COVID-19 Safety & Hygiene Protocol

Effective June 1, 2020
Last Updated October 26, 2020

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As we all continue to navigate the ever changing impacts of COVID-19 on our community, we will keep this page current with information and updates to our studio’s COVID-19 safety and hygiene policies and protocol.

We will continue to update our studio families via email and we also encourage you to check here regularly to keep informed.

Student Preparation Before Coming to Class

  • Students should come to class dressed in appropriate clogging attire.  Restrooms or other areas at the studio are not currently available for use as dressing rooms.
  • Class necessities should be able to be carried and enclosed within one bag (e.g., tote bag or backpack), which each student will bring with them to class.  Class necessities should include the following:
    • Clogging shoes
    • Socks to wear with clogging shoes
    • Water in a spill proof bottle (no drinking water available on-site)
    • Hair ties
    • Toe gels (optional)
    • Cloth or paper face mask, face shield, or other appropriate face covering (required for all students ages 5 and up)
    • Any other items a student would like to bring and which can be enclosed within the bag they bring with them to class
  • Students may wish to use the restroom at home, prior to arriving at the studio for class

Student Pick Up and Drop Off

  • Students should plan to arrive a few minutes prior to their scheduled class time to allow for completion of student entry information (described below)
  • Late arrivals may not be accommodated, please contact us 24 hours in advance with late arrival requests
  • Currently, in order to maintain appropriate physical distancing, we only have space for students and instructors inside the studio.  Please contact us if you have special needs or circumstances.
  • Parents/family may choose to remain in the parking lot/outside the studio during classes or arrive to the studio before class is scheduled to end
  • Student pick up will occur outside the studio
  • Late pick ups may not be accommodated, please contact us 24 hours in advance with late pick up requests

Pre-Entry Student Information

Instructors will meet students outside the studio prior to their entry to the studio and obtain the following information:

  • Youth Students Only:
    • Drop off / pick up times
    • Name of the adult completing both drop off / pick up
    • Student temperature
  • All students, both Youth & Adult:
    • Have you had a new or worsening cough?
    • Have you had a fever?
    • Have you had shortness of breath?
    • Have you had a sore throat or loss of smell and/or taste in the last 14 days?
    • Have you been in close contact with anyone with these symptoms or anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Students who answer “yes” to any of these questions or have had a fever of 100.4° or more will be sent home.
  • I love the joy of clogging and then performing it!

    Gwen A SCC Student
  • I have loved clogging so much!  I have finally found a dance that is for me.

    Gaby R SCC Student
  • My daughter enjoyed being able to dance to current music. I think that made it fun for her, too, that she knew the music and enjoyed dancing to it.

    Sarah R SCC Parent
  • We appreciate how much you enjoy our girls - your activities in class, your little notes to the girls, and the little gifts and celebrations are really fun. You're so thoughtful!

    Sarah R SCC Parent
  • There is absolutely nothing we would change about your clogging class. It has been such a positive experience!!!

    Sara A SCC Parent
  • You are always positive and encouraging! Great qualities for a teacher. You work them hard and have expectation that they try their hardest and are focused in class. We also love that you pick fun music that the kids like too.

    Sara A SCC Parent
  • You are an amazing teacher and we are floored in how much they have learned in a short period.

    Sara A SCC Parent
  • Communication with the parents has been great and much appreciated! We wouldn't really want anything to change. It's been perfect and our daughter adores you.

    Sara A SCC Parent
  • I think you, as an instructor, are fantastic!  You make the lessons fun and enjoyable. Woohoo!

    Jan B SCC Student
  • We had a great year with clogging! All of us (my husband and daughter’s grandparents included) loved the way you planned and executed the recital. It was so enjoyable and so much more fun, seriously, than any other dance recital we had ever experienced.

    Sarah R SCC Parent
  • I look forward to learning new steps, challenging myself to do better, and working toward my goals.

    Gwen A SCC Student
  • We were super satisfied with the whole experience. We love you as a teacher, our daughter enjoyed her classmates and the experience, and we are happy she is so excited to continue.

    Sarah R SCC Parent
  • I love how clogging brings me so much happiness and energy!

    Gwen A SCC Student
  • My daughter really enjoyed clogging; I enjoyed that she was having fun while at the same time being active and learning rhythm and all the other things that go along with dance.

    Sarah R SCC Parent

Student Entry and Exit

  • Students should wait outside the studio (in cars and/or maintaining appropriate physical distancing) for their instructor to let them in to the studio for class
  • One at a time, students will meet their instructor and answer the pre-class questions
  • For students who need assistance putting on clogging shoes, a parent/family member should assist them to put on clogging shoes outside before their student enters the studio for class
  • Upon entry to the studio, students will use the hand sanitizer, then make their way along the designated path to one of the chairs set out along the edge of the dance floor
  • If desired, students may wish to wash their hands with soap and water after they have put on their clogging shoes
  • At the end of class, students will return to their chair to change shoes; then, one at a time, students will make their way to the door, use the hand sanitizer provided, and meet their ride outside the studio
  • Class sizes are currently capped at 5 – 6 students

Student Movement / Conduct in Studio

  • The dance floor will be marked with tape, designating spaces for student dancing at the appropriate distance
  • Students will remain within their designated spaces during class, except when released by their instructor (to go to their chair for a water break or to go to the restroom)
  • Students should bring their own water in a spill proof bottle to class each week. The water fountain is currently shut off and unavailable for use.
  • When released by their instructor for water breaks, students will go to their chair to take their breaks
  • One restroom, the ADA restroom, will be available for use during class
  • Students are required to thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom
  • Dancers should not touch each other, for partner work or other reasons, during their time at the studio
  • Waiting areas (red and blue bench areas) are not currently available for use

Masks / Face Coverings

  • All students, ages 5 and up, are required to wear masks, face coverings, or face shields at the studio.
  • If your student has a medical condition or disability that impacts their ability to wear a mask / face covering, please contact us so we can work with you to follow up appropriately.
    • Unfortunately, per state guidance, a reasonable modification does not include simply allowing access to activities or instruction without a mask, face covering or face shield.

Updated face covering guidance: July 24th, 2020

Updated face covering guidance: July 24th, 2020

Virtual Class Option

  • Class attendance via video conferencing is an available option
  • Students who cannot, should not, or would prefer not to meet in studio can attend via their class’s unique video conferencing link, accessed through the student’s TeacherZone dashboard
    • This includes students who have been sent home by their instructor, are experiencing any cold/flu-like symptoms, or have come in contact with someone experiencing such symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Classes may also be conducted virtually should the instructor be experiencing or cold/flu-like symptoms or if the instructor has come in contact with someone experiencing such symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19

When Students Can Return to the Studio After Illness

First and foremost – if you are feeling sick, don’t come to the studio.

Virtual class attendance is available and it’s best to be safe, stay home, and join class virtually if there is any question.

Below are our updated guidelines:

  • Students who are sick must stay home and will be sent home if they become sick while at the studio.
  • Students with COVID-19 symptoms should be evaluated by and seek testing from their regular physician or through the local public health authority.
  • For a positive COVID-19 test result, no symptoms: the student should remain home for a minimum of 10 days after receiving a viral test result.  If symptoms develop after testing positive, see immediately below.
  • For a positive COVID-19 test result, with symptoms: the student should remain home for a minimum of 10 days after symptoms first appeared and should remain home until 24 hours after fever is gone, without the use of fever reducing medicine, in addition to being free of all other COVID symptoms.
  • For a negative COVID-19 test result, with symptoms: the student should remain home until 24 hours after fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, in addition to being free of all other COVID symptoms.
  • For a student not tested for COVID-19, but who has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, new/worsening cough, shortness of breath, etc.): the student should remain at home for 10 days after illness onset and 24 hours after fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, in addition to being free of all other COVID symptoms.
  • For a student who has had close contact with a person with COVID-19, and is not exhibiting symptoms: the student should remain home for 14 days after their last contact with the person with COVID-19.

Studio Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Between classes some surfaces/areas will be disinfected, using an EPA approved disinfectant including, but not limited to:
    • Restroom fixtures
    • Frequently touched surfaces (door handles, hand railings, etc)
    • Chairs used during class
    • Walls around chairs
  • At least once per day, prior to classes, the entire studio will be thoroughly cleaned/disinfected, by a professional commercial cleaning service, in compliance with COVID-19 best practices / public health guidance
  • A copy of the studio’s complete cleaning/disinfecting protocol can be obtained by contacting us.
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