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 and are keeping up to date on the CDC, WHO, and DC’s Covid-19 Guidelines. 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 our Academy community safe and additionally, keep our physical studios open. Not complying fully with our safety procedures can result in having the student lose the in-studio rotations.
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 will be taking temperatures at the front studio entrance and will NOT be allowing anyone into the studio if they have a fever, sore throat, chills, any sneezing, and/or coughing, even if it is related to allergies.
Required Disclosures for COVID-19
If any student or their family has been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 or they/anyone in their household has it, we are requiring them to advise us immediately by email. If an establishment has any positive Covid-19 case, the entire building must be shut down, a sanitization undertaken, contact tracing (if available) and quarantining be instituted.
Self-Quarantine after Traveling to High-Risk Areas
Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an order requiring requiring self-quarantining for 14 days when arriving from high-risk states. We are asking for you to please let us know if you have just arrived back from a high-risk state because according to this new rule, you do have to self-quarantine for 14 days, which means you will not be able to do the in-studio rotation. To see the list of high-risk states, click here.
Uncertainty of Exposure
Out of an abundance of caution, we will be asking that even if the student themselves are 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.
Masks Are Mandatory
Everyone must wear a mask at ALL times. No exceptions.
Staff and Faculty Masks
For our staff and faculty, we are providing masks that filter out anything greater than 0.1 micron in diameter particles since talking expels more particles than simply breathing. To purchase, this mask, click here.
For students, the three-layer disposable masks are more breathable and less warm, so we recommend these OR we have a recommendation for a cloth mask with a filter that is light enough for dancing and offer protection against 0.1 micron in diameter or bigger particles. To purchase this mask, click here. Masks must fit well and completely cover the chin and nose. Please have students bring an extra mask in case theirs become damp from sweat and therefore, less effective.
Students and staff must remain 6 feet apart or 10 feet apart (while exercising) at ALL times.
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
Academy staff will be airing out and fully disinfecting the floors, barres, bathrooms, cubbies, and bins between groups of students.
Equipment & Towels
Students will not be allowed to use any Academy equipment, including mats. Students will be asked to bring a large towel from home during studio visits as the virus lasts a shorter amount of time on cloths compared to rubber/plastic mats. We recommend washing the towel in hot water after uses.
Hand Wash & Sanitizer Use
Students must wash their hands 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.
Use of Bathrooms Restrictions
Bathrooms will be assigned based on studio assignment: Studio 1, bathroom close to studio in office lobby; Studio 2, upstairs back hallway bathroom; Studio 3, 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/Exiting the Studio
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.
Symptom Check and Non-Verbal Response
All students and staff will need to respond to a verbal symptom check by nodding. No talking.
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 Only 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.
Hand Wash Required After Entry
Keeping proper distancing, students are to go directly to their designated bathroom to wash their hands and then directly to their studios. There should be no conversations in the hallways.
Rear Stair Use Restrictions
While walking the rear stairs, there should be only ONE person going up or down at a time. Priority is given to the person at the top of the stairs and the person at the bottom of the stairs should wait until they are completely clear.
Closure of Dressing Rooms — Dance Attire Required on Arrival
All dressing room spaces will be closed and students must come already in their dance attire with a coverup over them. Students will NOT be allowed to leave items in the dressing room or bathrooms. Students need to keep their dance bags in the studio with them in marked bins.
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. Parents are to meet their children there and should NOT enter the building.
Post-Class Pickup Time
Students must be picked up within 10 minutes of the end of their class. If pickups are consistently late, we will ask that your student be taken out of the rotation in the studio. The 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.
Academy Staff Presence – Conversation Discouraged
We will have a staff member present for all check-in, check-out, and at all times while students are there, but we are discouraging any conversations with them unless absolutely necessary.
Communications by Email and Phone Requested
Please use email and phone to discuss matters whenever you can.
Socialization at Studio Discouraged
Please remind your student that this is not a place to socialize. We have this arrangement so that students can work in the studio, not to spend time with peers.
We request that students, parents, family members, and guardians honor these procedures to protect the Academy community as best as possible.
If we find that a participant is not abiding by our Guidelines, they will lose the in-studio rotation and no refund will be given. In such event, student will continue participation in Academy training online.