Dancin’ In The Era of COVID-19, Cold & Flu (oh my!)
To keep all members of our dance family safe and healthy, we must address the Novel Coronavirus and its impact on our community and families. We take pride in our operations and would like to highlight the policies we’ve implemented at the studio to keep us dancing in these strange times. EDC families and staff continue to do a stellar job keeping each other safe. We are so grateful to have a caring, conscientious culture. Thank you for looking out for one another. Keep up the great work!
In-Building Prevention Steps
- Life Time Fitness has increased their deep cleaning practices.
- Students will have a temporal thermometer check as they enter Life Time Fitness. If your child is old enough to walk to the studio space alone, please be sure they have cleared the temperature check prior to leaving Life Time, as anyone above 100.4 will be have to go home and make up class on another date.
- Masks are required for everyone age 11 or older, per statewide mask order.
- Masks are welcome for all other ages; we respect each individual family’s decision to mask or not ages 10 and under. (Please make sure the teacher of your child’s class is aware of your wishes if you need us to help enforce your family’s mask rule for younger children.)
- In order to promote social distancing, there are designated traffic patterns to enter and leave the club, and there is no gathering in the halls or on the basketball court.
- There are limited tables in the cafe to sit at if parents need to stay in the club.
In-Studio Prevention Steps
- Handwashing & Hand Sanitizing: We will require frequent handwashing of our students and staff.
- Discouraging close contact: We have adjusted certain aspects of our classes to increase personal space and decrease touching, such as removing props from predance and taking partner work out of choreography.
- Surface Cleaning: We wipe down frequently touched surfaces often. Community equipment, such as mats and barres are wiped down before and after each use. Hands are also sanitized before and after using equipment.
- Social Distancing: We have added a 5 minute “passing period” to our schedule to allow for more social distancing and cleaning in between classes.
- Coughs and Sneezes: We are encouraging dancers to cough and sneeze into their arms, not in their hands. We are actively teaching this technique in predance classes where younger dancers are still learning.
- Quarantine: Staff is operating by the same wellness standards as students; staff members who are sick or have illness in their households will not be at work.
How You Can Help
- Teach your child excellent hand-washing skills and make great hand-washing a standard home practice.
- Teach your child to cough and sneeze into their arm, not in their hand.
- Please discuss the importance of personal space with your dancer. Our kids are craving contact and love to see their dance friends, but please help us remind them to keep their hands to themselves.
- Keep toys at home.
- Keep your child home if they are sick or if your household is sick.
- We understand these are crazy times and we are in the middle of cold and flu season. Use your best judgement and treat your neighbor as you would want to be treated. When in doubt, call your doctor.
- Children missing a class due to illness will be granted a make-up session.
- Students who are home but well enough to dance are encouraged to join class via Zoom. Please see the procedure and credentials for Zooming dance class by logging into your parent portal announcements.
- TEAM members missing class due to illness will not be penalized for attendance.
- If you are unsure if you can or should return to dance, please seek the advice of your healthcare provider. EDC staff members are not qualified to give medical advice.
- If your child has recovered after illness but has a lingering or persistent cough, please have them wear a mask.
If at any time during the season we are forced to close in-person classes, we will pause the season for up to six weeks during which we will offer free drop-in class virtually for technique and strength maintenance. If a closure results late in the season and we cannot enter the studio for longer than six weeks, then we will finish the season with a virtual schedule. We will do everything in our power to keep our kids dancing IN PERSON with zero interruptions. We do not expect to close, but we like having a plan in place just in case. 🙂 The situation is always changing, and we monitor it constantly. You will be notified of new safety protocols and/or schedule changes as they emerge. Thank you for your support and cooperation. Let’s DANCE!
We are monitoring the situation day-to-day.
5 minutes to transition between classes
Stay home if you are sick.
You will be granted a make-up class if your child is sick.
Teach your child to cough and sneeze into their elbow.
No gathering on the basketball court or in the hallways.