healthy each day of class.

  • Explain social distancing (6 ft.) rule to child.

  • Explain to child the importance of washing hands often. 

  • Talk to child about Fitton Center’s procedures outlined on this page.

  • Provide mask for child (masks are required but will not be provided by the Fitton Center.)

  • Provide water bottle for child.

  • Wear mask during pick-up and drop-off.

​Sick Protocol

  • If you/your child does not feel well, regardless of a fever, please stay home.

  • If you/your child is sick, you/they will not be allowed at class.

  • If a student becomes ill during class, they will be sent home.

  • If a sick student withdraws from a class 7 days before it is to begin or earlier, 100% of the tuition will be refunded. 

  • If student withdraws from a class less than 7 days before it is to begin, 50% of the tuition will be refunded

  • NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN ONCE CLASSES HAVE BEGUN. If a student becomes sick during the week, they will not be allowed at class. No refunds or credits will be given.


Social Distance Policy

  • According to the State of Ohio Director’s Stay Safe Ohio Order, social distancing requires always maintaining a six-foot distance between individuals.


Student Warnings for Repeated Social Distancing Violations

  • First violation will result in a warning to the student.

  • Second violation will result in a warning to the student's parents.

  • Third violation will result in dismissal from the class (no refunds given.)


If you have any questions or concerns:

Kate Rowekamp, Director of Education