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COVID-19 Safety Protocols at Zen Shiatsu Chicago

State Mandate: Vaccination or Weekly Testing

On August 26, Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced vaccination or testing requirements for students in institutes of higher education such as Zen Shiatsu Chicago.
Higher education personnel and students will now be required to either receive the COVID-19 vaccine or get tested for COVID-19 at least once per week. 
 
This change goes into effect on September 6. Therefore, all students attending institutes of higher education (including Zen Shiatsu Chicago) must: 
 
(A) If vaccinated – email both sides of vaccination card to info@zenshiatsuchicago.org or bring card to school where a copy can be made.  Students are considered in-compliance if they have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine by September 5th, or prior to taking their first class.
(B) If unvaccinated – receive a COVID-19 test each week and send results no later than each Monday at 12pm to info@zenshiatsuchicago.org.
Turn-around times vary for different types of test, so please plan ahead and schedule your tests with ample time to meet the Monday deadline.
Rapid-result tests (antigen) – results within hours
Molecular lab test (PCR/NAAT) – results typically within 1-2 days
Testing can be obtained from third-party vendors at no cost.  Under IL law, testing must be made available at no cost when mandated by law for work or school.  We recommend CVS or Walgreens as a source of free rapid-results tests.
 
For students arriving for one-time CE classes, proof of vaccination must be submitted, or proof of a negative COVID test, with the test date occuring no more than 7 days prior to the class.
You may read the Governor’s press release at https://www.illinois.gov/news/press-release.23808.html

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.

Social Distancing

Student workstations are spaced 10’ apart, so that pairs have no close exposure to one another.  During lecture, spaces are marked for chairs so that students are 6’ apart during lecture.

Zen Shiatsu Chicago has ample space for students whether in class or on breaks, to maintain social distancing.
Surface Disinfection

We have procured soft washable vinyl layers that go over all futons, and have switched to vinyl bolsters. All surfaces can be easily disinfected at the end of class. Students are asked to help with disinfecting stations at the end of class.

Thus far, surface transmission remains a very low risk factor in the spread of COVID-19, but we are maintaining this as an additional safety step.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/science-and-research/surface-transmission.html

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