Frequently Asked Questions
What are SPARC’s pandemic safety precautions?
Limited Building Access
Parents/guardians, special guests, etc. are not permitted inside the building during SPARC programming or in our administrative offices. This is to limit the number of people gathered indoors in one place. Details about pick-up and drop-off procedures will be communicated prior to the first day of programming. Specific traffic patterns at drop-off and pick-up help to reduce contacts made with other classes. If you believe your child has a medical or behavioral concern that requires your nearby support during program time, kindly contact our office.
Masks are still required for 100% of program time indoors and outdoors on SPARC’s campus or at remote sites. We encourage everyone to wear a N95 or KN95 mask for maximum protection. Please continue to be remind your child about proper mask wearing over their nose and mouth.
Program sizes have been reduced to allow for greater social distancing and to minimize new contacts made during programming. Young people are required to maintain at least 3-6 feet of physical distancing from each other at all times. Faculty and staff are required to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing from young people and each other. Specific traffic patterns at drop-off and pick-up help to reduce contact made with other program participants.
High-touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly throughout the day at SPARC. Minimal items will be shared between participants and will be disinfected between uses.
Air Filtration and Air Purification
Our HVAC systems have been upgraded with MERV 11 or MERV 13 filters throughout our building, and Aerus Air purifiers are actively running in each studio space and the main theater.
Faculty are required to keep accurate attendance records, and make note of seating, small group participation, movement, or dance charts for each class so that they can provide contact tracing, if necessary.
SPARC requires a 10-day isolation/quarantine period after exposure to or infection with COVID-19. See Sections 4 and 5 below for more information on quarantine.
All SPARC employees — including adjunct faculty and independent contractors — must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC, to be eligible to work at SPARC. All young people that are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine must be vaccinated (by May 31, 2022 for SPARCLERS, SPARCLERS Mini, Bravo Jr., Bravo, and Bravo Summer Company OR by June 21, 2022 for Broadway Blast, Focus In, and August Adventure/Jr) in order to participate in SPARC summer programming. For more information on summer programming please click here. For information on how to get your COVID-19 vaccination click here.
All SPARC employees are encouraged to get boosters, but are not required to do so at this time.
Is SPARC conducting health screenings before programming?
What should we do before we leave for programming at SPARC?
What is SPARC's policy on Isolation and Quarantine after an exposure to COVID or Positive COVID Test?
How does SPARC calculate the length of quarantine?
Note: A full 14-day quarantine period might be required by the participants’ school, daycare, or workplace.
What is the VDH’s definition of “close contact exposure” between an infected student and other students?
* The exception to the close contact definition only applies to student-to-student exposures in K-12 settings. The exception does not apply to student-to-teacher exposures, teacher-to-student exposures, or teacher-to-teacher exposures. For these exposures, being within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period is considered close contact.
What is the SPARC’S definition of “close contact exposure” between an infected teacher and students?
- Being within 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24- hour period, or
- Having direct exposure to respiratory secretions (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing a drinking glass or utensils), or
- Caring for a person who has COVID-19, or
- Living with a person who has COVID-19
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