Dear Friends of Perkins Center for the Arts,
We at Perkins Center are committed partners to providing a healthy learning and teaching environment. Earlier in the week, we sent a message to our community about the importance of prioritizing public health and safety. We are monitoring daily updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the New Jersey Department of Health. At Perkins, the health and well being of our entire community (parents, teachers, students, and staff) is our highest priority.
Perkins Winter classes, which are coming to a close this week, will finish the Winter Session. At the present time, make up classes will occur the week of March 16 as planned. Any changes to this schedule will be communicated directly to enrolled students.
DeCafe House Concert & Photo 38 Awards Exhibition: In accordance with the recommendations by public health authorities Perkins has chosen to postpone both its DeCafe House Concert event scheduled for Friday, March 13 and Photo38 Opening Reception on Saturday, March 14. The decision to postpone was not taken lightly. We recognize and acknowledge the inconvenience this postponement may cause. However, this decision was made out of concern for the health and well-being of our attendees, the artists and our greater community. We will publicly communicate new event dates once they are set.
Perkins Center practices a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting routine to the restrooms and common high-traffic areas and will continue to disinfect all its surfaces. While Perkins Center for the Arts cannot ensure a virus-free environment, Perkins is following all cleaning and safety procedures as outlined by the CDC. Additionally, Perkins has ensured an increased number of hand sanitation stations in its facilities. Disposable, disinfectant wipes have been and will continue to be provided, as quantities allow. Staff is performing daily sanitation procedures in all areas of the building to include (but not limited to) doorknobs, handrails, surfaces and restrooms.
At this time, the CDC recommends basic infection control and prevention measures such as, staying home when ill and practicing good respiratory and hand hygiene. Cleaning and disinfecting also serve an important part of the broad approach to preventing the spread of any infectious disease.
Please remember:
  • NO ONE should attend Perkins Classes, lessons or programs with acute fever, and you must be fever-free for 24 hours, without the assistance of medication prior to returning.
  • If you are exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms, please consider staying home.
  • Please note that the best ways to prevent infection continue to be:
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds but especially:
    • Before you eat,
    • After you handle money,
    • After using any restroom,
    • When you get home from wherever you’ve been.
  • In addition:
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when ill and avoid close contact with others.
    • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and throw away tissues, and
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Perkins Center for the Arts appreciates your cooperation throughout the continued assessment of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks and thanks you in advance for your partnership in creating the best healthy learning and teaching environment possible for all.
For future events, we will continue to monitor the decisions made by our Municipal, County and State officials. Perkins Center for the Arts is committed to the well-being of all of the visitors who come to the buildings.
For continued information and updates check here.
We thank you for your support as we learn more daily about the COVID-19 virus.