COVID 19 Response

(Updated on 1/10/2022)

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all face these unprecedented times.

We will base our decisions about if and how we will run our in-person classes & programs according to national, state, and local recommendations and regulations.  If we need to make changes to that plan, we will be in communication with our students.

You can find our safety guidelines & protocols above that we’ll be using for our in-person classes & programs.  This list will likely expand and be modified as we gain more information.  Please read these carefully and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  Please bear with us if plans change as we all face these uncertain times.

Safety Procedures & Guidelines

In-Person Classes

Little Dragons / Youth & Family / Teens & Adults / After school Program

Please monitor your child(ren)’s health before you come to the dojo and stay home if your child(ren) is not feeling well or has recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19.

Wearing facemasks are required in order to join our in-person classes.  Anybody who is entering the dojo is required to wear facemasks including students, parents/guardians, and visitors.

Drop-off and pick-up are requested to occur outside of the dojo. In order to minimize the number of people in the dojo, it would be better for parents to wait in their cars or outside the building.  We will however have chairs available for spectators spaced apart for some parents/guardians who would like to watch the class.

Please use a hand sanitizing and no-contact temperature check station upon entry.

  • No-contact temperature check
    • Any student with a temperature above 100.4 degrees and/or covid-19 symptoms will not be admitted to class.
  • Hand sanitizing before entering
    • Please use a hand sanitizer upon entering the dojo.
Notes:  Without exception, any child exhibiting symptoms or complaining of not feeling well, will not be allowed entry to the class.
There will be several hand-sanitizing stations for our staff & students to use throughout the dojo.  We’ll supervise student’s hand-sanitizing and hand-washing to make sure it is safe and effective before and after every class and whenever is additionally appropriate.
On top of our daily cleaning of the dojo, our studio’s high-traffic areas (including bathrooms, surfaces, doorknobs, tables, supplies, cubbies, etc.) will be cleaned and sanitized.  Any equipment that we use during the class will be disinfected after each use.  We will also be providing our students with their own equipment to use whenever possible.
ECK staff will be trained and educated to keep our eyes open for possible health changes in our students and to be diligent with our health checks.  ECK staff & assistants are all vaccinated.  We’ll be wearing face masks during the class and sanitizing our hands regularly throughout the day.

Camps

Summer Camps / School-Year Camps

Please monitor your child(ren)’s health every morning and stay home if your camper is not feeling well or has recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19.

Wearing facemasks are required in order to join our in-person classes.  Anybody who is entering the dojo is required to wear facemasks including students, parents/guardians, and visitors.

Drop-off and pick-up will occur outside of the dojo.  To limit the number of people accessing the dojo, only ECK staff and campers will be allowed to come inside.

+ Staggered Windows for Arrivals and pickups:

We’ll have a bigger time window for drop-off and pick-up times so the entrance of the dojo won’t get crowded.  This means that you won’t need to arrive at the moment camp opens its doors.

Notes:  During staggered arrivals and pickups, if multiple campers arrive at once, families will be instructed to form a line outside, maintaining the recommended 6-foot distancing.  Masks worn outside are also encouraged.

+ Health Check and No-Contact Temperature/Hand Sanitizer Station
  • No-contact temperature check – performed multiple times per day
    • Any campers with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will not be admitted to camp.
  • COVID 19 exposure
    • Students and parents will verbally attest to having no known exposure to any persons exhibiting symptoms of illness within the past 14 days.
  • Symptoms check
    • With the parent present, verbal confirmation will be given each day by students at the time of entry that they have not had a fever, cough, or shortness of breath in the past 2-days.
  • Hand Sanitizing
    • After all the health check is complete and the no-contact temperature has been recorded, campers are asked to use hand sanitizer by the entrance.

Notes:  Without exception, any child exhibiting symptoms or complaining of not feeling well, will not be allowed entry to the camp.

If at any point in the day a child complains of or exhibits symptoms listed in our student health check, they will be isolated from the camp, and parents will be notified to pick-up up their child as soon as is possible.

+ Mid-day & Before Pick up Health check
On top of the drop-off health check, ECK staff will conduct a health check and no contact temperature check again at mid-day and before pickup.
There will be several hand-sanitizing stations for our staff & campers to use throughout the dojo.  
We’ll supervise camper’s hand-sanitizing and hand-washing to make sure it is safe and effective.
On top of our daily cleaning of the dojo, our studio’s high-traffic areas (including bathrooms, surfaces, doorknobs, tables, supplies, cubbies, etc.) will be cleaned and sanitized.
Any equipment that we use during the camp will be disinfected after each use.  We will also be providing campers with their own equipment to use whenever possible.

Whenever possible we will keep proper social distancing intervals between our campers during games and activities.

During snack and lunch breaks we will divide up our campers into smaller groups so fewer people are eating together in one area.  Our campers will be sitting 6 feet apart separated.

If the field trip destinations close due to COVID-19 at the time of our summer camps, then we will put together a ‘family fun center’ at the dojo like we did last year.  Our Dojo Family Fun Center will feature laser tag, karaoke, various contests, video games, and a bouncy house.  It’s non-stop excitement in a controlled environment.
ECK camp staff will be trained and educated to keep our eyes open for possible health changes in our campers and to be diligent with our health checks.  All of ECK staff & assistants are all vaccinated.  We will be wearing face masks during the camp and sanitizing our hands regularly throughout the day.

Guildlines for Qurantine & Isolation

We’ll be following the CDC’s Quarantine & Isolation guidelines.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you or your child(ren) are in close contact with someone with COVID or have tested POSITIVE.  (This includes students, parents/guardians, visitors who watch our in-person classes). We’ll notify our students who were in the same class if a potential exposure has happened.
Please check out the guidelines included below

IF a student or visitor WAS EXPOSED to COVID-19

Unvaccinated students:

  • Stay Home – Please stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.
  • Get tested – Even if you don’t develop symptoms, please get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Test result – Please provide us with the negative result of the COVID test in order to return to the in-person classes.
  • Watch for symptoms – Please watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.  If you develop symptoms, please Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results.

Vaccinated students:

  • No quarantine – You do not need to stay home in quarantine UNLESS you develop symptoms. However, please take a test to confirm your negative status before returning to in-person classes.
  • Get tested – Even if you don’t develop symptoms, please get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Test result – Please provide us with the negative result of the COVID test in order to return to the in-person classes.
  • Watch for symptoms – Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptomsplease Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results.

IF a student or visitor tested POSITIVE for COVID-19 or has symptoms, regardless of vaccination status

  • Stay home – Please stay home and isolate for at least 5 days.
  • Ending isolation – You can end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.
  • Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms – Ending isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.
  • Get tested – Even if you don’t develop symptoms, please get tested at least 5 full days after you tested POSITIVE with COVID-19.
  • Test result – Please provide us with the negative result of the COVID test in order to return to the in-person classes.
If you were exposed, you quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
If you are sick or test positive, you isolate when you are sick or when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Testimonials

“I first started training under Sensei Tobey in 2008. When I first started my training I was a pack-a-day smoker. I had tried to quit smoking many times but had failed. I promised Sensei I’d quit before my black belt test. I no longer smoke, and I believe that my training in Shudokan Karate under Sensei Tobey gave me the mental discipline that I needed to quit.”

-Thom E – Adult Karate Program

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“My 7-year old son and I have been going to Emerald City Karate for several years now. We have had a great time and always look forward to our family/youth class. As well as teaching about karate and Japanese culture and language, Sensei Tobey provides great lessons on how to work hard and patiently to succeed in anything. It’s also a great way to get mid-week exercise!”

Alan H – Youth & Family Program

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“Sensei Tobey is my son’s Karate teacher (we’re in the 4 to 6-year-old class).   As a teacher of small children, I find him to be a wonderful combination of patience, discipline, and fun. He is very passionate about teaching Karate and it shows. He relates to the kids very well and can teach boys and girls equally, not only the physical skills of Karate but mental focus skills as well. It’s been a great experience for my son and I highly recommend Sensei Tobey and Emerald City Karate to anyone looking to enroll their child in a martial arts class. “

Yvette H (Karate Mom)

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Before joining Emerald City Karate I had no experience playing sports or participating in exercise programs because I didn’t like physical activities. So I didn’t expect I would be able to keep training for more than a month or so. But I found it to be fun immediately. The karate class has a variety of different subjects that keep students from being bored. Also, Sensei Tobey knows how to encourage students and allows them to have fun while feeling good about themselves. He likes telling jokes and making students laugh but his passion for teaching karate is always distinctive and serious. Because of his encouragement, I have kept training for a long time and even now I am training in Japan! Karate has taught me the joy of exercise and improved my concentration and it continues to teach many students to practice better manners and etiquette.

It is my pleasure to recommend Emerald City Karate for your exercise and experience in martial arts.

-Kaoru M: Adult Karate Program

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“I cannot say enough good things about the programs offered at Emerald City Karate. If you have children, this dojo (school) is a wonderful environment for them to learn traditional Japanese martial arts, self-discipline, and to have a great time!”

-Samantha: Karate mom

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