Governor Baker's Advisory update

UPDATE MONDAY, MARCH 23

GOVERNOR BAKER JUST ANNOUNCED A STAY-AT-HOME ADVISORY FOR MASSACHUSETTS.


Recognizing that this may (likely) escalate to a mandatory order, we are now going to have to make further adjustments to our online class plan.

WE HAVE ANTICIPATED THIS POSSIBILITY, and have a PLAN-B that will still allow us to offer Zoom classes. However it means we must acquire additional tech hardware so our teachers won’t have to travel to the studio. As such we are going to delay one additional week, and begin on Monday, March 30. Unless additional restrictions on internet usage are imposed, I feel confident that this will allow us to provide classes without further delay.

I am so sorry that this happened today. I just finished preparing a message to send you about beginning our online classes this afternoon! We were that close.

If we have to adjust the length of our trimester to reflect a reduced number of classes we will provide either credits for future use, or refunds for the omitted classes.

You can
see our new weekly schedule for the online classes on our web site. Some classes have been combined due to low enrollment. If you are affected by this we will be contacting you to confirm what class you would like to attend.

Since the stay-at-home order begins tomorrow (Tues, March 24) we still have one last chance to get supplies to foundation* class students. Unfortunately we must cancel the art supply pick-up for this afternoon. Rain and snow are forecast at the time of the pickup. We cannot provide an outdoor isolated space to avoid close contact without the supplies getting wet. We are rescheduling the supply pickup to tomorrow, Tuesday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. I expect that this will be the last opportunity to pick up supplies from the studio. We will update everyone in non-foundation classes shortly as we are still determining the needed supplies.

I will update you again as soon as possible. I know many of you are anxiously anticipating getting these classes. We are working overtime presently to ensure that they are as good as possible and that we can maintain that level of quality. If you have a chance to prepare for using Zoom meetings you can run a test by visiting https://zoom.us/test. This will help you identify and fix any problems before you join our first class.

*foundation classes are Beginners, BasicA, BasicB, IntermediateA1 & A2, and Teen Drawing

How we're dealing with the Covid19 Coronavirus


UPDATED—MONDAY 3/23

This has been updated following Gov. Baker's advisory issued this morning.


Hello from ActonArt:

Welcome to Spring trimester at ActonArt! We want to thank you for sticking with us as this
unprecedented situation continues to unfold. We realize how difficult this is for children and families, and hope we can help you keep your children engaged and developing through art and creativity.

Our plans for presenting Spring classes at ActonArt have been evolving rapidly over the past few days as we work to meet the sudden challenge of transitioning to an online format. Our goals are to provide: high quality video and images, some degree of interactivity between students and teachers, and flexible options for students. We are testing and evaluating the technology and services available to us, including Zoom Meetings.

OUR CURRENT PLAN (updated today 3/23)

1. WE ARE DELAYING THE START OF SPRING TRIMESTER CLASSES until this coming Monday, March 30. We have been working overtime to get ready. We are adjusting our current plan to be prepared for mandatory full isolation if that were to occur.

2. WE WILL BEGIN USING ZOOM MEETINGS TO PRESENT CLASSES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. We hope to be ready with Zoom classes by next week. If Zoom classes are not ready, we will provide produced video classes of our planned curriculum with teachers available for consultation, probably via Zoom. All classes will be available as stand-alone videos that can be viewed at any time.

We are planning to schedule weekly online classes at times similar to our in-studio classes. Due to limitations with Zoom Meetings we will have to limit the number of classes we can offer each day. This may require students who are registered for a particular day to participate in the online class on a different day.

3. ART SUPPLY KITS have been ordered and should arrive in the next few days. We will begin assembling kits immediately for pickup only at pre-arranged times outside the studio where we can minimize exposure for everyone. We will contact you again as soon as they are delivered and can begin assembly.

4. APRIL VACATION BREAK - ActonArt will continue to provide online classes during the vacation week (4/20 - 4/25) to make up for this delayed first week of classes.

5. WE HAVE SET UP A PAYPAL ACCOUNT so families can pay by credit/debit card online. We will send Paypal invoices very soon to all unpaid students so easy payment can be made. Students who are registered but unpaid will not receive online classes.

6. WE ARE GOING TO SEND EVERY PAID STUDENT SOME FREE VIDEO CLASSES WHILE WAITING FOR OUR SPRING CLASSES TO BEGIN. These will be classes recorded previously for all different class levels. If your kids are already bouncing off the walls they might like to spend some time drawing! Please watch your email this week for links to these free video classes.

Thank you again for your support. All of us at ActonArt are sharing your experience right now. It is difficult, and we hope we can make it a bit easier for your family in the coming days.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of this information.

Regards,
John Goodnough