Intrepid Dance Company's

Procedures & Protocols in response to COVID-19

The following safety protocols have been developed in order to resume business as directed by the CDC.

 

Phase 1: (Starting June 8): The studio will open to the instructor and small groups (10 & under including instructor) as directed by the CDC guidelines and social distancing.

  • No more than 10 allowed per dance class including the instructor in accordance with the CDC and state regulations. Classes that need to be smaller will rotate dancers from week to week, and class will be run simultaneously on a virtual platform.

  • Dancers cannot return to the studio until the additional waiver is signed and returned to Intrepid Dance Company

  • Only dancers, instructors, and administrative staff will be in the facility

    • We highly recommend and encourage that dancers wear a mask while in the studio to slow the spread of COVID-19, however per CDC and MDH guidelines if your dancer has trouble wearing them and/or trouble breathing in their mask it is permissible for them to remove their mask as long as social distancing is in place or dancers can stay home and take the class via our virtual platform.

    • Should you find anything in the studio guidelines, we recommend your dancer to continue via our virtual platform

    • Students who have compromised immune systems will continue to practice via the virtual platform and/or have the option to wear protective gear.

    • Parents of younger dancers can drop off at the designated studio door for their studio

  • All those coming through the studio door will be stopped to complete the entrance protocol each day.

    • Temperature is taken and recorded

    • Questions asked and recorded

    • All who enter must wash hands before entering classrooms and will need to sit on a star placed on the floor to adhere to proper social distancing. The sanitizer will also be used during class as needed. Each room will be assigned a designated bathroom that can be used only by those dancers and staff.

    • Disinfecting and cleaning of each room will be done prior to the next class coming into the studio as well as each night and with more levels of detail to all surfaces.

  • Class times have been staggered between 10-15 minutes to ensure the safety in transitioning students as well as sanitizing and cleaning prior to the next class coming into the studio.

  • Dancers will be allowed to leave the classroom one at a time to exit the studio through the door they entered for their class.

Attire:

  • Proper dancewear including tights or leggings need to be worn along with proper footwear (See additional guidelines for clarification)

  • Dancers may bring a water bottle to class

  • Dancers are to go directly into their classroom, no lingering in waiting areas

 

*Phase 2: (Starting July 1): The studio will open to the instructor and small groups (10 & under including instructor) as directed by the CDC guidelines and social distancing.

  • No more than 14 allowed per dance class in Studio 2 and no more than 11 in Studio 1 including the instructor in accordance with the CDC and state regulations. Classes that need to be smaller will rotate dancers from week to week, and class will be run simultaneously on a virtual platform.

  • Dancers cannot return to the studio until the additional waiver is signed and returned to Intrepid Dance Company

  • Only dancers, instructors, and administrative staff will be in the facility

    • We highly recommend and encourage that dancers wear a mask while in the studio to slow the spread of COVID-19, however per CDC and MDH guidelines if your dancer has trouble wearing them and/or trouble breathing in their mask it is permissible for them to remove their mask as long as social distancing is in place or dancers can stay home and take the class via our virtual platform.

      • UPDATE:  Per the new Executive Order issued by the Gov of MN, Masks are required to move around the building for kids ages 6 and above.  Children under the age of 5 are exempt per this new order, but we do highly recommend that they wear them if at all possible until they are safe in their social distancing boxes in the dance room.

    • Should you find anything in the studio guidelines, we recommend your dancer to continue via our virtual platform

    • Students who have compromised immune systems will continue to practice via the virtual platform and/or have the option to wear protective gear.

    • Parents of younger dancers can drop off at the designated studio door for their studio

  • All those coming through the studio door will be stopped to complete the entrance protocol each day.

    • Temperature is taken and recorded

    • Questions asked and recorded

    • All who enter must wash hands before entering classrooms and will need to sit on a star placed on the floor to adhere to proper social distancing. The sanitizer will also be used during class as needed. Each room will be assigned a designated bathroom that can be used only by those dancers and staff.

    • Disinfecting and cleaning of each room will be done prior to the next class coming into the studio as well as each night and with more levels of detail to all surfaces.

  • Class times have been staggered between 10-15 minutes to ensure the safety in transitioning students as well as sanitizing and cleaning prior to the next class coming into the studio.

  • Dancers will be allowed to leave the classroom one at a time to exit the studio through the door they entered for their class.

 

**Phase 2: (Starting July 25): Additional information to Phase 2 

UPDATE:  Per the new Executive Order issued by the Gov of MN, Masks are required to move around the building for kids ages 6 and above.  Children under the age of 5 are exempt per this new order, but we do highly recommend that they wear them if at all possible until they are safe in their social distancing boxes in the dance room.

 

Attire:

  • Proper dancewear including tights or leggings need to be worn along with proper footwear (See additional guidelines for clarification)

  • Dancers may bring a water bottle to class

  • Dancers are to go directly into their classroom, no lingering in waiting areas

 

Phase 3: (based on CDC timeline TBD): The studio reopens for all groups while continuing the social distancing of students.

  • Only dancers, instructors, and administrative staff will be in the facility

  • Students who have compromised immune systems will continue to practice via the virtual platform and/or have the option to wear protective gear.

  • Dancers ages 3-6 will be allowed to have only 1 person per student in the studio.

  • For older students (ages 7 and up and competitive students), only the students will be allowed in the facility.

  • All those coming through the studio door will be stopped at the entrance to complete the entrance protocol each day.

    • Temperature is taken and recorded

      • Dancers are required to take classes virtually if they are sick and not come to the studio.

    • Questions asked and recorded

    • All who enter must wash hands before entering classrooms and sanitizer will also be used as needed. Each room will be assigned a designated bathroom that can be used only by those dancers and staff.

    • Disinfecting and cleaning to be done each night and with more levels of detail to all surfaces.

  • Class times have been staggered between 10-15 minutes to ensure the safety in transitioning students as well as sanitizing and cleaning prior to the next class coming into the studio.

  • Dancers will be allowed to leave the classroom one at a time to exit the studio through one of the two exits.

 

Attire:

  • Proper dancewear including tights or leggings need to be worn along with proper footwear (See additional guidelines for clarification)

  • Dancers may bring a water bottle to class

  • Dancers are to go directly into their classroom, no lingering in waiting areas

Additional Guidelines:

  1. Dancers must be dressed in required dance attire. Hair to be pulled back into a ponytail or bun.

    1. Due to COVID-19 Dancewear includes:

      1. GIRLS: Leotard and tights or Tank Top and shorts

      2. BOYS: T-shirt/Tank Top and shorts

    2. All dancers comfortable with walking to and from the studio door in just their dance clothes should do so.

    3. Older dancers who aren't comfortable with that should wear the fewest additional pieces of clothing possible over their dance clothes.

    4. Absolutely NO street clothes or street shoes will be allowed in the dance rooms

  2. Small dance bags can carry only dance essentials like shoes for class and a water bottle into the dance rooms.

    1. Age 3-4 will only wear ballet slippers for both styles of dances at this time

    2. Dancers ages 5 and older will bring dance bags into the dance room & change their own shoes.

    3. If your dancer has a medically necessary item, it should be carried in another small bag and the class teacher should be notified.

  3. Dancers should bring their own water bottle.  No water fountain will be used.

  4. No food allowed in the building unless medically necessary.

    1. If food is medically necessary for the student, please contact Melissa.

  5. MASKS:

    1. Since dance is an aerobic activity and wearing a mask could cause potential problems.

      1. We highly recommend and encourage that dancers wear a mask while in the studio to slow the spread of COVID-19, however per CDC and MDH guidelines if your dancer has trouble wearing them and/or trouble breathing in their mask it is permissible for them to remove their mask as long as social distancing is in place or dancers can stay home and take the class via our virtual platform.

      2. Teachers will wear a mask if they are in proximity to the student.

      3. Mask rules will be revised as additional information is provided by the CDC and MDH

  6. Staff will utilize the 10 minutes between classes to sanitize common touchpoints.

  7. As always, dancers need to stay home if they are sick. Dancers are also asked to stay at home if anyone in their family is sick.

  8. A virtual platform will still be maintained to include those that are not comfortable with sending their dancer to the studio.

  9. Parents making payments will need to login to their parent portal to do so ONLINE or can call the studio to make that payment over the phone.

Studio Traffic Pattern for each room:

This plan is very important to follow to be able to adhere to the guidelines and protocols listed above

 

Studio 1 (Studio is closet to our Back Door):

 

  • Dancers will enter the back door and remove shoes and have their health check completed.

  • Dancers will place their street shoes on a colored dot in the hallway then go to wash their hands.

  • Dancers will bring only their dance shoes into the studio through the door in the hallway and set all their belongings in their colored square or on their assigned x along the wall.

  • Each dancer will be assigned a colored dance square which they are to stay in

  • When we need to go across the floor, dancers will be spread out 6 ft apart

  • When class is finished dancers will gather their belongings and will be allowed to leave the classroom one at a time to exit the studio through the door they entered for their studio.

  • Zoom will still be offered for those not ready to return to in-person classes at the studio

 

**IMPORTANT NOTE** Dancers are NOT allowed to hug or touch hands while in the studio to help keep dancers and their families safe.

 

 

Studio 2 (Studio closest to the windows/Douglas Drive):

 

  • Dancers will enter the back door and remove shoes and have their health check completed.

  • Dancers will place their street shoes on a colored dot in the hallway then go to wash their hands.

  • Dancers will bring only their dance shoes into the studio through the door in the hallway and set all their belongings in their colored square or on their assigned x along the wall.

  • Each dancer will be assigned a colored dance square which they are to stay in

  • When we need to go across the floor, dancers will be spread out 6 ft apart

  • When class is finished dancers will gather their belongings and will be allowed to leave the classroom one at a time to exit the studio through the door they entered for their studio.

  • Zoom will still be offered for those not ready to return to in-person classes at the studio

 

**IMPORTANT NOTE** Dancers are NOT allowed to hug or touch hands while in the studio to help keep dancers and their families safe.

Resources

 

Questions about COVID-19? Call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., at 651.201.3920.

 

Hennepin County Public Health – The County website offers tips for residents and visitors, like taking necessary precautions and preparing in case someone in your family gets sick.

 

Minnesota Department of Health – The MDH website includes information regarding travel, what can be done to prepare, what the MDH is doing, and more.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – The CDC website offers useful information about virus symptoms and how it spreads. The site also has information regarding global and domestic cases.

 

CDC COVID-19 Information for Travelers – This section of the CDC website provides risk assessment information about travel to worldwide destinations and provides answers to frequently asked questions.

The University of Minnesota CIDRAP - The U of M website has some other information and resources on their website.

 

Handwashing tips to follow!
 

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