FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19 updates (last updated June 28th)

What will be different this summer due to COVID public health guidelines?
Can I do drop-ins, can I make up missed classes?
Can I come in to visit the Circus School to see what it looks like / speak to someone / buy equipment?
How do I sign up?
Do I have to buy any special equipment?
Are circus arts safe?
Does my child have to have experience or be strong, flexible, coordinated?
It is for both boys and girls?
What age groups are the classes for? Do you have anything for my 3 or 4 year old?
Can my child try out a class to see if they like it first?
Can I join if the session has already started?
What is the cancellation policy?
Can my teen join the children’s class? Can my teen join the adult class?
When are your Holiday closures?

What will be different this summer due to COVID public health guidelines for summer 2020?

-All programs will be for 8 year old’s and up only to best be able to manage distancing requirements. There will be no age exceptions this summer.
-New venue, outside, enjoying the summer (under shade and rain covers) where contagion risk is greatly reduced
-Smaller group, 4 to 6 kids in each cohort (to a maximum of 7) with their coach, each cohort will not mix with other cohorts.
-Closely following COVID public health guidelines for distancing, cleaning and group sizes and modifying whenever necessary to comply with guidelines if these change.
-No sharing of equipment, all participants for weekly classes must have their own equipment, we will provide all these items in our shop to be purchased online in advance. Only the trapeze and Lyra will be available for rent and disinfected between classes, pre-reservations are needed for these since we have limited quality.
-No cash nor internet onsite.
-Unicycling will be out this summer since we will be on grass and we cannot teach beginner without proximity and physical contact of holding their hand.
-End of week or session ‘show’ will be staggered for the groups. Parents will watch from a bit more of a distance outside the camp line.
-2 meter distancing is in effect for as long as it is recommended by the Ottawa public health. We will facilitate this with floor markers. No hands-on spotting from the coaches nor close proximity for the moment nor any contact activity between participants and therefore some modification for teaching skills and the curriculum will need to be implemented. The techniques will be taught more progressively and focus on making sure the students build the strength and body awareness necessary to be ready for each new technique as they progress minimizing the risks of injury, some moves will be avoided this summer and beginners will stay low to the ground for aerials and focus on the fundamentals for floor gymnastic. But note, even if we need to avoid certain moves that have higher risk there are so many low-risk moves we can do and have fun with during the programs. This may change if the restrictions are eased during the summer.
-Smaller group sizes to comply with the regulation will also have the advantage of offering a more personalized approach to the instruction and maximizing the learning of new skills and techniques.
-Our prices for aerial classes will be in line with our previous low-ratio price point only; this is unavoidable with the extra costs involved now with the COVID situation all classes are considered low-ratio. 1 subsidized spot with be available each week for camps.
-Screening will be in effect following the Ontario Day Camp guidelines, all participants and staff must self pre-screen including taking their temperature before coming each day and filling out a form online at home before coming to attest that they do not have any of the usual COVID symptoms. No one with symptoms will be allowed and will be recommended for testing, they may be allowed to return after 48 hours if testing negative and a doctor gives the all-clear.
-Masks are not recommended for aerial arts and floor gymnastics, the consensus in the circus field is that masks shifting while upsidedown or balancing could cause safety issues. Children readjusting marks could cause them to touch their faces more. For adult hooping and juggling, marks can be worn.
-Parents must provide at least 2 to 3 emergency contact numbers of people who could come pick up their child immediately if the child begins to have symptoms during the camp day. If a child does begin to show symptoms they will be isolated from the group and stay with a staff member at 2 meters apart while waiting for their pick up.

This page will be updated if any information changes.

Can I do drop-ins, can I make up missed classes?

Because of the added complication due to COVID and our outdoor space, we would like to keep things as simple as possible this year. Drop-ins or making up missed classes are not an option at this time, this could change over the summer but for the moment when you sign up for the 4 class session you are committed to those classes. Registration is transferable to another person.

Can I come in to visit the Circus School to see what it looks like / speak to someone/buy equipment?

Only participants will be allowed to enter the area, however, you can see from the outside what it looks like. There is not always a receptionist present at the circus school. Often during class times, only the coaches are present and they are usually busy teaching the students. All purchase of equipment must be done online and pick up is by appointment only. If you have questions, emailing or calling is best at this time.

How do I sign up?

Hover over the classes in our menu and then click the class you are interested in, you’ll find ‘register-now’ buttons on each class page, this which sends you to a third party registration system called amilia, once you are there you can create an account or sign in if you are returning and register.

Do I have to buy any special equipment?

Yes, as per our mention above you must have your own equipment for the classes this summer due to the COVID restriction of not sharing equipment. All items can be found on our shop page for online purchases and pick up by appointment.

Are circus arts safe?

We aim to minimize the risks of injury. We adhere to highest safety standards and prioritize the safety of all our participants. All the skills are taught progressively as we feel the student is ready to learn new skills. Aerial equipment is adjusted to different heights depending on age and skill level and crash mats are use for additional safety. Of course, like any physical activity muscle strain, bumps and bruises can happen as well as serious injuries but serious injury is rare.

Does my child have to have experience or be strong, flexible, coordinated?

Classes are for all levels of experience and fitness unless indicated for our intermediate levels. Everyone is welcome to the all-level classes.

It is for both boys and girls?

Absolutely!

What age groups are the classes for? Do you have anything for my 3 or 4 year old?

Classes begin at 8 years old during the pandemic. We will go back to starting at 6 years old once distancing regulations are eased.

Can my child try out a class to see if they like it first?

Normally we would accommodate this, but for this summer given the covid restriction there are no drop-ins and the 4 -week session is the only option. Please see all our photos and videos to get a very good sense or what we do. If it helps, when we did offer the option for trial classes, almost everyone signed up after.

Can I join if the session has already started?

As long as there is still space in a class we can take new registrations. Cost is pro-rated.

What is the cancellation policy?

There are no refunds for any reason.

The only exception is if the City of Ottawa shuts down the whole Circus School program entirely due to COVID we will refund you 50% of the remaining classes with a 3-day notice. With less then 3 days there will be no refunds. The idea being we share the risk 50-50 with our clients. And with less than 3 days we will still pay our coaches for their reserved time.

Can my teen join the children’s class? Can my teen join the adult class?

Teens 13 to 15 years old are welcome to join either the teen class or the classes for 8 to 12 year olds. If your teen age 13 to 17 would like to join an adult class it is by invitation only, please call us to discuss we usually will do a one time trial class if you are new to the circus school to make sure we feel that it would be a good fit and that the adult class keep the ambiance of a focused adult class. Playful teens will usually prefer joining the children’s classes over the adult classes.

Some registrations may need to be done over the phone or in person if the teen is a different age than the normal age restriction. Simpy give us a call to complete the registration over the phone or drop-in during open gym to register in person.

When are your Holiday closures?

See our schedule.