badge.jpgCOVID-19 has created specific challenges never before encountered at Patel Conservatory. This school year will entail additional safety precautions and measures that will require partnership from our participating families. Please familiarize yourself with this information as it outlines specific protocols developed upon advisement with Tampa General Hospital.

Please note these plans are subject to change or cancellation at any time based on governmental guidelines or organizational concerns. Refunds and credits will be provided for any course cancelled due to health concerns and will be pro-rated if cancellation occurs after a class begins.

COMMUNICATIONS
Email is the primary means of communication with families. In the event of an emergency or student illness/injury, a parent or guardian will be contacted via telephone. It is imperative that the Admissions Office has accurate contact information listed in our registration system for each student and that families check their email daily for updates.

SCHEDULE
We will maintain a strict schedule for building entrance and exit. Please adhere to this schedule to help us maintain social distancing during check-in and pick-up.

CLASS REQUIREMENTS
All students must adhere to the following guidelines regarding required and permitted items in class.
  • FACEMASK - Each student must provide their own 2-ply disposable or re-usable/washable facemask which covers nose and mouth. Neck gaiters are not permitted as a substitute for a proper facemask.
  • PHONE - with email providing proof of the Straz Center’s COVID-19 checklist completed before each class day. If the student doesn’t have a phone, they should show a parent’s phone or provide a printed version.
  • WHAT MAY I BRING? Each student is limited to a single backpack with minimal items such as their music folder or binder, pencil, dance shoes, light jacket and water bottle. Instrumental students may additionally bring their musical instrument.
  • PREPARATION - Participating students should strive to maintain a healthy artist lifestyle by getting plenty of sleep each night, eating nutritious snacks and meals, and staying hydrated throughout their day.

BEFORE DEPARTING FROM HOME
  • Students should check their temperature at home or in the car before departing for class. An elevated temperature on a home thermometer (reading 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) is valid reason to keep your student home from class that day.
  • Complete the COVID-19 checklist. This must be completed by each student before each class day. The checklist resets every 24 hour period at midnight, so please complete it during the calendar day of the class.

BUILDING ENTRANCE
  • Students will enter through the Patel Conservatory treble clef doors at their class’s designated check-in time.
  • Students should only exit vehicles from the passenger side of the drop-off lane and proceed to the Patel entrance. Security staff will be present to monitor student arrivals. Parents/guardians must remain inside their vehicles and are not permitted inside the building.
  • Students must arrive wearing a facemask. A minimum 2-ply facemask, either disposable or fabric, is acceptable. Security will have extras in the event a student forgets theirs.
  • Students must maintain social distancing in the waiting area outside the Patel lobby. Markings indicate appropriate distancing. To help maintain social distancing, please do not arrive more than 15 minutes early for class.
  • Students must show proof of their completed COVID-19 checklist
  • Temperatures are checked with free-standing wrist thermometers. Student temperature must read 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit or lower in order to enter the building.
  • Each student’s registration will be confirmed prior to entering the building and then students will be directed to their assigned studio. Students attending class on the 2nd or 3rd floors may only use the east stairwell to move upstairs.
  • Parents will be notified immediately if there are any issues with their student entering the building and must promptly return to the building and use the drop-off/pick-up lane to pick up their student.

BUILDING EXIT
  • Students attending classes on the 2nd or 3rd floors will exit down the west stairwell and by way of the TECO Lobby sidewalk.
  • Exterior markings are provided to indicate appropriate spacing outdoors along the TECO sidewalk.
  • Parents using the pick-up lane are asked to adhere to their assigned class release time. Please don’t arrive early or late to help us maintain social distancing for all students. If drivers arrive too early for their designated student pick-up, they will be asked to circle the building and move to the back of the line.
  • Parents who are walking or bike-riding to pick-up or drop-off their student(s) must wear a minimum 2-ply disposable or re-usable/washable facemask covering the nose and mouth while on Straz Center property. They should wait outside in the TECO quad area and maintain distancing from staff, other parents and students.

SOCIAL DISTANCING
  • Maximum studio and room capacities have been determined by calculating a 6’-12’ social distance within each space, dependent on class style.
  • Faculty strive to maintain 6’ social distancing in all classes.
  • Students are expected to walk in a single file line and maintain social distancing in hallways and stairwells. Markings are indicated.
  • Middle restroom sinks are taped-off to encourage distancing in restrooms.

MASKS are to be worn by students, staff and faculty at all times.

SANITIZATION
  • Increased sanitization is occurring throughout the building with special attention paid to spaces utilized for classes.
  • Frequent handwashing is encouraged throughout class.
  • Students have access to hand sanitizer and disinfecting items throughout class.

ILLNESS
  • If a student becomes unwell or begins to present any signs of illness while on campus, at the sole discretion of Patel staff, they will be brought to the Conservatory Office to be supervised in a quarantined space by an Administrator.
  • A parent or guardian will be contacted and required to pick up their student within 30 minutes. Students will not be permitted to return to the Patel Conservatory/Straz Center for 14 days unless a doctor’s note indicating that the illness wasn’t COVID-19 related is provided along with proof of negative COVID-19 test results.
  • The Straz Center adheres to the following guidance when a student or faculty member falls ill or comes into contact with someone who has: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
  • If any student or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19, affected classes will be closed at the discretion of the Patel Conservatory staff for a minimum of two days to disinfect all spaces. Classes will continue virtually, as feasible, should building closure occur. Patel Conservatory staff will communicate reopening plans once reopening conditions are attained.

ABSENCES
If you know in advance that your student will be missing classes for any reason, make us aware as soon as possible. Day-of notifications are required due to heavily monitored building entry. Please leave a message with Admissions, 813.222.1040, or your department to report any absences. Excessive absences may affect showcase participation.

OTHER ADJUSTMENTS
  • A specific COVID-19 waiver must be signed by the parent/guardian of each participating student.
  • Registration will be no-contact this school year handled via phone or online only.
  • Staggered start and stop times for classes will be utilized as much as feasible.
  • No pass to class opportunities will be provided this semester. We will re-evaluate this option for the spring semester.
  • Potential waiting areas will be clearly marked designating spacing for appropriate social distancing.
  • Students should arrive as close to their designated entrance time and be picked up no later than 5 minutes after class concludes.
  • Students must arrive dressed for class and bring minimal items in their permitted single backpack.
  • Inability to adhere to the safety and behavioral expectations of this year’s classes will result in immediate dismissal without refund.
  • Participation in Patel Conservatory classes authorizes sharing of contact information to contract tracing authorities in the event of COVID-19 exposure (see statement below).

Contact Tracing Authorization: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised that case investigation and contact tracing is a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19. By purchasing a ticket, registering for a class and/or attending an event at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts/Patel Conservatory, you authorize the Straz Center to release your contact and seating information to state and federal health authorities in the event of potential exposure to COVID-19.

Please note these plans are subject to change or cancellation at any time based on governmental guidelines or organizational concerns. Refunds and credits will be provided for any course cancelled due to health concerns and will be pro-rated if cancellation occurs after a class begins.

Operating Hours

Admissions Staff Is Available

Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
800.955.1045 (Toll Free)
813.222.1040

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