FGC COVID-19 RESPONSE 

 

Updated 4/12/2022


COVID-19 Response 

FLYING GRAVITY CIRCUS

Reviewed by the FGC COVID-19 Response Team

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Dear Circus Families, 

At Flying Gravity Circus, the well-being and safety of our students is our top priority. Given the constant changes in federal, state, and local recommendations regarding COVID-19 risk mitigation, this FGC Covid-19 Response may change at any time. 

 

We will continue to monitor and adjust our policies as needed to practice circus as safely as possible throughout the year. The FGC Team pledges to email families who are enrolled in our programs when a change occurs so that you can review updates to this Response.

 

Our intention is to consider all perspectives as we seek to limit disruption to our programs and create a gratifying FGC experience. Because of the close physical nature of circus training, some of FGC’s protocols may differ from state or school guidelines.

 

In making our decisions, we take into consideration guidelines from the State of New Hampshire, the CDC, our host High Mowing School, and the best practices of the American Circus Educators Association as well as assessing community vaccination rates and transmission levels.

 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, ideas, or concerns.  And thank you for circusing with FGC!

 

Yours in Circus,

 

FGC COVID-19 Response Team

 

Heather Lawson, Board President

Jackie Davis, Executive Director

Jon Roitman, Artistic Director and Head Coach

OVERVIEW 

In 2022, we aim to hold classes and training both outdoors and indoors, according to the discretion of the Head Coach and coaching staff.  FGC will employ COVID-19 layered prevention strategies  including, but not limited to, self-reporting symptoms, staying home when sick, and room ventilation (more below).  

 

WAIVER

All families are required to sign the COVID-19 waiver at the beginning of their enrollment, along with our standard indemnification and other forms. This one-off signing verifies that the Student/Trouper will be in good health and symptom-free when attending FGC. 

 

SELF REPORTING

  • We ask that families: 

    • proactively report to us if a student has a positive test 

    • refrain from attending if a student feels ill, or has any COVID-19  symptoms (see below)

    • inform us if there has been a close exposure to someone with COVID-19

    • inform us when you are traveling out of the country

    • abide by state guidelines for quarantining or isolating as recommended 

  • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with any of these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Fatigue

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Headache

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Sore throat

    • Congestion or runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea

 

EXPOSURE OR POSITIVE TEST

People who test positive for COVID-19, or who have come into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, should abide by the isolation and quarantining recommendations set by the State of New Hampshire.

 

TRAINING SPACES

Training will  take place both indoors and outdoors depending on the class and activity. 

If a family prefers that their student remain outside for all training sessions, please inform Jon at least 24 hours prior to the first session of the season. Jon will attempt to make accommodations when weather and staffing permit, with the proviso that this option might not always be feasible.

 

If COVID-19 affects FGC’s staffing or training space availability, classes may be canceled.  

 

MASKS

  • OUTDOORS: Masks are optional for Students, Troupers, and FGC staff.

  • INDOORS: Masks are optional for Students, Troupers, and FGC staff. 

 

VACCINATION STATUS

  • Families

    • At this time, FGC will not ask families about their vaccination status.

    • Families are welcome to disclose their vaccination status if they choose.

  • Coaches

    • FGC coaches are encouraged to voluntarily share their vaccination status with FGC. 

    • FGC does not mandate employee vaccination or disclosure of vaccination status. 

    • FGC will not disclose employees’ vaccination status to families.

 

VENTILATION and CO2 MONITOR

Adequate ventilation in indoor spaces is a recommended universal practice for mitigating transmission of COVID-19.

 

For indoor classes in the Circus Studio and other indoor spaces at HMS, fans are in place and will be turned on for ventilation. 

 

Because tracking carbon dioxide levels indoors is a way to monitor the risk of COVID-19 transmission (according to research at the University of Colorado), FGC has purchased and installed in the Circus Studio a CO2 monitor designed by Kohler and Lewis Mechanical Engineering. (The complete academic article can be found here.)

 

TRAVEL

We ask that you inform FGC when you are traveling out of the country. We ask all FGC families to follow these guidelines in regard to quarantining or isolating after travel back to the U.S.

 

IN CONCLUSION

We aim to work out of mutual respect and trust that we will all play our part as partners in safe practices. FGC strives in good faith to meet the needs and wishes of every family, while balancing individual needs with the needs of classes and troupes and with best practices in the circus education sector.

 

We will monitor continuing developments regarding the pandemic and will update our policies and practices based on the information available. We pledge to communicate with you any changes as they arise. 

 

Remember, it is FGC’s fondest wish to practice and share what we love to do -- circus!

 

Again, please feel free to contact us with any questions, ideas, or concerns.  

 

FGC COVID-19 Response Team

 

Jackie Davis, Executive Director

Heather Lawson, Board President

Jon Roitman, Artistic Director and Head Coach

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