COVID-19 Rules and Procedures

For the health and safety of our students and staff, WSD will be strictly adhering to the guidelines set by state and local public health authorities. If a student is unable or unwilling to follow WSD’s rules and procedures, they will not be able to participate. Our COVID-19 rules and procedures are designed both to protect the safety of our dancers, teachers and families, and to comply with local and state regulations so we can keep our doors open. Exceptions will not be allowed, so please review the following information carefully before committing to attend in studio classes at WSD.

Before Class

  • Check your student’s temperature before leaving home. A student registering a temperature over 100.4°F will need to stay home from class. 
  • A student who is feeling ill – fever in the last 24-48 hours, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, etc. – will need to stay home from class.
  • Any student with a known exposure to COVID-19 will need to stay home for a minimum of two weeks before attending class in the studio.

Arriving at the Studio

  • The lobby will be closed to parents and guests. Students will need to be dropped off at the studio front door when their class is signaled to enter. Please maintain social distancing when assisting your student at drop off or pick up.
  • Masks must be worn by everyone over the age of 5 at all times. No one will be permitted to enter the lobby or studio without a mask. If you have forgotten or misplaced your mask, one will be provided for you at a small fee.
  • Once students have entered the lobby, they will store their coats, outside shoes and other personal items in the cubbies, sanitize their hands at the touchless hand sanitizer dispenser and proceed to socially distanced floor markers in the hallway to line up for class.
  • Arrivals and departures are coordinated to minimize risk and maximize social distance. Being on time for class will be very important to support smooth transitions between classes.

In the Classroom

  • Studio spaces will be organized with color coded markings to keep social distance between participants. Each student will be assigned a color, and they will look for that color to find their space at the ballet barre, center floor and starting and ending marks for movement across the floor.
  • Appropriate shoes are required for all classes. Bare feet will not be allowed.
  • Students will need to bring their own water bottle as the water fountains will not be available.

Departing the studio

  • Once dismissed from the classroom, students will gather their belonging and meet their parent at the front entrance. Parents will need to wait outside of the studio space for their student, and we ask that you maintain social distance near the doorway.
  • To minimize the occupancy of the studio, we want to dismiss all students from their class before inviting the next group into the space, so please be prompt with pick up.
  • Students with back to back classes will be permitted to stay in the building between classes, but will be asked to wait on their socially distanced floor marker in the hallway to facilitate cleaning.

Cleaning, Disinfection and Ventilation

To keep our studio environment safe, WSD has adopted new cleaning and disinfecting procedures in response to COVID-19. The full procedures are documented per public health guidelines, and we are happy to share those documents with parents and guests who would like more information. Our cleaning and disinfecting procedures include:

  • Disinfecting high touch surfaces between each class (ballet barres, center floor squares, bathroom fixtures, doors, etc.)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting props and equipment between use, or using disposable props.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting shared spaces daily and regular deep cleaning of the whole studio space.
  • Keeping doors open to allow for air flow. If weather does not allow for doors to stay open during class, the doors will still be opened during scheduled breaks to improve ventilation.
  • Use of HEPA filter air purifiers

Closures

While our hope is that the community health situation will continue to improve, circumstances beyond our control may require temporary closure of the physical studio space. The live-stream component of our in studio classes will allow instruction to continue at home until in studio classes are deemed safe. Any studio closure will be announced on our outgoing voice message as well as posted on the front page of our website. Additionally, we will contact any affected families using the email address on file.

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