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COVID-19 Safety Protocols at Zen Shiatsu Chicago

COVID-19 Protocols

Students are required to wear a well-fitted mask while on premises at all times, only removing their mask to eat or drink, and refraining from conversation while mask is off.

In certain situations, it will be required for students to self-isolate from class. In those instances, a student may follow class from home via Zoom. Guidelines for mandatory isolation and makeup are outlined in this document.


Students who become symptomatic

Symptomatic (typical cold/flu-like symptoms or loss of taste/smell) students may not be in class at any time. A student may return to class once they are asymptomatic.
A negative covid test is not required to return to class.


Students who test positive for COVID-19

A student who receives a positive result of a COVID-19 test must refrain from attending class until 5 days after either:
1)Date of symptom onset or
2)Date of test
Whichever is earlier.
In addition, students must be asymptomatic to return to class.

Attendance from home via Zoom
Classes will be set up to allow for hybrid attendance via Zoom. A camera will be in the classroom so that the student can follow lecture and see the technique recordings.

Hands-on classes are limited in the following ways:

  • Shiatsu technique & Musculoskeletal Anatomy course attendance may include 2 of 10 classes attended by Zoom.
  • Student Clinic may include 3 of 12 classes attended by Zoom.
  • Hands-on Chinese Medicine modules may include 1 of 4 classes attended by Zoom.
  • Longer disruptions of a hands-on class may require that the student transfer to a future offering of the class.
  • 100% of a lecture/discussion class may be completed by Zoom attendance format.

Mutual Mask Use & HEPA filters

The main danger in transmission from asymptomatic individuals is from exhaled viruses.  Mutual mask use is proving extraordinarily effective in preventing transmission.

In the event that infectious aerosols escape the mask, there are HEPA filters placed near every student workstation.  Additionally, our classroom ceilings are 14′ high, with MERV-13 filtration applied to the circulated air.  MERV-13 filtration is effective in removing SARS-CoV-2 viruses from the air.  The in-room air handling systems direct air up and away from students before filtering and returning air into the environment.

Student Agreements

All students at Zen Shiatsu Chicago sign a commitment to:
  • Avoid attending class when in any way symptomatic
  • Follow state guidance regarding mask use in public places
  • Notify us about any outreach from contact tracers about possible exposure
  • Seek testing about their COVID status when appropriate