Youth Class Policies

Updated: December 2021

In-Person Youth Class Policies 2021

REGISTRATION: Tuition must be paid in advance. A student is registered only upon receipt of payment in full.

REFUNDS:  If you withdraw from a class more than 48 hours before it begins, you will receive a full refund minus a $40 processing fee. As of 48 hours before the class begins, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

RETURNED CHECKS: A $25 fee will be charged for any returned/bounced check.

MASKS: Masks must be worn at all times by students, staff, and parents while on Theatre Lab premises. Masks must fit properly and fully cover both the nose and mouth. Parents/guardians must wear a mask to pick up and drop off students. 

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP: Parents may walk students into the building and to their classroom, but must leave the building once the class begins.  Students will be brought outside to the parent/guardian at the end of the class.  Parents are not permitted to stay in the building during class due to Covid safety protocols. 

AGE/GRADE LEVEL: All participants should be registered only for programs listed for their grade level as of Fall 2021. We understand that skill and experience levels vary, however students are required to register for their age appropriate programming.

ACCESSIBILITY: The Theatre Lab is committed to creating an environment where all students can thrive in an inclusive and welcoming space. Located within the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church building, the front entrance to The Theatre Lab is accessible and the building contains elevators for access to classrooms. If your child requires assistance, we encourage you to contact our staff prior to enrollment to discuss reasonable and respectful accommodations. We are happy to discuss support strategies to help make sure your child has a successful experience. 

GUESTS: In order to provide a safe environment, guests are not permitted to stay in the building during class. 

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY: The Theatre Lab reserves the right to use photos and videos taken in our programs for promotional purposes only.

STAFFING: The Theatre Lab reserves the right to make faculty substitutions in any of our programs.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: The Theatre Lab does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, and complies with all applicable laws governing discrimination.

SUPERVISION: The Theatre Lab is not responsible for any child or teen in or around our facility beyond the specified hours of the particular program in which they are enrolled. 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Students are encouraged to leave all electronic devices at home. Devices will be taken by staff members and returned to students at the end of class.

BEHAVIOR: The Theatre Lab expects students to value the contributions of others and to treat fellow students, instructors, and counselors with respect. We reserve the right to dismiss, without refund, any student whose behavior is inappropriate and disruptive to the successful functioning of the class. If a student is a direct threat to the safety of themselves or others, they may be immediately dismissed from the program. 

CLOSED-TOE SHOES/APPROPRIATE CLOTHING: Students must wear closed-toe shoes during class. They should come wearing appropriate clothing that does not restrict movement. 

MEDICAL CARE: In the event of an emergency requiring immediate medical attention, your child will be taken to the nearest hospital emergency room unless Theatre Lab staff is instructed otherwise by parents before the program begins. Theatre Lab staff members may provide basic first aid but do not administer medication of any kind to students. If your child requires medication dispensed during class or a special arrangement of any kind, please contact Youth Program Director Terah Herman-Saldaña (terah@theatrelab.org). 

LIABILITY WAIVER: I understand that The Theatre Lab makes every effort to provide a safe, enjoyable atmosphere in which to explore both the art and craft of acting. I recognize and acknowledge, however, that there are always risks of accident or injury and knowingly and voluntarily assume all risk of such injury. I release The Theatre Lab from any and all liability and/or claims or damages arising out of personal injury of any kind. I agree to be responsible for any medical bills incurred resulting from illness or injury during my child’s participation at The Theatre Lab (signature required on registration form). 

COVID-19 LIABILITY WAIVER: By completing this registration, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19. I voluntarily assume the risk that my child and I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending The Theatre Lab in-person programs.  The Theatre Lab staff will follow Covid protocols and CDC guidelines, but I understand that risk of exposure cannot be fully eliminated. I release The Theatre Lab from any and all liability and/or claims or damages arising out of personal illness of any kind. I agree to be responsible for any medical bills incurred resulting from illness during my child’s participation at The Theatre Lab (signature required on registration form). 

If there is a Covid exposure within a class, a parent/guardian will be notified by a TTL staff member via email as soon as possible. That program may be moved online until it is deemed safe to return to in-person programming.

Online Youth Class Policies 2021

The Theatre Lab 2021 Virtual Program Policies: The Theatre Lab is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to providing the artistic and real-life benefits of high-quality dramatic arts education to youth and adults in the metropolitan Washington region in a learning environment that values collaboration, accessibility and equity.

REFUNDS:  If you withdraw from a class more than 48 hours before it begins, you will receive a full refund minus a $40 processing fee. As of 48 hours before the class begins, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Registration: Tuition must be paid in advance. A student is registered only upon receipt of payment in full.

Returned Checks: A $25 fee will be charged for any returned/bounced check.

Age/Grade Level: All participants should be registered only for programs listed for their grade level as of fall 2021. We understand that skill and experience levels vary, however students are required to register for their age appropriate programming.

Attendance: Attendance for programs on the virtual platform is just as essential as it is for in-person programs. Regular attendance and punctuality help ensure the student’s learning as well as a positive group dynamic. We ask that students and parents or guardians make every effort to make sure the student is signed-in on time each day for their class.

Accessibility: The Theatre Lab is committed to creating an environment where all students can thrive in an inclusive and welcoming space. If your child requires assistance, we encourage you to contact our staff prior to enrolment to discuss reasonable and respectful accommodations, including but not limited to individualized learning strategies, providing accessible materials, and expanding computer/internet capability. We are happy to discuss support strategies to help make sure your child has a successful experience.

Photography and Videography: The Theatre Lab reserves the right to use photos and video taken in our programs for promotional purposes only.  Programs culminating in virtual performances may be streamed to an invited audience.

Staffing: The Theatre Lab reserves the right to make faculty substitutions in any of our programs.

Non-Discrimination Policy: : The Theatre Lab does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, and complies with all applicable laws governing discrimination.

Behavior: The Theatre Lab expects students to value the contributions of others and to treat fellow students, instructors, and counselors with respect. We reserve the right to dismiss, without refund, any student whose behavior is inappropriate and disruptive to the successful functioning of the class. If a student is a direct threat to the safety or wellbeing of themselves or others, they may be immediately dismissed from the program.  This policy extends to inappropriate use of social media directed at fellow students both during and outside of the program and all forms of cyberbullying.

Liability Waiver: I understand that The Theatre Lab makes every effort to provide a safe, enjoyable atmosphere in which to explore both the art and craft of acting. I recognize and acknowledge, however, that there are always risks of accident or injury and knowingly and voluntarily assume all risks of such injury. I release The Theatre Lab from any and all liability and/or claims or damages arising out of personal injury of any kind. I agree to be responsible for any medical bills incurred resulting from illness or injury during my child’s participation at The Theatre Lab. 

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