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Classes in the COVID-19 World

Classes in the COVID-19 World

In working in an environment in which we are not free of COVID-19, we have changed some things in the classroom, to both follow the governor's guidelines on holding classes as well as creating some common sense things on how to reduce contact as much as possible but yet still have a fun, learning experience. For those of you already back in practice, the next part is going to sound familiar, for those of you who are not in practice, take a breath and read through it. I have tried to lay things out as plainly as possible so you will know what to expect and not be surprised.

Preparing to come to class:
Please use a large tote bag or suitcase to bring your things in to include your pillow or bolster if you bring one. We are recommending bolsters as they are easy to wipe down, but if you prefer a pillow, just make sure it has a plastic/vinyl cover over the pillow and under your pillowcase. When packing your bag, please think about what is going to be used and will remain "contaminated" and what is disinfectable and can be cleaned. For those of you who are already back in practice, you will understand what I mean by "clean" (clean, not used, uncontaminated) and "dirty" (not clean, used, potentially contaminated). Our suggestion is to use paper bags to contain things within your big bag. When you use your sheets, they come out clean and when they go back into your big bag, put them in the paper bag first and then in your big bag to keep your sheets from coming into contact with other things in your bag. If you bring a pillow instead of bolster, you can remove the pillowcase and put it with your sheets and just wipe down your protective cover on the pillow before putting it back in your big bag. Place your eye protection in a paper bag (we will have lunch bags available if you don't have them) and bring an extra lunch-size paper bag for your mask. Have a paper bag for any of the other things you bring, such as writing utensils, binder, etc. You can of course use plastic bags if you do not have paper.

Clothing protection:
Some of you in your practice may be wearing scrubs and changing between clients. Some might wear an apron, smock or lab coat and change that between clients. Each class will indicate any clothing protection that is required at a minimum.  Generally we will ask participants to bring an apron, smock or lab coat. Or if you choose to change your clothes between exchanges, please bring 2 sets.  If you choose to have more clothing protection that what our minimum is, please bring what you need to be comfortable.

Arriving to class:
Please arrive 15-20 minutes early. While in class, you will need to wear either a surgical mask or N95 respirator (or N95 equivalent such as a KN95) depending on what your own personal needs are. Please have a mask on when you leave your vehicle and enter the classroom -- you can wear a cloth mask if that's all you have to the classroom. Once you get to the classroom, you'll need to switch to a surgical mask (which is why we suggest you bring a paper bag for your mask if you wear a cloth mask). Please either have your eye protection on (goggles or safety glasses), or have it available to show us so we know you have it. TTCI will have the following PPE items available for sale if you need it:

  • Surgical Masks -- $1 each
  • KN95s (3M Model #9501 earloops) -- $9 each
  • Goggles (UVEX Futura) -- $17 each (these fit comfortable over glasses)
  • Safety Glasses (UVEX Astrospec OTG 3001) -- $19 each (these fit comfortable over glasses, but slide down your nose when you lean forward. If you wear glasses and want to purchase these, bring an eyewear strap, also known as an eyewear lanyard or eyewear retainer to hold the safety glasses in place. If you do not wear glasses, these safety glasses will not slide down your nose at all.)

These items may be different than what is available in class.  Each class' reminder notices will specifically indicate what is available.  These PPE items are being offered as a service at this time as LMTs are still going back to work, so we are selling these items at cost, plus sales tax rounded up to the nearest dollar. If you need to purchase PPE, please bring check or cash, we cannot accept credit cards at this time for them.

Once you arrive at class, we will do the standard check-in (like you are doing for your clients) asking questions about any current symptoms and if have you traveled recently. We will take your temperature and check your SpO2 levels, pulse rate and breath rate. Even though we are all masked, we ask that everyone still maintain a 6-foot distance as much as possible. Which means be aware of your surroundings when it comes to pinchpoints (the doorway, bathrooms, massage tables).

During class:
At the beginning of class, we will review the logistics of moving around in the room, sanitation procedures, PPE etc. From the point class starts until the first exchange you will not need to wear your eye protection, just a mask. When you start the first demo, you will need to put on your eye protection. Chairs and tables will be 6 feet a part to maintain social distance.  We will not do a sign-in, but will take roll call at the beginning of class.

Not feeling well:
If you end up just not feeling well for any reason, we ask that you stay home and call 206.853.6875 as soon as you make the decision. If you start having any kind of symptoms during class, we also want you to take care of yourself and head home.

What to bring:
Please leave everything not needed for class in your vehicle or at home.  Use a large tote bag (think Ikea or a beach tote) or suitcase to contain your "what to bring items". Bring paperbags to maintain separation between items within your large tote bag--to keep what will be eventually be used from what is clean. Each class description has it's own specific items to bring for class besides PPE. For PPE, please bring:

  • Facemask: 2 surgical facemasks or N95s (or equivalent respirator). You should only need one, but one is a backup just in case. If you would like more protection than just a surgical mask, you can wear a cloth mask over the surgical mask to hold your surgical mask tighter to your face. If you have breathing issues, please call the office at 206.853.6875 to discuss options.  Please note that you cannot maintain a seal with your N95 respirator while prone, so you will need to change into a surgical mask or KN95 while prone.
  • Eye protection: Goggles are preferred and safer (create a seal), safety glasses are acceptable but do not protect as well (do not create a seal). I have heard stories of people purchasing their eye protection in all different places, if you don't already have it. I have a friend who uses onion goggles (used for peeling onions) to swimming googles (if you don't wear glasses) to chem lab goggles (if you do wear glasses) to everything in between.  Please note that a face shield does not replace eye protection, but can be worn in addition to eye protection.  Some classes may not require eye protection if they are self-care or in-person lecture if 6 feet is always maintained.  Check the class description.
  • Clothing protection: Bring an apron, smock or lab coat. If you choose to wear scrubs instead and change them, bring 2 sets.  Some classes may have other requirements or no requirements for clothing protection, so please check the individual class requirement.