We recognize the role and responsibility we play in reducing the risks of COVID-19 in our place of business. The health and safety of our staff and clients are of utmost importance to us.
The Studio Safety Plan has been developed with the goal of reducing risk by making changes to our daily operations. Using the hierarchy of hazard control (Alberta Health, 2020).
- Elimination: screening, posting signage
- Substitution: hybrid class delivery, curb-side drop-off/pick-up
- Engineering controls: use of barriers, limited waiting room access, improving ventilation, access to hand hygiene
- Administrative controls: policies including personal protective equipment (PPE) use, physical distancing, class size restrictions, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): masking requirements, staff measures.
We commit to:
- Providing weekly emails
- Links to newsletters posted on “For our Community” module on Teachable.
- Hiring of new staff to ensure desk support during class hours.
We ask families to:
- Ensure you have access to our Teachable site
- Update ALL contact information in your customer portal
- Email newsletters: Add us as a contact and make sure you are receiving our weekly updates.
Contact tracking and tracing:
- We will accurately track all class absences as they occur, to ensure our records are complete.
- Parents are encouraged not to enter the facility. We will allow 1 parent to accompany young dancers (6years and under), but they must be masked and must identify themselves to the receptionist.
- Waiting room will be closed.
- Accurate tracking of those in our facility will assist with contact tracing in the event information is requested by Public Health.
Elimination & Prevention
The same methods people use to prevent colds and the flu can help to prevent COVID-19 transmission:
- wash hands with soap for a minimum of 20 seconds, frequently,
- cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze,
- avoid going to work or school when you’re displaying symptoms,
- avoid touching your face and/or eyes, and
- ensure a minimum of 2 meters physical distance
- By sending your child to dance you are acknowledging that you have completed the Alberta Health daily screening form and your child is symptom free and has not met criteria for exposure risk.
- Anyone finding themselves answering YES to any of the screening questions should complete the AHS online self-assessment tool to determine if testing is needed and follow MOH orders for isolation period. (10 days if symptomatic, 14 days if positive).
Baseline COVID-19 testing:
If your child has a pre-existing medical condition that causes them to experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19:
- please arrange for a baseline COVID-19 test to be completed before returning to dance.
- Inform our office of existing condition (including baseline symptoms).
- Stay home and arrange for repeat testing if symptoms change or worsen.
Posters will be posted throughout the studio encouraging:
- Frequent hand washing
- Don’t touch face, eyes, nose, mouth
- Maintain social distancing
- Encourage good respiratory etiquette
Hybrid delivery model:
All classes will be live streamed EVERY week. Providing the continued option of attending in-person or from home.
- Allowing dancers the flexibility of moving between in-person and online dance training throughout the year.
- Supports family choice.
- Use of our online platform (Teachable) to hold additional training tools, class recordings, chat feature and more.
- It is an expectation that both students and teachers are on video when attending from home.
- Our teaching team has logged over 1,000 hours of online teaching since March.
- We’ve invested in the right technology to provide a high-quality virtual experience.
- We’re committed to continuous improvement.
Drop-off & Pick-up:
- Parents can walk their dancer to and from the door.
- Please consider wearing a mask even when outside.
- Roadside pick-up and drop-off are available by phoning studio reception.
- 1 parent can escort a dancer 6yrs and under into the studio, but must be masked at all times.
- Waiting room to remain closed.
- Appointments may be booked to view the studio before classes start.
Class equipment & props:
- Reduced use of studio provided equipment.
- Barres and acro mats will be designated to dancers and cleaned and disinfected following each use.
- Available through studio:
- Prop bags for Mini Program (Twirl, Groove, Leap!), Pre-Primary & Primary ballet.
- Equipment bags and list for PBT and pre-pointe/pointe classes.
- A professional HVAC assessment has been completed.
- HVAC unit fan to remain on throughout all classes.
- Filters on our HVAC units have been upgraded to MERV-14 rating (as recommended by Alberta Health).
- We are discouraging perfumes and strong scents to prevent sneezing.
- No use of pedestal fans.
Dancer’s personal items:
- All a dancer’s belongings (including jacket*) should be contained in a small dance bag able to fit in our cubbies. *This will be reassessed come winter.
- All items will be brought into class with them and placed in a designated area.
- If your child is arriving directly from school and requires storage for their backpack or other items, please contact the studio in advance and we can arrange a spot for these items.
Waiting room space:
- Only registered students may enter the studio.
- 1 parent can escort a dancer 6yrs and under into the studio, but must be masked at all times.
- Waiting room re-purposed for dancers with seating spaced 2 meter apart.
- Class start and end times have been staggered to reduce the number of people in the common space at the same time.
- Pathways in and out of class will be planned and supervised.
Physical distancing in class:
We will strive to maintain appropriate physical distancing during classes.
- Low intensity classes will maintain a minimum of 2 meters physical distancing between dancers.
- High intensity classes will maintain a minimum of 3 meters physical distancing between dancers.
- Visual cues (tape, images) will be used to help show dancers where to stand both in center and at the barre.
- Class sizes have been restricted.
- Some Competitive program classes will follow week A/B rotation:
- Week A in-studio
- Week B at home participating virtually
Fall class accomodations:
- Kept back-to-back class groups similar where possible.
- Staggered class start/stop times.
- Cleaning to be completed between groups.
- Teacher goes to the group
- No partner work breaking physical distancing.
- All classes to follow physical distancing throughout.
- Extra time scheduled between Mini Program classes.
- Curb-side pick-up and drop-off available.
- Hand washing be required upon entry to the building.
- Hand sanitizer will be available in each studio and in communal spaces.
- Hand washing will be encouraged before and after classes, as well as during class (for eg. following floor work).
- Hand sanitizer available will be listed as approved by Health Canada and contain more than 60% alcohol.
- Dancers may bring their own personal hand sanitizer.
- Gloves will not be used routinely. Gloves are not a substitute for hand hygiene.
Every effort will be made to encourage proper respiratory etiquette with all dancers:
- Coughing/sneezing into a bent elbow
- Promptly disposing of tissue in garbage bin
- Performing hand hygiene
- Teachers will use microphones to avoid the need for shouting.
- Training session for staff on COVID-19 topics including:
- Hand washing, cleaning and disinfecting, PPE use
- Reporting absences
- Checklists for staff to help follow new procedures (e.g. cleaning)
- Job-protected leave, if needed, will be provided in accordance with Alberta’s Employment Standards Act.
- Staff are not required to have a medical note for absence.
Cleaning & Disinfecting
Cleaning refers to the removal of visible soil. Cleaning does not kill germs but is highly effective at removing them from a surface. Disinfecting refers to using a chemical to kill germs on a surface. Disinfecting is only effective after surfaces have been cleaned.
- We will be using a “wipe-twice” method to both clean and disinfect.
- Products approved by Health Canada will be used. Must have a DIN.
- Staff will be trained on how to utilize products to ensure appropriate “kill times” are followed.
Cleaning and disinfecting between dancer groups:
All high touch surfaces including:
- Barres and any shared equipment
- Door handles
- Equipment used by the teacher (stereo, desk space, computer)
- Common areas (waiting room, washrooms, water handle, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, chairs, etc)
Personal Protective Equipment
Staff P.P.E. use
- Each staff will be supplied with a minimum number of re-usable face masks and will also have access to face shields/eye protection.
- As per Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines, a face shield does not replace a face mask, but may be used as an additional measure in conjunction with a face mask.
- Staff will be masked where 2 meter distancing is not able to be maintained.
- Staff will be changing their masks following AHS guidelines (eg. as they become moist, minimum once per hour).
- Any employee who supports an unmasked student where physical distancing can not be maintained for spotting, correcting placement, etc. is to wear a mask and a face shield/eye protection.
- Masks are mandatory for dancers over the age of 2years in the communal areas of our facility.
- Masks may be removed once you have entered the studio.
- Masks should be stored in a way that protects them. Consider a clean container or bag.
- Consider bringing a clean mask to put on after class.
- Wearing a mask during class is optional.
- Information on tips to wearing a mask during dance class will be available.
- Alberta Health does not recommend the use of masks during high intensity activities. (We recognize that not all dance classes are high intensity, however we will be working to maintain appropriate physical distancing in all classes).
- Dancers should bring multiple masks, especially if choosing to wear a mask in class. Masks should be changed when they become moist.
- Mask tip sheets:
Rapid Response Plan
Rapid Response Plan:
- Any dancer arriving to the studio and found to be symptomatic will automatically be taken to a designated area and the parent called to pick them up immediately.
- The student will be instructed to don a mask. We have disposable child and adult sized masks available if needed.
- We will request they utilize the online AHS tool or contact 811 to determine if testing or any further follow-up is needed.
Contact tracing and communication:
- If there was to be a COVID-19 positive or suspected case at the studio we would take our direction from Public Health regarding what, if any, additional measures are required. This may include communication with staff, providing contact information for impacted dancers, facility required cleaning/disinfecting or closure.
COVID-19 Information from Alberta Health:
- Hand Sanitizer – What you need to know, June 23, 2020
- How to wear a non-medical mask
- Guidance for Cohorts, June 23, 2020
- Guidance for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation – Stage 2, July 20, 2020
- Guidance for Wearing of Non-Medical Face Masks for the General Public, May 2020
- General Relaunch Guidance, June 2020
- Alberta Health Daily Checklist, August 20,2020