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COVID-19 STUDIO POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

General Studio Protocol

Entry and Exit

  • Studio Entry: Sanitation Station Protocols: At the entry of each building there is a sanitation station set up containing hand sanitizer and an instant-read infrared thermometer.  Anyone entering the building must apply hand sanitizer and take temperature before entering each building. 
  • We ask that all parents, whose children will need assistance getting into their studio, escort them into the building and to their designated studio space. If you are entering the building with your student you must follow sanitation procedures listed above. 
  • We will be limiting the number of parents (in the building) walking their students to or from a class at any time (one parent/representative per family only please). . We will be allowing parents to wait inside the building under the condition that they are observing social distancing protocols and wearing face coverings in all common areas.

Masks

  • We continue to require masks for all staff, dancers, and visitors on-site, outside of the classroom. This is non-negotiable unless there is a medical exception. 
  • Inside the classroom: once dancers have entered the studio and are fully prepared to begin class, masks may be removed for those under 10 years old or those with a medical condition or disability which prevents them from wearing a mask, and they have filled out our exception waiver. Fill out the Mask Exemption Form HERE.  Dancers are asked to put their mask in a bag if they are in the category that allows them not to wear it in class. 
  • We require students to maintain a 6-foot distance from the nearest dancer(s).

What to bring in

  • Please have your dancers arrive dressed and ready for class with as little to no baggage as possible.
  • A (labeled) self-sealing water bottle, a snack (if there for multiple hours, no sharing please), and a change of dance shoes, if applicable in a small bag or backpack. 
  • If more than one class, please have them dress in a way as to eliminate/minimize the need to completely change clothes (for example, if your dancer has a ballet class sometime in the evening, we ask that they come in ballet clothes and leave them on for the entire evening. They can add jazz shorts and roll up convertible tights for other classes).

Social Distancing

  • Please ask your dancer to observe social distancing protocol in the common areas and classrooms and to avoid physical contact with others. We all love to shake hands and hug but, for now, just wave and say hello to others from a distance.
  • Our teachers will be directing students verbally with minimal contact, for hands-off corrections (unless necessary), at this time. If spotting or hands on correction is needed, instructors will sanitize before and after. If you wish for your dancer not to have hands-on correction, please email info@balancedancestudios.com 
  • Social distancing reminders have been posted around the studio.

Parameters for Entry

  • Please do not attend on-campus if you feel ill, or have had a fever or any symptoms of any illness within the past 10 days. We would love to see you but, if you are at risk, have a compromised immune system, are sick, are showing signs of respiratory illness, currently have a fever above 99.6, have been around anyone that has been sick, or are over the age of 65, feel free to take advantage of our online classes from the comfort and safety of your own home. This also applies if you have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or if you live with someone that is at risk, sick, showing signs of respiratory illness, anyone who currently has a fever above 99.6 or you’ve been around anyone that has been sick in the past 10 days. 
  • Spot temperature checks are being conducted for anyone entering the facility. If their temperature is 99.7 or higher, we will test them again in 15 minutes and, if it remains at that level, we will not allow them to remain on the premises.
  • For the Bravo building, the new studio entrance is on the side of the building facing Westgate, under the “College Nannies and Tutors” sign. We have a nice new lobby for our parents to wait and observe classes via our observation TVs.

Class times

  • For now, classes will be 5 minutes shorter to accommodate cleaning/sanitizing time in between each class, so please factor that in when you consider pick up times (ex.a 5pm class that normally dismisses at 5:55pm will dismiss at 5:50pm).

Break between classes

  • For students with breaks between classes, please remind them of your family’s rules around social distancing, and please instruct them to honor these guidelines during this downtime as well.

Equipment

  • Please encourage your dancers to bring any individual equipment they may need, for example, a yoga mat, or any props necessary for class. Please disinfect at home before bringing. We will have some equipment provided for classes if needed. 

We are asking that our families

  • Take your child’s temperature before heading to the studio.
  • Keep your dancer home if he/she/they have a cough, runny nose, or the slightest health concern, even if you believe it may be allergies. All dancers must be symptom-free to be allowed into either building.

Talk with your children before coming to the studio about your family’s “rules”, including whether or not they should wear a mask, and instruct them around social distancing parameters and the studios’ guidelines. 

Sanitation Measures

  • We will continue to keep both buildings cleaned and sanitized daily for your family’s well-being. We will sanitize touchable surfaces/mats in between each class, as well as deep clean at the end or beginning of each day. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided to all students in our regular big bottles throughout the studios. Our staff will wash their hands and use hand sanitizer hourly between each class as well.
  • We have posted hand washing reminders in all restrooms, and hand soap and paper towels will be regularly restocked. 

Additional precautions we are taking

  • Teachers will all take their temperature with infrared touchless thermometers before each shift to confirm they do not have a fever.

What happens when someone at the studio tests positive for Covid-19 (either a staff member or dancer)?

  • When any staff member or dancer tests positive, we are doing our own internal contact tracing to look at the date of the initial onset of symptoms and go back 48 hours from the earlier of first symptoms or positive test result to see who had exposure to that individual, for at least 15 minutes, of within 6 feet or less.
  • We then notify those individuals and/or classes potentially exposed to let them know the date of the exposure and the date that the person tested positive for COVID-19. However, we do not name the individual (unless they choose to self identify) due to medical privacy issues, just let them know about their exposure to an individual who tested positive.
  • Staff members or dancers who believe they have been exposed to someone who has Covid-19 are asked to isolate, get tested, and then, once getting back their results, next action is dictated. They can return to the studio seven days after the exposure, if negative test results are received (recommended testing toward the end, around day five or six) or, if testing positive, will then need to quarantine for 10 days from exposure and come back only after no symptoms and fever free for at least 24 hours.

Missed classes as a result of quarantining 

If your dancer will not be attending in-person classes (and/or quarantining), you can contact the front desk to schedule a make up class or to register for the Zoom class (same class conducted via Zoom). Your dancer will then be dropped into the Zoom class in Studio Director which is where you will find access to the Zoom link. Simply let the front desk know (no later than 15 minutes before class starts), log into Studio Director, and then click on the class name, in the upcoming classes section, to be directed to Zoom

Vaccinations and Previous Positive Cases

Immunity and Symptoms:

If a staff member or dancer is exhibiting symptoms such as cough, sore throat, muscle aches, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, fever of 100.4 or greater without the use of fever-reducers, regardless of immune status, he or she must quarantine for at least 10 days, unless clearance to return is provided.

Immunity and Exposure:

Individuals will be considered “immune” if:

  • Vaccinated: Two weeks after completing the full course of vaccination(s).
  • For previously positive individual (with lab-confirmed case): ten (10) days after the onset of symptoms, or, in the case of an asymptomatic individual, ten (10) days after the date tested and then during at least ninety (90) day period after the positive test result.

If an “immune” staff member or dancer comes in close contact with anyone who has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, he or she will not be excluded under our policy.

One exception to the requirement to have clearance to return and that is for a newly vaccinated staff member or dancer.  If that person is experiencing a vaccine-related symptom, that appeared within 48 hours after the vaccination, and resolves within 48 hours after it appears, clearance to return will not be needed, and that person can return, once fever-free for 24 hours.