These policies apply to everyone entering The Baum School of Art.
Masks are currently optional at The Baum School of Art, unless an individual is required to mask following an exposure or positive case of COVID-19. In the case of an exposure, please visit the following page for more details:CDC.gov
High-touch areas, public areas, and bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times throughout the day. Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each class, and during class as needed. We use cleaning products that meet EPA disinfectant criteria as recommended by the CDC. Adult students may be required to disinfect any shared work equipment or tools after use during class.
Staff and students should observe proper cough/sneeze hygiene and handwashing techniques. Our classrooms are equipped with sinks, soap and water, as well as sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol throughout the facility. All students and staff must wash their hands or sanitize upon entry and exit of classroom, for restroom breaks, and as needed throughout the class.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19. This list does not include all possible symptoms. See CDC’s website for additions or updates to this list:CDC.gov• Fever or chills
This list does not include all possible symptoms. See CDC’s website for additions or updates to this list.
Employees, students, and visitors who are sick, or are required to isolate as per CDC guidelines, should stay home and monitor health. Please stay home if you have COVID-19, or are showing COVID-19 symptoms. People who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home. Testing is recommended for people with symptoms of COVID-19 as soon as possible after symptoms begin. For more information on staying home when sick with COVID-19, including recommendations for isolation and mask use for people who test positive or who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, see Isolate if you are sick
Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive. By letting your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are helping to protect everyone. If employees or students become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or are required to isolate as per CDC guidelines, they must stay home and need to notify the designated point of contacts below by phone (610.433.0032) and email:
Primary Contact - Laurie Siegfried, Director of Operations and Marketing
Secondary Contact - Shannon Fugate, Executive Director
Students who are registered for an in-person class and need to follow quarantine safety guidelines will be given a credit for future class.
Classroom Plan for Instructor or Student exhibiting illness and/or possible case of COVID-19
A youth student will be asked to wear a mask, isolate from the rest of the class, and a parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the child. An adult student will be required to leave the building. All the supplies, and the areas/classroom the student was in contact with, will be sanitized. If necessary, students will be relocated to another classroom until the space is safe to re-enter.
Classroom Plan for a Positive COVID-19 Case
All the supplies, and the areas/classroom the student was in contact with, will be sanitized. In the event that an instructor or student tests positive for COVID-19, in accordance with state and local laws and regulations, school administrators will notify staff and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).. Families of other students in the class will be notified of the confirmed case via email and/or phone call.
Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.If your results are positive, follow the full isolation recommendations below. If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.• If you test Negative: You can end your isolation
When you have COVID-19, isolation is counted in days, as follows: If you had no symptoms• Day 0 is the day you were tested (not the day you received your positive test result)
If you had symptoms• Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive
Isolation: If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. Learn more about what to do if you have COVID-19.• Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public.
Ending isolationEnd isolation based on how serious your COVID-19 symptoms were.
If you had symptoms: You may end isolation after day 5 if:• You are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
Removing your maskAfter you have ended isolation, when you are feeling better (no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms improving),
Note: If your antigen test results are positive, you may still be infectious. You should continue wearing a mask and wait at least 48 hours before taking another test. Continue taking antigen tests at least 48 hours apart until you have two sequential negative results. This may mean you need to continue wearing a mask and testing beyond day 10.
In youth classes, any materials that are shared will be cleaned and disinfected after use. Adult students are responsible for bringing their own supplies, and taking them home at the end of each class. Any materials and equipment that are shared should be cleaned and disinfected by the student after use.
STAFF and faculty WELLNESS CHECKS
All faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing in high or substantial levels of transmission. All staff and faculty members will complete a self-screening for symptoms prior the start of their shift. All staff and faculty are required to follow the Illness Policies and Procedures outlined above.
Below is a list of sources used to create this document:
CDC Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps
Guidance for Operating Youth and Summer Camps: Readiness and Planning Tool
Governor Wolf’s Summer Recreation, Camps and Pools Frequently Asked Questions
Considerations for Community Based Organizations
CDC Guidance on when to isolate or quarantine
CDC Guidance on when it is safe to return to camp/work
CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus
CDC Cleaning and Disinfection
Guidance for Wearing Masks
How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering
Level of Community Transmission Table
Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention
Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
Updated Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings
Information for Vaccinated Pennsylvanians
Local Health Authority–Allentown City Bureau of Health
245 N 6Th St, Allentown, PA 18102-4168
Phone: (610) 437-7760