COVID-19 Safety Procedures
We are committed to the health of our community. Please read this document carefully and explain the guidelines to your students. Our mutual efforts in implementing these safety procedures will make our environment as safe as possible.
We have thoroughly researched the CDC, WHO and DC COVID-19 guidelines and are keeping up to date on them. We are focusing on controlling the various ways of transmission, such as through surfaces, droplets and aerosol contamination.
Please be very diligent in following our rules so we can keep the Séber Method Academy community safe!
Masks Are Mandatory
Consistent and correct mask use is required. Everyone must wear a mask at ALL times. Masks must completely cover your nose, mouth, and chin, fit snugly against the sides of your face with no gaps, and be two or more layers of breathable fabric.
Masks are always required for all faculty and students in youth classes.
Masks in the classrooms are determined by each group unless a state mask mandate is in place.
Generally, if a class (students and teacher) decide that they would like to dance without masks participants must show their vaccination card to the front desk staff and if a student is not vaccinated they will need to keep wearing their mask. There can be exceptions to this rule if a student present is immunocompromised.
As of July 31, 2021, D.C. requires a mask indoors for all people over the age of 2, regardless of their vaccination status.
All staff and faculty were required to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of in-person teaching/working. All students over the age of 12 must be vaccinated to participate in in-person classes.
Over 12 Years Old
We require that you submit proof of vaccination by either showing it to the front desk (they will scan and put it in the student’s file) or by emailing it to [email protected]
Under 12 Years Old
After a student turns 12 years old, we will require them to submit proof of vaccination no later than eight weeks after their birthday. As the vaccine becomes available for children ages 5-11, we will evaluate the situation at that time and decide if the vaccine mandate will apply.
Please report immediately to us if you or your student has been in close contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19. Close contact means within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period.
We implemented safety protocols befitting a higher risk environment.
The COVID-19 incubation period can be up to 14 days and there is a residual post-quarantine risk for spreading the virus after 7 days with a test. This intensifies when there is an environment with exercise and close contact.
For anyone who has had known exposure to COVID-19, we are requiring that the student does not come into the building for 14 days (exposure day is day 0) and that they are tested and receive negative results prior to returning. The student will need to either take their classes virtually or just make up them up once their 14 days are completed. Communication with management in regards to these matters is crucial so we can adjust to the particular situation.
Travel and Large Gatherings
Vaccinated Students, Staff, and Faculty
Following domestic or international travel of the student and/or anyone in their household or after attending a large gathering, we require that students, staff, and faculty are tested 3-5 days post-travel or after the gathering and receive negative test results prior to coming into the studio.
Following domestic or international travel of the student and/or anyone in their household or after attending a large gathering, the student will need to stay home for 7 days and be tested 3-5 days post-travel or after the gathering and receive negative test results prior to coming into the studio.
Temperature and Symptom Checks
Recent data has proven that while temperature checks are very important in terms of prevention, checking for symptoms is a priority in preventing the spread. We are taking temperatures at the front studio entrance and will not be allowing anyone into the studio if they have a fever, sore throat, chills, sneezing, and/or coughing, even if it is related to allergies!
Required Disclosures for COVID-19
If any student or their family have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, or if they or anyone in their household has it we are requiring them to notify us immediately via email.
Uncertainty of Exposure
Out of an abundance of caution, even if the student is not sick (any sneezing, coughing, sore throat, fever, nausea) but someone in their household is, we will ask them to not come into the studio!
We will allow students to carry over makeups throughout the year instead of confining them to each session in an attempt to encourage students to stay home when they or their families are unwell.
Since we are capping our classes at a limited number, we want to ensure everyone is able to attend. We have made late cancellations start two hours before the beginning of class. This means if you sign up but are unable to attend, please cancel two hours or more before class to make sure others may attend. Some of our classes are still capped at 8 students in-studio.
If you have an urgent matter and have to cancel at the last minute, please let us know via email and we can evaluate the possibility of carrying your class over.
Once you cancel a class, your funds will stay in your MindBody account, it will not be transferred to our account, and you are able to use it when you sign-up for any other class with us.
Students and staff should remain properly distanced unless receiving corrections or instruction.
There should be no conversations in the building and essential conversations must be kept under 5 minutes; this is to prevent the accumulation and spread of aerosol transmission.
Air Exchange & Disinfection
Séber Method Academy staff will be airing out and fully disinfecting the floors, barres, bathrooms, cubbies and bins.
Equipment & Towels
All students are encouraged to bring their own conditioning equipment. Youth students who do not have their own equipment will be assigned a mat and theraband to use for the school year.
Hand Wash & Sanitizer Use
Students must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entry to the studio and use hand sanitizer between classes.
Possession of Personal Hand Sanitizer Required for Each Student
All students will need bring their own hand sanitizer. To be effective against COVID-19, hand sanitizers must have at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol and should be allowed to dry for 30 seconds.
Bathrooms will be assigned based on studio assignment.
Studio 1a and Studio 1b
Bathroom close to studio in office lobby.
Upstairs back hallway bathroom.
Upstairs front hallway bathroom.
The additional bathroom in the office lobby is reserved for staff. To minimize bathroom usage, please have your student use the bathroom before coming.
Entering the Studios: Youth
Spacing and Entry Check
Students will need to line up 6 feet apart to undergo our symptom check by our staff at the Wisconsin Avenue front entrance.
Parents will be asked to wait outside (either in the car or sidewalk) until students complete their check-in.
All students and staff will have their temperature checked via our contactless thermometer before entering the building.
The equipment we have measures also on the wrists, so students will be asked to reach their arms out.
All students and staff will need to respond to a verbal symptom check.
Application of Hand Sanitizer
All students and staff must apply hand sanitizer prior to entering the building and confirmation of the student’s possession of personal sanitizer!
Students Under 5
Students under the age of 5 will need a parent present with them throughout the duration of their class. Parents are to sit in the studio with their student or outside of the classroom in the hallway.
Entering the Studios: Adult
Spacing and Entry Check
To make it a more efficient process, the front door will remain locked and adult students will enter from the back door to meet the front desk person in the entryway to be checked in. To make sure that everyone is being checked in correctly, the upstairs studios will remain locked until 5 minutes before class starts (not with classes in 1a or 1b). All students are welcome to warm up in the studios downstairs.
All students and staff will have their temperature checked via our contactless before entering the building.
All students and staff will need to respond to a verbal symptom check.
Only Academy Students On Premises
No parents, family members or friends will be allowed inside the building at any point.
Arrival Time Requirements
Students may not enter until 15 minutes prior to their class time and may not be more than 10 minutes late. Doors will locked before and after our check-in times.
The dressing room is only there for changing. Please do not eat or socialize in there. We are asking that only four students be in the upstairs dressing room at a time.
No Shoes Inside the Studio
Absolutely no shoes will be allowed inside the studios! Shoes are to be left outside the studio in designated cubbies.
Post-Class Exit Procedures
After classes, students must go directly to the rear door to exit. For Youth students, parents are to meet their children there and should NOT enter the building.
Post-Class Pickup Time
Students must be picked up or leave within 10 minutes of the end of their class.
Séber Method Academy will be airing out and sanitizing the studios between groups and it is necessary that students leave the studio immediately after their class time is over.
Communications by Email and Phone Requested
Please use email and phone to discuss matters whenever you can.
Socialization at Studio Discouraged
Please remind your students that this is not a place to socialize.
We request that students, parents, family members, and guardians honor these procedures to protect the Séber Method Academy community as best as possible.