At the Power Of Dance (POD) the health and safety of our staff, students, families, & guests have always been our highest priority; a commitment that has only been heightened at this time in history. That’s why we have used local and national guidelines to form our best practices for service continuity and re-opening.
Oct 15th, 2021
Dear Power Of Dance Families and Staff,
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have sought out guidance from the CDC and the Brown County Health Department as to best practices for the studio. Since we are also a school, we have looked to HSSD for additional guidance on what is best for a “school setting” and adapted those practices to our studio situation.
Please SLOW DOWN and read all of these policies so you understand. We are having difficulty answering all the individual emails at this time. Hopefully, this answers some questions.
PURPOSE OF THIS PAGE:
- To help clarify what is expected when your kids are “exposed” to a positive covid case.
- To remind you of our current mask/visitor policy
- To ask you for some grace and understanding. Being in charge of a group of children or families at this time is not an easy task. Navigating the recommendations and balancing what is best for families is stressful to say the least. Please know that we are continuing to monitor the situation at all levels and will alter our practices as needed based on the information we receive. Our ultimate goal is to keep providing consistent access to the benefits of dance such as physical fitness, social-emotional health, and mental wellness in the safest way possible.
We have consulted with the Brown County Health Department, CDC, and the Howard Suamico School District. For NOW… this is our policy for when/if your child is exposed to COVID.
- If your child is a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual at school, the studio, or the community, he/she does NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 related symptoms. **We do ask that he/she wear a mask at the studio (in the classroom as well as the hallway) for 7 days after exposure and continue to monitor for onset of any symptoms. No mask is needed if you received a negative test result after day 5 or if you are vaccinated.
- If your child is exposed and develops COVID related symptoms, please stay home and follow current COVID quarantine policies.
- If your child is a close contact AT HOME (meaning a COVID positive individual lives IN THE HOUSE with your child, please follow regular COVID quarantine guidelines) unless your child is vaccinated. If your child is vaccinated, she may return to dance but we ask that she wear a mask and watch for symptoms.
- If your child is sick – keep her home and get her tested. OR follow current quarantine guidelines.If you suspect COVID AT ALL and are getting tested, please keep siblings home until a negative test result is received.
We will update our current policies on our website ASAP to make it easier to understand. Here is a link to the HSSD Exposure Policy.
Bottom Line – students who are presently under quarantine restrictions based on close contact – and remain symptom free – are able to come back to the studio (regardless of vaccination status). If you are within 7 days of exposure, please wear a mask (unless you have received a negative test result after day 5 or are vaccinated). However, students and staff who are presently under quarantine restrictions based on close contact to a COVID-19 positive individual at home (please see vaccination exception above) or are sick must complete the remainder of their current quarantine.
We know that, technically, it is recommended to wait the full 7 days and allow kids back the day AFTER the 7th day but we are allowing them back on the 7th day with a negative test. This is our decision to get the kids back asap. If you choose not to test your child – please wait a full 10 days.
**ALL CLASSES have a virtual option with links posted on your child’s class page or the Team Page. Please call if you have questions or need help logging on. 920-661-9212
Mask Policy reminder:
- Masking is required by all persons over the age of 5 or in any 5 and older class while entering and exiting the building and while in any common spaces (hallways, bathrooms, store, lobby, etc.)
- Masking is strongly recommended for ages 3-5 in these common areas as well.
- Teachers will spread kids out in the classroom and children may remove masks while in class if they wish. If you would like us to give a gentle reminder to your child to keep his/her mask on, just let us know.
- Classes that are very large or when distancing is not possible- may be asked to keep masks on
- The Lobby is Open but we ask parents to please wait for your child outside the building unless he/she is in a preschool class. This will allow us to keep the congestion down and traffic clear.
- Students will enter the studio through the main entrance, sanitize, bring a bin with shoes back to their studio, and exit after class through each studio separately.
We will continue monitoring the situation week by week and will make you aware of any changes. If community cases continue to rise, potential escalation of policies may include closing the lobby entirely to reduce traffic, further limiting class sizes, greater physical distancing requirements in classes, and/or masking requirements for all ages.
In closing, we fully understand this message will cause relief for some and disappointment for others. Some will think it’s too much and others may think it’s not enough. This is the nature of the times we live in. But, it’s also in our nature to adapt and to support each other. Our kids are mirrors of our reactions and emotions, so let’s focus on what’s positive! In a time when so many in our country have lost everything, we have much to be thankful for. Thank YOU for your support!
Elizabeth & Theresa
Past Letters/Notices Sent to POD Families
The POD has our air circulation system checked 4 times/year including prior to the start of every school year. Filters are changed and the system is maintained. We also use fans and open doors to increase airflow when possible.
We encourage all dancers and anyone entering the building to wash hands frequently- especially after dance and before eating. We will sanitize each dancer’s hands upon entering and exiting a classroom and sanitizer is available to each dancer during class as well. All our hard/frequently touched surfaces are cleaned with a commercial grade sanitizing cleaner often including but not limited to doors & door handles, bathrooms, radios, handrails, counters, stools, chairs etc. Ballet Barres and acro mats are cleaned/sanitized between every class. Pre-school props will be used by one child per day and sanitized between. Items that cannot be sanitized will not be reused.
The Power Of Dance is following the Youth Sports guidelines set up by the CDC to keep athletes safer. We are also part of the Play Sports Coalition which has a mission of ensuring that youth sports don’t only survive but thrive during and after COVID. We understand that dance meets imperative student needs for physical, social, and emotional well being and are committed to doing it safely to serve your children.
Any dancer who wishes to, may take any class we offer virtually from home. Cost of the class is the same as in studio. Also, any dancer registered for a class who is unable to attend that class in person (illness, vacation, etc) may also take class virtually.
The POD will be continually communicating with our families to keep you updated on any changes to this policy or any important information that may affect your children’s classes. Along with emails, we will be utilizing an ALERT system on our website much like we do for weather closings right on our home-page. A COVID ALERT level of GREEN means that classes & procedures are running as usual. YELLOW means that there is a change to either our procedures or to some of our classes. Please check your emails for directions. RED means that classes have been suspended. Please check your emails for more directions. PLEASE BE CLEAR that the POD does NOT follow any one public school or public school district policy. While we maintain communication and take into consideration trends in our public schools, we are a separate entity. If schools close that does NOT MEAN that the POD will be closing. Please check our website for updates and information.