COVID - 19 Student Protocols

At Off the Wall Theatre Production Facilities



Off the Wall is committed to keeping a clean and safe classroom and studio so that learning can happen in the safest way possible. We will provide personal protective equipment for all students upon their arrival to the studio.  The space will be regularly cleaned and sanitized for the duration of the course. Maintaining cleanliness during the course can only be done with students accepting their responsibility for their role in ensuring the safety of others. 


In-class Protocols 

  1. Each student will complete a health declaration, as well as a temperature check, each day for the course duration.

  1. All students must wear a mask while indoors, unless they are eating or drinking in the space, when they may take off the mask while consuming.

  2. Students are asked to wash or sanitize their hands often.

  3. Students must respect social distancing at all times when interacting with others in the class. Staying at their desks or assigned work stations is the best way to ensure appropriate distance. We do ask that the desks or works stations not be moved, as they have been placed in accordance to COVID-19 protocols.

  4. When interacting with faculty, if the faculty member has to be closer than 6 feet to teach a specific skill, either goggles or a face mask must be worn by both the faculty and the student. However, maintaining a 2-metre distance is preferred.

  5. As the courses run from 9 to 5, in order to meet air standards, every two hours (at most) students will vacate the teaching space for a 15-minute break to allow for air purification in the space. 

  6. If tools or equipment must be shared, cleaning and sanitization are expected before and after use.

  7. When using the washroom facilities, students are asked to enter, wash their hands or sanitize, then use the facilities, then wash their hands again.  


Food Protocols

  1. Students are encouraged to eat out to get different air for the duration of their lunch.

  1. There will be chairs provided outside the studio for those who wish to eat outside.

  2. If they bring their own lunch students must wash their work surface and hands before eating, and can only sit in their assigned area. (We encourage them all to go outside for a full hour of air exchange.)

  3. There is no shared microwave for use, so lunches will have to be prepared accordingly.

Testing and Documentation

Upon arrival, students will be given a rapid testing kit. They will administer their own swabs and share their results with the Health and Safety Coordinator. Those with negative tests will head into class. Any with positive tests will be taken to a Huron Perth Public Health Unit site for PCR testing.  


Students who are coming from hot spots, or from outside of Canada, will need a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 1 week or sooner, before taking the course. Please bring with you copies of COVID-19 documentation such as negative tests and vaccination certifications.  Students who are coming from lockdown areas will not be permitted to take the course. In this case, refunds or rescheduling can be arranged by Off the Wall Administration.


Other Important Information

Changes to these protocols may come as the COVID-19 protocols often shift. If the Stratford Ontario area, or the Huron Perth Region, is in a lockdown, courses will be cancelled and refunds or rescheduling will occur.  

Should students feel unwell during the course, they are asked to stay at home and refunds or rescheduling will be discussed.

 update: June 2021