COVID-19 – We Are Committed to Keeping You and Our Staff Safe

As an industrial arts school dedicated to safety, we are working hard to implement best practices in order to keep you and our staff and faculty healthy and safe. We are following guidelines put forth by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the City of Oakland, the State of California, the Center for Disease Control, the federal government, and the World Health Organization.

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At A Glance: Expect Changes In Your Next Class

We strive to create a welcoming environment to encourage creativity in a safe and responsible way. We ask that you carefully review our COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines below for detailed information on how we are implementing best practices in our studio space.

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Masks are a must

Everyone is required to wear a 100% cotton mask—no bandanas. If you need help finding a cotton mask check out our Artist Mask Guide.

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Health checks at entry

Upon arrival, studio staff will complete your health questionnaire, take your temperature, and have you sanitize your hands before entering.

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Follow all posted signage

Please pay attention to all new signage outlining our guidelines and pathways for navigating the space to help keep you and your fellow students safe.

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Max 6 person/class

In order to ensure adequate physical distancing in the classroom all class sizes are capped at six students or fewer.

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Limiting surface contact

We’ve installed foot pedals at our bathroom sinks to limit touching faucets and covered shared use surfaces with an antimicrobial coating.

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Individual tool sets

Many classes have introduced individual tool sets so that students don’t have to share. Each set of tools is sanitized between classes.

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Your Chance To Get Creative Is Coming Up

We are currently offering in-person classes with new COVID-19 health and safety policies in place in the majority of our 19 art departments, including classes in Ceramics, Blacksmithing, Welding, and more.

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Lab sessions are a great benefit, exclusively for Crucible members! Practice the skills you learn in class and explore new possibilities with your craft. No instruction is provided...

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Learn to join pieces of metal using arc welding, also known as stick welding. Instructors teach you to slice through metal with the hot flame of an oxyacetylene torch, and to use...

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COVID-19 Health and Safety Details For Your Upcoming Class

  • Adult and youth class sizes have been reduced to allow for 6 feet of space between students and faculty. Classes are led by no more than two Crucible faculty members. Your safety—and the safety of our faculty— are everything to us.
  • Everyone coming onto The Crucible property must wear a 100% cotton cloth mask. All students must wear a mask for the duration of their class, unless otherwise instructed by their faculty member or when drinking water or eating in designated areas. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection. Bandannas are not accepted inside The Crucible.
  • All students must sign our General Liability Waiver prior to joining a class. This waiver outlines The Crucible’s and your expectations and agreements at this time. You will be asked a series of health questions and to complete a temperature check upon arrival.
  • Be prepared to practice physical distancing. While in The Crucible building, you will be asked to not mingle with students and staffers from outside of your class pod. Check-in, building pathways, eating areas, and bathroom usage are designed to minimize close contact.
  • Some classes will be outside! Please read the full class description for details on location, class size, and other specific safety precautions. There will be shade structures up for all outdoor classes, but if you or your youth is sensitive to the sun, please take that into consideration when signing up.
  • Please limit the number of personal items you bring to class. And take care not to leave valuables or belongings anywhere in your vehicle.
  • Students MUST wear all-natural fiber clothing such as denim, cotton, linen or leather. Synthetics like nylon, polyester, and spandex, are not permitted around open flame.
  • You MUST arrive in and wear a 100% cotton cloth mask the entire time you are on Crucible property. This includes parents/guardians dropping off and picking up youth students. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection. Bandannas will not be accepted inside The Crucible. If you arrive in a valved N95 mask, we will request that you cover the valve with a cloth mask.
  • NO flip-flops, sandals, or open-toed shoes of any kind are allowed in the studio. If you arrive in open-toed shoes, you will be asked to go home and change into closed-toe, closed-heel (i.e. fully enclosed) shoes.
  • Please dress in long pants; NO SHORTS are allowed in the studio. Skirts are not recommended.
  • All Welding students (including MIG, TIG ARC, and Oxy-Acetylene) must bring a long sleeve 100% natural fiber (cotton, flannel, or wool) shirt that covers skin up to their neckline. This shirt will get dirty. Students will receive additional safety gear in class as needed.
  • Bring your own large water bottle! Single-use water bottles will be available, but you can help reduce our plastic waste by bringing your own.

It is important to us that our students, staff, and faculty can safely learn and work at The Crucible. Before coming to class, students should be considerate about limiting their risk and exposure. Strictly follow all Alameda County Public Health Department guidelines and policies around physical distancing and safety requirements.

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with Covid-19 (including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), immediately seek a Covid-19 test.

Do not come to The Crucible if you or a member of your household have Covid-19. If you have concerns or questions about your class attendance, please contact us by emailing registrar@thecrucible.org and we will be able to help you with any inquiries.

All students arriving for class must check-in first at the student entrance of The Crucible.

We will all practice physical distancing and wear masks during the check-in. A staff member will confirm your registration, do a temperature check, then ask you how you are feeling and if there is any information we must be made aware of prior to you coming on site, such as temperature change, any illness or symptoms of illness, etc. You can review a copy of our on-site health screening here.

Please arrive on time! Check-in will open 30 minutes before the start of class. We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your class begins.

Respect physical distancing guidelines and maintain a six-foot distance between you and your fellow students waiting to check-in.

After checking in, students will be directed to go immediately to their classrooms or the restroom, if needed. Students should not be wandering around the space before class and all tours of the studio before class are suspended until further notice.

Clearly marked pathways will help guide students through the building in a one-directional manner, to reduce students crossing paths. Classes will enter and exit the building following posted signage and remain clear from unnecessary areas. For mezzanine access, the south stairway will be for going up and the north stairway will be for going down. Classrooms, pathways, and other necessary-use areas will be marked with space guidelines to implement physical distancing.

We ask all staff, faculty, and students to support these traffic patterns to minimize contact with those outside your class.

Class sizes have been reduced to allow for 6 feet of space between students and faculty. Some classes have been moved from smaller rooms to larger indoor or outdoor class spaces. This will be noted in the class description, if applicable. There will be shade structures up for all outdoors classes, but if you are sensitive to the sun, please take that into consideration and plan accordingly. We will have sunscreen on hand, if needed.

  • During youth camps and classes, youth will be provided necessary PPE, safety items, and daily snacks. The sharing of tools and materials will be minimized to support the recommendations from the ACPHD.
  • During youth camps, we have changed the traditional timing of our week-long sessions with morning sessions from 9am-12pm and afternoon sessions from 2-5pm. This longer break supports more time to get our campers in and out of the space while practicing social distancing, and more time to transition, clean, and set up between sessions.
  • During weeklong youth camps, no youth may register for both a morning and afternoon session in the same week. This ensures stable groups of youth, without crossover, in accordance with recommendations from The Alameda County Department of Public Health. For weekend or afterschool youth classes, class formats/hours may vary.

Here is a good checklist to review before coming to class:

  • I filled out and submitted the Youth Information and Consent Form.
  • My youth student is wearing 100% all-natural fiber clothing, closed-toe, closed-heel shoes, and is not bringing any unnecessary accessories to class.
  • Anything from home that is absolutely needed by my youth student during camp is in a ziplock plastic bag with their name on it. No backpacks allowed!
  • My youth student and anyone accompanying them for drop off or pick up are wearing a cloth mask.
  • My youth student is not exhibiting any signs of illness or flu and does not have a fever.
  • I understand that my youth will be asked for a temperature check on arrival, and that participation is linked to following safety rules for wearing PPE, physical distancing, and following directions in class.

Parents/Guardians, please fill out the necessary paperwork

Following registration for a youth class, participants will receive our standard Youth Information and Consent Form with an additional agreement and waiver that outlines The Crucible and the family’s expectations and agreements at this time.

Both documents must be reviewed, signed, and returned at least two business days prior to a youth class starting. We also request that parents/guardians have their youth complete an optional pre-class survey with or without help, if provided by The Crucible.

If a child is not being checked in and out by an adult guardian, students must have the authorization to check themselves out and walk alone to BART, the bus stop, or home.

Don’t bring extra stuff

Please do not send backpacks with youth. Only send items that are absolutely necessary for your child’s safety and wellbeing, i.e. prescription eyeglasses, necessary medication/inhalers when on-site, proper clothing and/or layers for the studio. We ask that no additional items come with students such as backpacks, watches, jewelry, toys/games, or books.

Any items deemed necessary for class, including mobile devices, must arrive in a clear ziplock bag with the youth’s name clearly written out (similar to toiletries on airlines). Ziplock bags make it easy to contain any necessary items, see what is present, and wipe down the outside. Each student will have a physically distanced, individual place where they keep these items.

Timed breaks for youth

During youth camps, classes will take an official break during class at a preplanned interval to ensure adequate social distancing between other class groups. The Crucible will have tables set up in the fenced in backyard area, as well as in the large, open Events Space inside The Crucible for students to eat.

There will be indications on the table to help ensure appropriate distance between seats. Please sit with at least 6 feet of space between individuals. Sanitizing wipes will be provided around the eating areas and students are encouraged to wipe down their space before and after using. All eating areas will be monitored by staff, and sanitized between use.

For students who wish to buy lunch, Mandela Grocery Cooperative is a small grocery store on 7th Street that is currently open Monday-Saturday and has a great food selection. Orbit Coffee & Doughnuts is open across the street, as well. The Crucible’s kitchenette, including the microwave and fridge are off limits to students at this time.

Drop off

If parents/guardians are dropping off youth from a car, all cars must approach our drop off zone by driving south on Union Street (heading from 8th Street south towards 7th Street). Please pull to their right alongside our driveway. Do not drop youth off from your car and have them walk up. Do not exit the car until a Crucible staff member has checked you in!

If parents/guardians or youth themselves are arriving on foot, go to the on-foot check-in sign and wait in line six-feet away from others until we check you in.

Checking in

A staff member will ask everyone in the vehicle, including the youth student, how they are feeling and if there is any information we should be made aware of prior to the youth coming on site, such as temperature change, any illness or symptoms of illness, etc. You can see our health questionnaire here.

Check in with your child before arriving to know how they are going to answer our health questionnaire, so there are no surprises. We will not admit youth exhibiting any symptoms or who have been in close contact with someone exhibiting symptoms.

Each class will have a designated, outdoor area to gather together with their faculty, distinguished by a sign. If all is clear, youth will be asked to exit the vehicle on the right passenger side. Please do not exit on the left side, where cars may be driving. Youth will immediately sanitize their hands at the appropriate station and proceed to their specific class check-in area.

Once the class has gathered, the faculty member will lead them to their next destination, whether that is the inside classroom, outside classroom, restroom, or material bag pick up

Picking up

Following class, the faculty member will lead the class group to the class check in area, located outside (same spot as from the morning drop off). Youth will wait with their faculty member until ready to be picked up by a parent/guardian or released to walk off property. Students must have authorization to check themselves out and walk alone to BART, the bus stop or home.

If parents/guardians are picking up youth in a car, all cars must approach our drop off zone by driving south on Union Street (heading from 8th Street south towards 7th Street). Please pull to their right alongside our driveway.

A staff member will ask who the car is picking up and the driver’s name and relationship to the youth. All pick ups must have prior approval and be on The Crucible’s contact list for us to release a youth.

Drivers must be wearing PPE/masks when communicating with our staff members. If other children are in the car, the windows must be up, or if open, they will need to wear PPE as well. If they are under age two, they must be in a car seat in the back with the windows closed during pick up.

Once pick up contact is confirmed, a staff member will retrieve youth from their class and have them walk to the vehicle. Youth must enter a vehicle from the right passenger side. Please do not have youth enter a vehicle from the left side, as that is where cars may be driving. Prior to leaving, youth will be asked if they are experiencing any feelings of illness or exhibiting any symptoms. All notes will be recorded in the check out spreadsheet.

Contract tracing is one of the keys to managing risk and identifying potential exposures. We are working under the guidance of the Alameda County Public Health Department to keep your experience at The Crucible rewarding and safe. Contract tracing is a critical part of keeping our community safe.

While taking a class at The Crucible, PLEASE do not interact with other students or Crucible staff that are not part of your class. Managing a social bubble both inside and outside of The Crucible is a critical aspect of both safety and contract tracing.

We are in direct communication with the Alameda County Public Health Department and in the event of a confirmed illness will be in direct collaboration with them to determine potential transmission within our building and will notify any students who may have been exposed. Confidential information will not be shared with anyone other than the Health Department should a case of COVID-19 be confirmed.

For Youth Students, We Have Additional COVID-19 Policies

  • During youth camps and classes, youth will be provided necessary PPE, safety items, and daily snacks. The sharing of tools and materials will be minimized to support the recommendations from the ACPHD.
  • During youth camps, we have changed the traditional timing of our week-long sessions with morning sessions from 9am-12pm and afternoon sessions from 2-5pm. This longer break supports more time to get our campers in and out of the space while practicing social distancing, and more time to transition, clean, and set up between sessions.
  • During weeklong youth camps, youth may enroll in both a morning and afternoon session in the same week. Mid-Day Care is available for youth remaining onsite between classes.
  • I filled out and submitted the Youth Information and Consent Form.
  • My youth student is wearing 100% all-natural fiber clothing, closed-toe, closed-heel shoes, and is not bringing any unnecessary accessories to class.
  • Anything from home that is absolutely needed by my youth student during camp is in a ziplock plastic bag with their name on it. No backpacks allowed!
  • My youth student and anyone accompanying them for drop off or pick up are wearing a cloth mask.
  • My youth student is not exhibiting any signs of illness or flu and does not have a fever.
  • I understand that my youth will be asked for a temperature check on arrival, and that participation is linked to following safety rules for wearing PPE, physical distancing, and following directions in class.

Following registration for a youth class, participants will receive our standard Youth Information and Consent Form with an additional agreement and waiver that outlines The Crucible and the family’s expectations and agreements at this time.

Both documents must be reviewed, signed, and returned at least two business days prior to a youth class starting. We also request that parents/guardians have their youth complete an optional pre-class survey with or without help, if provided by The Crucible.

If a child is not being checked in and out by an adult guardian, students must have the authorization to check themselves out and walk alone to BART, the bus stop, or home.

Please do not send backpacks with youth. Only send items that are absolutely necessary for your child’s safety and wellbeing, i.e. prescription eyeglasses, necessary medication/inhalers when on-site, proper clothing and/or layers for the studio. We ask that no additional items come with students such as backpacks, watches, jewelry, toys/games, or books.

Any items deemed necessary for class, including mobile devices, must arrive in a clear ziplock bag with the youth’s name clearly written out (similar to toiletries on airlines). Ziplock bags make it easy to contain any necessary items, see what is present, and wipe down the outside. Each student will have a physically distanced, individual place where they keep these items.

During youth camps, classes will take an official break during class at a preplanned interval to ensure adequate social distancing between other class groups. The Crucible will have tables set up in the fenced in backyard area, as well as in the large, open Events Space inside The Crucible for students to eat.

There will be indications on the table to help ensure appropriate distance between seats. Please sit with at least 6 feet of space between individuals. Sanitizing wipes will be provided around the eating areas and students are encouraged to wipe down their space before and after using. All eating areas will be monitored by staff, and sanitized between use.

For students who wish to buy lunch, Mandela Grocery Cooperative is a small grocery store on 7th Street that is currently open Monday-Saturday and has a great food selection. Orbit Coffee & Doughnuts is open across the street, as well. The Crucible’s kitchenette, including the microwave and fridge are off limits to students at this time.

If parents/guardians are dropping off youth from a car, all cars must approach our drop off zone by driving south on Union Street (heading from 8th Street south towards 7th Street). Please pull to their right alongside our driveway. Do not drop youth off from your car and have them walk up. Do not exit the car until a Crucible staff member has checked you in!

If parents/guardians or youth themselves are arriving on foot, go to the on-foot check-in sign and wait in line six-feet away from others until we check you in.

A staff member will ask everyone in the vehicle, including the youth student, how they are feeling and if there is any information we should be made aware of prior to the youth coming on site, such as temperature change, any illness or symptoms of illness, etc. You can see our health questionnaire here.

Check in with your child before arriving to know how they are going to answer our health questionnaire, so there are no surprises. We will not admit youth exhibiting any symptoms or who have been in close contact with someone exhibiting symptoms.

Each class will have a designated, outdoor area to gather together with their faculty, distinguished by a sign. If all is clear, youth will be asked to exit the vehicle on the right passenger side. Please do not exit on the left side, where cars may be driving. Youth will immediately sanitize their hands at the appropriate station and proceed to their specific class check-in area.

Once the class has gathered, the faculty member will lead them to their next destination, whether that is the inside classroom, outside classroom, restroom, or material bag pick up.

Following class, the faculty member will lead the class group to the class check in area, located outside (same spot as from the morning drop off). Youth will wait with their faculty member until ready to be picked up by a parent/guardian or released to walk off property. Students must have authorization to check themselves out and walk alone to BART, the bus stop or home.

If parents/guardians are picking up youth in a car, all cars must approach our drop off zone by driving south on Union Street (heading from 8th Street south towards 7th Street). Please pull to their right alongside our driveway.

A staff member will ask who the car is picking up and the driver’s name and relationship to the youth. All pick ups must have prior approval and be on The Crucible’s contact list for us to release a youth.

Drivers must be wearing PPE/masks when communicating with our staff members. If other children are in the car, the windows must be up, or if open, they will need to wear PPE as well. If they are under age two, they must be in a car seat in the back with the windows closed during pick up.

Once pick up contact is confirmed, a staff member will retrieve youth from their class and have them walk to the vehicle. Youth must enter a vehicle from the right passenger side. Please do not have youth enter a vehicle from the left side, as that is where cars may be driving. Prior to leaving, youth will be asked if they are experiencing any feelings of illness or exhibiting any symptoms. All notes will be recorded in the check out spreadsheet.

Questions? Contact Us

registrar@thecrucible.org
(510) 444-0919