Class Tips, Fees and Policies

Breathing Space - Tot Yoga Class at Hill Center

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How to Sign Up for Classes or Camps

You can find our yoga class descriptions, family wellness programs, or class and event calendar on the website.

Our registration site is mobile friendly and is the primary way we take payments. Most of our class venues do not have a receptionist so it’s a great help to the instructor if you take care of this yourself in advance.

And don’t miss our Tips for New Students for what to expect in class itself and our Camp Frequently Asked Questions for camp-specific policies. 

Breathing Space Class and Purchase Policies

By registering for a class or camp with Breathing Space, you agree to the following policies:

 

Tips for New Students

For safety and consideration of your fellow students and comfort of your child, please do not bring sick children to class or camp. 

Please keep your child(ren) home from class if they have been experiencing any of the following in the previous 24 hours:

  • fever,
  • vomiting,
  • an unexplained rash,
  • diarrhea,
  • conjunctivitis,
  • mouth sores (especially in the oral-staged children),
  • persistent and frequent cough that interferes with your child’s class involvement or poses a risk to others,
  • extremely runny nose, or
  • any other contagious illness. 

Please note that older children too sick to attend school should not be tagging along to yoga class.

Specific Guidance on The Flu & Common Colds

Influenza

Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children and some people with weakened immune systems may  pass the virus for longer than 7 days. (Source: CDC)

In the case of a flu diagnosis, or suspected, please keep your child home for a full week from becoming symptomatic.

Common Cold

You’re generally contagious with a cold 1-2 days before your symptoms start, and you could be contagious as long as your symptoms are present—in rare cases, up to 2 weeks. (Source: Ceder-Sinai.org) 

While you are most contagious in the first 2-4 days of symptoms, resuming daily activities without exposing others depends on both your immune system and your ability to follow hygiene protocols. Most small children have trouble with the later. If your child has a frequent cough and is not yet reliable about coughing into their sleeve or a very runny nose, they are likely to expose others to the lingering virus. Please stay home until symptoms subside.

Weekly Classes

We have a very liberal make-up policy so please take advantage of that if your child (or you) is ill. 

Camps

Unfortunately it is not possible to do a makeup from camp.  See our camp policies for more details.

Categories: class policies, health

Breathing Space takes public health and our responsibility for reducing spread of COVID-19 very seriously. To that end, we are requiring the following for all indoor classes:

Proof of vaccination required for participants ages 5+ for all indoor classes. No exceptions.

Vaccine cards, photos of vaccine cards, a government-provided digital record, or CLEAR vaccine validation can be emailed to documents@breathingspacedc.com at least 24 hours in advance of the first class or shown to the instructor before class. After the first time you show your card, we will put a note in your profile and you will not need to show proof again. 

We are not making health or any other exceptions to our vaccine policy at this time. We are requiring vaccinations of those who are eligible to protect those who are not.

We do not currently have a vaccine policy for children younger than 5. We may update this as vaccines roll out.

We also strongly recommend booster shots. If your second shot Moderna/Pfizer was more than 5 months ago or your J&J shot was more than 2 months ago, it’s time for a booster (and maybe a 2nd one if you are over 50). This is especially important for our prenatal students who are at increased risk of severe illness if they contract COVID. Find a DC vaccination site.

A well-fitted mask must be worn by participants ages 2+ according to the following policy based on COVID community transmission rates

Breathing Space will adjust mask policies based on DC’s community COVID infection levels using the following metric: 

image with the words low, medium, high on green, yellow and red backgrounds
  •  Green / Low  – masks will be optional in all classes.
  •  Yellow / Medium  – masks will be required in early childhood classes (0-4 yrs) where there are many unvaccinated participants and prenatal yoga due to higher risks posed by COVID during pregnancy.
  •  Red / High  – masks required by all participants ages 2+.

The city posts updates on Wednesdays, but not before our morning classes begin, so any changes based on the metric will take effect on Thursday for the following week.

Masks must be secure enough to stay above the nose and below the chin during movement without constant adjustment. Bandanas, neck gaters, and masks with vents are not acceptable.

Public Health Recommendation Compliance

In addition, by participating in class, you are attesting that you comply with DC’s COVID-19 mitigation recommendations and regulations to the best of your ability. 

  • Please do not attend class if you or family members are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable disease;
  • Unvaccinated students should not attend class if they have had a close contact exposure with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 until after receiving a negative test result taken 5 days after exposure. Vaccinated students should err on the side of caution but do not need to quarantine due to exposure alone;
  • All participants must mask for 10 days after exposure regardless of vaccination status.

Students will be asked to affirm the above conditions upon arrival at class each week.

We understand that the shifting guidance has been challenging to follow. Thankfully the CDC has a clear explanation page and a neat little calculator for figuring out quarantine and DC policies align with CDC. 

We will enforce our general illness policy.

No participant should be showing new or significant symptoms of any illness and must be free of fever or vomiting for more than 24 hours before attending class. Symptoms include frequent coughs and substantial runny noses.

We encourage families to use rapid tests to rule out COVID for even very mild symptoms or allergies. It’s allergy season, so sniffles, sneezing and occasional coughs are expected. Please use the many readily available rapid tests to confirm negative COVID status. Find a test.

When in doubt, mask up. If a participant ages 2+ is experiencing mild allergy symptoms, or recovering from an illness that is not COVID, and is occasionally coughing or sniffling, a mask should be worn. Participants too young to wear a mask or reliably cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing should stay home while they are showing symptoms.

Staff Vaccination

All BSFY public classes teaching staff for the Spring 2022 semester will be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Additional Risk Mitigation Efforts

Capacity and Distancing

Enrollment is limited. To maximize the space between participants, we may use marked spots or yoga mats to establish spacing. Please try to maintain this during class.

It is extremely difficult to maintain public-health-recommended distances with young children. That is why our vaccine and mask policy is stringent.

Air Circulation

Our HVAC is in good repair with filters replaced regularly. The fan will be “ON” during all indoor classes and for at least 15 minutes before and after class. Based on our HVAC capacity and cubic feet of the classroom, the air filtration turnover rate should be above recommended levels even with the system on low. In addition, we have installed three large air purifiers in the classroom, which will run continuously when classes are held and more than double the turnover-rate equivalence.

Supplies and Cleaning

While air transmission is believed much more significant than surface contamination for COVID-19, we are taking the following additional precautions:

Students encouraged to bring their own mats. We have some mats to spare, but to limit the amount of wiping-down teachers must do between classes, we are asking students who can to bring their own. Blankets and cushions for sitting on will be available as well. As always, please bring a baby blanket to put between our blankets and your child.

Wipe-down of high-touch surfaces. After each stack of classes, instructors will wipe down light switches, handles and door knobs with antimicrobial wipes.

Category: health

Public Health and Illness

For safety and consideration of your fellow students and comfort of your child, please do not bring sick children to class or camp. 

Please keep your child(ren) home from class if they have been experiencing any of the following in the previous 24 hours:

  • fever,
  • vomiting,
  • an unexplained rash,
  • diarrhea,
  • conjunctivitis,
  • mouth sores (especially in the oral-staged children),
  • persistent and frequent cough that interferes with your child’s class involvement or poses a risk to others,
  • extremely runny nose, or
  • any other contagious illness. 

Please note that older children too sick to attend school should not be tagging along to yoga class.

Specific Guidance on The Flu & Common Colds

Influenza

Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children and some people with weakened immune systems may  pass the virus for longer than 7 days. (Source: CDC)

In the case of a flu diagnosis, or suspected, please keep your child home for a full week from becoming symptomatic.

Common Cold

You’re generally contagious with a cold 1-2 days before your symptoms start, and you could be contagious as long as your symptoms are present—in rare cases, up to 2 weeks. (Source: Ceder-Sinai.org) 

While you are most contagious in the first 2-4 days of symptoms, resuming daily activities without exposing others depends on both your immune system and your ability to follow hygiene protocols. Most small children have trouble with the later. If your child has a frequent cough and is not yet reliable about coughing into their sleeve or a very runny nose, they are likely to expose others to the lingering virus. Please stay home until symptoms subside.

Weekly Classes

We have a very liberal make-up policy so please take advantage of that if your child (or you) is ill. 

Camps

Unfortunately it is not possible to do a makeup from camp.  See our camp policies for more details.

Categories: class policies, health

Breathing Space takes public health and our responsibility for reducing spread of COVID-19 very seriously. To that end, we are requiring the following for all indoor classes:

Proof of vaccination required for participants ages 5+ for all indoor classes. No exceptions.

Vaccine cards, photos of vaccine cards, a government-provided digital record, or CLEAR vaccine validation can be emailed to documents@breathingspacedc.com at least 24 hours in advance of the first class or shown to the instructor before class. After the first time you show your card, we will put a note in your profile and you will not need to show proof again. 

We are not making health or any other exceptions to our vaccine policy at this time. We are requiring vaccinations of those who are eligible to protect those who are not.

We do not currently have a vaccine policy for children younger than 5. We may update this as vaccines roll out.

We also strongly recommend booster shots. If your second shot Moderna/Pfizer was more than 5 months ago or your J&J shot was more than 2 months ago, it’s time for a booster (and maybe a 2nd one if you are over 50). This is especially important for our prenatal students who are at increased risk of severe illness if they contract COVID. Find a DC vaccination site.

A well-fitted mask must be worn by participants ages 2+ according to the following policy based on COVID community transmission rates

Breathing Space will adjust mask policies based on DC’s community COVID infection levels using the following metric: 

image with the words low, medium, high on green, yellow and red backgrounds
  •  Green / Low  – masks will be optional in all classes.
  •  Yellow / Medium  – masks will be required in early childhood classes (0-4 yrs) where there are many unvaccinated participants and prenatal yoga due to higher risks posed by COVID during pregnancy.
  •  Red / High  – masks required by all participants ages 2+.

The city posts updates on Wednesdays, but not before our morning classes begin, so any changes based on the metric will take effect on Thursday for the following week.

Masks must be secure enough to stay above the nose and below the chin during movement without constant adjustment. Bandanas, neck gaters, and masks with vents are not acceptable.

Public Health Recommendation Compliance

In addition, by participating in class, you are attesting that you comply with DC’s COVID-19 mitigation recommendations and regulations to the best of your ability. 

  • Please do not attend class if you or family members are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable disease;
  • Unvaccinated students should not attend class if they have had a close contact exposure with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 until after receiving a negative test result taken 5 days after exposure. Vaccinated students should err on the side of caution but do not need to quarantine due to exposure alone;
  • All participants must mask for 10 days after exposure regardless of vaccination status.

Students will be asked to affirm the above conditions upon arrival at class each week.

We understand that the shifting guidance has been challenging to follow. Thankfully the CDC has a clear explanation page and a neat little calculator for figuring out quarantine and DC policies align with CDC. 

We will enforce our general illness policy.

No participant should be showing new or significant symptoms of any illness and must be free of fever or vomiting for more than 24 hours before attending class. Symptoms include frequent coughs and substantial runny noses.

We encourage families to use rapid tests to rule out COVID for even very mild symptoms or allergies. It’s allergy season, so sniffles, sneezing and occasional coughs are expected. Please use the many readily available rapid tests to confirm negative COVID status. Find a test.

When in doubt, mask up. If a participant ages 2+ is experiencing mild allergy symptoms, or recovering from an illness that is not COVID, and is occasionally coughing or sniffling, a mask should be worn. Participants too young to wear a mask or reliably cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing should stay home while they are showing symptoms.

Staff Vaccination

All BSFY public classes teaching staff for the Spring 2022 semester will be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Additional Risk Mitigation Efforts

Capacity and Distancing

Enrollment is limited. To maximize the space between participants, we may use marked spots or yoga mats to establish spacing. Please try to maintain this during class.

It is extremely difficult to maintain public-health-recommended distances with young children. That is why our vaccine and mask policy is stringent.

Air Circulation

Our HVAC is in good repair with filters replaced regularly. The fan will be “ON” during all indoor classes and for at least 15 minutes before and after class. Based on our HVAC capacity and cubic feet of the classroom, the air filtration turnover rate should be above recommended levels even with the system on low. In addition, we have installed three large air purifiers in the classroom, which will run continuously when classes are held and more than double the turnover-rate equivalence.

Supplies and Cleaning

While air transmission is believed much more significant than surface contamination for COVID-19, we are taking the following additional precautions:

Students encouraged to bring their own mats. We have some mats to spare, but to limit the amount of wiping-down teachers must do between classes, we are asking students who can to bring their own. Blankets and cushions for sitting on will be available as well. As always, please bring a baby blanket to put between our blankets and your child.

Wipe-down of high-touch surfaces. After each stack of classes, instructors will wipe down light switches, handles and door knobs with antimicrobial wipes.

Category: health

Enrollment and Attendance

For safety and consideration of your fellow students and comfort of your child, please do not bring sick children to class or camp. 

Please keep your child(ren) home from class if they have been experiencing any of the following in the previous 24 hours:

  • fever,
  • vomiting,
  • an unexplained rash,
  • diarrhea,
  • conjunctivitis,
  • mouth sores (especially in the oral-staged children),
  • persistent and frequent cough that interferes with your child’s class involvement or poses a risk to others,
  • extremely runny nose, or
  • any other contagious illness. 

Please note that older children too sick to attend school should not be tagging along to yoga class.

Specific Guidance on The Flu & Common Colds

Influenza

Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children and some people with weakened immune systems may  pass the virus for longer than 7 days. (Source: CDC)

In the case of a flu diagnosis, or suspected, please keep your child home for a full week from becoming symptomatic.

Common Cold

You’re generally contagious with a cold 1-2 days before your symptoms start, and you could be contagious as long as your symptoms are present—in rare cases, up to 2 weeks. (Source: Ceder-Sinai.org) 

While you are most contagious in the first 2-4 days of symptoms, resuming daily activities without exposing others depends on both your immune system and your ability to follow hygiene protocols. Most small children have trouble with the later. If your child has a frequent cough and is not yet reliable about coughing into their sleeve or a very runny nose, they are likely to expose others to the lingering virus. Please stay home until symptoms subside.

Weekly Classes

We have a very liberal make-up policy so please take advantage of that if your child (or you) is ill. 

Camps

Unfortunately it is not possible to do a makeup from camp.  See our camp policies for more details.

Categories: class policies, health

Breathing Space takes public health and our responsibility for reducing spread of COVID-19 very seriously. To that end, we are requiring the following for all indoor classes:

Proof of vaccination required for participants ages 5+ for all indoor classes. No exceptions.

Vaccine cards, photos of vaccine cards, a government-provided digital record, or CLEAR vaccine validation can be emailed to documents@breathingspacedc.com at least 24 hours in advance of the first class or shown to the instructor before class. After the first time you show your card, we will put a note in your profile and you will not need to show proof again. 

We are not making health or any other exceptions to our vaccine policy at this time. We are requiring vaccinations of those who are eligible to protect those who are not.

We do not currently have a vaccine policy for children younger than 5. We may update this as vaccines roll out.

We also strongly recommend booster shots. If your second shot Moderna/Pfizer was more than 5 months ago or your J&J shot was more than 2 months ago, it’s time for a booster (and maybe a 2nd one if you are over 50). This is especially important for our prenatal students who are at increased risk of severe illness if they contract COVID. Find a DC vaccination site.

A well-fitted mask must be worn by participants ages 2+ according to the following policy based on COVID community transmission rates

Breathing Space will adjust mask policies based on DC’s community COVID infection levels using the following metric: 

image with the words low, medium, high on green, yellow and red backgrounds
  •  Green / Low  – masks will be optional in all classes.
  •  Yellow / Medium  – masks will be required in early childhood classes (0-4 yrs) where there are many unvaccinated participants and prenatal yoga due to higher risks posed by COVID during pregnancy.
  •  Red / High  – masks required by all participants ages 2+.

The city posts updates on Wednesdays, but not before our morning classes begin, so any changes based on the metric will take effect on Thursday for the following week.

Masks must be secure enough to stay above the nose and below the chin during movement without constant adjustment. Bandanas, neck gaters, and masks with vents are not acceptable.

Public Health Recommendation Compliance

In addition, by participating in class, you are attesting that you comply with DC’s COVID-19 mitigation recommendations and regulations to the best of your ability. 

  • Please do not attend class if you or family members are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable disease;
  • Unvaccinated students should not attend class if they have had a close contact exposure with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 until after receiving a negative test result taken 5 days after exposure. Vaccinated students should err on the side of caution but do not need to quarantine due to exposure alone;
  • All participants must mask for 10 days after exposure regardless of vaccination status.

Students will be asked to affirm the above conditions upon arrival at class each week.

We understand that the shifting guidance has been challenging to follow. Thankfully the CDC has a clear explanation page and a neat little calculator for figuring out quarantine and DC policies align with CDC. 

We will enforce our general illness policy.

No participant should be showing new or significant symptoms of any illness and must be free of fever or vomiting for more than 24 hours before attending class. Symptoms include frequent coughs and substantial runny noses.

We encourage families to use rapid tests to rule out COVID for even very mild symptoms or allergies. It’s allergy season, so sniffles, sneezing and occasional coughs are expected. Please use the many readily available rapid tests to confirm negative COVID status. Find a test.

When in doubt, mask up. If a participant ages 2+ is experiencing mild allergy symptoms, or recovering from an illness that is not COVID, and is occasionally coughing or sniffling, a mask should be worn. Participants too young to wear a mask or reliably cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing should stay home while they are showing symptoms.

Staff Vaccination

All BSFY public classes teaching staff for the Spring 2022 semester will be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Additional Risk Mitigation Efforts

Capacity and Distancing

Enrollment is limited. To maximize the space between participants, we may use marked spots or yoga mats to establish spacing. Please try to maintain this during class.

It is extremely difficult to maintain public-health-recommended distances with young children. That is why our vaccine and mask policy is stringent.

Air Circulation

Our HVAC is in good repair with filters replaced regularly. The fan will be “ON” during all indoor classes and for at least 15 minutes before and after class. Based on our HVAC capacity and cubic feet of the classroom, the air filtration turnover rate should be above recommended levels even with the system on low. In addition, we have installed three large air purifiers in the classroom, which will run continuously when classes are held and more than double the turnover-rate equivalence.

Supplies and Cleaning

While air transmission is believed much more significant than surface contamination for COVID-19, we are taking the following additional precautions:

Students encouraged to bring their own mats. We have some mats to spare, but to limit the amount of wiping-down teachers must do between classes, we are asking students who can to bring their own. Blankets and cushions for sitting on will be available as well. As always, please bring a baby blanket to put between our blankets and your child.

Wipe-down of high-touch surfaces. After each stack of classes, instructors will wipe down light switches, handles and door knobs with antimicrobial wipes.

Category: health

Pricing and Discounts

For safety and consideration of your fellow students and comfort of your child, please do not bring sick children to class or camp. 

Please keep your child(ren) home from class if they have been experiencing any of the following in the previous 24 hours:

  • fever,
  • vomiting,
  • an unexplained rash,
  • diarrhea,
  • conjunctivitis,
  • mouth sores (especially in the oral-staged children),
  • persistent and frequent cough that interferes with your child’s class involvement or poses a risk to others,
  • extremely runny nose, or
  • any other contagious illness. 

Please note that older children too sick to attend school should not be tagging along to yoga class.

Specific Guidance on The Flu & Common Colds

Influenza

Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children and some people with weakened immune systems may  pass the virus for longer than 7 days. (Source: CDC)

In the case of a flu diagnosis, or suspected, please keep your child home for a full week from becoming symptomatic.

Common Cold

You’re generally contagious with a cold 1-2 days before your symptoms start, and you could be contagious as long as your symptoms are present—in rare cases, up to 2 weeks. (Source: Ceder-Sinai.org) 

While you are most contagious in the first 2-4 days of symptoms, resuming daily activities without exposing others depends on both your immune system and your ability to follow hygiene protocols. Most small children have trouble with the later. If your child has a frequent cough and is not yet reliable about coughing into their sleeve or a very runny nose, they are likely to expose others to the lingering virus. Please stay home until symptoms subside.

Weekly Classes

We have a very liberal make-up policy so please take advantage of that if your child (or you) is ill. 

Camps

Unfortunately it is not possible to do a makeup from camp.  See our camp policies for more details.

Categories: class policies, health

Breathing Space takes public health and our responsibility for reducing spread of COVID-19 very seriously. To that end, we are requiring the following for all indoor classes:

Proof of vaccination required for participants ages 5+ for all indoor classes. No exceptions.

Vaccine cards, photos of vaccine cards, a government-provided digital record, or CLEAR vaccine validation can be emailed to documents@breathingspacedc.com at least 24 hours in advance of the first class or shown to the instructor before class. After the first time you show your card, we will put a note in your profile and you will not need to show proof again. 

We are not making health or any other exceptions to our vaccine policy at this time. We are requiring vaccinations of those who are eligible to protect those who are not.

We do not currently have a vaccine policy for children younger than 5. We may update this as vaccines roll out.

We also strongly recommend booster shots. If your second shot Moderna/Pfizer was more than 5 months ago or your J&J shot was more than 2 months ago, it’s time for a booster (and maybe a 2nd one if you are over 50). This is especially important for our prenatal students who are at increased risk of severe illness if they contract COVID. Find a DC vaccination site.

A well-fitted mask must be worn by participants ages 2+ according to the following policy based on COVID community transmission rates

Breathing Space will adjust mask policies based on DC’s community COVID infection levels using the following metric: 

image with the words low, medium, high on green, yellow and red backgrounds
  •  Green / Low  – masks will be optional in all classes.
  •  Yellow / Medium  – masks will be required in early childhood classes (0-4 yrs) where there are many unvaccinated participants and prenatal yoga due to higher risks posed by COVID during pregnancy.
  •  Red / High  – masks required by all participants ages 2+.

The city posts updates on Wednesdays, but not before our morning classes begin, so any changes based on the metric will take effect on Thursday for the following week.

Masks must be secure enough to stay above the nose and below the chin during movement without constant adjustment. Bandanas, neck gaters, and masks with vents are not acceptable.

Public Health Recommendation Compliance

In addition, by participating in class, you are attesting that you comply with DC’s COVID-19 mitigation recommendations and regulations to the best of your ability. 

  • Please do not attend class if you or family members are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable disease;
  • Unvaccinated students should not attend class if they have had a close contact exposure with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 until after receiving a negative test result taken 5 days after exposure. Vaccinated students should err on the side of caution but do not need to quarantine due to exposure alone;
  • All participants must mask for 10 days after exposure regardless of vaccination status.

Students will be asked to affirm the above conditions upon arrival at class each week.

We understand that the shifting guidance has been challenging to follow. Thankfully the CDC has a clear explanation page and a neat little calculator for figuring out quarantine and DC policies align with CDC. 

We will enforce our general illness policy.

No participant should be showing new or significant symptoms of any illness and must be free of fever or vomiting for more than 24 hours before attending class. Symptoms include frequent coughs and substantial runny noses.

We encourage families to use rapid tests to rule out COVID for even very mild symptoms or allergies. It’s allergy season, so sniffles, sneezing and occasional coughs are expected. Please use the many readily available rapid tests to confirm negative COVID status. Find a test.

When in doubt, mask up. If a participant ages 2+ is experiencing mild allergy symptoms, or recovering from an illness that is not COVID, and is occasionally coughing or sniffling, a mask should be worn. Participants too young to wear a mask or reliably cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing should stay home while they are showing symptoms.

Staff Vaccination

All BSFY public classes teaching staff for the Spring 2022 semester will be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Additional Risk Mitigation Efforts

Capacity and Distancing

Enrollment is limited. To maximize the space between participants, we may use marked spots or yoga mats to establish spacing. Please try to maintain this during class.

It is extremely difficult to maintain public-health-recommended distances with young children. That is why our vaccine and mask policy is stringent.

Air Circulation

Our HVAC is in good repair with filters replaced regularly. The fan will be “ON” during all indoor classes and for at least 15 minutes before and after class. Based on our HVAC capacity and cubic feet of the classroom, the air filtration turnover rate should be above recommended levels even with the system on low. In addition, we have installed three large air purifiers in the classroom, which will run continuously when classes are held and more than double the turnover-rate equivalence.

Supplies and Cleaning

While air transmission is believed much more significant than surface contamination for COVID-19, we are taking the following additional precautions:

Students encouraged to bring their own mats. We have some mats to spare, but to limit the amount of wiping-down teachers must do between classes, we are asking students who can to bring their own. Blankets and cushions for sitting on will be available as well. As always, please bring a baby blanket to put between our blankets and your child.

Wipe-down of high-touch surfaces. After each stack of classes, instructors will wipe down light switches, handles and door knobs with antimicrobial wipes.

Category: health

Refunds, Withdraws, Cancellations

For safety and consideration of your fellow students and comfort of your child, please do not bring sick children to class or camp. 

Please keep your child(ren) home from class if they have been experiencing any of the following in the previous 24 hours:

  • fever,
  • vomiting,
  • an unexplained rash,
  • diarrhea,
  • conjunctivitis,
  • mouth sores (especially in the oral-staged children),
  • persistent and frequent cough that interferes with your child’s class involvement or poses a risk to others,
  • extremely runny nose, or
  • any other contagious illness. 

Please note that older children too sick to attend school should not be tagging along to yoga class.

Specific Guidance on The Flu & Common Colds

Influenza

Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children and some people with weakened immune systems may  pass the virus for longer than 7 days. (Source: CDC)

In the case of a flu diagnosis, or suspected, please keep your child home for a full week from becoming symptomatic.

Common Cold

You’re generally contagious with a cold 1-2 days before your symptoms start, and you could be contagious as long as your symptoms are present—in rare cases, up to 2 weeks. (Source: Ceder-Sinai.org) 

While you are most contagious in the first 2-4 days of symptoms, resuming daily activities without exposing others depends on both your immune system and your ability to follow hygiene protocols. Most small children have trouble with the later. If your child has a frequent cough and is not yet reliable about coughing into their sleeve or a very runny nose, they are likely to expose others to the lingering virus. Please stay home until symptoms subside.

Weekly Classes

We have a very liberal make-up policy so please take advantage of that if your child (or you) is ill. 

Camps

Unfortunately it is not possible to do a makeup from camp.  See our camp policies for more details.

Categories: class policies, health

Breathing Space takes public health and our responsibility for reducing spread of COVID-19 very seriously. To that end, we are requiring the following for all indoor classes:

Proof of vaccination required for participants ages 5+ for all indoor classes. No exceptions.

Vaccine cards, photos of vaccine cards, a government-provided digital record, or CLEAR vaccine validation can be emailed to documents@breathingspacedc.com at least 24 hours in advance of the first class or shown to the instructor before class. After the first time you show your card, we will put a note in your profile and you will not need to show proof again. 

We are not making health or any other exceptions to our vaccine policy at this time. We are requiring vaccinations of those who are eligible to protect those who are not.

We do not currently have a vaccine policy for children younger than 5. We may update this as vaccines roll out.

We also strongly recommend booster shots. If your second shot Moderna/Pfizer was more than 5 months ago or your J&J shot was more than 2 months ago, it’s time for a booster (and maybe a 2nd one if you are over 50). This is especially important for our prenatal students who are at increased risk of severe illness if they contract COVID. Find a DC vaccination site.

A well-fitted mask must be worn by participants ages 2+ according to the following policy based on COVID community transmission rates

Breathing Space will adjust mask policies based on DC’s community COVID infection levels using the following metric: 

image with the words low, medium, high on green, yellow and red backgrounds
  •  Green / Low  – masks will be optional in all classes.
  •  Yellow / Medium  – masks will be required in early childhood classes (0-4 yrs) where there are many unvaccinated participants and prenatal yoga due to higher risks posed by COVID during pregnancy.
  •  Red / High  – masks required by all participants ages 2+.

The city posts updates on Wednesdays, but not before our morning classes begin, so any changes based on the metric will take effect on Thursday for the following week.

Masks must be secure enough to stay above the nose and below the chin during movement without constant adjustment. Bandanas, neck gaters, and masks with vents are not acceptable.

Public Health Recommendation Compliance

In addition, by participating in class, you are attesting that you comply with DC’s COVID-19 mitigation recommendations and regulations to the best of your ability. 

  • Please do not attend class if you or family members are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable disease;
  • Unvaccinated students should not attend class if they have had a close contact exposure with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 until after receiving a negative test result taken 5 days after exposure. Vaccinated students should err on the side of caution but do not need to quarantine due to exposure alone;
  • All participants must mask for 10 days after exposure regardless of vaccination status.

Students will be asked to affirm the above conditions upon arrival at class each week.

We understand that the shifting guidance has been challenging to follow. Thankfully the CDC has a clear explanation page and a neat little calculator for figuring out quarantine and DC policies align with CDC. 

We will enforce our general illness policy.

No participant should be showing new or significant symptoms of any illness and must be free of fever or vomiting for more than 24 hours before attending class. Symptoms include frequent coughs and substantial runny noses.

We encourage families to use rapid tests to rule out COVID for even very mild symptoms or allergies. It’s allergy season, so sniffles, sneezing and occasional coughs are expected. Please use the many readily available rapid tests to confirm negative COVID status. Find a test.

When in doubt, mask up. If a participant ages 2+ is experiencing mild allergy symptoms, or recovering from an illness that is not COVID, and is occasionally coughing or sniffling, a mask should be worn. Participants too young to wear a mask or reliably cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing should stay home while they are showing symptoms.

Staff Vaccination

All BSFY public classes teaching staff for the Spring 2022 semester will be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Additional Risk Mitigation Efforts

Capacity and Distancing

Enrollment is limited. To maximize the space between participants, we may use marked spots or yoga mats to establish spacing. Please try to maintain this during class.

It is extremely difficult to maintain public-health-recommended distances with young children. That is why our vaccine and mask policy is stringent.

Air Circulation

Our HVAC is in good repair with filters replaced regularly. The fan will be “ON” during all indoor classes and for at least 15 minutes before and after class. Based on our HVAC capacity and cubic feet of the classroom, the air filtration turnover rate should be above recommended levels even with the system on low. In addition, we have installed three large air purifiers in the classroom, which will run continuously when classes are held and more than double the turnover-rate equivalence.

Supplies and Cleaning

While air transmission is believed much more significant than surface contamination for COVID-19, we are taking the following additional precautions:

Students encouraged to bring their own mats. We have some mats to spare, but to limit the amount of wiping-down teachers must do between classes, we are asking students who can to bring their own. Blankets and cushions for sitting on will be available as well. As always, please bring a baby blanket to put between our blankets and your child.

Wipe-down of high-touch surfaces. After each stack of classes, instructors will wipe down light switches, handles and door knobs with antimicrobial wipes.

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