For a copy of our COVID-Safe School Policy,
click COVID safe school policy
click COVID safe school policy
We are slated to re-open on Monday July 6th!!!
The class schedule will remain the same as it has always been. If we have to add extra class times, we will surely let you know.
While we are excited to re-open at limited capacity (only 5 students per instructor with the small groups properly distanced), we'd like to present this overview that our staff will observe to keep all students safe.
Please note that Zoom classes will continue, running simultaneously during an in-person classes. You may choose to stay with Zoom classes until you see fit to return to the studio, or you may do a combination of Zoom and in-person attendance, or just in-person attendance.
1) Please try to arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to class. All students will be temperature screened upon arrival with a no-contact forehead thermometer, and will need to wash hands upon arrival.
2) Masks are required, however there are exemptions. Per the Washington state face covering order: Effective June 26, a statewide order requires individuals to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces such as stores, offices and restaurants. The order also requires face coverings outdoors when you can't stay 6 feet apart from others.
There are exemptions, including people with certain disabilities or health conditions, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and children under the age of 2. (It's encouraged to have children ages 3-5 wear a covering if possible. Children 5 and older must wear a face covering.)
Per the CDC:
- Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing—or those who care for or interact with a person who is hearing impaired—may be unable to wear cloth face coverings if they rely on lipreading to communicate. In this situation, consider using a clear face covering. If a clear face covering isn’t available, consider whether you can use written communication, use closed captioning, or decrease background noise to make communication possible while wearing a cloth face covering that blocks your lips.
- Some individuals with developmental disabilities, sensory integration concerns or tactile sensitivities, certain mental health conditions, or limited cognitive ability may have a negative reaction to wearing a cloth face covering. These individuals may consult with their healthcare provider as part of the decision to wear a cloth face covering.
- Younger children (e.g., preschool or early elementary aged) may be unable to wear a cloth face covering properly, particularly for an extended period of time. Wearing of cloth face coverings may be prioritized at times when it is difficult to maintain a distance of 6 feet from others (e.g., during carpool drop off or pick up, or when standing in line at school). Ensuring proper cloth face covering size and fit and providing children with frequent reminders and education on the importance and proper wear of cloth face coverings may help address these issues.
- Individuals should not wear cloth face coverings while engaged in activities that may cause the cloth face covering to become wet, like when swimming. A wet cloth face covering may make it difficult to breathe. For activities like swimming, it is particularly important to maintain physical distance from others when in the water.
- Individuals who are engaged in high intensity activities, like running, may not be able to wear a cloth face covering if it causes difficulty breathing. If unable to wear a cloth face covering, consider conducting the activity in a location with greater ventilation and air exchange (for instance, outdoors versus indoors) and where it is possible to maintain physical distance from others.
3) Class groups & parents inside the facility: Per the requirements of reduced occupancy as stated on Seattle.Gov official website: Based on the studio's square footage and 30% reduced occupancy level we are limited to 10 people MAXIMUM indoors for social distancing requirements.
* For increased safety, even though 10 people are allowed indoors, we will require that Only 5 students are allowed in the indoor classroom for a class. and only 3 parents will be allowed to stay in the lobby at any given class. If your child needs assistance for bathroom breaks, has special needs or has issues with parents not being there, the priority of staying inside will be given to the parent(s) of that child(ren).
* In the event there are more than 5 students attending, the class will be split into two groups, one group of 5 or less outside in our covered walkway with an instructor, and another group or 5 or less inside with another instructor. It is fortunate the weather is warmer. All participants will be spaced accordingly for safety. Students in an outdoor group will stay with the outdoor group unless using the restroom or washing hands. We will rotate the students each week between indoor and outdoor.
* Students shall be mindful of distancing at least 6 feet from another classmate. Instructors will be vigilant in making sure students are well spaced apart
4). Students will wear clean, comfortable closed-toe shoes to every class. Shoes should be sneakers or shoes that are suitable for exercise. No flip flops, sandals or bare feet.
5) Students and/or parents with students will wait outside the entrance until welcomed inside for handwashing/ temperature screening. Kids will be instructed as to which group (indoor or outdoor) they will be in for that class.
6) Students will be instructed to use hand sanitizer or wash hands upon arrival. We have two sinks, the bathroom sink and the kitchenette sink, both stocked with paper towels and antibacterial soap.
7) The dressing rooms will not be used, except to drop off gym bags or backpacks. Students may also leave bags in our lobby. Students should arrive already in uniform. Remember that shoes are required.
8) Upon dismissal, students will be dismissed one at a time and must leave after class (no extra playtime for kids in the classroom after class, as we have to immediately clean the high space for the next class). If you're a parent of a student please wait on the walkway or in the parking lot and an instructor will see each student to their parent after class.
9) If you or your child feels sick, has a fever, cough, headache, upset stomach, loss of taste or smell or any other symptoms of illness, please stay home for 14 days or until fully recovered. It is important that you call, email or text Sifu Restita to let us know if you or or child are sick and cannot attend in-person. Students may attend via Zoom from home if feeling better. (see #10 below)
10) All classes will be simultaneously broadcasted on Zoom, so if you do not feel that you or your child should attend in person for a particular class our Zoom classes will continue.
11) Students may not share training gear such as jumpropes, boxing gloves, focus mitts, training weapons, etc.
12) Some classes will dismiss 10 minutes early (if there is a class following), so as to allow for instructors to clean and sanitize the facility for the next class.
13) In the summer months, I might plan for periodic "outdoor only" classes in local playfields or parks in West Seattle (No Zoom for the outdoor only classes). It would be a great time for getting some fresh air, yes? :) I will email students when an outdoor only class is planned.
Rest assured that we are committed to doing our best to keep the safety of our students as our top priority. I have spent many hours drafting the documents required by the State that our facility must have on hand in order to open the school under the Phase 2 requirements (COVID-19 Safety Action Plan and COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation and Recovery Plan), and have had meeting with my black belts to train them in the protocols. Luckily the number of students we have in every class is under the maximum number allowed, so as long as we all work together on these new protocols until further notice, my staff and I look forward to providing safe instruction.
If you have any questions, please ask!!