HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:
The health and safety of our staff and students is, as always, especially important to us. We have listed out below all of the recommendations we will be following to ensure impeccable cleanliness, social distancing and the protection of those that are most vulnerable in our community. Of course, if anyone does not feel comfortable coming into the studio, they are certainly not required to do so.
What is the safety protocol?
All teachers and staff will wash their hands upon entering the studio. If they feel ill, they will be asked to stay home. All teachers and staff will practice social distancing while at the studio. Following each class, teachers will sanitize the room (including floors,door handles, the barre, etc.), and wash their hands. Practice sessions will be scheduled in such a way so that they do not overlap to allow for safe entering/exiting and sanitation. Focus for class will be on warm up, technique and recital practice.
Dancers will not come to class if they have a temperature, are displaying symptoms of sickness (actually, this was our policy pre-COVID, too). Dancers should also refrain from class if they know they have been exposed to someone with COVID in the last 14 days. Dancers should be supervised by a parent or guardian until they enter the studio. Upon entering, dancers will sanitize their hands and head directly to their spot in class. (Please be dressed in appropriate dance clothes prior to arriving at the studio.) Dancers should bring their own water bottle with their name on it. Any water bottles left at the studio will be thrown away at the end of the day for sanitary reasons.
Most classes have an average of 5-6 dancers (see more info below),which leaves plenty of room for physical distancing. Shared props will not be used.
Dancers will be dismissed while maintaining social distancing. Please pick up your dancer promptly so that we can prepare for the next class.
*Use the bathroom at home before heading to the studio when possible
*Wait outside in car or on tape until lobby is opened/previous class leaves
*Wear dance clothes
*Bring a water bottle
*Wash hands or apply hand sanitizer (provided) upon entering the building.
Parents, Siblings, Etc.
Our lobby will remain closed for now to mitigate the amount of germs introduced into our facility. Parents of our youngest dancers will be encouraged to stay in our outdoor lobby. We are currently unable to assist with bathrooms and dressing. We also encourage bathroom use prior. For our young dancers classes are only 30 minutes and we must sanitize the restroom after every child. We will be wasting class time if this has to be done.
*Remain outside the building if possible.
*Continue to call or email with any questions/concerns
*Pick up your dancer at the class end time.
The studio is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized every day. In between each class, touch points will be sanitized and a Medify Medical Grade H13-HEPA air filter will be ran constantly. Restrooms will be sanitized after each use. The door handles, faucets, light switch and toilet will be cleaned by an employee every time the restroom is used. The studio will be sanitized in between each group of students.
Please talk to your students about keeping their hands to themselves at the studio. Remind them that they won’t be holding hands with or hugging their friends or their teachers. This can be a hard concept for children and it will help if you prepare them ahead of time.
What about masks?
Our studio will not be requiring masks during dance class. We are social distancing and limiting class sizes to accommodate this. We will also not have "down" time within the studio. Staff will be wearing a face covering when opening doors to the studio and/or coming in close contact with students. Dancers are encouraged to wear masks if it makes them comfortable but it is not required. This policy can possibly change by State Orders or Management at anytime.
Class Size Limits
To stay within the current COVID guidelines and to maintain physical distancing, class sizes will be strictly limited. Our classes with younger students who may have trouble with the concept of staying in their own space and distancing will be limited to 6 students. The limit in our older classes will be the same. Everyone will have a 6x8 foot section.
In the Event of another "Shutdown"
It is the goal of the faculty and staff at The Dance Factory of Richlands to conduct in-person dance classes. We are optimistic that with proper safety precautions listed above we will be able to continue operating our business. If a registered student does not feel comfortable attending class (based on current social situations, possible exposure, etc), we will make every effort to ZOOM their class so they can participate from home. In the event of a complete shutdown, the studio will evaluate if it is in the best interest of the students to temporarily move solely to an on-line format (Zoom, for example) or to suspend classes for a time. If classes are temporarily suspended, tuition will not be collected. Make up classes will be offered if the studio must close, though no refunds will be given.
But what if my dancer isn’t ready/comfortable?
If for any reason you are not comfortable or confident in these safety measures, please keep your child home. The following families should keep their dancer home for class:
*Anyone uncomfortable with sending their child to the studio for any reason at this time
*Anyone with a dancer or family member that feels ill
*Anyone living with an immunocompromised family member
*Anyone living or interacting with elderly people on a regular basis
Private lessons are available to students who would prefer to not enter a group lesson format at this time. Or please contact the studio for online, or zoom classes.