THE BBAC, COVID & YOU

The following information is for adult students enrolled in 2020 fall term classes.

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We are excited to have you back at the BBAC for the Fall 2020 Term and hope you and your families are well.

It has been a challenging six months for everyone due to the pandemic. Although we are anxious to get back to our routines, things are not the same as before.

Upon return to the BBAC, all staff, faculty, students and visitors must adhere to the safety policies and procedures put in place. We are here to enable and support the best and safest practices for the BBAC community as we begin to filter back for onsite classes.

Here are the new policies, procedures and facility changes in place for fall 2020:

NEW POLICIES & PROCEDURES

  • Masks are mandated inside the BBAC facility for all people at all times. If anyone needs a break from their mask, they will have to go outside to take it off. Anyone outside on BBAC grounds must social distance themselves six feet from others.
  • Class sizes are smaller –a maximum of 8 students per studio is allowed and those classes with a model have a maximum of seven students per studio (no exceptions).
  • Classes that have a model must have easels setup in a configuration that has students at least six feet apart from one another.
  • The lunch service has been suspended at this time and will be reevaluated in the future. Students should plan on eating outside of the BBAC facility. Again, anyone outside on BBAC grounds must social distance themselves six feet from others.
  • Instructors and students cannot shuffle between classrooms to get things out of closets or rooms after 9:00 am or 12:30 pm. If you need any items out of a room or closet from another classroom, it will have to be thought about ahead of time and removed when there is not a class in session.
  • Our facility staff is diligent about sanitizing classrooms down before and after classes. Please help this process along by cleaning and packing up about 10 minutes early if your class ends at Noon or at 10pm. This is something that will help the facility staff immensely and will be safer for everyone.

First thing when you arrive…

  • There will be copies of the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire and a laser thermometer put in your classroom. Temperature readings (with a no-contact, infrared thermometer) and questionnaires have to be done for every session of every class by instructors and students. After collecting questionnaires, please leave them in a stack on the counter and they will be picked up.
  • Upon arrival to class, instructors and students must take their own temperature and fill out the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire where you will enter your temperature reading and answer questions. If your temperature is 100.4 °C or higher, we ask that you leave the facility immediately and call Annie VanGelderen at 248.644.0866 x 108 or Cindi Mills at 248.644.0866 x107 to let one of us know. If you test for COVID-19 and your result is positive, please let us know immediately (we have to adhere to contract tracing per the State of Michigan mandate.) Quarantine for at least 14 days, then re-test. We ask that you have a negative test result before returning to BBAC.
  • Instructors can take student temperatures as they arrive to class, or students can do a self-check. (Some instructors want to do the student temperature readings and others may not want to.) There is no contact when using the thermometer. Students must fill out the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire where they will enter their temperature reading and answer the questions. If their temperature is 100.4 °C or higher, we ask that they leave the facility immediately and call Annie VanGelderen at 248.644.0866 x 108 or Cindi Mills at 248.644.0866 x107 to let one of us know. If they test for COVID-19 and their result is positive, they should let us know immediately (we have to adhere to contract tracing per the State of Michigan mandate.) They must quarantine for at least 14 days, then re-test. We ask that they have a negative test result before returning to BBAC.

FACILITY

  • Our facility staff will be sanitizing the classrooms before and after each class. Bathrooms will be done more frequently as well as entrance/exit door handles and railings.
  • New hand-sanitizing stations have been placed inside the facility at:
    – The north, south and front entrances
    – Between studios 4 and 5 by the vending machines
    – Between the Robinson and Kantgias / DeSalle Galleries
  • This summer we had high-quality filters installed in the HVAC system to help with clean air circulation in the facility.
  • Only one person per table is allowed in the Commons Gallery. No rectangular tables can be setup and no round tables can be pushed together. No additional seating can be added to the existing table setup.
  • Outdoor patio tables will be setup on the south patio with one chair per table for extra seating. Tables cannot be pushed together and no additional seating can be added to the existing table setup.
  • The water cooler will not be available. Please plan to bring your own beverages with you or use the vending machines and sanitize your hands immediately afterward.
  • If your class is going to view an exhibit together in the facility, each person must be at least six feet apart from one another.
  • Instructors and students cannot use the copier. If students need to make photocopies, they have to do it before or after their class off site.
  • If you have any needs or questions while you are on site, please ask your instructor, who will relay concerns to the BBAC staff.
  • FYI – All youth & teen classes are virtual for the fall term and will not be in the facility.