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COVID-19 Policies



While there are many opinions and struggles related to COVID-19 our business goal remains the same; to EmpowerYOU.  Below we have outlined some expectations we have at EmpowerMe Arts.  EMA decisions are solely based in wanting to keep our staff and students as healthy and safe as possible. We believe all people deserve to be respected, heard, loved, and empowered to go forward in their gifts! Let’s be as kind as possible to one another. 


A few rules to live by: 

  1. We expect mutual common courtesy from and for you regarding symptoms.  

  2. Our boundaries are there to love you well so we can make the most of every experience. 

  3. Acknowledge that we’re all traumatized from our COVID experiences.

  4. We are here for you. If you want to talk just ask- we’ll be happy to make time for you!

Thank you,

Sarah Jolk and the EmpowerMe Arts Team

Now to the nitty gritty….. 

What to do if you have symptoms? 

Please refer to the symptom chart below for any of our services.  We expect mutual common courtesy for and from you regarding symptoms.  


If symptoms (1 or more from #1, 2 or more from #2) are happening but everyone feels up to a lesson we are happy to offer the option of a high-quality online lesson at your same scheduled time.  We are FULLY set up to offer a great experience and will be happy to help you with any technology or setup questions*.  Because we offer the option to hold lessons online we do not offer to do a make up at another time.  If your teacher is out for any reason and a substitute is also not available; at that point only we will reschedule or offer you a credit for your class/lesson.


Any make-up issued must be used within 30 days of the missed class or lesson.  Makeups are not given for group classes.  If EmpowerMe Arts is unable to provide a service with any instructor we will refund you for that missed class.  


*technology questions must be arranged prior to the lesson at a time we are not already teaching OR you must acknowledge that some of your lesson time will be taken up with this setup.


Symptom Chart based on Valley Medical Center’s Employee Work Standards


If there is a time your teacher cannot make the class a substitute will be arranged based on availability and ability.  We always strive for consistency for everyone while supporting and empowering our staff in their artistry.  Our talented staff are completely capable of stepping in for one another and continuing the student’s education if the need arises (just as in any school).  You/your student are welcome to decline the lesson if your main teacher is unavailable but a makeup or refund will not be offered unless no teacher is available.


*If there are issues with a specific teacher that would cause a student to be uncomfortable we expect you would have already notified us as this would be extremely important to us.

Ongoing Safety Precautions

In general as a business we will comply with government guidance. 


Additional measures in place are as follows: 

  • Masks can be worn by staff by prior request

  • Masks available for adults and children upon request.

  • Hand sanitizing available in each learning space.

    • We have fragrance free lotion available if hands are dry from this.  

  • Single-use washable hand towels in the bathroom.

  • Full-service bathroom for hand washing if sanitizer is uncomfortable to use.

  • Quality air purifier in the smaller learning space. 

  • Social distancing as much as possible. 


Offsite Precautions

When hosting events at other venues we will do our best to sanitize and provide opportunities for social distancing depending on current guidelines. Our staff will always adhere to the symptoms checklist above and we ask attendees of our classes to do the same.  If you prefer more distance in a class setting we are always happy to accommodate you to the best of our ability, please ask.

While we will do our best to keep things clean and mitigate risk of sickness, EmpowerMe Arts, Sarah & Kalen Jolk, Jolk Enterprises, or any of their staff/agents hold no liability for person(s) contracting illness while interacting with us in any venue.

Thank you,

Sarah and Kalen Jolk


We welcome any questions you may have!  Feel free to text or ask in person.  And as always please let us know if there’s anything we can do to make your experience better. 

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Questions? Please contact us!

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