In-Person Classes, Program Policies, & Reopening Plans

***Please read the entire list of policies below as well as our General BAC Policies before registering for a class.***

We are so excited to welcome you to in-person classes this summer!

This summer’s programs are going to look a little different than past years. The safety of our faculty, students, and staff is our top priority. We will be offering half-day programs to avoid shared meals indoors and have eliminated early drop-off and late-pickup. In addition to in-person classes, we will also continue to offer virtual classes and adult evening and weekend classes. We are committed to continue providing the same high-quality classes and programs our community is used to receiving from the BAC.

These new policies are to both assure you that we are closely following government requirements for running our summer programs and to be sure that families agree to the important role everyone plays in keeping their summer experience as healthy as possible. Please know that we will do all that we can to keep students and staff safe and happy.

Below you can read about the precautions the BAC is taking to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Our COVID-19 protocols and procedures follow the necessary requirements and the Lowest Risk and Best Practices protocols. Changes to our programs have been made in accordance with guidelines put forth from the following:

We ask that all staff, faculty, and students commit to the safety and health of themselves and fellow students and families attending the BAC summer programs:

  • We ask that families consider their children’s ability to comply with all social distancing and hygiene protocols as established by the BAC.
  • We request staff and students with underlying health conditions consult with their doctor about their decision to attend the summer program.
  • We request that staff and families do not attend the summer program if they or anyone in their household exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Families and staff are requested to prescreen their health status and be conscious of the safety of their social and public activities in the 14 days leading up to their classes and during class itself.
  • Families and staff are required to follow Massachusetts travel restrictions and quarantine requirements as applicable.
  • A BAC Waiver and Release is required to be signed upon registration. After registering for an in-person class, students will be sent and required to sign the waiver indicating their agreement to our safety protocols.

If you have any questions about our summer programs and COVID-19 policies, please email or call 617-566-5715.

Thank you for working with us to ensure a successful summer at the BAC. We look forward to seeing all of you!

Building & Facility Improvements:

We completed building improvements at the BAC to ensure adequate social distancing as well as the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, including:

  • Improving the air quality throughout the building by adding air exchange units to windows in every studio
  • Renovations to our windows to ensure that all windows can allow for proper airflow throughout the building
  • Addition of stand-alone air filters in every studio
  • Increased the number of hand sanitation stations throughout the center

And, to ensure the health and safety of all members of our community, at minimum, we are implementing the following measures with our summer in-person programming. The health and safety of our community depends on your cooperation and compliance with these guidelines.

Social Distancing, PPE, and General Protocols:

  • If you are sick, please stay home. (see Staff and Operations)
  • Follow the markers to stay 6 feet away from everyone in the building.
  • All students, faculty, and staff must always wear facemasks when in our facilities and on the premises.
  • Face masks are required at all times indoors, and masks must cover your mouth and nose.
  • Parents/guardians must provide an additional mask in a plastic bag with their child’s name on it.
  • The BAC will have masks available if needed.
  • No eating in classes or in the building.
  • Please bring your own water bottle.
  • Please follow directional signs and designated classroom exits.
  • Please sanitize and wash your hands frequently – the BAC will have sanitizing stations in each room.

Studio Protocols:

  • The BAC is reducing the maximum number of students enrolled in-person in each class to adhere to state guidelines.
  • Maximum classroom capacities are:
    • Studio 1: 12 people
    • Studio 2: 12 people
    • Ceramics: 4 people
    • Jewelry: 4 people
  • Classrooms will be arranged to ensure 3 feet of physical space between children and 6 feet of physical space between adults.
  • Only one class will take place on each floor at one time.

Hygiene Protocols:

  • All students, faculty, and staff are required to follow CDC guidelines related to hygiene.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be set up in each classroom and around the building.
  • No eating in classes by students or faculty.

Cleaning & Disinfecting:

  • A minimum of daily cleaning and sanitizing of high touch surfaces by the BAC.
  • Paper table covers will be changed between classes each day.
  • Adequate cleaning supplies will be available for students’ use between cleanings, allowing students additional opportunities to wipe down surfaces.
  • Deep cleaning will take place twice weekly throughout the building.

Staffing & Operations:

  • Any student, faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has received a positive test result for COVID-19 are required to notify BAC for purposes of cleaning, disinfecting, and contact tracing.
  • If any student, faculty, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the BAC will close for the remainder of that week and classes will move to a virtual format. Supplies for the remainder of that week will be made available through contactless pickup and lessons will be provided via live Zoom sessions. In the case of equipment-intensive courses, the curriculum may be adjusted slightly. For example, all ceramics classes will continue with a handbuilding focus. Class fees will not be refunded due to a COVID-19 related building closure.
  • If a student lives with someone who tested positive or has had close contact with someone who tested positive, they must provide a negative COVID test before returning to the BAC
  • If a teacher lives with someone who tested positive or has close contact with someone who tested positive, they must provide a negative test before returning. In this case the assistant teacher will take over as lead teacher for the remainder of that week or until they can provide a negative COVID test result.
  • Any student who develops symptoms will be isolated immediately and a parent or guardian will be contacted to pick them up as soon as possible. They will need to provide a negative COVID test before the student can return. Symptoms in this case include:
    • Fever, feverish, or had chills.
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Gastrointestinal distress
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or small
    • New muscle aches
    • Any other signs of illness

Youth Programs & Shared Materials

  • Small tools (such as scissors, erasers, and paint brushes) and materials (such as pencils, pens, markers, and crayons) will be distributed to each student to use for the entirety of the class and will be kept in their own bin.
  • Larger shared materials (such as paint bottles, larger wood-working tools) will be distributed and sanitized after each use by the instructor.
  • Students are not permitted to bring snacks.

Youth Programs Arrival & Dismissal

Entrance and Dismissal for Classes:

  • Parents/guardians will be given a 15-minute window of time to drop off and pick up. It is very important that you adhere to the drop off and pick up times so that we can stagger entry of the classes for each session.
  • Parents and guardians will not be permitted inside the building.
  • There will be a check-in tent outside and staff will take children into the BAC for their class.
  • Parents/guardians will be required to sign a waiver at the beginning of the week.
  • Parents/guardians are required to wear masks when dropping off or picking up their child.
  • BAC staff will help students wash their hands upon arrival and take them to their classroom.
  • Clear signage will be posted inside and outside of the building.
  • Parents/guardians will be required to answer a Daily Health Attestation before their child can attend each day. This screening will require answering ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the following questions:
    • Symptoms observed in child in the past 24 hours:
      • Fever (100 degrees and higher), feverish, had chills
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Difficulty breathing
      • Gastrointestinal distress (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)
      • New loss of taste or small
      • New muscle aches
      • Fatigue *must be in combination with other symptoms to be cause for exclusion*
      • Headache *must be in combination with other symptoms to be cause for exclusion*
      • Runny nose or congestion *must be in combination with other symptoms to be cause for exclusion*
      • Any other signs of illness *must be in combination with other symptoms to be cause for exclusion*
    • Within the last 14 days:
      • Has your child had close contact with someone with COVID-19?

Entrance and Dismissal times:

  • ArtVentures for ages 5-7
    • Drop off between 7:40am and 7:55am, class begins at 8am
    • Pick-up between 12pm and 12:15pm, class ends at 12pm
  • ArtVentures for ages 8-11
    • Drop off between 8:10am and 8:25am, class begins at 8:30am
    • Pick-up between 12:30pm and 12:45pm, class ends at 12:30pm
  • Afternoon Jewelry and Ceramics Intensives
    • Drop off between 12:40pm and 12:55pm, class begins at 1pm
    • Pick-up between 5pm and 5:15pm, class ends at 5pm
  • Afternoon 2D Studio Intensives
    • Drop off between 1:10pm and 1:25pm, class begins at 1:30pm
    • Pick-up between  5:30pm and 5:45pm, class ends at 5:30pm

If you have any questions or your child has any special needs relating to COVID-19 procedures, please contact the BAC via email at or by phone at 617-566-5715.

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