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Learn more about UHart's response to COVID-19: hartford.edu/healthy-hawks.

Classroom Guidelines & Policies

Policies

Enhanced Safety

We are taking several steps to help you stay safe while attending your classes.

Face coverings must be worn in all classrooms, labs, performance areas, studios.

All classroom spaces will be deep cleaned at least daily, and cleaning and disinfecting supplies will also be available in every classroom. It is recommended that as each student and faculty member enters the classroom, they use the cleaning supplies to clean their spaces (desk, chairs, computers, etc.). Facilities will be cleaning all academic classrooms on a daily basis. Studios and performance areas have special sanitation protocols.

Social Distancing

Around Campus

Spaces have been reconfigured to reduce capacity and allow you to stay six feet apart from your classmates. In studios and labs, decals and floor markings will indicate appropriate spacing for social distancing.

In the Classroom

When students enter a classroom, the first student who enters should choose the seat farthest from the doorway. The second student who enters should sit in the seat second furthest from the door and so on. The last student who enters the room should sit closest to the doorway.  Once class ends students should leave in reverse order maintaining six-foot distancing in a single file formation, with the last person who entered leaving first.

Eating/Drinking in Classrooms

For the health and safety of yourself and others, there will be no eating and drinking allowed in the academic classroom, labs, or studios. Students/faculty will need to exit the classroom (using proper exit/entrance guidelines) to eat or drink. Questions about any accommodations can be directed to Access-Ability Services. 

Classroom Recording Policy

Video and audio recordings of class lectures may be part of the classroom activity. Video and audio recordings are used for educational use/purposes and may be made available to all students presently enrolled in the course.

The University of Hartford prohibits students from making audio and/or video recording of class lectures absent the express written consent of the instructor or speaker. Students may not reproduce such recordings, share them with those not in the class, or uploaded them to other online environments. Students who record class lectures without express permission may be subject to disciplinary action.

School and College Specific Classroom Guidelines

Below you can view School and College-specific guidelines regarding changes to the fall 2020 semester.

Students can access much of the information below in Blackboard under CETA 100.

Reminders

  • Access the CETA Town Hall meeting on Aug. 12 with Dean Alnajjar here.
  • The CETA Student Lounge is located in UT 212, but there will be changes for this semester. Seating is limited due to social distancing requirements. Please follow signage as directed.
  • The CETA Student Services office will be open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. However, we are limiting students from coming into the office. Please stop at the door so a staff member can assist you.

Help

A detailed list of whom to see if you have a question is available on BB under ‘ CETA100\General Info.’

Computer Labs

CETA has several open labs.

  • UT 103: open Monday through Thursday 10 m.-10 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sundays 2-8 p.m.
  • UT 116: open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fridays 10 m.-6 p.m.
  • W 110 (HJG): open Monday through Friday 12-10 m.
  • Given social distancing requirements and the fact that some students will be remote, we will make 200+ computers available for remote Some will be available at any time and some will be available after hours.
  • Information on everything related to instructions on remote login, computer names and availability/times, and software locations, will be available on BB under ‘CETA 100\Online ’
  • Information on available software to install on your personal computers will also be available on BB under ‘CETA 100\Online ’

Computer Account(s)

You have several already.

  • University account: that is your e-mail (example: username@hartford.edu)
  • Blackboard account: this is your course organization system, same as e-mail
  • CETA account: this is your account to access CETA Your username is your Hartford username, and your password is your University ID number. We will be prompted to change your password the first time you log-in.
  • The above three systems/accounts do not communicate well with each other; since the login name is the same, you may make the passwords to be the
  • All students have access to the MS One-Drive. You may access this drive from anywhere by using the Hartford email information
  • You are allowed 150 prints per
  • There is a fee for additional prints. To purchase more you have two options:
    • By credit card: go to a browser and type hartford.edu:9191 then follow the instructions.
    • Pay at the Bursar Office: fill the form that is available outside UT 209 and follow the
  • For the next two weeks, if you do not have an account, please use login: ceta2020 and password: ceta2020. Printing is unavailable under the generic account
  • If you have any problem with the University account, you must contact OTS at helpdesk@hartford.edu.
  • If you have any problem with the CETA account, please e-mail cetapc@hartford.edu.

Because dancing, acting, singing, and the playing of woodwind and brass instruments generate aerosol particles, The Hartt School has developed additional, special safety protocols in addition to the standardized University-wide regulations.

Reminders

  • This information will be augmented and updated as needed. This information below is as of September 14, 2020.

  • Directors who would like to add information should send their materials to Priscilla Mulvaney.

Contents

Article 1. HARTT GENERAL GUIDELINES 

Article 2. HARTT MUSIC GUIDELINES AND RESPONSE STRATEGIES 

Article 3. HARTT DANCE GUIDELINES AND RESPONSE STRATEGIES

Article 4. HARTT THEATRE GUIDELINES AND RESPONSE STRATEGIES 

Article 1. HARTT GENERAL GUIDELINES

Section 1.1 General

A. Because many of the activities of The Hartt School generate aerosol particles, The Hartt School has developed additional, special safety protocols are required in addition to the standardized University-wide regulations.

B. Under no circumstances should students, staff, or faculty come to class if they are feeling symptomatic. Please remember to complete the Daily Health Screening on the LiveSafe app.

C. Students, faculty, and staff of The Hartt School should follow these Hartt guidelines and all University, State of Connecticut and CDC guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Section 1.2 Implemented Safety Enhancements

A. Fuller and HPAC now have upgraded air filtration (HVAC) systems that enable scheduled air purges in between room use (rehearsals, practice sessions, etc.).

B. Upgraded filters in most spaces

C. Additional filtration devices at HPAC

D. Negative pressure fans in Fuller

E. Hand sanitizer stations in every hallway in Fuller, HPAC, and Lincoln

F. Disinfecting wipes for classrooms on every floor in HPAC and Fuller

G. Increased cleaning protocols for all Hartt spaces including the hiring of a company explicitly to clean Fuller and HPAC

H. A comprehensive scheduling program that tracks every student, in every space, from 7 a.m.-11 p.m., but due to Operations staffing shortages, room reservation hours are temporarily adjusted to 8 a.m.-11 p.m.– We may consider adding later hours at some point if staffing can be expanded.

I. Shortened rehearsals and coachings to reduce aerosol build-up

J. Reduced ensemble sizes to reduce aerosol build-up

K. Specialized bell covers, filters, and masks for woodwind and brass players

L. Six tents around the Fuller building for rehearsals, coachings, and lessons

M. Three tents at HPAC for classes and rehearsals

N. Over 20 additional, large teaching spaces across campus available to Hartt for applied teaching on Saturdays and Sundays

Section 1.3 Distancing

A. A minimum of 6-foot distancing is required in all spaces at all times.

B. Do not congregate in groups before or after classes, rehearsals, practices, etc.

C. It will take longer for everyone to enter and leave classroom, rehearsal, etc. spaces, so allow extra time and be patient during the transition times.

D. Allow extra time to access your locker, and please do not access your locker if another person is accessing theirs within 6 feet.

Section 1.4 Face Coverings

A. Face masks are required to be worn at all times while inside any building.

B. Face masks do not have to be worn outdoors when social distancing can be maintained.

C. Faces masks do not need to be worn when you are in a room by yourself, like a practice room.

D. Specialized face masks for woodwind and brass players need to be worn for all inside rehearsals at all times.

E. Pianists must wear masks at all times during their lessons.

F. All vocal and coaching students will wear a Singers Mask during lessons. Every student attending instruction in person has a designated Singers Mask, signed out to them, with instructions for proper cleaning.

Section 1.5 Fans in Fuller Classrooms

A. All fans should be sitting on the base and centered within the window.

B. The window needs to be fully open.

C. The fan must be on at least speed two at all times and blowing air OUT of the window.

Section 1.6 Room Capacities

A. The door to each instructional space is labeled with a QR Code that lists the maximum room capacity.

B. Every room has the exact number of chairs and desks that conform to social distancing guidelines.

C. Restroom occupancies vary at HPAC and Fuller. Please observe the posted signs.

Section 1.7 Reservations for Classrooms, Teaching Studios, Practice Rooms, Etc.

A. Building hours are 7 a.m.- 11 p.m., but due to Operations staffing shortages, room reservation hours are temporarily adjusted to 8 a.m.-11 p.m. so be sure there is an Operations staff member available to open room.

B. All classrooms, teaching studios, practice rooms, etc. must be reserved through 25Live by the user (students, faculty, and/or staff).

C. All classrooms, teaching studios, practice rooms, etc. must be vacant during air purge and air exchange times. These times will be blocked out in the schedule on 25Live and cannot be reserved.

D. Rooms will be assigned taking into account the use and occupancy intended by the reservation.

Article 2. HARTT MUSIC GUIDELINES AND RESPONSE STRATEGIES

Section 2.1 Classroom Considerations Within the Fuller Music Center

A. Masks and 6-foot social distancing are required at all times.

B. No drinking or eating is permitted in the classrooms at any time. Eating and drinking are permitted in the hallways and common areas.

C. Wash and/or sanitize your hands before and just after each class.

D. Covering windows and/or closing the blinds in the doors of the classrooms, studios, practice rooms, etc. is not permitted.

E. Special Considerations for Classes with Unique Aerosol Production (Singing, Ear Training, etc.): Singing should be at the lowest acceptable volume level.

Section 2.2 Practice Room Considerations Within the Fuller Music Center

A. Students do not need to wear their masks in a practice room if they are alone in the room.

B. Pianists must wash and/or sanitize their hands and sanitize the keyboard before and after each practice session. Cleaning products will be provided for this purpose.

C. Instrumentalists are encouraged to use their own music stands. If you use a school music stand, you must sanitize it before and after each practice.

D. Covering windows and/or closing the blinds in the doors of the classrooms, studios, practice rooms, etc. is not permitted.

Section 2.3 Applied Lesson Considerations Within the Fuller Music Center

A. Masks and 6-foot social distancing are required at all times

B. No drinking or eating is permitted during the lesson. Eating and drinking are permitted in the hallways and common areas.

C. Wash and/or sanitize your hands before and just after each lesson

D. Pianists must wash and/or sanitize their hands and sanitize the keyboard before and after each lesson. Cleaning products will be provided for this purpose.

E. Instrumentalists are encouraged to use their own music stands. If you use a school music stand, you must sanitize it before and after each lesson.

F. With the exception of woodwind, brass, and singing lessons (covered below), lesson times should not exceed 55 minutes without taking a break of 30 minutes.

G. Special Considerations for Piano Lessons:

1. Pianists must wear masks at all times during their lessons.
2. Pianists must sanitize the piano keys after the lesson.

H. Special Considerations for Woodwind and Brass Lessons

1. Woodwind and brass players must have specialized bell covers on for all indoor lessons, and masks must be worn when speaking.
2. The teacher must wear a mask at all times except when needed to play the instrument. Any collaborative pianist must wear a mask at all times.
3. The student must stand by the fan that is blowing air out of the window.
4. A 12-foot distance is required between the teacher and the student.
5. A 6-foot distance is required between any collaborative pianist and the student
6. Brass players must gently empty their spit into an absorbent pad (to be provided) and dispose of the pad in a trash can immediately after every lesson.

I. Special Considerations for Singing Lessons

1. In-person singing lessons will be a combination of masked singing and non-masked singing: When inside and singing without a mask, the singer must stand facing the open window with fan. When masked, the singer must stand near the open window with fan.
2. The teacher and any collaborative pianist must wear a mask at all times.
3. A 12-foot distance is required between the teacher and the student.
4. A 9 to 12-foot distance is required between any collaborative pianist and the student.
5. Lesson times should not exceed 55 minutes without taking a break of 30 minutes.

Section 2.4 Chamber Music Rehearsals and Coachings Considerations Within the Fuller Music Center

A. Masks and 6-foot social distancing are required at all times

B. No drinking or eating is permitted during the rehearsal or coaching. Eating and drinking are permitted in the hallways and common areas.

C. Wash and/or sanitize your hands before and just after each rehearsal or coaching.

D. Pianists must wash and/or sanitize their hands and sanitize the keyboard before and after each rehearsal or coaching. Cleaning products will be provided for this purpose.

E. Instrumentalists are encouraged to use their own music stands. If you use a school music stand, you must sanitize it before and after each rehearsal or coaching.

F. For strings, piano, guitar, and harp, chamber music rehearsal times should not exceed 120 minutes.

A. Special Considerations for Piano Lessons:

1. Pianists must wear masks at all times during their lessons.
2. Pianists must sanitize the piano keys after the lesson.

B. Special Considerations for Chamber Groups of Woodwinds, Brass, and/or Vocalists

1. Woodwind and brass players must have specialized bell covers and wear masks on for all indoor rehearsal or coaching, and the masks shall be zipped at all times except as needed to play the instrument.
2. Vocalists must wear a mask at all times—including while singing.
3. A 6-foot distance is required among musicians and between the musicians and the coach.
4. The coach must wear a mask at all times.
5. Brass players must gently empty their spit into an absorbent pad (to be provided) and dispose of the pad in a trash can immediately after every rehearsal or coaching.
6. Chamber music rehearsal and coaching times should not exceed 45 minutes without taking a break of 30 minutes.

Section 2.5 Instrumental Performing Ensembles Considerations Within the Fuller Music Center

A. Wash and/or sanitize your hands before and just after each rehearsal.

B. No drinking or eating is permitted during the rehearsal. Eating and drinking are permitted in the hallways and common areas.

C. Woodwind and brass players must have specialized bell covers and wear masks on for all indoor rehearsals, and the masks shall be zipped at all times except as needed to play the instrument.

D. The conductor should wear a mask at all times.

E. Brass players must gently empty their spit into an absorbent pad (to be provided) and dispose of the pad in a trash can immediately after every rehearsal.

F. Brass players shall not “Buzz” their mouthpieces at any time. This is true in all situations.

G. Double reed players shall not “Crow” their reeds at any time. This is true in all situations.

H. A 6-foot distance is required among musicians and between the musicians and the conductor.

I. Rehearsal times should not exceed 45 minutes without taking a break of 30 minutes.

J. Instrumentalists are encouraged to use their own music stands. If you use a school music stand, you must sanitize it before and after each rehearsal.

K. All music will be available as a digital download. A clean physical copy can also be obtained, if necessary.

Section 2.6 Choral Activities

A. Choral activities are scheduled for outdoor, tented rehearsals through October 2020, weather permitting. Lincoln Theater is the failsafe for inclement weather.

B. All choral activities will take place with singers masked and properly distanced. Refer to “Outdoor Considerations”.

Section 2.7 Opera Preparations

A. Opera is limited for the fall 2020 semester to individual or small ensemble coachings.

B. All students will wear Singers Masks and be properly distanced near the open window and fan; or, alternatively, in an outdoor space or an out-sized space.

Section 2.8 Outdoor Considerations

A. Wash and/or sanitize your hands before and just after each rehearsal.

B. If a distance of 12 at least 12 feet can be maintained, students do not have to wear their masks when playing their instrument or singing outdoors.

C. If a distance of only 6 feet can be maintained, woodwind and brass players and singers must wear masks for outdoor rehearsals, and the mask shall be zipped at all times except when needed to play the instrument. Singers’ masks must remain on at all times.

D. Woodwind and brass players must have specialized bell covers even when they are playing outdoors and even when they are socially distant.

E. Brass players must gently empty their spit into an absorbent pad (to be provided) and dispose of the pad in a trash can immediately after every rehearsal.

F. Rehearsal times in tents should not exceed 60 minutes without taking a break of 10 minutes.

G. Students are encouraged to use their own music stands. If you use a school music stand, you must sanitize it before and after each rehearsal.

H. Currently there are no electric permits for the tents. No power should be run or operated under other means in the tents.

I. There are chairs inside Fuller that may be used specifically for the tents. Chairs must be returned and sanitized after the rehearsal.

Section 2.9 Between Class Times, Lessons, and Rehearsals

Students are encouraged to spend time outdoors as much as they can in between classes, lessons, and rehearsals.

Section 2.10 Personal Items

A. Students are encouraged to bring their own bottles of hand sanitizer to be used directly before, during, and after rehearsals, lessons, and classes. This is especially true for woodwind and brass players who must wear a specialized mask for playing and will need to zip and unzip their bell covers. Hartt will be providing those masks.

B. Students are encouraged to bring their own music stands, clothespins, or music clips for outdoor rehearsals.

C. Sunglasses might be necessary for outdoor rehearsals.

Article 3. HARTT DANCE GUIDELINES AND RESPONSE STRATEGIES

Fall 2020 [from a brochure written by Hartt Dance and distributed to Dance students, faculty, and staff]

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a contagious respiratory illness that has resulted in the death of over 190,000 people in the United States this year. The CDC has been monitoring COVD-19, and published guidance about what is currently known about the COVID-19, and how people can avoid infection.

The health and safety of students and faculty is our priority. Therefore, the Dance Division has developed this brochure based on CDC and Dance/USA guidance on minimizing the risk of exposures to COVID-19.

Based upon CDC, Dance/USA, local health officials, and other published guidance, Faculty, Staff and Students can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 by following recommended procedures and response strategies. In order to best decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower its impact in our area, all are asked to diligently follow the most up to date CDC guidance, and to remain vigilant and flexible as that guidance may change.

•••

Any Faculty, Staff, or Student may be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19 who can spread the virus without showing symptoms. As a result, we ask everyone to conduct themself as if that were the case.

These guidelines and response strategies are provided to minimize the risk of transmission and infection of COVID-19 in our community.

It is critical that everyone remains vigilant, and follows these guidelines and strategies, as well as those published and updated by the CDC and local health officials and takes responsibility for following such guidelines seriously.

Simply said: Stay Home If You Are Sick - Those who feel ill must stay home, avoid others, and notify Health Services and/or a health professional if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Please notify the Dance Division Office immediately if you will be missing class, quarantined, or returning home due to illness.

High-Risk Individuals – Those who may be at higher risk for serious illness, such as older adults or those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or other underlying health issues, should contact the Dance Office for accommodations and work from home options. Information about those who may be at a higher risk is available on the CDC website.

 

KEEPING HAWKS HEALTHY AT HPAC

We ask that all Hartt dancers pledge to keep each other safe, and recommend that you stay fully informed by visiting the University of Hartford COVID-19 for daily updates: https://www.hartford.edu/healthy-hawks

Face Coverings at Hartt: Mask Policy

Consistent with university policy, our community values, and our desire to take measures to keep one another safe, all members of Hartt Dance must wear a mask or other suitable face covering while at HPAC. Please read the full description of the Face Covering policy.

1. If a student arrives to class without a suitable face covering, the instructor should quietly and politely remind them about the university policy on masks. Students will be directed to a location at the HPAC where they can get one (Public Safety Office). After class, the student will be informed that three instances of arriving without a suitable face covering will lead to administrative withdrawal from that course.

2. If the student claims an exemption or need for accommodation, they will be reminded of the procedures for requesting an exemption (found in the Face Covering Policy) and let students choose to either wear a mask in the meantime or participate remotely until a determination has been made.

3. If the student arrives to class without a suitable face covering, and refuses to put one on, the faculty member should discretely ask the student to leave class and engage remotely for the day. After the class, the faculty member will follow up with the student and reiterate the mask policy and inform the student that to participate in class, masks must be worn. If such a refusal happens a second time, the instructor will administratively withdraw the student from the course.

4. If the student arrives to class without a suitable face covering, refuses to put one on, and refuses to leave the classroom, the faculty member should dismiss the class for the day and immediately report the student to Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. In addition, the student should be warned that another instance of this refusal will lead to administrative withdrawal from the course.

The signs are everywhere - Let's Keep Hawks Healthy!

When you are not in your personal living space, you must wear a face covering. This includes all studios, hallways, and common areas throughout HPAC.

 

SCREENING AND ENTRY PROCEDURES

LiveSafe and Facility Entry Procedures

Each Day Before Arrival at HPAC:

Faculty, Staff, and Students must complete an online COVID-19 Daily Screening using the LiveSafe app. Information on how to upload LiveSafe to your phone can be found here.

1. Before leaving for HPAC, check in daily on the LiveSafe app. Once completed, students will receive immediate feedback and an e-mail indicating either:

• Approved to Report to Campus (indicated by a green check).
• Not Approved to Report to Campus (indicated by a red “X”) – anyone who receives a red “X” is not approved to attend class and is required to notify Health Services.

2. Forward your e-mail results to your first in-person dance instructor that day. Students will not be allowed into the class without it.

Not Approved and feeling sick? If you experience symptoms, do not go to class. Stay in your room and call Health Services at 860.768.6601 (between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) or GoHealth Urgent Care at 860.200.7701 after hours.

*Please note: Health Services is not taking walk-ins, visits will be by appointment only.

One more thing before you get in the shuttle or car: start with clean hands before you travel to HPAC. All dancers must put on dance clothing at home or dorm prior to traveling to HPAC. Dance apparel must be worn under street clothes as dressing room access at HPAC will be limited. Then go ahead, grab a clean mask, your hand sanitizer, yoga mat, water bottle, and storage bag and get to HPAC!

 

Each Day Upon Arrival at HPAC:

  • Wear your face coverings which must be cleaned daily – we can’t say it enough!
  • Entering the building: While maintaining 6’ social distancing, students will enter HPAC and then travel to the studio, stow outerwear and shoes in your bag.
  • Storage Bags: All lockers in HPAC are out of service. We suggest you bring a large storage bag to carry your outerwear and shoes to be placed in the studio vestibule or in the hallway during class. We will provide a limited number of bags for those who do not have one yet. We recommend that you keep a pair of washable footwear (flip-flops, crocs, or shower shoes) to walk safely throughout the hallways. No bare-feet or ballet slippers in the hallways. Leave personal belongings in your storage bag. Travel light, as the saying goes: “you pack it in, you have to pack it out” – bring only what you absolutely need.
  • Dressing Rooms: students cannot change into dance attire or store personal items in Locker Rooms. They will only be used for toileting and hand washing. No more than 2 people in the locker rooms at a time. Knock first! Of course, everyone is required to wash their hands, and keep them clean by using a paper towel, elbows, back or forearm to open doors, turn off water, dispense paper towels, etc.
  • Waiting for Class: Students should go directly to the appropriate studio and wait outside the exterior door (not in the vestibules). 6’ social distancing MUST be maintained while in line, look for wall markings.
    • Entering a studio: studios cannot be entered prior to the beginning of class, and only entered at the scheduled time. While maintaining social distancing, students will practice - “first in, last out.” In other words: the first student in line is the first to enter and travels to the farthest point in the room (at barre or center).
      • Entering a Ballet class: 1st students, next accompanist, then the teacher
      • Entering a Modern class: 1st teacher, next the students and then the accompanist
    • Arriving late: Students will not be allowed to join the class in studio if they are late. Instead, please find a place outside the studio to observe class online.
    • During the Class: students will need to maintain 10’ spacing as they dance. If waiting your turn, DO NOT STAND WITHIN 6’ OF ANOTHER DANCER. Moving from barre to center (or from the floor to standing) needs to be done with an awareness for others in the class. In classes that involve floor work, keep your face away from the floor and pay attention to keeping your hands away from your face. It is recommended that you use hand sanitizer frequently and avoid touching your face!
    • Exiting the Studio: when the class is over, students exit one at a time observing 6’ distancing in reverse order - “last in, first out” or whoever is closest to the exit. o Exiting
      • Ballet Class: 1st teacher, next accompanist, and then the students
      • Exiting a Modern Class: 1st students, next the teacher, and then accompanist
    • Sanitizing Studios: Studios must be sanitized after each use. Student groups/cohorts will take turns on a rotating basis to wipe down the barres and floor. – see Amy Manfredi (amanfredi@hartford.edu) At the end of every class, please assign 3 dancers the following tasks:
1. Dancer #1 - Wipe down Barres using a wipe and solution in hand sprayer.
2. Dancer #2 - Using 2-gallon pump sprayer, cover floor in fine mist of solution
3. Dancer #3 - Spread solution with flat mop. (Dancer 1 or 2 can assist with second mop.)
    • The piano: Accompanists are responsible for sanitizing keyboards.

MAKE SURE DOORS ARE CLOSED AS YOU LEAVE THE STUDIO!

We need them closed to effectively purge the air plus there is a lot of valuable equipment being left in the studios now.

 

Additional Reminders:

  • Face Coverings must be cleaned daily and worn at all times, except while in a private space (office or dorm room) with the door closed. Dance Masks must be well fitted, covering nose and mouth, with no gaps between mask and face. We are providing one athletic mask/dancer.
  • Maintain 10 feet of space between each other at all times while dancing, 6 feet outside the studios! This is probably the most important thing you can do to stay healthy and keep dancing in studios.
  • Entrances, Exits and Routes – follow traffic markings and directions if posted. Keep it moving and avoid blocked or congested areas.
  • Avoid physical contact such as hand shaking, hugs, fist-bumps, or high fives.
  • Avoid congregating in common areas and vestibules. There are tents and special areas outside for students to sit, eat, and relax.
  • Visitors are not allowed anywhere in HPAC or anywhere else on campus.

The better we are at controlling the spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can resume our practice in an increasingly “normalized” manner.

It involves all of us working together and working consistently to make a difference.

 

COVID-19 Return to Work Procedures Acknowledgment

The following is information regarding new workplace guidelines that have been implemented into the Hartt Dance Division to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. Completion of this acknowledgement is required of all Dance Division Students, Faculty, and Staff.

BEFORE LEAVING HOME FOR WORK:

  • Complete the daily LiveSafe daily screening.
  • If your screening results return as “Approved,” please send a copy to your instructor and proceed to class.
  • If your LiveSafe result is “Not Approved”: PLEASE DO NOT come into class! Immediately notify the Dance Office that you are not approved on the LiveSafe app.
  • If you have symptoms, please contact your doctor to screen for COVID-19.

ARRIVING AT WORK:

  • Face Masks – Make sure to bring at least one clean mask to work with you daily. Masks must be worn at all times. The only exception is when you are alone in your private office or dorm room with the door closed.
  • Hand Sanitization – Everyone must sanitize hands prior to entry or re-entry. Hand sanitization stations are set up throughout HPAC.

DURING WORK

  • Social Distancing – Follow all social distancing, face mask, and sanitary guidelines at all times while at HPAC.
  • HPAC Traffic Protocols and Locations – Follow all directional signage for social distancing.
  • Avoid congregating or loitering in common areas.

Article 4. HARTT THEATRE GUIDELINES AND RESPONSE STRATEGIES

Fall 2020 [from a brochure written by Hartt Theatre and distributed to Theatre students, faculty, and staff]

The brochure below has been adapted from a document created by Hartt’s Dance Division. Since we share HPAC with Dance and have many similar concerns in our training, it has been adapted for Theatre students as well to further clarify our safety protocol in HPAC. It repeats many of the same protocols that have already been communicated before the start of classes but with more students starting to return to In-Person classes for the first time, please read carefully.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a contagious respiratory illness that has resulted in the death of over 190,000 people in the United States this year. The CDC has been monitoring COVD-19, and published guidance about what is currently known about the COVID-19, and how people can avoid infection.

The health and safety of students and faculty is our priority. Therefore, the Theatre Division offers this brochure based on CDC and Dance/USA guidance on minimizing the risk of exposures to COVID-19.

Based upon CDC, Dance/USA, local health officials, and other published guidance, Faculty, Staff and Students can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 by following recommended procedures and response strategies. In order to best decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower its impact in our area, all are asked to diligently follow the most up to date CDC guidance, and to remain vigilant and flexible as that guidance may change.

•••

Any Faculty, Staff, or Student may be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19 who can spread the virus without showing symptoms. As a result, we ask everyone to conduct themself as if that were the case.

These guidelines and response strategies are provided to minimize the risk of transmission and infection of COVID-19 in our community.

It is critical that everyone remains vigilant, and follows these guidelines and strategies, as well as those published and updated by the CDC and local health officials and takes responsibility for following such guidelines seriously.

Simply said: Stay Home If You Are Sick - Those who feel ill must stay home, avoid others, and notify Health Services and/or a health professional if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Please notify the Theatre Division Office immediately if you will be missing class, quarantined, or returning home due to illness.

High-Risk Individuals – Those who may be at higher risk for serious illness, such as older adults or those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or other underlying health issues, should contact the Theatre Office for accommodations and work from home options. Information about those who may be at a higher risk is available on the CDC website.

 

KEEPING HAWKS HEALTHY AT HPAC

We ask that all Hartt Theatre Students pledge to keep each other safe, and recommend that you stay fully informed by visiting the University of Hartford COVID-19 for daily updates: https://www.hartford.edu/healthy-hawks

Face Coverings at Hartt: Mask Policy

Consistent with university policy, our community values, and our desire to take measures to keep one another safe, all members of Hartt Theatre must wear a mask or other suitable face covering. Please read the full description of the Face Covering policy.

1. If a student arrives to class without a suitable face covering, the instructor should quietly and politely remind them about the university policy on masks. Students will be directed to a location at the HPAC where they can get one (Public Safety Office). After class, the student will be informed that three instances of arriving without a suitable face covering will lead to administrative withdrawal from that course.

2. If the student claims an exemption or need for accommodation, they will be reminded of the procedures for requesting an exemption (found in the Face Covering Policy) and let students choose to either wear a mask in the meantime or participate remotely until a determination has been made.

3. If the student arrives to class without a suitable face covering, and refuses to put one on, the faculty member should discretely ask the student to leave class and engage remotely for the day. After the class, the faculty member will follow up with the student and reiterate the mask policy and inform the student that to participate in class, masks must be worn. If such a refusal happens a second time, the instructor will administratively withdraw the student from the course.

4. If the student arrives to class without a suitable face covering, refuses to put one on, and refuses to leave the classroom, the faculty member should dismiss the class for the day and immediately report the student to Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. In addition, the student should be warned that another instance of this refusal will lead to administrative withdrawal from the course.

The signs are everywhere - Let's Keep Hawks Healthy!

Therefore, when you are not in your personal living space, you must wear a face covering. This includes all studios, hallways, and common areas throughout HPAC.

 

SCREENING AND ENTRY PROCEDURES

LiveSafe and Facility Entry Procedures

Each Day Before Arrival at HPAC:

Faculty, Staff, and Students must complete an online COVID-19 Daily Screening using the LiveSafe app. Information on how to upload LiveSafe to your phone can be found here.

1. Before leaving for HPAC, check in daily on the LiveSafe app. Once completed, students will receive immediate feedback and an e-mail indicating either :

• Approved to Report to Campus (indicated by a green check)
• Not Approved to Report to Campus (indicated by a red “X”) – anyone who receives a red “X” is not approved to attend class and is required to notify Health Services.

2. Remember to Display your green check to the instructor of your first class of the day.

Not Approved and feeling sick? If you experience symptoms, do not go to class. Stay in your room and call Health Services at 860.768.6601 (between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) or GoHealth Urgent Care at 860.200.7701 after hours.

*Please note: Health Services is not taking walk-ins, visits will be by appointment only.

One more thing before you get in the shuttle or car: start with clean hands before you travel to HPAC. Then go ahead, grab a clean mask, your hand sanitizer, yoga mat, water bottle, and storage bag and get to HPAC!

 

Each Day Upon Arrival at HPAC:

  • Wear your face coverings which must be cleaned daily – we can’t say it enough!
  • Entering the building: While maintaining 6’ social distancing students will enter HPAC and then travel to the studio, stow outerwear and shoes in your bag.
  • Storage Bags: All lockers in HPAC are out of service. We suggest you bring a large storage bag to carry your outer wear and shoes to be placed in the studio vestibule or in the hallway during class. We recommend that you keep a pair of washable footwear (flip-flops, crocs, or shower shoes) to walk safely throughout the hallways. No bare-feet or ballet slippers in the hallways. Leave personal belongings in your storage bag. Travel light, as the saying goes: “you pack it in, you have to pack it out” – bring only what you absolutely need.
  • Rest Rooms: No more than 2 people in the rest rooms at a time. Knock first! Of course, everyone is required to wash their hands, and keep them clean by using a paper towel, elbows, back or forearm to open doors, turn off water, dispense paper towels, etc.
  • Waiting for Class: Students should go directly to the appropriate studio and wait outside the exterior door (not in the vestibules). 6’ social distancing MUST be maintained while in line.
  • Entering a studio: studios cannot be entered prior to the beginning of class, and only entered at the scheduled time when invited by the instructor. While maintaining social distancing, students will practice - “first in, last out.” In other words: the first student in line is the first to enter and travels to the farthest point in the room. If chairs are needed in the class, please set up while maintaining distancing.
  • During the Class: students will need to maintain 10’ spacing or 6’ spacing depending on the type of activities in the class. Keep your face away from the floor and pay attention to keep your hands away from your face. It is recommended that you use hand sanitizer frequently and avoid touching your face!
  • Sanitizing Studios: Studios must be sanitized after each use. Student groups/cohorts will take turns on a rotating basis to wipe down chairs and floors as needed.
  • The piano: Accompanists are responsible for sanitizing keyboards.

MAKE SURE DOORS ARE CLOSED during and between classes!

We need them closed to effectively refresh and purge the air.

 

Additional Reminders:

  • Face Coverings must be cleaned daily and worn at all times, except while in a private space (office or dorm room) with the door closed. Athletic Masks must be well fitted, covering nose and mouth, with no gaps between mask and face. We are providing one athletic mask per student.
  • Maintain 10 feet of space between each other at all times while dancing/moving, 6 feet when in chairs or stationary or outside the studios! This is probably the most important thing you can do to stay healthy and keep classes in-person.
  • Entrances, Exits and Routes – Keep moving and avoid blocked or congested areas.
  • Avoid physical contact such as hand shaking, hugs, fist-bumps, or high fives.
  • Avoid congregating in common areas. Eating is not permitted in HPAC studios. Use the tents and other outside areas as much as possible for relaxing between classes.
  • No visitors are allowed anywhere in HPAC or anywhere else on campus.