This also means that our common areas like the waiting room, observation areas, and playground must remain closed at this time. We know that it can be difficult to have to explain to children why they cannot enjoy the playground and surrounding area, but preventing numerous kids from touching the same surfaces is an effective way to minimize risks for them and their families.
We are also still required to limit the size of classes and, consequently, forced to limit students to a maximum of three classes per week. Eventually we will return to our normal attendance patterns where student participation is unlimited (except for children during our busiest times.)
We ask students and parents who choose incremental enrollment (monthly, quarterly, etc.) to keep close track of their due dates. We do highlight the attendance sheets for each student when their tuition is coming due but, unfortunately, the ZenQuest staff currently checks students in. We do try to mention when due dates are approaching to students, but this can be difficult for children (especially our youngest students.) Of course, this can completely be avoided if students enroll via our EasyPay program.
Parents are also reminded that drop off of young students must be done at the front of the facility (preferably just letting them in the front door and letting the staff take it from there). Once the student has been checked in parents must exit through the front door and wait for their children outside of the building. Once the child has completed their class they will exit through the side door adjacent to the playground where parents can receive their kids.
One last item to be mindful of is that the pandemic has been a time of added stress and anxiety for most of us. With that, we can have feelings of frustration, depression, anger, and hopelessness. This leads to dysfunction in our lives and lower tolerance for situations and people in our lives. So, it is more important than ever to remember that we must contribute to a culture and structure in the dojo of respect and courtesy that is pleasant and productive for all. When we collectively foster a positive training environment we can all have a place to forget about our problems and enjoy ourselves...and learn.