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Inclusion Statement

As part of CTC’s commitment to access and inclusion, we make intentional choices in our classroom practices to make sure we are a welcoming space for peoples of all abilities, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Our program includes need-based scholarships, all-gender restrooms, introductions with pronouns, and a faculty happy to work with families to meet students’ individual physical, learning, and social needs. If there are ways we can be welcoming to your family, please let us know at education@childrenstheatre.org

Commitment to Accessibility 

We are committed to supporting access needs, respecting capacities, uplifting talents and life experience, and honoring each individual’s autonomy. As part of CTC’s core value of inclusion, we strive to create learning environments that are designed for all students. We acknowledge and affirm that learning and engagement look different for every student. We are excited to work all students into our programs and welcome students with disabilities, neurodivergent conditions, mental illnesses, and adverse childhood experiences. We are happy to include students using AAC, welcome personal care assistants into our classrooms, and arrange for ASL interpretation. Our staff has experience with activity modifications, in-class supports, and individualized learn plans and are eager to work in partnership with your family to create a positive experience for your student.   

You can connect with us about your student’s needs on your Medical Information Form or email us at education@childrenstheatre.org.

Registration Information

Registration is available online or by calling the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400. We accept checks, credit cards, and money orders. A two-payment option is available only when using a credit card by phone. Need-based scholarships are available through the ACT Pass program until all funds are allocated.

Discounts 

  • 10% off tuition if, in the same order, you register more than one student in your household or register a student for more than one class/camp. 
  • 10% off for current CTC Preview and Create Your Own Subscribers. Some restrictions apply.
  • 15% off tuition for current CTC Full Season, 3 Play A, and 3 Play B Subscribers. Some restrictions apply. 

Refunds

Virtual Academy Policies

Code of Conduct

In order to provide students with a safe and supportive environment, we do not tolerate any form of physical or verbal abuse, harassment, vandalism, or the use of any illegal substances. Any behaviors found in violation of this policy will be addressed and the student may be asked to leave classes/camps. No refunds will be issued in the event that the Code of Conduct is violated.

Online Child Safety Policy

It is the policy of CTC to diligently empower and protect Youth by providing safe spaces for theatre education and experiences. As such, the following policies will be enforced:

  • All online classes and coaching sessions will be password protected and recorded.
  • Students will need to wait in the “waiting room” until admitted by the teacher.
  • The virtual classroom will not be open until at least 2 students are in the waiting room.
  • A parent/guardian must be present in the household while students are participating in class.
  • When utilizing breakout groups, teacher will adhere to the “rule of 3” so that no adult should ever be alone with a student in a virtual breakout space.
  • Flipgrid student responses will be moderated and kept private to the Flipgrid classroom space unless otherwise noted.

Family Participation Policy

Siblings enrolled in the same class, may use the same device or separate devices to participate in class. While most classes are designed for independent participation, Virtual Academy classes for ages 4-5 and grades K-3 may allow for family participation. Everyone in the screen view needs to be actively participating as to not distract others. Siblings may participate but all students in the class age-range must be enrolled to participate. All participants much adhere to the code of conduct.

Technology

Students are required to provide their own device to access online classes. Tech support will be available to assist as needed. Virtual classrooms will be open 10 minutes prior to the start of the first class to allow for technology set up and testing and 5 minutes prior for all other classes. All virtual classrooms will be locked 10 minutes after the scheduled start time. Students will not be able to join after this time unless other alternative arrangements are made.

Medical Emergency Policy

In the event of a medical emergency while your student is participating in Virtual Academy classes, a CTC education staff member will call the household to ensure a parent/guardian is aware of the situation. If we are unable to reach an adult member of the household, 911 will be called and directed to your household. All expenses incurred are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Virtual Academy Cancellation & Exchange Policy 

  • If you cancel less than two weeks before your program begins, no refund or credit will be issued. 
  • If you cancel at least two weeks before your class/camp begins, you will receive a refund minus a $25 cancellation fee. 
  • Classes can be exchanged within the same session until the start date of the original class. If the class is exchanged at least two weeks before the start date, partial refunds can be provided for a less expensive class. If the exchange occurs less than two weeks before the class/camp begins, no refund or credit will be issued.
  • No refund or credit will be issued if a student is registered for an age-inappropriate class and CTC staff determine it to be an unsuccessful fit. 
  • Registration holds a student’s spot in a class or camp, making it unavailable for other students to register for that spot. We hope your class is a great fit but if, after the first day of class, you choose not to continue for any reason, the Education staff is happy to switch you into an available class within the same session, but we will not issue a refund. After the second week of class we are not able to accommodate class transfers. 

In-Person Education Policies

Code of Conduct

In order to provide students with a safe and supportive environment, we do not tolerate any form of physical or verbal abuse, harassment, vandalism, or the use of any illegal substances. Any behaviors found in violation of this policy will be addressed and the student may be asked to leave classes/camps. No refunds will be issued in the event that the Code of Conduct is violated.

Pick Up and Drop Off

For Summer 2021, all drop-off and pick-up will occur outside to limit the number of people entering the building. Students Grades K – 3 must be dropped off and picked up by an adult each day. With a signed note or form, students Grades 4 – 12 may sign themselves out at the end of the day to leave campus and either wait for or meet their adult elsewhere. Students without a signed note or form will not be allowed to leave without an adult.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask families to limit the time they spend waiting and the number of people they bring to drop-off or pick-up their student as they are able.

Families & Guests in the Classroom

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only students & CTC staff will be authorized to enter learning spaces. For information on how we plan to keep families involved in our camp weeks, please see Keeping Our Families Involved in our COVID-19 Safety Practices and Policies.  

No-Nut Policy

To ensure the safety of all of our students, we have a strict no-nut policy for both peanuts and tree-nuts (including hazelnut products such as Nutella). We do not allow products that “may contain” any nuts. We do allow products that were “processed in a facility that processes nuts.” Please read packaging carefully. 

Electronic Device Policy

Students under Grade 9 are only permitted to use phones or other electronic devices in class as an educational tool as assigned by the teaching artist. To encourage our value of community and relationship building, electronics are not allowed during breaks unless being used as a therapeutic outlet. (Students are always welcome to contact their families through the Education office at any time.) If a student is observed using their phone or electronic device in violation of this or any other Education policy, they may no longer be permitted to use their device at any time while in a CTC Education Program.

Medical Emergency Policy

While Education administration staff are trained in First Aid and CPR, we do not have a medical professional on staff. Students are welcome to carry their medicine on them, but our office is not able to administer medicine of any kind (including prescription and over-the-counter drugs or topical ointments). In life-threatening situations, we are trained to administer an epi-pen. In the case of a medical emergency, if we are unable to contact a parent/guardian or if time does not permit, 911 services will be used. All expenses incurred are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Photos and Videos

Any photos or videos shared with families during or after a program that include multiple students are for strictly for personal use only and cannot be used for broadcast and/or distribution via the internet including but not limited to social media sites and/or public websites. Any photos or videos that only include the student(s) in your household may be shared as you choose.   

CTC (and its designees and agents) has permission to utilize my student’s image, likeness, actions, and statements in any live or recorded audio, video or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction made of, or at, the class/camp in any medium or content for any purposes, including commercial or promotional purposes, without further authorization or compensation.

 

COVID-19 Safety Policies & Practices

In addition to following all guidelines and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health, and our local leadership, Children’s Theatre Company is grateful to be developing our COVID-19 Safety Practices & Policies with the Minnesota Department of Health. We will be updating our practices and policies as guidelines change. 

We respect each families’ right to decide when they will return to in-person programming. Families who prefer virtual offerings can join us this summer in Virtual Academy.

The availability of in-person programming is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Keeping Our Spaces Safe

We are able to offer in-person offerings due to the following features and practices at our facility in line with recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. 

  • The CTC building has HVAC air filters bringing fresh air into the building throughout the day. Our HVAC system has been cleaned and tuned in preparation for summer classes. We have installed more robust filters to trap more contaminants, and we have maximized the amount of fresh air circulating in the building. A professional air filtration team will identify if any of our learning spaces need additional HEPA air filtration systems.
  • Nightly professional cleaning occurs in all learning spaces, bathrooms, hallways, elevators, and shared spaces.
  • Motion-sensing sinks, soap dispensers, and toilets eliminate high-touch surfaces in our bathrooms.
  • Drinking fountains will not be used. Instead, touch-free water bottle fillers will be available.
  • Door handles, light switches, and other high-touch surfaces will be sanitized frequently with CDC & EPA recommended disinfectants.
  • Each learning space will operate at reduced capacity to ensure social distancing is easily achievable and our students have space to freely move/create. Capacity numbers may fluctuate in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health’s guidelines for group sizes.
    • For Summer Adventurers (Grades K – 3), we will have ten to thirteen people total including staff in learning spaces we formerly had twenty to thirty people in for summer programming.
    • For Summer Studio (Grades 4 – 12), we will have up to twenty people total including staff in learning spaces we formerly had thirty-five people in various programming.

Keeping Our Students and Staff Safe 

  • Social distancing between staff and students in accordance with guidelines recommended by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health. As of February 24, the recommended distance is 6ft between individuals. In our learning spaces, there will be markers on the floor to help young people maintain social distance.
  • Face masks are required for all campers, staff, and parents/guardians. Camp participants and staff only remove masks to eat and drink. Iaccordance with CDC recommendations, we require that fabric face masks have two layers of fabric and be fitted to closely cover an individual’s nose and mouth. Learn more from the CDC about how to find the best mask for your student hereFace shields may be worn in addition to masks but may not be worn instead of masks. 
  • We will be utilizing a pod model to limit contact and the chance of transmission among students. Pods will share an entrance/exit location and times, bathrooms, traffic patterns, and extended care.
  • Drop-off and pick-up will occur outside to limit the number of people entering the building. Students being picked up early will be brought outside to meet their adult. Per recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, only students and essential adults will be authorized to enter learning spaces this summer.
  • Staggered drop-off and pick-up times for each pod minimizes opportunities for transmission between pods and reduces the number of people gathering in outdoor spaces simultaneously.
  • All in-person summer camp students and CTC staff will complete a daily symptom questionnaire and temperature check upon arrival. Temperature checks will be done with a contactless thermometer. No one with a temperature higher than 100° will be permitted to enter the building. After a fever of more than 100°, young people and adults must wait 72 hours before returning to the building. We ask families to utilize the Minnesota Dept. Of Health’s Home Screen Tool for COVID-19 Symptoms daily with young people attending in-person camp. 
  • A CTC staff member will be trained in contact tracing by the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • We are collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of our staff through vaccinations and regular COVID-19 testing.
  • We will continue to enforce our “no food sharing” policy to protect students from allergens, food sensitivities, and dietary restrictions as well as COVID-19 spread.
  • We will continue to have hand sanitizer in every learning space and remind young people to wash their hands/sanitize frequently. Young people & adults must sanitize or wash their hands at the start of the camp day, before and after eating (including two snack breaks and lunch break), and before leaving.
  • Designated private spaces will be allocated for quarantining anyone who develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during the camp day until they are able to be picked up.

Keeping Our Families Involved 

  • Registered families will be sent a welcome video series one-week in advance of their first camp day. These videos will include an overview of our policies, an outline of the schedule for your student’s program, a social narrative for our safety policies, a video tour of the spaces your student will be using, and an introduction video for your students to meet their teaching team. 
  • For Summer Adventurers (Grades K – 3), videos will be posted to the camp Flipgrid for families to see what students are creating during the camp day. For Summer Studio (Grades 4 – 12), conversation prompts will be provided to encourage dialogue about what students are learning, discovering, and creating in camp.
  • Following the guidelines set by the Minnesota Department of Health, we look forward to showcasing students’ work in virtual sharings! Sharings are designed to allow students’ families and friends to celebrate their week at camp. This will be individualized to each camp and group of students but may consist of a recorded performance/showcase of skills, a compilation of students’ work, photos, etc. To protect the privacy of all families, all recordings or group photos are for private viewing only and are not to be shared on social media or any other platforms. 

Register with Confidence

  • We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving situation and will continue to monitor the data and recommendations provided to us by the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and local leadership. If any in-person summer camps must be canceled due to increased cases, changes in regulations, or an infected student/staff member, families will be offered a full refund if the camp has not yet started or a pro-rated refund if the camp has begun.
  • If an in-person camp closes due to COVID-19, we will provide an option to families transition to a virtual option. Virtual offerings will be a combination of synchronous engagement via Zoom, asynchronous sharing and creation on Flipgrid, and off-screen activities. However, we recognize that virtual learning is not the best fit for each student, is not appropriate for full-day engagement, and does not serve as supervision in the same way our in-person camps do. 
  • Due to the pandemic, we are offering flexible registrations for Summer 2021 in two ways.
    • If you have registered for an in-person summer camp and determine a virtual camp is a better fit, you may transfer your tuition up to days before the scheduled camp date. Any differences in tuition costs must be paid at the time of transfer. Any remaining balance may be processed as a credit to future CTC purchases, a donation, or a refund. 
    • If you believe your student was exposed or if your student becomes infected before your scheduled camp begins, we can transfer your tuition to another education offering later in the summer (depending upon availability), put your tuition on your CTC account to be a credit for future purchases, process your tuition as a donation, or process a refund. 

In Case of Infection or Exposure 

  • We will be following the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs if an individual involved in CTC’s In-Person Summer Camps experience one or more “less common” or “more common” symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or experiences close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • CTC reserves the right to cancel any in-person programming due to an increase in local cases, updated recommendations/regulations from the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, or local leaders, or because of the exposure or infection of any participant or CTC staff member. 
  • Families will be contacted about suspected exposure, confirmed exposure, presentation of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and positive COVID-19 cases in accordance with training and guidelines for contact tracing from the Minnesota Department of Health. 

Preparing Your Student for In-Person Camp 

  • If wearing a mask all day will be new for your student, practice wearing a mask at home for increasingly longer durations working up to the length of a full camp day. We recommend practicing different activities while wearing the mask including moving around, having conversations, and playing games. 
  • Review the policies we have in place with your student and discuss why they are important.
  • If your family chooses not to observe social distancing, mask-wearing, and the CDC recommendations, we invite you to check out our Virtual Academy offerings.  

There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place or group gathering. This includes Children’s Theatre Company in-person summer camp programming. While we have taken the fullest safety measures possible to reduce the risk of exposure and infection, by participating in our in-person programming, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and any of its variants. Families wishing to participate in our exceptional education programming this summer without assuming any risk of exposure, are welcome to join us in Virtual Academy.  

COVID-19 Refund Policies

A full refund is offered if CTC cancels an in-person camp before the first day of programming or if your student/member of your family/close contact tests positive for COVID-19 prior to the start of camp. 

A refund minus the $50 cancellation fee is given if you cancel more than two weeks before your camp begins. 

If CTC makes the decision to end in-person instruction of a camp after that camp has begun, a prorated refund will be offeredThe amount of the prorated refund will depend on how many days of in-person camp have been canceled and whether you choose to join a virtual option for continuing camp. Families may also choose to have their remaining tuition processed as a credit on their CTC account for a future CTC purchase or donate the remaining balance. 

Due to the limited availability, un-used extended care is nonrefundable and may not be transferred onto your account. An exception will be granted if CTC closes programming due to COVID-19 or if your student/member of your family/close contact tests positive for COVID-19 prior to the start of camp. 

No refund or credit will be issued if a student is registered for an age-inappropriate program and CTC staff determine it to be an unsuccessful fit.  

Registration holds a student’s spot in a program, making it unavailable for other students to register for that spot. We hope your class is a great fit but if, after the first day of class, you choose not to continue, the Education staff is happy to switch you into an available program within the same session, but we will not issue a refund. After the second day of camp, we are not able to accommodate class transfers. 

We will offer videos, a social narrative, and class discussions to help students prepare for and understand the importance of these guidelines and are happy to work with families to support their student’s individual needs to observe these guidelines.  For the safety of all students and staff, students who attend camp and refuse to wear their mask, wash their hands, or observe social distancing will be dismissed from camp.