Urgent: Illness Policy and Schedule Changes - Breathing Space

Watch this post for additional updates.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, all in person classes are cancelled through the end of March. Enrolled families will have received notices specific to their classes and information about refunds/credits will follow. Watch for online offerings shortly.

Classes at schools are cancelled as long as schools are closed. We will work with the afterschool program staff on schedule adjustments. We are making case-by-case decisions with schools that are remaining open for the time being.

We won’t know right away when we are able to resume classes or what this means for our winter/spring schedule. but we are likely to postpone the start of spring classes at least to April 1. We’ll alert enrolled students and post as soon as we know more.

Help Keep Everyone Healthy

We held several classes this week as news of the pandemic unfolded. We definitely felt participants appreciated the sense of normalcy yoga class provided but we also understand that some families may be concerned about participating. “Social distancing” is difficult with small children (once they are mobile) and these are uncertain times. 

See below for details about what precautions we are taking in any classes that are held. Additionally, we’ve clarified our illness policy and will be enforcing it. 

We offer a very liberal make up policy already and may be extending the semester and makeup period for families who choose to self-isolate. It is too soon to make specific statements about what that will look like since we don’t know when cancelled classes will resume or if the start of the spring classes will be significantly delayed.

We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.  If you have specific questions about venues and policies, please ask.

Precautions We Are Taking

Breathing Space has begun requiring the following:

  • Instructors are sanitizing high-touch objects such as doornobs, light switches, sink handles, etc before and after classes;
  • Students will be asked to wash hands or use 60% alcohol hand sanitizer on entry for all our classes;
  • Additional hand sanitizer and tissues will be available in the classroom;
  • Our prenatal and baby yoga classes are all held in venues that are large enough for recommended social distancing spacing and we will encourage students to spread out;
  • We recommend students to bring their own yoga mat;
  • Teachers will wipe Breathing Space mats with CDC-approved formula surface wipes after class (adults are encouraged to help when practical) along with any shared objects;
  • We will temporarily eliminate use of props that are hard to effectively sanitize;
  • Instructors will limit activities that involve touching, or switching of yoga mats, during class and temporarily avoid any activities where students touch their face;
  • Students who cough or sneeze into their hands or wipe their noses will be asked to go wash their hands immediately (most relevant for children but recommended for all);
  • We request that parents and participants observe our illness policy below and
    • please keep students with flu or suspected flu away from class for 7 days from onset of symptoms,
    • please keep students with very active coughs (especially those too young to be reliable about coughing into a tissue or sleeve) or extremely runny noses away from class until symptoms subside.

Illness Policy

Excerpts from the full policy.

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

Even though all we are hearing about right now is COVID-19, these two illnesses are currently far more likely than Coronavirus and these precautions should be standard protocol.


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.

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