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Waynesville Art School and COVID-19


In the age of COVID-19, here is what we are expecting of our families of our in-person programs :

  • Read through and do your part to follow ALL of our health safety protocols and updates

  • Be honest about your family’s health - keeping yourself / your child home if you should

  • Ask questions if something doesn’t make sense - communication is key

  • All adults and kids age 6 or older must wear masks when on the premises of Waynesville Art School. Please practice proper 20-second hand-washing with your children at home to help us continue to implement throughout out day together.

​We are committed to continuing to build ways to serve our students - both children and adults - in person. We will do whatever it takes, however, we expect you to do your part as well. As a community, we can do it - TOGETHER. 

Waynesville Art School Health & Safety Protocols

We are closely following guidance from the CDC and OSHA, as well as state and local officials and health authorities, as we strive to maintain a safe, healthy school environment for children, families, and staff. We have enhanced our already rigorous health protocols in the following ways:

Physical Distancing: We are limiting our classes to 7 students with 1 instructor To reduce the spread of germs and control group size, we are having parents and family members remain outside the building during any program (with the exception of parented classes, in which case our programs are limited to 4 students and 4 parents with 1 instructor). We are scheduling and finishing classes so as to minimize student traffic and to maximize physical distancing. We provide online services for registration,  and have plan to provide online class observation opportunities for parents.

Classroom Design: We have redesigned our classroom to provide more space for each student while at tables and while moving through the space.

Wellness Checks: We will be screening staff members and children upon arrival at school to check for elevated temperatures or evident symptoms (see Waynesville Art School Daily Screening Protocols form). Should anyone feel ill during one of our classes, parents will be notified immediately, and we will provide the child with a quiet location away from other students, to help reduce the spread of illness until they can be picked up.

Protective Face Coverings: We have protective face shields for our staff to wear on the premises. Our instructors and anyone age 6 and older will wear masks indoors at all times. We ask that when parents drop off and pick up, that they wear masks.

Sanitation Practices: We’ve strengthened our existing cleanliness and hygiene practices. We have hand-sanitizers in the lobby and the classroom and will require 20-second hand-washing or sanitizing before each activity, upon arrival and check-out, and before and after snack or other breaks. We will be cleaning and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces and items in classrooms multiple times a day - with extra care given to high-touch areas like door handles.

Water Fountains will not be available for use, so all students need to bring a water bottle. In the event of not having a water bottle, we will have bottled water to offer.

Materials: Each student will be issued their own bundle of materials (pencils, markers, etc) for the duration of the class/program/event. When we do share materials, we will clean them before and after each use. For some adults classes, we will require students to bring their own materials that cannot be sanitized/cleaned.

Air Quality: We have added two ozone machines to clean the air on a daily basis

Protocols for Students & Families

Here is what we need from you:


  • complete and sign our COVID-19 Liability Waiver and return to us along with the rest of the forms before the program starts;

  • complete an at-home self-assessment to make sure you and/or your child are feeling well;

  • wear a facial coverings at all times on the school premises;

  • allow staff o check student’s temperature upon our request with touchless thermometers; 

  • maintain a safe physical distance from others whenever possible or requested by our staff members;

  •  use the hand sanitizer before entering and while exiting the school;

  • carry your own bottle or cup for drinking water;

  • not bring any food and snacks to the school at any time;

  • limit amount of personal belonging when coming to the school.The goal here is a single bag, to make drop off and pick up as streamlined as possible and reduce the amount of direct contact with outside items.

Attendance Policies: In general, we are requiring that children and staff stay home from school for 14 days following the last potential exposure to COVID-19, if any member of the household has (or may have) a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. These days will not be refunded; an option to make up class in person will be offered based on the availability. We are presently working on our online curriculum for those in quarantine. Overall, the best way to ensure our students have limited exposure to germs is by keeping children at home when they are ill and/or contagious. We ask that you please watch your child closely and contact your physician if your child appears to be feeling under the weather. Please remember your child must be kept home if they display any signs of illness until they are free of symptoms for 24 hours or have a physician’s approval for them to reenter a child care setting.

Feel Free to call or email us with any questions or need additional information at

828-246-9869 or