Putting Our Best Foot Forward
Tackling COVID-19 at SDDA for the 2020-21 Season

Studio Policies to Manage COVID-19

 

SDDA has taken many steps in order to finish out the 2019-20 season, and we're carrying these measures forward for the 2020-21 season!

Registration is open for returning and new students to take in-studio classes. Our 2020-21 season is designed to culminate in our annual recital, scheduled for June 2-5, 2021. In addition to the information below, you can review our procedures for safe operation in the COVID Procedures document, linked above.

Studio Procedures

To safely open for classes on September 8, 2020, our updated safety protocols will continue to ensure we limit the amount of close contact between students and faculty at all times. These steps include:

  • Health screening questions and temperature check of all staff, students, and parents, upon entry

  • Social-distancing our entrance

  • Socially-distanced studios, including:

    • Designated dancer prep areas​

    • Designated teacher areas

    • Gridlines on the floors to maintain social-distance while dancing

  • Sanitization of classrooms before and after each class​

  • Parent observation in lobbies is limited to a single parent/guardian of those students ages 5 and under. Note that our Tippy Toes classes (ages 2-3) are designed to be parent-child classes. Please refrain from bringing siblings or other guests at this time.

  • Common areas, including lobbies, playroom​, and dancer lounge, are closed until further notice, with the exception of the policy above regarding one parent per student 5 and under.

Monitor and Adjust Policy

SDDA reserves the right to adjust our classes or policies at any time due to COVID-19. However, we will provide reasonable alternate offerings for all of our dancers and their families.

Virtual Dance Training / Modified Class Format

In the event a student is restricted from attending classes due to exposure to COVID, or due to a positive COVID test, SDDA will be using virtual / on-demand dance training. This could last for a few days, or for a few weeks, and could apply as follows:

  • For a single student

  • For a group of students

  • For a class of students

  • For a group of classes

  • For the entire studio, if required by a new directive from the Arkansas Department of Health

Recital Accommodations

In the event SDDA is unable to safely hold a "large venue"socially-distanced recital, we will provide an alternative for all students. Recital Fees will be charged normally, however, we reserve the right to charge a lesser rate based on the requirements of our alternate recital accommodations. In this case, you could see a credit on your account.

Policy and Information Updates 

We will adjust our COVID-19 polices, if needed, upon receipt of new relevant guidance from the CDC and Arkansas Department of Health. This page will serve as our official communication portal. Please see our FAQs below for more. 

COVID FAQs

 

What are the benefits of dance during a global pandemic?


Dance classes can provide much needed benefits as it pertains to academics, social skills, physical fitness, creative expression, and so much more. We are proud to be offering a safe environment for your kids to experience the art of dance and to connect with their fellow dancers.




What are your COVID safety protocols for classroom instruction?


To safely open for classes on September 8, 2020, our updated safety protocols will continue to ensure we limit the amount of close contact between students and faculty at all times in the studio. These steps include:​

  • Health-screening questions and temperature check of all staff, students, and parents, upon entry
  • Social-distancing our entrance
  • Socially-distanced studios, including:
  • Designated dancer prep areas​
  • Designated teacher areas
  • Gridlines on the floors to maintain social-distance while dancing
  • Sanitization of classrooms before and after each class​
  • Altered lesson plans to limit student contact and the use of classroom props
  • Common areas, including lobbies, playroom​, and dancer lounge, are closed until further notice, with the exception of the policy allowing one parent per preschooler or kindergarten student.




How will teachers manage necessary "close contact" with younger students, or those enrolled in classes like Acro?


Teachers are wearing masks at all times. They may also use gloves when spotting is needed, or social-distancing is not possible.




How do you santize?


SDDA's facility is deep-cleaned twice per week by our professional cleaning staff. We provide hand-sanitizer at the entrance, at the front desk, and in every classroom. Our teachers clean/sanitize each studio between classes, using disinfectant spray recommended for COVID-19 prevention. A commercial sanitization fogger is deployed, using a hospital-grade solution recommended for COVID-19 prevention, after each day of classes. SDDA contracts with Cintas to insure the constant presence of touchless soap and paper towels in every bathroom. Frequent hand washing is encouraged.




Will there be smaller class sizes to maintain social-distancing?


Stage Door has always maintained a low student-to-teacher ratio for all classes, and now our class sizes will be even smaller to ensure social-distancing, based on dancer age and studio size.




Do you have a policy regarding face-masks?


Students age 10 and up, staff, and parents are required to wear a mask while entering and exiting the building, and in all common areas (masks are not provided). Children under 10 are not required to wear a mask but may do so at parent’s discretion. No dancer is required to wear a mask while actively dancing.




What is SDDA's health-screening process?


Entry screening will be performed by staff members outside the building.

  • Staff, students, and parents will be temperature-screened using a non-touch thermometer.
  • Anyone with a cough, difficulty breathing, or fever greater than 100, will not be allowed to enter.
  • Anyone who has traveled overseas in the last 14 days may not enter.
  • Anyone who has been in contact with a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days may not enter.
  • Attendance will be taken in every class to facilitate contact tracing.




Will SDDA still offer snacks & drinks?


Due to COVID-19, our snack bar will be selling ONLY pre-packaged, sealed snacks and drinks. Mac-and-cheese and pizzas are unavailable until further notice.




May I watch my dancer take class?


For our youngest dancers, SDDA is allowing one parent or guardian to accompany the child. For Tippy Toes classes, the parent will join their student in class. For all other students 5 and under, the designated parents will be allowed to observe class from our lobbies, using our HD closed-circuit systems. Please refrain from bringing siblings or other guests, as we are still required to practice social-distancing in our lobbies. All guests are subject to standard COVID screening. Class observation in our lobbies for all students over age 5 continues to be suspended. All common areas are also closed to non-dancers. However, parents may enter (observing all COVID policies) to purchase dancewear, enroll in classes, pay tuition, etc. at the office window. We are committed to fully re-opening these spaces as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, SDDA staff will capture classroom footage to share with you via our social media platforms and website.




Will SDDA need to close due to COVID-19?


SDDA reserves the right to adjust our classes or policies at any time due to COVID-19. However, we will provide reasonable options for all of our dancers and their families. In the event a student is restricted from attending classes due to exposure to COVID, or due to a positive COVID test, SDDA will be using virtual / on-demand dance training. This could last for a few days, or for a few weeks, and could apply as follows:

  • For a single student
  • For a group of students
  • For a class of students
  • For a group of classes
  • For the entire studio, if required by a new directive from the Arkansas Department of Health




How is tuition handled if a class or classes must move to Virtual Dance Training due to COVID-19?


SDDA charges season-long tuition that is collected in 9 equal payments, payable on the first of every month September - May. If a class, group of classes, or the entire studio has to close, we will move back to offering Virtual Dance Training. This could happen for a few days, a few weeks, or longer. SDDA is doing everything we can to keep the studio open. However, we have extensive alternate plans in the event of another mandatory shutdown. Tuition for Virtual / On-Demand classes will remain the same as in-person training. However, SDDA will continue to provide extra classes, Facebook Live classes, and other bonus content for all enrolled students, just as we did from March through May of 2020.




What should I do if my dancer is sick?


Please refer to our COVID Decisions document for the most up-to-date guidelines. If a dancer starts to run a fever or gets sick while at SDDA, we will isolate the student and call the parents to pick up the student up as soon as possible.




Will I receive a refund if my dancer is sick or must quarantine?


In the event a student is restricted from attending classes due to exposure to COVID, or due to a positive COVID test, SDDA will be using virtual / on-demand dance training. Normal tuition applies.




Will my dancer lose his/her place in class if they have a positive test and must quarantine?


No, but your tuition must remain current so that your student retains their position in the class. If, for any reason, you withdraw your student, their position may be filled with a new enrollee.





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