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FAQ's for in-person workshops and COVID protocol

What COVID-19 precautions is Sitka putting in place?

To protect workshop participants, instructors and staff during the pandemic we have implemented the following policies:

•       Face coverings: Everyone on Sitka’s campus must wear a CDC-approved face covering, except when outside and at least 6 feet from others.

•       Physical distancing: A minimum of 6 feet must be maintained between you and any other person outside of your household at all times while at Sitka. To help with this, all workshops will take place in our largest studio and we will operate at 50% campus capacity.

•      Hand washing and sanitation: Wash hands frequently. There are touch-free hand-sanitizer stations at the entrance to each studio.

•      Health screening: Before coming to the Sitka campus, all individuals must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms and recent exposure risks using Sitka’s Daily Self-Screening Check list located on our website. People who feel ill or are at risk of COVID-19 exposure should not come to campus. We will help you with COVID-19 related cancellations. Safety first.


What are your sanitation procedures?

Sitka Center staff are employing the following cleaning procedures in response to COVID-19:

·     Daily restroom cleaning using CDC-recommended cleaning products and methods

·     Hand sanitizer stations

·     Continuous sanitization of high-touch surfaces using CDC-recommended cleaning products and methods

·     Removal of multi-use hand towels


If I have to cancel because of COVID-19, what do I do?

In the event that you need to cancel due to COVID-19 (should you or a family member become ill) you will be able to obtain a full refund for your workshop. Please contact Sitka as soon as possible so that we can offer your spot to people on the wait list.

If you have further questions, please call 541-994-5485 or email and a staff member will be able to assist you.


What happens if my instructor becomes ill or needs to cancel?

You will be contacted by a Sitka team member if your workshop is canceled. You will receive a full refund.


Where will I eat lunch?

We will have socially distanced chairs set up outside around campus for you to eat your lunch. For those who prefer to stand or walk, we will still ask that you not congregate closely with other work shop participants. If you are not comfortable eating socially distanced outside, you are welcome to eat in your car.


Will there be coffee?

There will be a coffee served by Sitka team members during breaks. Unmasking to drink beverages will be allowed outside, six feet away from other workshop participants. If this is uncomfortable for you, you may drink beverages in your car during breaks. Beverage guideline will change in response to the latest public health guidelines. Working together, we can create safe and respectful studio environments – and stay caffeinated!


What if it rains?

Most summer days are dry on the Oregon Coast. Sitka team members will direct you to designated, socially distant, outdoor covered locations if you would like to drink coffee  and enjoy your lunch outside. If you are not comfortable with the pre-selected covered locations and it is cold or raining, you may lunch in your car if that is better for you.  


Will staff help participants carry their supplies?

Staff will be on hand to assist participants that need help carrying items from their vehicles.  We will sanitize our hands between each participant and we will stay six-feet apart when assisting.  


Will it be clear what the cap is on the number of students per workshop?

All workshops are being planned in accordance with National and State public health guidelines. No workshop will exceed the advised public gathering limit for our spaces.


Can I use the bathroom?

Yes. Sitka Center will clean the bathrooms every 24 hours in accordance with public health guidelines for public restrooms.


If I take a workshop with someone within my “bubble,” can we be fewer than six-feet apart?

For the health, safety and peace of mind of our community, we are asking that all participants follow the same guidelines to the same degree while on the Sitka Center campus.


Will all Sitka staff be vaccinated?

Sitka is encouraging all staff to get COVID-19 vaccinations at their earliest opportunity to do so as part of Oregon’s phased State-wide rollout. As vaccination requirements and guidelines become clear for work places like ours, Sitka will act in accordance with State and National guidance regarding employer-based vaccination requirements, employee rights, and work place vaccination reporting.


If I choose to participate in-person, am I required to be vaccinated?

At this time, similar to other adult workshop venues, Sitka is not requiring vaccination, but we are requiring self-screening, facial coverings, physical distancing and other best practices. Sitka encourages everyone to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at your earliest opportunity to do so for your own health and safety as well as for the health and safety of those around you. Since different people will have access to vaccination at different times, at present we are not requiring proof of vaccination to register for 2021 workshops. On the Sitka campus, everyone will be asked to follow health and safety guidelines regardless of whether or not you have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Sitka’s vaccination requirements are subject to change as County, State and National guidance changes.


If I have been vaccinated, do I still have to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines?

Yes, the guidelines are in place for the health, safety and peace of mind of all workshop participants. Let’s work together to keep each other safe and healthy during this transitional year. As the situation changes, Sitka’s on-campus requirements will change.


If I just don’t feel safe taking workshops in person yet, what other options do I have?

Many of Sitka’s workshops are available for online registration and participation, and some of our workshops are online only. These are great options for those who are not ready to take an in person workshop. Make the best choice for you.


Why are the workshops the same cost whether they are online or in-person?

Sitka is a nonprofit organization. Our workshop fees cover our costs to plan and run our workshops, and to pay our instructors. As we are sure you can imagine, planning COVID-friendly workshop is more work than planning regular workshops. When you take a Sitka workshop, whether in person or online, we are committed to the quality of your experience, and to compensating our instructors fairly.

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