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 well being of our staff and clients. Class instructors will be disinfecting shared surfaces such as seating and agility equipment 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 social distancing. Class instructors experiencing acute respiratory illnesses or who 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:

  • Wear face coverings that cover your nose and mouth at all times inside the facility
  • Attend virtual training classes if unable to wear a face covering
  • 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 social distancing (keeping at least ten feet away from instructors or other students)
  • Wash hands prior to the start of each class and sanitize hands as needed throughout class
  • Attend class as the only adult handler for a dog (meaning, every registered dog may only have a single person present for the class). Exceptions may be made on a very limited basis with permission from management. These requests should be made to afritz@richmondspca.org before attending your first session.
  • Stay home if experiencing acute respiratory illness or if you have been exposed to positive or presumed-positive COVID-19 patients

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 72 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
  •  Been living with someone who is experiencing any of the symptoms on this list
  •  A positive test within the past 14 days for the virus that causes COVID-19
  •  Had close contact (within 6 ft. 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

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