In-Person Class Safety Protocols

This fall, The Coterie Theatre School will hold in-person drama classes at Miller-Marley School of Dance & Voice in Overland Park. To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff we have implemented the following cleaning and safety procedures for all in-person classes:

  • Students, instructors, and staff are required to wear masks
  • Curbside contact-less check-in/out; No visitors in the building
  • Health assessment at the start of each class
  • Temperature checks of staff and students at the start of each class
  • Limited class sizes and no commingling of groups or classrooms
  • Classrooms and curriculum developed to ensure physical distancing
  • Frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer
  • Routine sanitizing of program spaces and supplies
  • No use of shared materials or difficult to clean items
  • Students will be closely monitored for symptoms

The Coterie staff will reach out shortly before class begins with a reminder and any updates on what to bring (and what to leave at home) as well as check-in procedures for the first day of class. If you have any questions or concerns we are happy to help. Contact us at 816.474.4241.

Keeping Classes Safe

At in-person classes, The Coterie asks that staff, students, and families adhere to the following health and safety guidelines:

This year, The Coterie will be implementing contactless curbside drop-off and pick-up for the entirety of camp. We are limiting building admittance to staff and students only, so if you are running late for drop-off, pick-up, need to drop something to camp, or need to pick up a student early, please contact a Coterie staff member at 816.474.4241 for assistance. We ask parents and students to take extra care to ensure they have all materials needed for the day at the time of drop-off and arrive promptly.

Every family will receive two (2) vehicle tags with the student’s name on them to display at the front of your vehicle for drop-off and pick-up. The carpool tags can be distributed to anyone who will be picking up the child at any point over the course of the class. Report to the designated drop-off location with your car tag in place. Non-camp participants must remain in the vehicle. To expedite drop-off and for the safety of your child, we recommend seating your camp participant on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Make sure your mask and the student’s mask is on and remain in your vehicle. A Coterie staff member (wearing a mask) will greet you to facilitate the check-in process outlined below:

  • Each Day: Staff Member conducts a temperature check on camp participant using an infrared thermometer. Students with a temperature of 100.4° F or greater will not be admitted, no exceptions.
  • Each Day: Staff Member facilitates a health assessment for camp participant.
    - Day 1 Only: Parents are walked through Health Assessment Questionnaire for the camp participant. Parent should remain in vehicle. Camp participants with fever, coughing, or shortness of breath symptoms will not be admitted.
    - All Subsequent Days: Staff Member asks if there have been any changes to the camp participant's health status as it relates to COVID-19.

Once students have successfully been granted entry, they can enter the building while wearing a mask. Then parents/guardians should clear the area to expedite other check-ins.

Student pick-up is conducted outside the building at the same location as drop-off. Parents and approved pick-up individuals must remain in their vehicles. Students will remain socially distanced inside the building until their ride arrives, at which point a Coterie staff member will hold the door open to allow the student to exit. To expedite pick-up, parents are provided two (2) vehicle tags with their student’s name to be displayed at the front of your vehicle for pick-up. This allows our staff to prepare your student for pick-up when your vehicle approaches. A staff member will escort your student(s) to the vehicle for curbside pick-up. Once your student’s pick-up is complete, please clear the area to expedite other pick-ups. Students will be released in the order cars line up, so please plan accordingly if you have an obligation after camp and arrive early!


Coterie teaching artists and staff will wear masks each day. During your student’s time in class, all students will also be required to wear a mask. The Coterie will have extra masks should a student forget, but we ask that students provide their own masks. Now is a good time to discuss with your students about why wearing masks is important, and how it protects the spread of germs between friends. We will incorporate this conversation into the classroom conversations as well.


Students will remain in the designated classroom with the same students and teaching artists for the entire class. This year, students will be required to bring their own full water bottles to class. Due to guidelines water fountains will be turned off. At the beginning of the first class, each student will be given a space in the classroom for personal items that is separated from the space of other students. This space will be used for each class. Students are not allowed to touch the personal items of other students, no exceptions. All classes are limited to 10 students in a classroom. They will remain in the same room for the duration of class with the same teaching artist. Students are socially distanced (six feet apart) in their classroom. Activities have been modified to comply with social distancing guidelines. When appropriate, each student will also be assigned a craft kit that contains any items needed for art or craft projects should it pertain to that class. All items will be cleaned before students arrive and students will use the same personalized kit all week.


Through the guidance of the teaching artist, students will be released for restroom breaks, one student at a time. Water fountains will not be available for use, so please send your student with a full water bottle. In addition to bathroom breaks, teaching artists will be requiring students take hand washing and sanitizing breaks several times a day.


Student and staff health is our first priority. Temperature checks will be taken and recorded at morning drop off each day. However, if a student shows symptoms, we will move them to an isolated area with a Coterie staff member. Our staff will contact the emergency number we have on file and you will need to pick up your child within one hour of the call. If the student doesn’t present with a fever the next morning or symptoms of COVID-19 they are welcome to return the next day. If a positive case is identified, all camp families will be notified while keeping confidentiality of the student. The Coterie will also notify any students exposed.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


The Coterie uses CDC and EPA recommended disinfectant and cleaning products to clean high touch surfaces frequently throughout the day. Additionally, our partner locations provide thorough nightly disinfecting services. Additional hand sanitizer stations and disinfectant wipes are available to staff and students to maintain a sanitized environment throughout the day.


All students and their families must comply with The Coterie’s health and safety protocols. Individuals that do not follow health and safety protocols will not be permitted to attend class. We continue to monitor updates related to COVID-19 and will notify participants of any changes to the plan in-person at check-in/check-out and by email.

If at any time in-person camps are no longer deemed safe, The Coterie reserves the right to discontinue in-person camp offerings.