Richmond SPCA Training Class COVID-19 Policies

During COVID-19, the Richmond SPCA has put in place a number of precautions to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and clients. Class instructors will be disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at the start of each training day. All bathrooms are stocked with hand soap, and hand sanitizer is available elsewhere in the training facility. Class instructors are routinely washing their hands, and they are wearing face coverings while also practicing physical distancing. Class instructors experiencing acute respiratory illnesses are staying home and not teaching in the facility. Instructors who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have been exposed to positive or presumed-positive COVID-19 patients are staying home and not teaching in the facility.

Throughout the public health emergency, students are expected to:

  • The Richmond SPCA requires individuals ages 3 and older mask inside our humane center and veterinary hospital, regardless of vaccination status, in order to best protect you, our team and the entire community. 
  • Attend virtual training classes if unable to wear a face mask.
  • Bring and use your own water bottles and water bowls
  • Bring your own supply of dog treats and refrain from sharing treats with other students
  • Practice physical distancing (keeping at least 6 feet away from instructors and other students)
  • Wash hands prior to the start of each class and sanitize hands as needed throughout class
  • Stay home if experiencing acute respiratory illness or if you are not fully vaccinated and have been exposed to positive or presumed-positive COVID-19 patients
  • Follow Centers for Disease Control guidance as it relates to domestic and international travel while enrolled in classes at the Richmond SPCA.
  • Each registered dog may be accompanied by no more than three people from the same household (the primary dog handler and two other members of the family) for the class. Exceptions may be made on a very limited basis with permission from management.

I will not attend class at the Richmond SPCA if I have any of the following:

  •  A new dry cough
  •  A newly-identified shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  •  A fever (above 100.4°F)
  •  Used fever-reducing medication in the last 24 hours to treat a fever
  •  Chills or chills with repeated shaking
  •  A headache accompanied by another symptom in this list
  •  Tiredness/fatigue accompanied by another symptom in this list
  •  A new sore throat
  •  New muscle aches unrelated to physical activity
  •  A new loss of taste or smell
  •  A positive test within the past 10 days for the virus that causes COVID-19

If I am unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated, I will also not attend class at the Richmond SPCA if I have any of the following:

  • Close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer with the infected party) within the past 14 days with someone who is presumed positive or tested positive for COVID-19
  • Been living with someone who is experiencing any of the symptoms on this list

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