COVID-19 Safety

Procedures

We take the health and well-being of our students and their families very seriously. Our procedures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic are listed below. Please read them carefully, and we ask that you respect them while in our shared space. These procedures will be updated throughout the year as health regulations are altered and/or new information is made available.

               We understand that this is not an ideal situation, and some of these policies may be tedious or even frustrating, but it is important that we do our part regarding COVID-19.

 

               This will not last forever, and we won’t let it stop us from dancing!

 

Drop-off & Pick-up:

  • Students should wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival at the studio; hand-washing at the end of class is built into the schedule and will be facilitated by our staff

  • One parent/guardian may bring their child downstairs to help them get settled but are asked not to wait in the waiting area during their child’s class unless it is necessary. If a dancer is old enough to make their own way downstairs without their parents help, we encourage them to do so.

 

* If a dancer is 2-4 years old, or cannot use the bathroom without help, one parent/guardian is welcome to stay for the duration of their class.

  • Students should arrive as ready to go as possible to minimize their need to use the changerooms and washrooms – please do your best not to arrive more than 5 minutes early for class

  • Parents/guardians should try to arrive no more than 5 minutes before the end of their child’s class to pick them up 

  • Please note that many of the above points are to help minimize the number of people in our building at one time; however, we understand that at some points parents may need to enter the space to speak with our office staff or supervise their children. Any government regulations regarding building capacity and COVID-19 will be followed.

 

Screening:

  • Everyone who signs up for in-person classes with Jay9 Dance Centre for the 2020-21 season must agree not to enter the building if they are experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat (trouble swallowing), runny nose, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. This agreement can be found in the waiver (Section A.2) issued during registration. (Please note that refunds will not be given for missed classes, and make-up classes will not be available for the 2020-21 season due to the need for accurate tracking and strict class size limits.)

  •  Staff will also be required not to enter the building if they are experiencing the above mentioned symptoms

  • If a student experiences the above mentioned symptoms during class time, they will be isolated from others and their parent/guardian will be contacted immediately

  • Accurate Attendance Sheets will be kept of all students who attend classes each day

  • People who enter the building for any reason other than dance classes will be asked to sign-in

 

Masks:

  • Masks must be worn in the building when not dancing (we have disposable masks available for anyone who forgets one). According to the City of Toronto By-law, students may remove their masks while doing physical activity if they remain socially distant. We will be encouraging students to leave their masks on as much as possible, though, unless they need a drink or feel that they are overheating.

  • Teachers and Staff will always leave their masks on

 

Social Distancing:

  • Individuals are required to stay distanced by at least 6 feet in all common areas (our floors have been marked to help with this)

  • Class sizes will have a strict size limit (depending on the age of the students and the room they are dancing in) to allow us to maintain a safe distance during our classes

  • Our studio floors have been marked in a grid fashion to help students and teachers remain distanced by at least 6 feet throughout their classes. Each student will be assigned a specific colour-coded square for the duration of their lesson. If a teacher would like to work on a travelling step, students will move to a marked spot along the wall corresponding to their square. Dancers would then travel along the middle of the room one at a time which will allow us to maintain a safe distance. Some of our oldest dancers may be allowed to travel in a circle formation, depending on the numbers in the class and whether the teacher feels confident that they can truly maintain a distance of 6 feet throughout that exercise.

  • Teachers will not provide hands-on corrections at this time and will focus on giving students visual and verbal cues instead. If a hands-on correction is needed due to safety reasons (i.e. – Acro tricks), teachers will remain masked and will use hand-sanitizer before and after the correction is given.

  • There will be no partner work in any of the classes until further notice

 

Cleaning:

  • There will be a thorough cleaning of the building each day prior to the start of classes; hard surfaces (such as doorknobs, light-switches & faucets) will be disinfected frequently throughout the day

  • Hand-sanitizer will be readily available throughout the building

  • Dance studio floors will be disinfected between each lesson, as will other hard surfaces and items used during the classes (such as ballet barres & mats)

  • If a class uses dance props, each student will receive individual props that will not be shared with other students throughout the year. These props will be clearly labelled and cleaned regularly

 

 

               Thank you for your cooperation in following these new policies. Please do not be afraid to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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