COVID-19 Health and safety

Health and safety during COVID-19

At Vortex we take health and safety extremely seriously always. Now with COVID-19 we are extremely diligent in meeting the Quebec standards.  Please see our updated procedures below and feel free to call us with any questions you might have.


Staff

  • All staff will be trained in strict sanitation and safety guidelines. We will always follow the 2 meter rule unless there is an emergency and in that case we will follow first aid training and be in PPE equipment.
  • All staff will have aprons equipped with all PPE equipment to be used if there is a need for any close contact.
  • Face shields are encouraged for staff but we are sensitive that we will always be in open air and there will be extreme heat.  The 6 meter rule will always be followed.
  • All staff will have their temperature taken in the morning and if showing any signs of COID will be replaced by another on call staff. All Vortex Staff are extremely sensitive to the fact that they are working during a pandemic and health and safety is taken into consideration in their professional and personal life.

Private Classes:
At Vortex Studio:
All of our at-vortex private classes are offered open air in our garden or on our deck. We offer a fully sterilized work space with an umbrella and sterilized supply kit. We also have a sterilization kit available if you would feel more comfortable to do it again yourself upon arrival.  Stella will be in a face shield during the class and will always practice social distancing. The studio washroom is available if needed and will be fully sanitized before the class. We do require you to wear a mask if entering the building. We have masks available if needed. The rest of the studio space will be blocked off.
On location private art classes:
In your front or back yard. For on location art classes and experiences vortex will bring all art supplies “travel kit” this kit included full PPE for Stella, folding table for the student, umbrella, chair for stella, a sterilization kit, a first aid kit, A table cover (if you would prefer we use your table) a bucket and soap for hand-washing, and a garbage can. We will need access to a hose and extension cord. As well as access to an emergency washroom. we will always wear a mask if accessing the washroom. All classes must be done in open air.
In order to attend or host a class you will be required to sign a liability form.

 

Vortex Venue during summer camp:

  • -Vortex Art camp activities will be fully run outside in open air. Each group will work under their own wedding style tent that will shield from the elements.
  • We will have multiple hand washing stations set up around the Vortex property. Children are encouraged to frequently wash and clean their hands.
  • We have hand sanitizer readily available
  • All surfaces will be sterilized thought the day
  • Washrooms- We will have designated washroom breaks throughout the day. Campers will have access to the in studio washroom. Each camper will access the washroom one at a time with a councillor disinfecting the washroom between each use.
  • The front studio will fully be closed off from the rest of the residence during the full duration of camp and will only ever be accessed by staff in a mask.
  • All art supplies used by students will be fully disinfected before use and never shared with other campers.
  • All projects that are unfinished and stored to be finished the next day will be fully disinfected before being used by the child.
  • PLEASE NOTE: we will be using Lysol wipes, aerosol spray and spirits cleaner, as well as a bleach based product to clean and disinfect surfaces.

    Summer camp campers

  •  – upon entrance to camp in the morning we will be taking campers temperatures. Any sign of fever we will deny entry for the sake of all campers and staff. We require all families to keep children home if anyone in the family has any signs of COVID-19 or has had contact with anyone with known symptoms.
  • Campers will each have their own designated chairs and table for the full week of camp.
  • Campers will have their own personal Tupperware and art supplies to utilize during the week that will not be shared with any other camper unless it’s a sibling. The Tupperware will be used to store all their belongings and projects throughout the week. Things that do not fit will be brought home at the end of day.
  • This year we will only be doing art projects that campers and complete fully without physical help from an adult.
  • Campers will each have a customized 6 foot social distancing walking stick to help them visualize their personal space. We will also have ground markings.
  • Campers are welcome to bring 5 small personal items and a grass blanket in a bag that they can access at quiet time. This can be left in their “zone” for the week.
  • We will have a private changing room set up outside if campers would like to play in the sprinkler or should need to change for any reason.
  • If we have a student with covid symptoms we have a disinfected isolation tent for the student. Equipped with a full COVID kit and mask for the child.
  • We will have more breaks between projects this year as to not over-stimulate children.
  • Please note that we will be taking all possible safety measures but as we are dealing with children we are aware that there is a margin of unpredictability so we are respectively saying “come at your own risk”

Thank you for considering Vortex Studio for summer camp. We really work hard to show you children an amazing time with great memories while still taking health and safety seriously.