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Illness Policy
FEBRUARY 7, 2023 
Reviewed by the FGC HEALTH Team


Dear Circus Families, 

At Flying Gravity Circus, the well-being and safety of our students is our top priority.  We strive to create an environment where all students and coaches can participate comfortably in circus. 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 Policy.


In making our illness policy 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. 


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


Yours in Circus,


FGC Health Team


Jackie Davis, Executive Director

Jon Roitman, Artistic Director and Head Coach



In order to uphold FGC’s goal of offering an environment where everyone can comfortably participate in circus, it is necessary to mitigate the spread of illness where possible. Therefore, we ask that student DO NOT COME TO CIRCUS if they have any of the following: 


  • A temperature of 100 degrees or higher

  • Vomiting 2 or more times in the previous 24 hours

  • Diarrhea, which is defined here as loose, watery stool and/or a stool frequency that exceeds 2 stools above normal per 24 hour period

  • Symptoms of possible severe illness such as signs of cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, irritability, lethargy, abdominal pain or any other unusual symptoms 

  • Unknown skin rash accompanied by fever or behavioral changes

  • Mouth sores with drooling that the child cannot control, until deemed noninfectious by their primary health care provider; skin sores with weeping fluid that cannot be covered with a waterproof dressing

  • Unknown discharge from the eyes accompanied by redness, itching, pain or irritation 

  • Persistent sore throat with a fever

    • If a throat culture is taken, please wait for the results before returning to school

  • Suspected or known head lice and/or scabies

  • A communicable disease where the NH Department of Health and Human Services requires the individual to not be present in school and/or in the general public


We additionally ask that students DO NOT COME TO CIRCUS until they are symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medications that may mask symptoms, or the length deemed necessary for a specific diagnosis.



For individuals who are ill and have one or more unexplained symptoms of COVID-19, we ask them to follow the recommendation to consider testing before coming to circus to help curb community spread and keep as many students, staff, and our greater community safe.  The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • 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

Should an individual test positive for COVID-19, or there is a case of COVID-19 in the household, please see the NH DHHS Isolation and Quarantine Information on how to proceed. 



Masking is optional for Students, Troupers, and FGC staff.  Families should do what works best for their individual circumstances. 



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 communicable diseases 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 Health Team


Jackie Davis, Executive Director

Jon Roitman, Artistic Director and Head Coach

Reopening Plan & Pandemic Procedures
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