We appreciate the trust and confidence of our families to allow us to provide an opportunity for their children to engage in the performing arts in the midst of this crisis, and are making every effort to provide the safest and most healthy experience possible.
Our Notification Protocol has been created with consultation of our 29-member Task Force and meets or exceeds the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and County and State Health Department’s requirements.
These are uncharted waters for all of us, but we also recognize that now, more than ever, our youth need the opportunity for community, creativity and the example of our Ten Characters in their lives.
The intent of this Protocol is to provide the appropriate level of notification and transparency to COVID-related incidents while protecting the privacy rights of those participants affected. Public notifications will expand as the risk and need for awareness for the safety of NTPA’s participants expand.
In those instances where a student may not be able to participate onsite in the scenarios outlined below, NTPA will make every effort to allow for their online participation.
- All staff, participants and their families should remain vigilant for any signs of COVID-19 symptoms (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).
If a student or parent participant shows symptoms:
- They should follow the CDC guidance for quarantine and testing and remain away from an NTPA site until they have either tested negative or the symptoms have cleared as defined by the CDC, and should notify their Director and send an email to BESAFE@ntpa.org outlining the circumstances. NTPA will make no notifications in this circumstance.
If the participant or parent participant receives a positive COVID-19 test result, or becomes exposed to someone that has received a positive COVID-19 test result:
- They must refrain from participating in in-person NTPA activities or coming onsite to NTPA, and notify the Director of their class or show and send an email to BESAFE@ntpa.org outlining the circumstances.
- If it is determined that there exists a reasonable possibility that any other persons on NTPA premises might have been exposed to an infectious scenario, the situation will be immediately escalated, reviewed and logged with the County Health Department. NTPA will not share contact information without the permission of the participant or legal guardian.
- NTPA will strictly follow the guidance of the County Health Department as regards further notices or recommendations for quarantine or other actions for those individuals or groups that have experienced a “Close Contact” as defined by the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/public-health-recommendations.html). Should participants in a cast, class or show be exposed to an actively infectious scenario, the participants in that activity will be notified via email as directed by the County Health Department.
- The Management Committee of the NTPA Governing Board of Directors and staff members will also be advised as appropriate. Should a broader exposure take place or place at risk larger groups, NTPA may make appropriate public notifications as guided by the County Health Department.
Individuals or families that have been exposed to a confirmed case but have not been onsite for an NTPA activity during the entire period of infectious risk as defined by the CDC:
- Will not be permitted onsite until after their fourteen-days quarantine period. NTPA will not be making public or group announcements in these circumstances.
Individuals or families that have tested-positive as an active COVID-19 case, but have not been onsite for an NTPA activity during the period of infectious risk as defined by the CDC:
- Will not be permitted onsite until cleared by their physician. Provided there is not a risk of NTPA community spread, NTPA will not be making public or group announcements in these circumstances.
Should an active case be discovered while the participant is on an NTPA site:
- If a child, the parents must be contacted, and the child immediately transported by the parents to home or care facility. The child should either wait outside the theatre (accompanied by an assigned adult) or wait inside a designated practice room or studio.
- If an adult, the individual must immediately leave the facility and return home or to a care facility.
- The areas used by the infected individual will be made unavailable for 24 hours (when possible) and then cleaned and disinfected before any reuse is permitted.
Unfortunately no organization can guarantee that participants in theatre, sports, camps or any other activity can avoid the risks of COVID-19 infection, and while we are taking reasonable and appropriate measures to mitigate those risks, we should anticipate that there might be members of the NTPA family that will test positive and contract this virus. Participants acknowledge that going into the public in the midst of this virus outbreak carries risks, and NTPA cannot guarantee that they will not be exposed to or contract COVID-19.
We will continue to monitor and upgrade our COVID-19 protocol over time, and are making all reasonable efforts to reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19 while developing the character of youth on our stages.
Current Safety Status and Experience Log by Location
This log is updated daily with all reportable incidents or exposures at each NTPA location. Last updated on August 14, 2020.
|Plano||Continued strict adherence to existing protocols.
Madagascar Cast Member’s sibling returned home from overnight summer camp having been exposed to a positive Covid-19 case. The sibling tested positive, and both siblings were immediately placed into quarantine. Given the Cast Member had limited exposure and only during the initial 36 hours after exposure to the sibling, and as the show had effectively executed its SSD, Masking, and no-touch requirements, and the Cast Member tested Negative for the virus, the Collin County Health Department did not require additional quarantines or activity disruption. The Cast Member will only be allowed to return to NTPA after being cleared by their physician.
|Fairview||No reported or confirmed test-positive participants onsite during an infection-risk period. Continued strict adherence to existing protocols.
Friday, July 24: Parent reports their child in a daytime Fairview Summer Camp class with 6 other students woke with fever, body aches, and other Covid and some non-Covid-typical symptoms. The doctor tested the child for common infections (strep throat, flu, etc) with results negative. While the doctor believed this could possibly be a Covid-19 case, as the child has been in effective isolation leading up to this and has not had any known exposures, he did not think it warranted a Covid-19 test, and advised monitoring. Out of an abundance of caution, the child will not be admitted back to the class, and will be monitored and quarantined for the coming days. In accordance with the NTPA safety protocol, the incident was reported to the NTPA Task Force medical team and the Collin County Health Department. The Collin County epidemiologist advised close monitoring and did not require mandatory quarantine or that children be sent home. Out of an abundance of caution, all other camp participant families were notified and suggested they retrieve their campers and closely monitor and consider quarantining for 14 days. An expanded “safe social distance” safety bubble, continued masking, disinfection, and other precautions have been taken. No other individuals were exposed into this group until they left the facility. This camp’s instructor will be tested and quarantined until test results are received.
Saturday, July 25: Carrie cast member’s parent reported waking Saturday feeling unwell with symptoms consistent with Covid-19. Test immediately conducted with results early next week. As a precaution, the parent and child will not be admitted back into the remaining shows and will be monitored and quarantined for the coming days until they get their test results. While not a “confirmed case”, cast members/families were immediately advised to closely monitor for Covid-19 symptoms. Those in the Fairview Theatre Thursday evening, July 23 or Friday evening July 24 are advised to monitor for symptoms if they were in “close contact” (defined by the CDC as having been within six feet of an individual in excess of 15 minutes) with non-family members. Upon receipt of test results, NTPA will communicate further instructions in consultation with the Collin County Health Department.
|Frisco||Continued strict adherence to existing protocols.
July 31, 2020: Actor in NTPA – Frisco Production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” tests “positive” after mother tests “positive” believed to be a transmission from a non-theatre-related contact. Out of an abundance of caution, the weekend’s performances have been postponed, and NTPA will announce new performance dates. Parents, ticket holders and staff were immediately notified, and Actors sent home. Those that might have been within the CDC’s definition of a “close contact” (within six-feet in excess of fifteen minutes) with the positive-test subject should quarantine for 14 days and consult their doctors regarding test (generally recommended for 3-5 days from “close contact” and under quarantine in the interim). The Director has been quarantined and will undergo testing and only be readmitted upon doctors clearance. All participants should closely monitor for Covid-typical symptoms.
|Dallas||No reported or confirmed test-positive participants onsite during an infection-risk period. Continued strict adherence to existing protocols.
Out of extreme caution, a cast was notified of a member’s test-positive case. In this situation, an asymptomatic student actor tested positive on July 7, but was not determined to be onsite at NTPA at any time while infectious. Casts and appropriate staff were immediately made aware of the circumstances. The student is currently in quarantine and under a doctor’s care and will only be allowed to return after receiving a physician’s clearance to safely do so. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery and return to the stage.