As we prepare for 2021 programs, the health and safety of our students, instructors, staff, and community is our top priority. We recognize COVID-19 will likely continue to be a public health concern in 2021, and there is much more to learn about it in the coming months. Our staff is continuing to monitor guidelines from the CDC and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and developing a plan for reopening, and will be sharing the details on our website. To ensure your safety, we may find it necessary to continue to practice physical distancing in 2021 and to implement additional safety procedures.
Housekeeping staff will increase the frequency of cleanings of housing, studios, and common areas, using EPA-approved disinfectants for COVID-19 and influenza. Deep cleanings will be performed between class sessions. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available in all studios and common areas.
Physical Distancing and Masks
According to CDC guidelines at the time of your class, it may be necessary to require our students, instructors, and staff to practice physical distancing and wear face coverings such as masks or shields. We may also modify our procedures and minimize group gathering sizes, which could impact dances, concerts, and demonstrations.
We are exploring options for our dining hall service that may involve eating in staggered shifts and offering “to-go” options for meals. Rest assured, our dining hall staff will continue to provide full service of fresh and delicious meals, served three times a day.
We are thinking creatively to make the studio experience as safe and comfortable as possible. To increase safety, we have decreased the number of spaces available in all 2021 classes. As the situation improves, we may add additional spaces. We encourage you to sign up early! If your preferred class is full, we’re happy to add you to a waitlist. We may also minimize the sharing of tools in the studios and provide monitors and cameras for instructors to use when teaching and demonstrating. Weather permitting, we will be maximizing the use of outdoor spaces such as our Festival Barn.
Our goal is to provide our students and instructors with a positive Folk School experience of learning and living together in a safe environment. We’ll all be working together to ensure a successful reopening, and we encourage you to visit our website often for updates on our reopening plan. Our registration staff is here to answer your questions and discuss concerns, at 800-365-5724 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.
The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.