These guidelines are subject to change, depending on updates to federal, state and local health recommendations. Last updated: April 10, 2022
If you are feeling ill with any of the symptoms common to COVID-19, please stay home for the safety of the entire CAW community. Please read the protocols for close COVID-19 contacts and positive tests below on this page.
Everyone is required to wear a mask at all times in the building, regardless of vaccination status.
Proof of Vaccination Required for all Onsite Classes—Students, Instructors, Administrative Staff
Effective January 9, 2022
Proof of Vaccination Required
We are now requiring proof of vaccination status from all staff, teaching artists, and students for in-person classes and workshops. Please click here to upload your vaccination card before class. CAW will observe all HIPPA regulations regarding the privacy of this information. If you have already given CAW proof of vaccination for a prior term, you do not need to do it again.
We’re Here to Help
If you have questions about COVID-19 safety at CAW, please call the front desk at (203) 562-4927. If you have questions about enrollment or dates, click here to contact Astrid Bernard. If you need help finding a vaccine or booster, please visit www.vaccines.gov/search
The safety of the greater New Haven community and the safety of everyone at Creative Arts Workshop continues to be our top priority, as it has been since we closed in 2020 and re-opened in 2021.
While CAW has never lifted its mask mandate, this vaccination requirement is new for our organization. We believe it is the best way, in combination with masking up, to safeguard everyone’s health and wellbeing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I show my card at the front desk?
Yes, if you prefer not to upload your card, you have the option to come to CAW and have it scanned by a staff member at least 24 hours prior to your class start date/time.
I’m partially vaccinated. Can I enroll?
We require all teaching artists and students to be fully vaccinated for in-person offerings. Click here to view our current online offerings.
I’m vaccinated but not boosted. Can I enroll?
Right now, we are only requiring people to be fully vaccinated, but we highly recommend everyone to get a booster vaccine. We will be updating our requirements regularly in accordance with CDC recommendations.
Can proof of weekly testing be submitted in lieu of vaccination?
We unfortunately cannot accept weekly testing in lieu of a vaccination card, because a negative test cannot guarantee that someone is not positive for COVID-19. Vaccination cards are the best way to ensure that we are limiting exposure for students, staff, and families.
Thank you for your cooperation and community- and health-minded participation.
Masking at CAW is a Requirement
New Haven County’s infection rates for COVID-19 is on the rise. Our mandatory mask policy is still in effect, as is adjusted social distancing. Thank you for cooperating.
Creative Arts Workshop’s mask mandate has been in effect since reopening in April 2021 and requires that everyone wears a mask at all times in the building, regardless of vaccination status. We highly encourage people to get vaccinated to help fight the spread of the new variant.
We are closely monitoring the community transmission in New Haven and across Connecticut, and will update our policies and recommendations as needed. Thank you again for your cooperation and support.
Protocols for CAW Community Members after exposure to COVID-19 or positive test result
Requirements for CAW community members after potential COVID-19 exposure (close contact)
Any member of the CAW community who comes into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must stay at home, or go home immediately upon learning of the close contact. They must notify a member of the CAW staff immediately by telephone if possible, or text or email. If the latter, they should be available for a follow up call to transmit details (including date of exposure, symptoms, test results and/or plans)
Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be tested for COVID-19 one week (seven days) after exposure before coming back to CAW (for class or work). To reenter the building, they must have no fever for the past 24 hours or other serious symptoms, and have a confirmed negative COVID-19 PCR test, dated no earlier than one week after exposure. They must submit this to CAW firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a reply email letting you know we’ve received your proof of a negative test and that it’s ok to come back to CAW.
A negative test result prior to the one week mark is not acceptable, due to the incubation period of the virus.
Requirements for CAW community members after COVID-19 positive PCR test
Any member of the CAW community who tests positive with a PCR test for COVID-19 must notify CAW by call, text, or email (to email@example.com) as soon as the results are known. Please be prepared with details (symptom onset date, test date, close contacts with anyone at CAW for contact tracing purposes). CAW staff will work to contact possible close contacts.
CAW community members that test positive must stay at home for at least 5 days from the date of a positive test or onset of symptoms, whichever is later and at least 24 hours without a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in symptoms. If you have a fever, you should continue to isolate yourself even if your other symptoms are resolving. Fever MUST be resolved for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medication to stop isolation. They must, as always, be fully masked for an additional 5 days after returning to CAW, and refrain from unmasking even for drinks of a beverage (we ask that people recovering from COVID-19 step outside to drink their beverage). If they are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days.
For those who are immunocompromised, CAW community members who have tested positive should isolate for up to 20 days. Please consult with your healthcare provider about when you can stop isolation and communicate that plan with CAW.
General COVID-19 Safety Information
Since April 2021, Creative Arts Workshop has held nearly 200 in-person workshops, classes, and events. We thank everyone for working with us to keep the Creative Arts Workshop community safe, inclusive, and vibrant.
When you visit the building for classes or events, you will find the following updates:
– One-way: All one-way restrictions in the building have been lifted
– Exit: People may exit the building through the front or side doors
– Capacity: Social distancing has been lowered to 3 feet. If you have been waitlisted for a class, please keep an eye out for communications from the Registrar.
Please note that all other COVID-19 safety precautions are still in place. If you are feeling ill, please stay home. Everyone is required to wear a mask at all times in the building, regardless of vaccination status. When you enter the building, please remember to sign in for contact tracing. To ensure the safety of all visitors, people should continue to move quickly through the lobby, hallways, or stairwells rather than congregating, eating, or making phone calls.