School Year 2020-21 Health Protocols – August 3, 2020
The Dance Foundation is a place to make creative and personal discoveries and build community – through dance. We are a place which values the human connection and the joy of learning together. This will not change with the threat of COVID-19. The joy and inspiration found in class will not change. But to help keep students, families and our community as safe as possible, we all will play a role.
We ask you to embrace new ways of participating with The Dance Foundation which will feel different from usual, and be flexible as we adopt recommended safety practices from the Centers for Disease Control and follow local health directives. Our classes will be a bit smaller and our hallways and lobbies will have fewer people. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. Anticipate changes in these protocols as we continue to learn and adapt to follow best practices as time goes on.
Virtual Class Option
All classes will be streamed with ZOOM for enrolled students to access as they choose. No need to let us know; parents will receive links and protocols for classes closer to start of the season.
Class sizes are smaller and/or will be in larger studios, relative to age, size of studio, and class content.
Space and Logistics
- To reduce the number of people in the facility, opportunities to observe classes in person will be limited.
- Observation in person will be possible for students ages 2-4 years. Only one parent/guardian per student will be allowed to observe in person. Siblings 1 year and younger are allowed with the parent but siblings 2 years and older will not be allowed to stay in the building. A class observation schedule may be in place depending on the day and time of class. We will make assignments based on enrollment and facility capacity.
- Parent/guardian observation in person for students ages 5 years and older will NOT be possible.
- First week check-in will take place outside the main entrance to direct students to their entrance door. Classes will be assigned an exterior door to use each time to enter, exit and be met by parents to minimize traffic flow through the building (main entrance, patio door, or studio 5 exterior door). Staff and volunteers will be on hand at the doors.
- Students ages 5 and older should be dropped off at the door. For students ages 5-7 years, parents/guardians may walk their student to their first class if needed.
- More details will be provided closer to start of classes.
- All adults and students ages 7 and older will wear masks and maintain physical distance while at TDF, including during class, in lobbies and in hallways.
- Children ages 3- 6 are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
- Students wearing masks in class will be given mask ‘breaks’ during class while they are not moving and are physically distant from others. Students will be reminded regularly to self-monitor for light-headedness and as needed, to take a break from dancing, self-distance and remove their mask. Teachers will monitor and adapt the pace of class. Wearing a mask while dancing is an adjustment; it will take time and patience to feel comfortable.
- Each studio has a separate HVAC system, and the air temperature will be lowered.
- Individuals are asked to inform us if they have a medical condition which prevents them from wearing a mask.
- All faculty and staff will wear masks.
Health Screenings Prior to Arriving to TDF
- Students must be fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 48 hours prior to attending or returning to class.
- Parents/guardians are asked to monitor themselves and their child for ANY suspected illness and REFRAIN from coming to the studio IF ILL. Parents/guardians are asked report to TDF staff if their child:
- displays any COVID-19 symptoms
- has been in close contact with any person who has or who has been exposed to COVID-19
- has a household member who has COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Coming to Class
- Students will wash or sanitize hands before and after class.
- Students will wash or sanitize hands when they leave and return to the space. Hand sanitizer will be available by each studio and the front desk.
- Students may not wear street shoes in the studios; dance shoes are not allowed outside the facility such as on the sidewalk or in the parking lot. We recommend students find shoes such as Crocs to slip on over their ballet shoes or change shoes before entering the studio space.
- Physical distancing will be encouraged in the class space as much as possible; creative props and space markings to help younger students physically distance in ways that are not overt or strict; the goal is to minimize close contact. Curricula has been revised to allow for physical distancing.
- Dressing rooms will not be in use.
- Students may change in the restrooms and bring their personal items into the studio space; students will be assigned space for personal items inside their studio.
- Snacks will be available for sale but food may not be eaten in the facility.
- Drinking fountains will not be in use. Students should bring a labelled water bottle.
- In the event that a case of possible COVID-19 exposure comes to our attention, TDF will assess the level of exposure and risk to others using current health guidelines.
- The assessment will dictate any notifications and other protocols to be implemented. This may include that the class in question end immediately or classes following that class not meet that day, notifications to one class or more, depending on contact tracing, and directives for people to monitor for symptoms or quarantine at home for 14 days and attend class virtually.
- If a student, faculty or staff member, or parent/guardian shows signs of illness while at TDF, staff will isolate that person and have them leave the premises as soon as possible.
- All spaces and items relative to the exposure will be sanitized accordingly.
- Reminder that prior to entering the facility, all people must be fever-free for 48 hours without fever-reducing medication.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
- Only props and equipment which can be sanitized will be used in class, and will be cleaned after each use; sharing items will be significantly minimized or not allowed as the activity and safety warrant.
- Ballet barres will be sanitized after each use.
- Facility will have an enhanced cleaning schedule throughout the day; studio floors will be cleaned each evening.
- The dancewear shop will NOT be open the first week of classes.
- We encourage you to visit in the weeks prior to your first day of class, and to be selective when trying on dancewear as all items not purchased or returned will not be put back in the shop immediately.
- The Bargain Costume and Dancewear Sale will not be held in person this year; look for details for selected items to be sold online.
Protocols are subject to change as CDC guidelines and recommendations dictate. Thank you for being part of The Dance Foundation family, and for your help as we navigate this new environment together for everyone’s health and wellness.
In the top right corner of each video below is a drop-down menu of other videos in the playlist that are all available on The Dance Foundation’s YouTube Channel.
From our faculty – TDF 2019-2020 Season Classes (more videos coming soon!):
Great resources for dancers in 3rd-12th grades:
Hair and Makeup for the stage: