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Temporary Modifications to Classes to Help Slow COVID-19

Soapmaking Studio
7301 Mount Vernon St
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Health Orders Jurisdiction: San Diego County

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults and people with severe underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending the Soapmaking Studio you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Temporary Modifications to Classes


These temporary modifications to Soapmaking Studio classes are intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Originally, the "Temporary Modifications to Classes PDF" was a detailed expansion of our "Safe Reopening Plan." Currently, the "Temporary Modifications to Classes PDF" document has been changed to reflect recent changes set by the state of California. The current revision date of the document is June 7, 2021.

Beginning June 15, 2021, there will be no physical/social distancing restrictions nor capacity limitations, according to the California Department of Public Health Blueprint for Industry and Business. However, "in indoor settings outside of one's home…face coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status," per the California Department of Public Health Guidance for Face Coverings. We anticipate wearing a face mask will remain mandatory and participating in temperature scans and anonymous contact tracing will remain good practice through October 1, 2021.

The modifications in this document are for classes only; modifications to the Soapmaking Studio store are found in the "Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol" available on our website and front door.

Stringent Cleaning Routines are Implemented

The day before a class, the classroom and student restroom are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The evening before a class, the classroom and student restroom undergo long-term (over 2 hours) exposure to both UVC and ozone sanitation lights for ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI), as recommended by the CDC website.

The morning before a class, high-touch surfaces (doorknobs, handles, light switches, phones, computer keyboards, student calculators, countertops, chair backs, sink faucets, and toilet flush levers) are again cleaned and sanitized.

Maximum Online Attendance is Increased to 8 Students

To comply with prior stay-at-home orders and promote online learning, the maximum number of students attending online was increased from 4 to 8 students per class. We intend to keep the maximum online attendance at 8 students indefinitely, even after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Online Attendance is Through Google Meet

The old instructions to connect to an online class were through Google Hangouts. The online platform was changed to Google Meet to allow students to easily connect to their online class from the Calendar page of our website. The instructions for connecting to the online class remain the same; the student should consult the Recommended Connection Procedures, under Online Attendance policies.

Cancellation Fee is Waived for Cancellation Made at Least 1 Hour Prior to the Class

To discourage attending class while sick, the cancellation fee is waived if the cancellation is made at least 1 hour before the start of class. If you feel ill, please do not attend class; telephone the Soapmaking Studio (619) 668-1435 to cancel as soon as possible—the sooner the better. The usual $30 cancellation fee is waived (as a temporary modification to COVID-19), as long as the Soapmaking Studio is telephoned 1 hour (or more) prior to the start of class. To avoid a rescheduling fee, it is the student's responsibility to complete the rescheduling of the missed class within 30 days of missing the class.

If you feel ill, fail to notify the Soapmaking Studio, and do not attend the class for which you've committed, you will be considered in "no call, no show" status. Please refer to the following sections of the Policies page of our website for more information.
Student Registered for a Class to Attend in Person but neither Canceled nor Attended
Student Registered for a Class to Attend Online but neither Canceled nor Attended

If the instructor or Soapmaking Studio staff become ill, classes will be canceled for 14 days while the instructor and/or staff are quarantined. Students registered for a class within the 2-week quarantine closure will be notified of the cancellation of classes and may choose to receive a full refund or to attend the same class at a later date.

Student Participation in Making Products is Optional

As indicated in our class descriptions, our classes are usually hands-on lab-style workshops where students participate in making products. To help slow the transmission of COVID-19 and maintain student comfort, participation in the making process is entirely voluntary. Students may choose to participate in making products, stand and take single-frame still (not video) photographs of the process, or remain seated. Whichever type of learning experience meets the individual student's comfort level is left up to each student to decide.

Students Should Submit to a Contactless Temperature Scan Before Entry

If you do not feel well, do not attend class. Refer to "Cancellation Fee is Waived for Cancellation Made at Least 1 Hour Prior to the Class," above. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone with a temperature at or above 100.4 °F (38 °C) has a fever that may indicate COVID-19 infection and should not be admitted. Upon your arrival, Soapmaking Studio staff will ask to scan your temperature prior to admitting you to the building. If you refuse the temperature scan or if the scan result indicates a fever, you will not be admitted and may choose to attend the same class at a later date.

Students Should Wear a Cloth Face Covering

The Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing a cloth face mask or cloth face covering capable of trapping respiratory droplets expelled during coughing, sneezing, or talking. In California, face coverings continue to be mandatory in public, regardless of vaccination status. Students are not required to wear a face covering if physically unable to put on or remove a face covering due to disability, if wearing a face covering causes difficulty breathing due to medical conditions, or if seeing one's mouth is vital to communication due to hearing loss or being deaf. Under these circumstances, if unable to wear a face covering, then a social distance of 6 feet must be maintained.

The California Department of Public Health "Guidance for Face Coverings" mandates the wearing of masks through October 1, 2021.
More information about face coverings is available from the CDC website.

Students Have Unlimited Access to Soap, Water, Hand Sanitizer, and Facial Tissues

Students have unlimited access to soap, water, hand sanitizer, and facial tissues. These disease-prevention items may be used at any time and frequent use of them is encouraged. Hand sanitizer and facial tissues are located at the entrance, student desks, and the front counter. Antibacterial soap and water are located at the kitchen sink and in the student restroom. The following instruction sheet on how to correctly wash hands and prevent disease are posted in the student restroom.

Airflow and Air Filtration are Increased During Class

To meet the CDC guidelines for increasing airflow and air filtration, the following shall be implemented 2 hours before the start of class, persist through the time of the class, and continue for at least 2 hours after the end of the class.

  • Windows and doors remain open, weather permitting. In excessively hot weather, the air conditioner screens and filters are cleaned and sanitized within 24 hours before the class.
  • The HEPA plasma filtration machine is running (at medium or higher setting).
  • The large ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) air sanitizing and filtering unit is running (at medium or high setting).
  • The small ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) air sanitizing unit is running.
  • The ceiling fan is running (at medium or high setting).
  • Small fans are available on individual student desks.


No Eating or Smoking Indoors

Due to the requirement of wearing a cloth face covering and the need to prevent airborne respiratory droplets, eating is not allowed indoors. Smoking is not allowed indoors. Eating is allowed outdoors and smoking is allowed off Soapmaking Studio property. During the break, students may exit through the back sliding-glass door, eat snacks on the patio (while social distancing) or in their cars, and re-enter through the front door.

Students Should Participate in Contact Tracing

The Soapmaking Studio is following contact tracing principles, as outlined on the CDC website.

Each student who attends a class receives an anonymous contact tracing postcard. The contact tracing postcard has the name of the class attended, the date the class was attended, contact tracing instructions, exposure instructions (health monitoring and/or quarantine), health questions, and the Soapmaking Studio telephone number and address. The postcard does not have the student's name; the postcard should remain anonymous.

Contact Tracing Postcard, back Contact Tracing Postcard, front

If none of the statements is true, no notification is needed. If any of the following are true during the week (7 days) after class attendance, please indicate the true statement(s) and either telephone the Soapmaking Studio at (619) 668-1435 or mail the contact tracing postcard.

  • I don't feel well.
  • I have a fever.
  • I am sick.
  • I have flu-like symptoms.
  • I tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Someone in my household has COVID-19.

If a student anonymously reports the possibility of exposure or illness, all students who attended the class with the anonymous student will be notified by both telephone and email. To protect student privacy, contacts are only informed of potential exposure to a person with the infection. Students are not told the identity of the person who may have exposed them. View the Soapmaking Studio's "Contact Tracing Event Log PDF" for recent classes.

If you receive notification of potential exposure, stay home and maintain social distance from others (at least 6 feet) until 14 days after your last exposure (the date you attended the class). Monitor yourself by checking your temperature twice daily and watch for cough or shortness of breath. If you develop symptoms, promptly isolate yourself and notify public health staff. Be promptly evaluated for infection and for the need for medical care.

If you fear you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please refer to the CDC website.

Also refer to the CDC website for steps to take if you become sick.

To find a COVID-19 testing location in California, visit the following site.

This document may be opened and printed as a PDF from Temporary Modifications to Classes PDF and is available in hardcopy at the Soapmaking Studio.

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