With the return of some classes to our facilities at The Madison Annex, we’ve created a new guide to our health protection upgrades, practices, and policies. Here’s a look at our S.A.F.E.R. playbook:
—Social distancing: Keep a healthy distance between yourself and others—six feet is a good general rule—especially when you are near them for an extended period.
—Airflow awareness: Want to take a break to catch up with peers, chat, and share a snack break together? Non-contact social activities, such as talking, laughing, and eating, become significantly safer when you take them outside. The considerate and safer thing to do is plan to take your break outside the building and practice social distancing. Eating is not currently permitted in classrooms or the public spaces on-premises. Classrooms are now outfitted with DFS room air purifiers that use a patented air cleaning system that is designed to be 99.99% efficient in capturing air particles at .3 micron size or larger-that is 4x the particle capture of a similar-sized HEPA unit. DFS is also effective at destroying microorganisms including viruses. Clinical tests have verified microorganism destruction of 94% or higher. The purifiers will run continually and each purifier is effective for up to 1,500 sq. ft. of coverage.
—Face masks: Wear them. They’re not just for you; they’re for everybody around you. And they’re mandatory throughout the League. Here are details: Mask Types + Protections.
—Expectoration: COVID-19 appears to spread through large-droplet transmissions, such as sneezes, coughs, and the airborne transmission of smaller, aerosolized droplets that spray out of the mouths of talkers. Beware especially of indoor environments and activities that naturally include lots of gabbing, singing, or shouting. Face masks are now mandatory to help lessen the expectoration risk. Classrooms will have physically distanced workspaces for students, instructors, and models. Given the new distance between people and masks’ muffling effect, we ask that you please practice general classroom courtesies, such as hand-raising for questions and comments, and refraining from cross-talk during lectures or critique periods. These practices will help make communicating easier, shouting unnecessary, and will support your instructors while they adapt to this new teaching environment.
—Restrooms: Our public bathrooms in the Madison Annex are single-stall and fully enclosed. They’re equipped with touchless faucets and contactless dispensers for soap and paper towels. The toilet paper dispensers are fully enclosed. These restrooms are outfitted with air filtration units to sanitize the air and decrease contamination. The restrooms are also cleaned rigorously and regularly with an electrostatic sprayer loaded with an environmentally-friendly, hospital-grade cleaning agent.
We’re looking forward to seeing you! Please be well and be S.A.F.E.R.