Fall 2020 Guidelines

Policies and Guidelines for Outdoor 2020 Fall Programs

In addition to virtual programming, BAL is offering Outdoor Theater Programming at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for Fall 2020. After-school classes are available to students in PK thru 11th grades. These programs are immersive theatrical adventures and will give the children an opportunity to play outdoors, dance and move, and engage in guided dramatic play and improvisation.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Brooklyn Acting Lab has been closely monitoring Covid-19 in New York State. The health and safety of children and their families, teaching artists, and BAL employees is our number one concern and priority.  As such, BAL’s Outdoor Programming for Fall 2020 will be following NYS Guidelines for Childcare and Day Camp Programs.

Daily Procedures

A. Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Each day kids will be dropped off at the 11th Street entrance of Prospect Park. (11th St. and PPW). Pick-up will be at the same location. We will only dismiss your child to an authorized pick-up that has been noted on your registration form.

During pick-up and drop-off we ask that you:

  • Remain physically distant all times. (6 ft apart)
  • Wear a face covering at all times.

B. Check-in Procedures

At drop-off, BAL will be taking the temp of each child with a contactless thermometer. Temperatures of all teaching artists and kids will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 degrees or above will not be able to join the daily activities.

Screening questions will be asked each day and answers will be recorded daily. To speed up check-in we request that you respond electronically before drop-off each morning, if possible. We ask all parents to immediately notify us if your child has any Covid symptoms.

C. Cold and Rainy Days

On extremely cold orrainy days, we will move to virtual programming. If there is a 40% or more forecast of rain or snow for the day we will provide families with a Zoom link the evening prior. In the event of unexpected weather during the day, kids will need to be picked up at the 11th Street park entrance or at BAL (1012 8th Avenue). Parents will be notified which location we are at. 

Physical Distancing

To comply with physical distancing requirements we agree to do the following: 

  • The maximum number of children in the group will be 10. There will be one teaching artist and one assistant. 
  • Teaching artists will maintain a distance of 6 ft from each other, unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance. 
  • When kids cannot socially distance adequately we will ask them to wear their face coverings. When they are running and actively moving they will not wear a face covering. When they are not wearing face coverings they will be socially distanced (6 ft apart).
  • For warm-ups and group activities we will set out hula hoops as markers that denote 6 ft. of spacing. 
  • We will limit all in-person gatherings as much as possible and use tele- or video-conferencing whenever possible. Essential in-person gatherings will be held in open, well-ventilated spaces with appropriate social distancing among participants. 

Universal Precautions


To ensure staff and teaching artists comply with the protective equipment requirements, we agree to do the following: 

  • Teaching artists will wear acceptable face coverings at all times. 
  • BAL will provide contractors/employees with an acceptable face covering at no cost and will have an adequate supply for coverings in case of replacement. 
  • Face coverings must be cleaned or replaced after use or when damaged or soiled, may not be shared, will be properly stored and discarded.
  • Face coverings will not be used more than one day. Communication will be sent to parents to remind them to send their child with a clean mask each day. 
  • We will limit the sharing of objects and discourage the touching of shared surfaces. When in contact with shared surfaces, teaching artists will wear gloves or sanitize/wash hands before and after contact. Objects that must be shared, returned, or where supply is limited, will be disinfected by the teaching artist  immediately after use with disinfectant wipes to be made available by the administration.

B. Hygiene and Cleaning

To ensure that staff and contractors comply with hygiene and cleaning requirements, we agree to do the following: 

  • Adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintain cleaning logs that document date, time, and scope of cleaning. BAL Administration will be responsible for keeping the cleaning log which will be kept in a bag that will be held by the contractor.  
  • Provide and maintain hand hygiene stations for personnel, including hand washing with soap, water, and paper towels, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where hand washing is not feasible. Sanitizer will be provided by BAL. 
  • Kids will come with their own water bottle and snack each day. Snacks will not be shared.
  • Kids and teaching artists will sanitize upon arrival, between all program activities, after working with any shared materials, before eating, after using the restroom, and before dismissal. 
  • Kids will be instructed to sanitize their hands after using the restroom. They will wear masks/face coverings in any restrooms. 
  • Parents will be instructed to send their child with a personal hand sanitizer. 

C. Communication. 

To ensure that BAL contractors and employees comply with communication requirements, we  agree that you will do the following:

  • Post signage throughout the site to remind personnel to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Send regular communication through email to families/contractors/employees reminding them of proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE and disinfecting protocols. 
  • Establish a communication plan for employees, visitors, and customers with a consistent means to provide updated information.
  • Maintain a continuous log of every person, including workers and visitors, who may have close contact with other individuals at the work site or area; excluding deliveries that are performed with that are performed with appropriate PPE or through contactless means; excluding customers, who may be encouraged to provide contact information to be logged but are not mandated to do so. 
  • If a contractor/employee tests positive for Covid-19, BAL Executive Director will immediately notify state and health departments and cooperate with contact tracing ffort, including notifying potential contacts, such as workers and visitors who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations.


A. Screening

To ensure that BAL and its contractors and employees comply with protective equipment requirements, we agree to do the following: 

  • Implement mandatory health screening assessment (questionnaire, temperature check) before each day for contractors/employees/kids asking about (1) Covid-19 symptoms in past 14 days (2) positive Covid-19 test in past 14 days, and (3) close contact with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 case in past 14-days. (4) travel within the past 14 days to any of the current “hot-spots” in the US. Assessment responses must be reviewed every day and will be documented. 
  • BAL administrator will screen contractors upon arrival. Families will be sent screening questions each day electronically. Any family that does not submit will be asked these screening questions upon arrival. 
  • Contactless thermometers will be provided by BAL.

B. Contact tracing and disinfection of contaminated areas. 

To ensure that BAL and its contractors and employees comply with contact tracing and disinfection requirements, we agree that we  will do the following:

  • In the case of an employee/contractor  testing positive for COVID-19, we will clean all materials with Lysol disinfecting wipes. 
  • In the case of an employee/contractor  testing positive for COVID-19, we will contact all families whose children had been in contact with this person in the past 14 days. 
  • In the case of a child or family member/close contact of a child testing positive for COVID-19, we will contact all contractors/employees and other families whose children had close contact with this child. 
  • In the case of a contractor/employee or child testing positive for COVID-19, we will notify the state and local health department.