YADA F.A.Q.

This section of the website (updated May, 2024) is designed to provide you with information about YADA - THE YOUTH ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS and to help with any questions you may have about our IN PERSON program. Please take the time to review this information with your child and direct any comments or questions you may have to our YADA staff by emailing us at yadakids@yada.org or call us at 323-655-9232.

Please note that this is an ever-changing environment and we will continue to follow the guidance from the CDC & PHD. Anything in blue font is a helpful link with further information!

  • Employees and program participants who contract Covid-19 and have symptoms of illness must self-isolate away from YADA facilities for at least the first 24 hours after a positive test.
  • After the first 24 hours, if the employee/program participant has been fever-free without the use of medication for at least 24 hours AND if symptoms are improving overall for at least 24 hours, they may return to YADA for work or program participation while wearing a well-fitting face mask for at least 5 days after symptoms onset or after testing positive for Covid-19, whichever comes first.
  • Employees and program participants who test positive for Covid-19 but do not have any symptoms of illness may continue with work shifts and programs as scheduled with no interruption/isolation but should wear a well-fitting face mask for at least 5 days after a positive test.
  • Anyone testing positive for Covid-19 may be mask-free in a YADA class or performance facility within those 5 days if they have 2 negative tests sequentially taken 48 hours apart.
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MASKS:

    • Typically, masks are optional at YADA. YADA reserves the right to change the conditions for attendance including mask requirements at any point in order to respond to school safety needs. Parents will be notified via email if mask protocols change.
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SHOW & AUDIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • YADA performances will be in front of a live audience!
  • Tickets are $20 each.
  • Masks are optional for performances.
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COVID-19 TESTING:

  • Typically YADA does not require regular weekly testing. YADA reserves the right to change the conditions for attendance including testing requirements at any point in order to respond to school safety needs. Parents will be notified via email if testing protocols change.
  • YADA will be asking families to please test on their own prior to returning to YADA after any travel or large social gathering. This testing will be on the honor system and you will not need to provide results to YADA.
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Vaccines?

  • All YADA staff members are fully vaccinated for in person classes and camps.
  • We strongly urge all eligible students to get vaccinated for COVID-19, but it is not a requirement. YADA requires the same vaccinations as LAUSD as a precondition for attendance.
  • If your child does have the Covid-19 vaccine, simply upload a copy of it to your Campintouch Account. Please cover all medical information.
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WHEN TO QUARANTINE?

    • Employees and program participants who contract Covid-19 and have symptoms of illness must self-isolate away from YADA facilities for at least the first 24 hours after a positive test.
    • After the first 24 hours, if the employee/program participant has been fever-free without the use of medication for at least 24 hours AND if symptoms are improving overall for at least 24 hours, they may return to YADA for work or program participation while wearing a well-fitting face mask for at least 5 days after symptoms onset or after testing positive for Covid-19, whichever comes first.
    • Employees and program participants who test positive for Covid-19 but do not have any symptoms of illness may continue with work shifts and programs as scheduled with no interruption/isolation but should wear a well-fitting face mask for at least 5 days after a positive test.
    • Anyone testing positive for Covid-19 may be mask-free in a YADA class or performance facility within those 5 days if they have 2 negative tests sequentially taken 48 hours apart.
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Outdoor Space

  • YADA 3rd Street and YADA Studio City both have beautiful outdoors spaces for kids and staff to take breaks.
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I AM IN A POD WITH SOME OTHER FAMILIES. CAN OUR KIDS BE IN THE SAME GROUP?

  • Yes, if you have your own pod/cohort, please email yadakids@yada.org to inquire about the possibility of creating your own cast or technique pod!
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WILL THERE BE SHARED ROOMS?

  • Yes and YADA has also created a beautiful outdoor space for breaks and lunch breaks. It will be right behind the building where the cars used to park.
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WHAT DOES MY CHILD BRING TO YADA?

  • GO MINIMAL: In order to avoid children mingling in areas with all of their belongings, we are asking that each child only bring the following to class:
    • A water bottle
    • 1 snack (YADA has a “No Nut Policy.”)
    • Comfortable clothes: that you can easily to move in.
    • Appropriate footwear: Shoes must be closed toed. No flip flops. Sneakers are allowed but YADA recommends proper dance shoes such as ballet or jazz.
    • Pencil
    • Highlighter
    • Scripts and binders will be given out in class, please be sure to bring them each week.
  • PARENTS: Please complete your important documents before the first day of class/camp. To access your family's forms click here. No child will be allowed to participate in YADA until all necessary forms are completed. 
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IMPORTANT FORMS

  • THE FOLLOWING FORMS ARE REQUIRED TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOUR CHILD’S ENROLLMENT CAN BE FINALIZED. ALL FORMS CAN BE FOUND IN YOUR CAMPINTOUCH ACCOUNT AND NEED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP/CLASS.

  1. IMMUNIZATION RECORDS
  2. HEALTH HISTORY
  3. PERFORMER PROFILE
  4. VERIFICATION FORM
  5. AUTHORIZED GROWN-UPS
  6. TEXT MESSAGE OPT-IN
  7. PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE FORM
  8. COVID WAIVER AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS
  9. COVID VACCINATION (OPTIONAL)

Drop off_ Pick Up Procedures
YADA Carline Directions

DROP OFF/PICK UP PROCEDURES?

YADA 3rd St. DROP OFF/PICK UP
  • Drop off window starts 15 minutes before class & pick up window ends 15 minutes after class. Please arrive within your assigned windows.
  • If you are running late of if you will arrive past your cast's pick up window, please call our office at 323-655-9232.
  • Pickups past the 15 minute window will incur a late fee of $1 per minute.
  • You may pick your student up and drop them off at the back alley entrance via walk-up OR carline, or use our front lobby. If you choose to participate in carline, please stay in your car until you reach the front of the line when your child will then get in/out.
  • To prevent a back up on 3rd St., please enter the carline from the North on Kilkea. (see diagram) We will not allow a south entrance into the alley.
  • If you've reached the front of the carline and it is not your child's window for drop off or pick up, you will have to drive around. You cannot idle in the alley.
  • If you need assistance checking your child in, please park and enter the front lobby so our staff can guide you!
  • You can get ticketed by the city if you are blocking the sidewalk, driveways, or backed up on Kilkea or 3rd Street.
  • At pickup, a YADA staff member will bring your child to your car when you reach the front of the car line.

YADA Studio City DROP OFF/PICK UP

  • All drop off and pick up will be in the front parking lot of YADA Studio City.

YADA Playa Vista DROP OFF/PICK UP

  • YADA Playa Vista shares space with the amazing Argo Navis School, located at 5456 McConnell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

  • If your child is in TOTS level please park your car and walk to the front lobby of the Argo Navis School to drop off or pick up your child with a YADA staff member.

  • All other levels: Please park and drop off/pick up at the side gate of the Argo Navis School, next to the main lobby entrance on McConnell.

  • A YADA staff member will greet you at either entrance to help facilitate check in/out.

  • Late drop off/ early pickup: Please let our office know if you are running late by calling 323-655-9232 or emailing yadakids@yada.org.

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WHAT TO DO IF I AM LATE?

To ensure the safety of students and staff, we ask all families to please make every effort to arrive on time.
  • If you know in advance that you cannot avoid being late, please call the office at 323-655-9232.
  • On the day that you are tardy, you must phone ahead to the office and alert them that you're arriving. They will notify your child’s teachers, who will come to check your child in as soon as feasible so as not to disrupt the other students in rehearsal.
We thank you for always being on time for class and for your patience with all drop off/pick procedures.
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WHAT TO DO IF I AM LATE FOR PICK-UP?

  • Children who remain at YADA for more than 15 minutes after the end of class will be charged a late fee of $1.00 per minute.
  • If you are unavoidably stuck in traffic, or have a last-minute emergency and cannot be here on time, please call YADA @ 323-655-9232 so we can let your child know you are on your way.
  • The reason for this is most children become very anxious once all the other children have been picked up.
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WHAT CLEANING MEASURES WILL BE TAKEN?

  • A professional cleaning company will deep clean the used spaces twice a week.
  • YADA will have sprayers that staff will use after each class has left the facility to clean the space.
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VISITOR POLICY 

    • YADA has a closed classroom policy. All drop-off and pick-up will take place outside YADA, with the exception of our TOTS and Pre-Primary classes at 3rd St.
    • Tots parents and caregivers are encouraged to remain in the lobby for bathroom assistance.
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WILL KIDS BE SHARING COSTUMES? WHAT ABOUT WIGS, MAKEUP AND MICS?

  • YADA will be providing costumes, make-up, hats and sometimes wigs.
  • The actors will be wearing mics on their show day.
  • Show Clothes must be worn under costumes on both dress rehearsal AND show days. Show Clothes consist of a flesh toned tank top and bike shorts.  ALL actors will arrive to YADA with show clothes under their costumes regardless if they change costumes or not. This is so a YADA Team member can easily put on the actor's body microphone and also for costume changes. See graphics below for various types of show clothes.
IN PERSON YADA WINTER 2022 FAMILY HANDBOOK DRAFT
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HOW CAN WE BE SURE THE OTHER STUDENTS AND STAFF ARE HEALTHY AND FOLLOWING PROTOCOLS ON THEIR OWN?

  • Theatre is all about community. It is all about trust. We cannot put on a show without trusting our fellow performers to do their part and to take care of us as well. The same is true for this time in our lives. It is more important than ever to do our own part to take care of ourselves and our families in order to take care of each other.
  • All YADA staff members are following the CDC and PHD guidelines for COVID-19 testing.

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