UPDATE JULY 22, 2020
For our fall season, we will run our three after-school programs with modifications to protect instructors and participants. We know that as most local schools are returning in a virtual format, the Girls Garage in-person experience will be more valuable than ever. However, please know that we are proceeding with extreme caution and care in order to ensure the safety of participants and our staff. We will also continue to monitor the local and state ordinances, and may make adjustments prior to or during the season. We are cautious, yet very excited, to have the opportunity to build with girls in-person!
- Welding and Steel Work will not be held this fall, due to physical proximity of supported instruction and shared protective equipment
- Carpentry + Woodworking will run four, 4-week sessions on Tuesdays or Thursdays, in groups of four girls each (participants should enroll in only ONE session, as all sessions will be the same content)
- Advanced Design/Build will run on the normal schedule with a smaller cohort of girls (12 maximum) who will build outside when possible
- Protest + Print will run on the normal schedule with a smaller cohort of girls (10 maximum) who will meet in-person and/or virtually for the design phase and then work on a large-scale outdoor mural
We continue to monitor and comply with each new Alameda County and City of Berkeley Health Officer Order, as well as following state and national guidelines.
- All classes will operate with reduced group sizes; girls will work outside as much as possible (in the front and rear parking lot areas of the building)
- Instructors and participants will wear face masks for the entire duration of our time together
- Everyone will maintain six feet of social distance, except when closer or more hands-on support is necessary for safety
- Everyone will wash hands upon arrival, after working, after touching their face, and after using the restroom
- Staff will wipe down and disinfect tools, surfaces, and fixtures before and after each session
- Staff will wipe down and disinfect machinery and facilities between uses
Parents can help us minimize points of contact by waiting in cars until the doors open rather than congregating on sidewalks, keeping girls home if they are feeling ill or have a fever, not entering the workshop at pick-up or drop-off, and by continuing to keep your social pods as small as possible.
Registration opens August 1. We can’t wait to see you this fall!
UPDATE APRIL 1, 2020
First of all, we hope that you are all doing well, staying safe and healthy during this uncertain time. Please know that Girls Garage is working hard to stay updated on the latest COVID-19 information, and making program decisions in the interest of our community’s collective health.
Our physical workshop is currently closed and all weekend workshops have been postponed and will be rescheduled. Our spring classes will take place in a new online format. We are still planning to run summer programs, but will make updates in response to any new COVID-19 mandates. Families of girls enrolled in any programs have been (and will continue to be) contacted with new information as decisions are made.
During this uncharted time while our doors are closed, we’re doing all we can to stay connected to our fearless builder girls. We can’t wait to have you back in the workshop, but until we can safely do so, we’re providing a suite of distance learning programming including videos, online classes, and new take-home builder kits! There’s no better time to flex your muscles and cultivate a builder mindset by focusing on creativity and problem-solving.
MARCH 12, 2020
We know that there is much uncertainty about COVID-19, and that the information is dynamic and changing every day. While we are a small-group workspace, and our programs average only 12 participants and 2 instructors, we recognize that minimizing exposure is the only way to contain the spread of COVID-19. As of now, our upcoming spring (April-May) after-school programming and summer camps (June-August) will take place as planned, following the precautions listed below. Our weekend workshops will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, based on the workshop activity and our ability to deliver safe tool instruction versus maintaining social distance. We are closely monitoring the latest information from the CDC and other local (county and city) agencies, and will adjust accordingly based on an informed judgement about the risk to our community’s health. If we cancel any paid programming, alternate program dates and full refunds will be granted to all registered participants.
Please know that Girls Garage is taking all recommended precautions to keep our workspace and community healthy. This includes:
- Asking all participants and staff to wash their hands upon arrival and after working or eating,
- Posting signage about proper hand-washing technique,
- Maintaining social distance (arms-length), with the exception of limited hands-on support for safe tool instruction,
- Wiping down and sanitizing all surfaces (work tables, desks, bathroom fixtures, door knobs) and safety equipment before and after each program, and
- Asking participants who are feeling ill to stay home.
Thank you for your trust in us as we all navigate this concerning and rapidly-changing moment.