COVID-19 Update

Dear Members of the ACH Clear Pathways Community:


The following is an update to the ACH Clear Pathways response to the COVID-19 crisis, following the order of Governor Wolf on March 16, 2020 that all non-essential businesses across the Commonwealth close:


ACH Clear Pathways’ top priority is the safety and security of our participants, staff, community partners and guests so that we can continue to provide the arts education and facility experience they expect and deserve. The decisions we make are to keep our people and our facility safe and to preserve as much as possible its use as a community asset.

All events scheduled at the Kauffman Center Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium through April 30, 2020, are canceled, regardless of anticipated attendance.


All employees capable of working remotely are asked to do so.  For those employees who do not have the capability to work remotely, they may report to the office and social distancing procedures must be followed. All determinations regarding employee work arrangements shall be made by the executive director.


After School Arts Program

  • The ACH Clear Pathways After School Arts Program has been suspended through at least April 30, 2020.  This action was taken in response to the closure of Pittsburgh Public Schools in accordance with the decision of Governor Wolf to close all schools across the Commonwealth through at least April 30, 2020. After April 30, 2020, the schedule of the ACH Clear Pathways After School Program will continue to follow the schedule of the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Kaufmann Center/Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium

  • The ACH Clear Pathways Kaufmann Center and Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium is closed to the public starting today, March 16, 2020 until at least April 30, 2020.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take direction from local and state officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will issue additional communications as needed with an update on the status of the facility.

  •  All events scheduled at the Kaufmann Center Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium through April 30th with expected attendance of 50 or more will be canceled.  ACH Clear Pathways staff will be in contact with the organizers of each event to make rescheduling arrangements, if possible.

ACH Clear Pathways Operations

  • ACH Clear Pathways office remain open during normal business hours. Executive management is, however, encouraging preventative measures, including social distancing as recommended by the CDC.

  • Our maintenance team has enhanced its usual cleaning practices to address hygiene in high-use areas.  This includes increased frequency of and enhanced sanitization and cleaning of all surfaces and touch points.

  • Employees should report to work as usual. ACH Clear Pathways will follow CDC guidelines for implementing mitigation strategies in the workplace.  Management will consider each employee’s circumstances to develop remote work plans when feasible and appropriate. 

ACH Clear Pathways is taking this action to do our part in practicing social distancing that may help protect the community from the spread of COVID-19. Our participants, visitors and our dedicated staff who serve our participants and their families were considered in this decision.  Whether your child is a student in our after school program, or you are an attendee at an event, a community partner, supporter, or donor, our entire organization takes great pride in providing the Kaufmann Center and Elsie H. Hillman facility for arts programming and community events.


As you are aware, this is a complex, challenging, and fluid crisis which continues to evolve rapidly. Accordingly, all guidelines are subject to change and/or extension as deemed necessary by ACH Clear Pathways leadership.  We are actively engaged in monitoring and responding to this crisis on a daily basis to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of the ACH Clear Pathways community. Be assured we will continue to keep you apprised of the situation through our normal communication channels, social media and our website. 


In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to follow CDC guidelines to protect your personal health by taking the following steps to protect yourself and others:


  • Clean your hands often

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands..  

  • Avoid close contact

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

    • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

  • Stay home if you’re sick

    • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

    • Throw used tissues in the trash.

    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Wear a facemask if you are sick 

    • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

  • Clean and disinfect

    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

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510 Heldman Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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