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.
Sept 7th, 2021
Dear POD Families,
Welcome back for our 2021-2022 Season! We are excited to begin another amazing year at the Power Of Dance. As the leaders of our studio, we are so excited to have our kids and teachers back in the building sharing community and the joy of dance! Unfortunately, we also have the great responsibility of navigating a continuously changing situation as it relates to Covid-19.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the POD has done our best to provide clear communication and real-time decision-making. This has allowed us to offer continuous programming in our 2020-2021 season providing consistent access to the benefits of dance such as physical fitness, social-emotional health, and mental wellness.
Now for the responsibility part. At POD, we make all of our Covid-related decisions based on a variety of inputs, including local and national sources, as well as industry and studio data. Each day, we search the data, and track the trends. We also consult with our county, speak with other community leaders, and discuss best options with our staff family. We are pleased to say that POD has done extremely well in terms of cases last year and through-out our summer season. Our community, however, is not doing as well. The cases reported lately are on an upward trend and the 7-day average is one we have not seen since February.
Therefore: the following policies will be put into place beginning immediately. These policies may be escalated if cases continue to rise.
- 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.
- 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
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.