In accordance with CDC, as well as State and Middletown public health authorities, Wesleyan Potters’ COVID procedures have been updated as of 8.2.2021
Wesleyan Potters continues to monitor CDC Guidance for the prevention of Covid-19 and the emerging (Delta) Variant. The current recommendation by the CDC is for all unvaccinated as well as fully vaccinated people to wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. According to the CDC Website, a fair portion of Connecticut is at the “substantial” level of Community Transmission at this time. We therefore are reinstating the indoor mask policy for everyone while inside the Wesleyan Potters facility, effective immediately. This is being done for precautionary measures. We will notify you when this requirement changes. Thank you all for your understanding and patience.
The Reopening Committee has prudently considered many factors before opening the studio space to more students. Please be advised that protocols and procedures are subject to change each semester and the CT COVID Response updates are monitored closely and regularly.
For more information on COVID guidelines, please visit https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
Masks & Vaccinations:
- Wesleyan Potters mask policy has changed.
- Every person, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a face mask while inside the Wesleyan Potters facility.
- We have face masks for sale in beautiful patterns for adults and children available in our Gallery Shop!
In the interest of public safety for all who work in the studio, vaccinations are strongly encouraged for students, instructors, and key members. Proof of vaccinations may be required in the near future. All current staff members at Wesleyan Potters are fully vaccinated.
Our staff will continue general cleaning of common areas at least once a day. Alcohol wipes and spray disinfectants will be available and encouraged for all to use on workspaces, equipment, and tools. A weekly floor mopping will keep dust and fibers down improving air quality.
Fog Disinfectant Cleaning will be on an “as needed” basis. In the event of a confirmed COVID case within the building, the studio would be closed so that a deep clean could be completed.
Contact Tracing Sign in:
Contact sign-in sheets will be discontinued. In the event of any issues, the office will contact teachers, students, and key members based on class rosters.
Class Size and Studio set up:
The Fire Marshal has given permission to increase the number of people in the studio. All Fall classes will be returned to normal occupancy as follows:
- Pottery - 16 students per class
- Jewelry – 10 students per class
- Weaving – 9 students per class
Social distancing requirements will normalize back to pre-pandemic times including studio spaces, public spaces and bathrooms. All pottery wheels will be available for use. Weaving looms will continue to be assigned based on the project size. (Please Note: the kitchen area will remain smaller until after January 2022.)
Pottery Bench Times:
For the Fall 2021 semester, bench times will continue to be held for 2 hours before/after each assigned class. This schedule helps to ensure that all students have extra time and a space to work. Several extended bench fundraisers are in the works as fundraising events and will be announced closer to the beginning of Fall classes.
Wesleyan Potters is happy to provide a safe and creative environment to all who walk through the doors. Our Reopening Committee considers many factors for everyone’s safety and will continue to stay informed of any changes. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact the office staff.
Liz Blodgett, Studio Director
Natalie Pittman, Studio Manager
Allison Flores, Office Assistant