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COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

As a school that is committed to educating people to provide safe and effective touch, it is important that we also develop, implement, and teach policies and procedures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

In order to welcome students, faculty, staff, and clients into our building safely, we have developed new safety policies and procedures, updated the layout of our classrooms and offices to promote social distancing, and increased sanitation wherever possible.

These changes are based on careful consideration of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, and others.

Our primary goal is always to ensure the safety of our students and our staff. We wish you and your loved ones good health and wellness during these difficult times.

Changes to our campus include but are not limited to:

  • Adjusting the furniture throughout the building, including the classrooms, to allow for the recommended 6 feet of physical distancing.
  • Removing fabric sofas and chairs that can’t easily be sanitized from the hallway lounge area and the reception area. Remaining furniture in lobby and lounge areas is spaced 6 or more feet apart.
  • Installing plastic guards at the front desk reception.
  • Stocking hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes throughout the building.
  • Replaced all trash cans in public areas with covered receptacles.
  • Propping doors open wherever possible to limit touching of handles.
  • Providing individual classroom tables to students, stocked with hand-sanitizer and spaced 6 feet apart.

Changes to our policies and procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Expanding the table set-up and clean-up protocol, including having plastic table covers that can be cleaned with disinfectant between use, cleaning legs of tables, and more.
  • Shifting our clinic intakes and charting paperwork to an online system, so that we can minimize the passing of paper and pens between people.
  • Limiting the number of clinic clients to one client per student per day, and staggering clinic client start times to minimize the number of people who are in the waiting room or interview area at one time.
  • Asking all students, staff, faculty, and clients to monitor their own health for signs of COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, and requiring those who are experiencing symptoms or who have been exposed to remain at home and report this information immediately to our Director.
  • Maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from other students, staff and faculty as much as possible, except during the hands-on portion of classes.
  • Wearing face masks at all times in hallways, meetings, classes, and while giving and receiving massage. It’s likely that each student will need to have several masks for use each class day, because masks will need to be changed after giving or receiving massages.
  • Incorporating questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms and possible xposure to session intakes.
  • Washing hands frequently, following CDC guidelines for duration and technique.
  • Wearing gloves when massaging the head, face, and anterior neck regions.

For more detailed, step-by-step, procedures,
contact us to request Staff/Faculty and/or Student COVID handbooks.

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