Student Conduct & Safety Policies
Please thoroughly read through these policies with the student(s) you are enrolling at KPA. Your submission of agreement states that you fully understand these policies.
No-bullying atmosphere, as we take this very seriously, and will remove students from the rest of the camp/class/rehearsal period if we see any behavior(s) of bullying (including physical and verbal) other students, volunteers, instructors, or staff members.
*Respectful, positive attitude.
*Inclusive, friendly demeanor toward all fellow students.
*No vulgar language, inappropriate (sexual) language or touch, including refraining from gossip. KPA will not tolerate this type of behavior.
*Wears comfortable, modest (no loose clothing that reveals skin, including tops that are cropped, and short skirts or shorts) and easy to move in clothing and shoes (tennis shoes and jazz theatre shoes accepted. No street clothing or shoes please).
*Treats instructors, directors, and fellow students with respect & kindness.
*Treats facility and rehearsal space, and all set, props, and costumes with respect.
*Phones (and sound turned off) are to be put away during classes, camps, and rehearsals. KPA is not responsible for any lost phones, or left behind personal items.
*No smoking, drugs, or alcohol use. Students’s parents/guardians will be contacted and student will be promptly removed from KPA.
*No gum or messy snacks, foods, or beverages will be permitted during class, rehearsals, or performances. We desire to be good stewards of the spaces we are renting, in order to maintain a good relationship with the venues’ owners. Snack and lunch breaks will be permitted in designated spaces during camps and long rehearsals.
*Labeled water bottles are greatly encouraged for each class, camp, and rehearsal.
*Student and parent(s)/guardian(s) will positively accept the assigned role that student receives in any play or production cast in.
Kaleidoscope Performing Arts respectfully accepts students of all religious and personal beliefs, based around your culture or gender, and will not discriminate against anyone wishing to participate in our camps, classes, or productions. Knowing that KPA is a Christian-faith based performing arts company, students will be encouraged, affirmed in their abilities, and will hear about Christ’s truth & love through our words, actions, and prayer-time before camps, classes, and performances.
All romantic relationships, including those of differing lifestyle beliefs, will be greatly discouraged for students and volunteers. KPA is a performance based company that will strive to uphold the core values of the Christian faith, and will ask volunteers and students to keep all romantic interests, conversations around romantic interests, and identity outside of KPA’s rehearsals, classes, camps, and performances. We want everyone to feel comfortable, with a clear understanding, all while also being clear about our stance on this. KPA is a performance company, not a place for finding a romantic relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or making a stance on your lifestyle identity.
KPA is not affiliated with any specific denomination or church; however, KPA’s heart will be both to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), and seek to show love filled with truth. Even if students and their families have differing beliefs, parents and students agree to be respectful and not hold against KPA Christian beliefs, sue KPA over Christian beliefs, or disrespect what KPA represents or question the values, morals, and beliefs that KPA withholds. For further conversation and clarification on this policy, please contact the Owner/Artistic Director through the Contact Form.
KPA’s Christian Beliefs:
KPA’s Mission is to allow Christ to stir hearts into a closer relationship with Him through the art we create. KPA will not be preaching the gospel, but Jesus will be intertwined into everything instructed and created within music, dancing, and acting.
There is one living, sovereign God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Revelation 1:8; Isaiah 43:10-11; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19)
Jesus was sent by the Father to live on earth; he was fully God and fully human, yet had no sin. Jesus willingly laid down his life and, after three days, rose from the grave. In doing this, Jesus fulfilled the payment for the world’s debt of sin. (Luke 1:31, 35; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and Son to convict the world of sin and to empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. He lives in every believer and is a constant helper, teacher, and guide. (John 14:16-17)
We understand, having signed our student(s) up for a camp/class/production, and agree to these policies. We know that everything our student experiences from staff will be positive, encouraging, and intended to build up our student(s) performance skills and confidence through Christ’s love.
Please see our mission and heart statements in the ABOUT section for more information.
1st Warning: A gentle reminder.
2nd Warning: Pulled aside to talk and possible 5 minute break.
3rd or 4th Warning: Calling parents to pick up for the remaining class time.
Classes must continue to run, even with disruptions. KPA is full of grace and aims to find understanding from certain behaviors students may exhibit, but will not tolerate constant misbehavior. If a parent needs to be called to pick up their child, no refunds for that class will be available. Students will be welcome back the following day if they abide to the student conduct responsibly and respectfully.
KPA ADULT/YOUTH ENGAGEMENT POLICY:
Kaleidoscope Performing Arts (KPA) has zero tolerance of child abuse. As a company that primarily serves children, our highest priority is child safety. It is the policy of KPA to protect youth by providing a safe space to learn and grow. We strive to ensure our policies embody the highest safety standards for the young people we serve.
This policy is communicated and applied to all staff, contractors, volunteers, student actors, and students taking summer and seasonal classes and productions. Questions about interpreting this policy should be directed to KPA’s Artistic Director through email or a phone call.
Definitions: For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:
Adult: Any person 21 years of age or older who is an employee, intern, independent contractor, or volunteer at KPA.
Youth: Any person 20 years of age or younger, involved in KPA programming, who is a student, actor, volunteer, intern, or employee. Individuals who are considered a “youth” at KPA throughout a particular program or production in which they are involved, even if they turn 21 during the course of the program or production.
Private Space: All non-public spaces including any office space, dressing room, bathroom, and rehearsal room.
Public Space: Any common area, accessible to the general public or to those granted access to the facilities including lobbies, hallways, and the theatre or auditorium in which we are using.
MANDATORY BACKGROUND CHECKS:
Background checks, including criminal history and the National Sex Offender database checks, are conducted for every position hired, and KPA will conduct periodic checks for positions working directly with children. These background checks are conducted in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other legal requirements. Background checks are not permitted for individuals under 18.
KPA will prohibit Adult interactions with youth outside of scheduled rehearsals, performances, classes/camps, or KPA-sanctioned professional activities. This includes phone calls and texts from Adult staff, volunteers, and contracted employees.
Safe Ratios/Rule of 3: KPA intends to have at least 2 adults present in each class/camp at all times when youth are in the building, but at a minimum follows the ‘Rule of 3,’ meaning no Adult will be one-on-one with a youth in a private space. Specific guidelines with respect to fraternization include, without limitation:
Adults must comply with the Rule of 3. However, should Adults need to work one-on-one with youth (beginning of class while waiting for other students, during class for discussion, instruction, or coaching), the Adult will do so either in a public space or the door to any private space will remain fully open providing access to a public space.
Adults working for KPA may not offer and/or give rides to youth at any time, for any reason (unless the adult and youth are family members). However, in certain limited circumstances where KPA-sanctioned professional activities require it and where parent authorization is provided, an adult may provide a ride to a youth.
Adults may not host or accept invitations to parties hosted by youth or their family, unless the entire cast or class is invited and the youth’s parent/guardian is present.
We recognize that adults may have relationships with a youth’s family outside of KPA (whether related or not); these rules do not apply to those relationships and applies only to KPA-related rides or parties.
In some instances, younger children will be accompanied to the bathroom by a youth or adult volunteer, but minor children will be expected to use the bathroom alone and without assistance. Youth or adult volunteer will wait outside in public space while the child(ren) uses the bathroom.
REHEARSALS, TECH WEEK, AND CLASSES WHERE SETS ARE USED:
KPA welcomes the enthusiastic help of all students who wish to help as a crew or tech member. At times during rehearsals and tech/dress rehearsal week, students may be asked to move set pieces or props. Safety is extremely important to prevent accidents. We aim to keep students safe, and will not allow any really heavy set pieces or props to be moved by students unless parents/guardians are aware, and agree to their student(s) helping in this area. An email confirmation from the parent/guardian will be needed to permit their student to helping as a crew or tech helper. By submitting your agreement having read this, parents and students both understand this policy, and will not hold KPA responsible for any accidents or possible death that could take place.
Please contact KPA if you wish to omit your student from helping move set pieces and props during rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances.
PICK UP & DROP OFF:
For youth ages 5-13, parents must come into the building to pick up their children. Youth in 9th-12th grade may leave on their own. In the rare event there is one adult and two youths in the building, we ask that both youths stay until the last pick up arrives (Application Rule of 3). It is the responsibility of the adult in the building to make the request for this requirement. A diagram of parking lot use and instructions will be emailed to all parents prior to camp/class/rehearsals beginning.
KPA follows a faith-filled biblical stance in all these areas, and will protect youth at all cost.