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COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Fall 2020

[UPDATED SEPTEMBER 12, 2020]

 

We are very excited to get our dancers back into the studio for our Fall 2020 session! We will begin offering a Hybrid Class Model in October which includes both virtual and in-studio training. We have divided the students into training cohorts which reduces interaction between students. If you have questions about which cohort your student is in please email office@DurhamSchoolforBallet.com.

 

We ask that you help us protect the health of our students, instructors and staff.  Anyone who is sick or was sick with COVID-19 or recently in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days — including staff, families, coworkers — should not come to class. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.

 

By working together, we can stay safe and have fun dancing together.

 

Release Form

All families will need to have a signed release form before participating in class. The form was presented during the online enrollment process including a self-assessment which should be completed before attending any in-studio activity. 

 

If a student has a runny nose, cough or fever, they will NOT be allowed at the studio, even if it might just be allergies. If someone in a student's close circle has a cough or fever we ask they do not attend class. Family members should NOT plan to wait at the studio.

 

We want to do everything we can to keep our dancers and their families safe and healthy, so we have put the following practices in place.

 

Germ Protocol for anyone entering the studio

  • Anyone in the building must wear a mask at all times, including during class 

  • Everyone must wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival, as well as on their way out

    • There are four auto hand sanitizer dispensers: (1) just inside front door, (2) as you enter the hallway, (3) adjacent to the bathrooms and (4) by the Studio 3 entrance

  • No bare feet/bodies

  • Shoes should be left in front lobby cubbies

  • Bags should be placed in the studio. Students are encouraged to pare down their belongings as much as possible, and to not bring extra things into the building that they don't need

  • Practice/dance-wear should be worn to and from class with a coverup for outside. No changing on premises

  • NO siblings, parents or other observers in the building (except for students age 4 and under, who are allowed ONE (1) parent in the lobby during drop-off)

  • The use of all props for classes is suspended until further notice

  • Our water dispenser and fountains will be COVERED & CLOSED, until further notice.  Please send your child in with plenty of LABELED bottled water for class.

  • Studios have been marked off in 10-foot squares in order to maintain social distancing

  • Bathrooms are labeled in accordance to which dance studio student will be attending class

  • No socialization pre- or post- class. As much as you'll want to catch up with friends that you've missed, NO hanging around the studio or lounge areas

 

Arrival and Dismissal

  • Face coverings should be worn prior to approaching the building. Bring extra. (More info on face coverings here)

  • Students should enter the building one at a time. We have Spotlight Stars to remind students to distance. Remaining outside until the studio is prepared for you allows time for the room to be disinfected 

  • All students will be given hand sanitizer when they enter and exit the studio

    • Students may also use their own hand sanitizer if they desire

  • Temperature checks will be administered to everyone who enters the building with a no-touch temporal scanner.  Anybody with a temperature higher than 100 degrees will be asked to return home

  • Students will be asked to verbally confirm COVID self-assessment

  • Street shoes to be removed and place in cubby. Put indoor shoes/dance shoes/socks on feet (no bare feet). Recommended students have inside shoes/socks in hand when entering the building

  • Student should head down the hall using the hand sanitizer provided or wash with soap & water in the designated bathroom

  • Student will then proceed to their dance studio

  • Dancers will be required to bring their own, pre-filled, water bottles labeled with their name to avoid contact with the water fountain.

  • In order to limit the number of people in the lobby, parents must drop off their child outside and remain in their cars or outside at pick up time.

    • One parent per dancer age 4 and under may remain in the lobby if a face mask is worn.

 

Class Routine

  • In order to allow for students to spread out during training the number of participants are limited. 

  • Dance classes will be limited to 10 students 

  • Primary classes are limited to 6 students

  • Aerial classes are limited to 4 students

  • The floor will be marked in 10-foot squares to help dancers distance from each other

  • We have updated the schedule to allow for staggered class start and end times.  This will limit the amount of students coming in and out of the building at a given time. Our intention is to keep each cohort separate from others. A cohort is established by the level of training received, students do not train outside their cohort. 

  • Our teachers remain committed to creating a positive, constructive, healthy environment.  Verbal instruction will be given throughout class and hands-on corrections will be limited.

  • If students need to use the bathroom they should use the designated bathroom in accordance to the studio they are training in 

 

Cleaning

  • High touch areas will be disinfected throughout the day, between classes and at the end of each day

  • Bathrooms will be disinfected frequently throughout the day, each studio is assigned a restroom to reduce mixing of cohorts

  • Non-Carpet floors will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day. Carpet will be vacuumed and sprayed with disinfectant at the end of each day. 

  • We have installed iWave technology. This is an air purifying device that, when air passes over the iWave, ions produced by the device reduce pathogens, allergens, particles, smoke and odors in the air, creating a healthy environment without producing any harmful byproducts.

 

If you have any questions or concerns with the safety or cleanliness of our facility please reach out directly to office@DurhamSchoolforBallet.com or ask to speak to the manager-on-duty

 

Please check back routinely as these policies and procedures may update from time to time.

 

Additional information regarding COVID can be found at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19 

Get involved

We appreciate all of your support for our studio family during this pandemic.  Unfortunately, due to our business structure we were ineligible for CARES Act funds and did not qualify for an EIDL loan.  While we have a couple of other lines of inquiry out there, we are still in need of your support and some of our families are in dire financial circumstances.  If you are able, please consider making a tuition gift on behalf of fellow dancers in need. 

 

 

 

Another way to help is by signing up for virtual or Hybrid Program classes -- they're currently what's allowing us to cover utilities and expenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope knowing how we are moving forward will ease your mind a bit. Know we miss you all!

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