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Updated COVID-19 Precautions

The following protocols are based on recommendations from local, state and federal agencies, and were reviewed by multiple health professionals. The below protocols are updated and are enforced for Summer 2021.

We reserve the right to adjust these protocols based on the changing circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic. The safety and health of our Dance Connection Families is of the utmost importance.

All procedures are mandatory unless noted otherwise.

Here are the updated protocols the Dance Connection staff will follow to keep our families safe:  

  • Children under 12 must wear masks upon entering the studio. All families should send their child into the studio with a mask.
  • All staff, faculty, and guests that are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks. An office staff person will ask your vaccination status upon entering the studio.
  • Children will wear masks up until they are in the studio, ready for their class. Though they will not be required to wear masks while dancing, they will be given spots so they can stay apart.
    • Children may still be asked to wear masks during the day if they are not able to keep socially distant.
  • During camps and intensives, dancers will be distanced for lunch and snacks.

We will continue to do the following:

  • Extra Cleaning
    • Though we have always cleaned our studios daily, we are intensifying our daily cleaning processes by wiping down spaces multiple times a day, with ballet barres and surfaces being wiped down in between classes.
  • Air quality
    • We’ve updated our HVAC system and installed a Merv-13 filter which will be changed every 3 months. In addition, we have HEPA quality air purifiers in both studios. The fans in the studio will remain on at all times.
  • Distancing in Studio & Lobby 
    • We’ve taped spaces on the floors in the studio so that dancers have clear social distance markings to follow. We’ve also adjusted the layout of the lobby so our dancers maintain social distancing while they are entering and exiting.
  • Staggered breaks
    • Teachers are staggering water breaks and bathroom breaks.

We continue to ask for your help to keep all our families safe:

  • Masks
    • Everyone entering the studio must wear a mask. All teachers, staff, students and family members entering the studio will be required to wear masks.
    • Masks must be worn properly. All masks must be worn properly covering the nose and chin.
    • During class, dancers will be allowed to take their masks off, but remain distanced. If dancers cannot remain safely distanced, they will be asked to put their mask back on.
    • During intense exercise, dancers will be allowed to remove their mask, at the teacher’s discretion provided they maintain social distancing at all times. No dancer may remove their mask without first asking permission from the teacher.
  • Fewer guests and visitors in the studio
    • Parents will not be allowed in the lobby or in the building. Exceptions include younger children who need a parent present and parents of children who are trying class for the first time. If your child is 5+ years old, please contact us if you would like clearance to stay in the lobby during class.
  • Distancing
    • All students, staff, and visitors are asked to maintain social distancing whenever possible.
    • During classes—As mentioned above, tape marks on the floor will assist dancers in maintaining a six-foot distance from one another.
    • Lobby—Parents who are staying in the lobby are asked to maintain distanced six feet apart.
  • Food
    • No food is allowed in the studio. We’ve removed the coffee machine. We ask that you only send your child with water. Summer camp and team dancers who are at the studio for long periods of time will be instructed on where and when they can eat.
  • Bring only what you need
    • Dancers should arrive at class dressed and ready for class. Please bring only your shoes and a water bottle. Avoid bringing a dance bag if possible. The dressing room will be off limits.
  • Hand washing and hand sanitizer
    • We ask that all dancers use hand sanitizer or wash their hands upon entering the studio. Instructors and students will wash hands between classes and during breaks.
  • Entrance screenings
    • All staff, students, and parents must be screened before entering the building. Screening involves:
      • A staff member will check your temperature. A temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will be considered a fever and your child will be asked to take class from home.
      • A staff member will ask you if you have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19. If you or a family member have been exposed to COVID-19 please follow CDC guidelines, and return to the studio with a negative test result. Your child may take class virtually from home until then.
      • A staff member will ask if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. If you or a family member are experiencing symptoms, please follow CDC guidelines and return to the studio with a negative test result. Your child may take class virtually from home until then. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, cough shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell
  • Feeling sick?
    • No dancer should come to the studio if they are feeling under the weather, or sick in the slightest. If you or your family has knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please do your part and self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Drop off & Pick up
    • We’ve assigned entrance and exit doors and scheduled 10 minutes between classes to reduce traffic in the lobby. No dancer will be allowed in the building until 5 minutes before class time.
    • Drop off—To keep classes running smoothly and on-time, we ask that all parents drop their children off 5 minutes before their class time at the entrance door (the door near the office).
    • Pick-up—A teacher or staff member will make sure your child is ready for pick-up within the last 5 minutes of class. Child pick-up is located at the exit door (the door near the lobby). Please be on-time to pick up your child. 

Nothing is more important to us than the well-being of our families, so if you have any questions about our COVID-19 policies, please contact us.