NWCT COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Last updated 3/29/2022

Ensuring the safety of NWCT’s patrons, staff, artists, and students is crucial. Everyone at NWCT appreciates your family working together to help keep this community safe! Please review the procedures below with your family before coming to a performance, class, or camp. Policies are based on CDC, state, and local guidelines for safety procedures. Policies are subject to change based on case numbers and current guidelines.

COVID Safety During Performances

Masks & Vaccinations

  • All audience members, front-of-house staff, and volunteers are required to wear a mask at all times while inside the building.
    • Masks may only be removed for eating or drinking.
  • NWCT will not require audience members to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The majority of NWCT staff and artists are fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Any staff member or artist unable to be vaccinated undergoes weekly COVID testing.

Performers will be unmasked on stage.

Symptoms and Quarantine

Please do not attend a performance if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have a primary COVID symptom.

Primary symptoms are:

  • A fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Chest cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Difficulty breathing

NWCT is following current CDC guidance around positive cases:

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 or have a primary symptom, the CDC recommends that you quarantine for 5 days.
  • NWCT requires that primary symptoms are clear before coming to an NWCT show.
  • If you need to exchange your ticket due to testing positive for COVID, please call our Box Office at 503-222-2190, option 1 for a complimentary exchange.

Any staff member, patron, or artist who displays primary COVID-19 symptoms while in the building will be asked to leave.

We request that any positive COVID-19 tests in the days following attendance at a performance be reported to NWCT so that we can alert potentially exposed patrons and staff. Personal information will be kept confidential.

If you have any questions or concerns about COVID protocols for performances, please contact the NWCT Box Office at info@nwcts.org or 503-222-2190, option 1.


COVID Safety During Classes and Camps

Before Coming to Class

Please do not attend class if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or has a primary COVID symptom.

Primary symptoms are:

  • A fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Chest cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Difficulty breathing

NWCT is following current CDC guidance around positive cases and exposures:

  • Students must quarantine for 5 days after receiving a positive test or having a primary symptom.
  • Primary symptoms must be clear before returning to class. Students may return to class sooner than 5 days if they produce a negative COVID test.
  • If a student is exposed to someone with COVID-19, quarantine is no longer required.

Drop-Off & Check-In

  • Drop off and health screenings will occur outdoors. Specific details will be included in your welcome email (sent approximately one week prior to the first day of class). 
  • NWCT staff will check students for a fever with an infrared thermometer and ask the following screening questions:
    • Have you tested positive for COVID-19?
    • Do you have primary symptoms?
  • Once cleared, students will be given a disposable mask and asked to sanitize their hands. Sanitizer will be provided.

Staff and teaching artists will also undergo daily screenings and wear CDC-approved PPE. 

Symptoms & Positive COVID Tests

Any student, teaching artist, or staff member who displays primary COVID-19 symptoms while in the building, will be asked to leave class immediately.

  • Students will wait comfortably outdoors (or isolated indoors if weather is inclement) with a dedicated staff member who will contact their parent or caregiver to arrange for immediate pick-up. 
  • Any student, teaching artist, or staff member displaying primary COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to get tested before returning to class.

We request that any positive COVID-19 tests during class or in the days following class be reported to NWCT so that we can alert exposed students. Personal information will be kept confidential.

During Class

Students, staff, and teaching artists must wear masks at all times.

  • Disposable masks will be provided to students each class. You are welcome to wear personal fabric masks over top of your disposable masks. 
    • If you would like to wear your own KF-94, KN-95, or N-95 masks, please bring a new mask to change into during your health check-in.
    • Participants in Skills Classes or Playlabs that include singing must wear an NWCT-issued mask.
  • Masks may only be removed for eating or drinking.
    • We recommend bringing a filled water bottle to class.

All NWCT teaching artists in the classrooms at the same time as students will be vaccinated and boosted as of February 1, 2022.

Classes will only be held in spaces that are ventilated.

  • Classroom windows will be open at all possible times to maximize air flow in the space.
  • Each classroom will have an industrial air purifier with a minimum CADR of 600, creating a minimum of 6 Air Changes/Hour (ACH) — Above and beyond CDC recommendations.
  • Classes that include singing will be held in the classrooms with the best possible ventilation.

Pick-Up & Final Performances/Demonstrations

Pick-up will occur outdoors. More specific details will be included in your welcome email. Parents/Caregivers may not enter the building.

  • If your child’s class is preparing a final performance or demonstration, it will be filmed and distributed via email.

If you have any questions or concerns about COVID safety protocols for NWCT classes and camps, please contact our Education Associate, Makaela Terance, at classes@nwcts.org or 503-222-2190, option 2.

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