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September 10, 2021

 

Dear DAC Families,

 

We extend a warm welcome to our new and returning students and parents. Some families are new to dance and some are just new to our studio. And, of course, some have been here for over a decade! Whether you are new or returning we say, “Welcome Home!” You have made the best choice possible to build life skills for your child.  

 

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, DAC has provided clear communication and real-time decision-making. This has allowed us to offer continuous programming with zero transmission at the studio while providing consistent access to the benefits of dance such as physical fitness, social-emotional health, and mental wellness.

 

We have been managing the spread of COVID-19 within DAC by using our mitigation strategies. We continue to follow MDH state and local guidelines for youth sports.  See our updated Safer Studio Policy that we will be following as we start our 42nd dance season on September 11th.

 

We prioritize the health and safety of our DAC community. We know this is a fluid situation and we will continually monitor the situation week by week. We understand these measures may be different from your local school district, but we believe they are appropriate for our current situation, facility, and program. If community cases continue to rise, potential escalation of our policies will be communicated to you.  

 

Jill Rieken

Studio Director

 

Safer Studio Policy  - September 10, 2021

Masks: We recommend face masks at Dance Arts Centre. For dancers who will be wearing masks short mask breaks are permitted during times of high exertion and dancers are allowed to stop at any time to take a water break or catch their breath as needed. 

 

Lobby area and front desk: Our lobby is currently open to ONE parent per dancer for children ages 6 years and under. We highly recommend dropping off your dancer & picking them up after class. Even with one parent per dancer, our viewing area could get congested, and we suggest waiting in your car. Our front desk is happy to assist with attire purchases, transactions, shoe fittings, etc. 

For parents with dancers ages 7+ please drop your child off at the front door and meet them at the front door for pick up. 

  • For the safety of our younger dancers, parents MUST escort their dancers to their entrance & exit door. We do not want our younger dancers walking alone to their parents' cars as our parking lot will be very busy.

  • Dancers are permitted to enter the building 5 minutes prior to the start of class. Teachers are aware of this and dancers will not be considered late for class if they enter the building at their class start time.

  • We anticipate a lot of cars in the parking lot. Parents MUST pull into a parking spot to wait for their dancer. For the safety of the dancers Please DO NOT wait in the parking lot drive-through area. 

 

  • Hand Sanitizer and Hand Washing: Dance Arts Centre will have hand sanitizer at the entrance and front desk. Dancers are encouraged to wash their hands frequently and carry hand sanitizer in their dance bags. 

 

  • Social Distancing: We will have adjusted many things in our classroom and will do as much as possible to avoid close contact. 

 

  • Deep Cleaning: Dance Arts Centre will be professionally cleaned/disinfected every night and the surfaces will also be disinfected through the day when dancers are in the studio. 

 

  • Staff: Only healthy staff members (without symptoms) will be present at Dance Arts Centre.

 

  • Exposure and Sick policy: Do not bring your child to class if they are coughing, sneezing, have a fever,
    stomach-ache, body aches, sore throat, chest congestion, diarrhea, vomiting, or any other illness. 

    • Do not bring your child to class if a family member is ill with any of the above symptoms

    • Alert us if your child does have COVID-19 and has been to the studio within the last 14 days.

    • Please also bring it to our attention if any family member is diagnosed with Covid-19.

    • If your dancer has had close contact, symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19, you are required to contact the studio director, Jill Rieken immediately at Jill@danceartscentre.net

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