Insight, guidelines and policies for Community Arts School programming Fall 2020

Last Updated July 29, 2020, 8:30 a.m.


A New Approach

We have been working in collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University’s Health and Safety Taskforce to set forth policies and practices to keep students safe while on campus and at our Whistle Stop location. All guidelines and policies are reflective of extensive research and information provided by the State of Ohio, Centers for Disease Control, peer institutions and medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. More information from the University regarding resuming collegiate instruction can be found on FALL 2020: BW Be Safe page.

As we examined our facilities in regard to new health and safety guidelines and our commitment to consistency in instruction, we realized we needed to reimagine each and every one of our programs.

We have spent the summer working with faculty to redesign an exceptional portfolio of arts programming that offers a variety of in-person and virtual learning opportunities. Each program will allow students to interact with and learn from each other in a safe and effective way and will ensure that your fall learning experience will remain uninterrupted.

We are committed to providing our families and the community with quality arts education now and into the future. If needed, our in-person programs are designed to continue in a virtual format based upon future State of Ohio and University directives.

General Community Guidelines

While each department and program may have specific guidelines and protocols, below are the general guidelines we will follow as a community:

  • Masks are required to be worn by all students and faculty. There are some exceptions for dance.
  • All participants are to take their temperature and assess for any symptoms at home. If participants have a fever or have any symptoms of illness, they are to remain home and should notify the Community Arts School.
  • Students must bring their own personal equipment (if required) to engage in CAS activities.
  • All students must remain socially distant at a minimum of 6 feet or at greater distancing if the activity, class or rehearsal requires per program-specific CAS guidelines.
  • All participants and families must follow campus directional signage and instructions.
  • Hand washing and hand sanitizing must take place before and after any CAS activity.


Our Investments in Safety, Access and Quality Education

In developing our programming for fall, we knew that investments in our campus and Whistle Stop facilities was paramount. As such, you will notice several changes:

  • There have been over 1,000 hand sanitizer stations installed across campus and at the Whistle Stop location.
  • We have removed the wall between our Copeland and Graham studios to create a new, larger dance studio. This allows us to hold classes with more students practicing safe physical distancing.
  • We are installing acoustic treatments in our Whistle Stop dance studios to improve reverberation in sound and clarity in verbal instruction for those participating in-person or remotely.
  • We have ordered new software and new custom media carts that includes large displays, advanced audio and HD web cameras for our Whistle Stop location. This investment will allow students at home to participate more seamlessly in our live classes as they take place.
  • We have installed plexiglass in office areas where close interaction occurs.


There are new policies set forth by BW and the Community Arts School as we return this fall. Updated registration policies can be found in our general policies.