Below is a list of the exact guidelines that pertain to us below for everyone to see and then explain exactly what we are doing to implement them. I want to be as open and transparent as possible during this transition period of reintegration. We are following the Education and Childhood guidance's set by the Governor. We are also following additional guidance from the day / summer camp guidelines, as they apply really well to what we do. I replaced the word student/children or camper with “dancer”; I replaced worker with “instructor”.
Screening dancers at drop-off and preventing any dancer from entering that exhibits a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, other respiratory symptoms, or at least two of the following symptoms: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell;
Requiring that any dancer exhibiting a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell at any time while at Impact Dance of Atlanta shall be separated from the group immediately and must leave the facility as soon as practicable.
Requiring any instructor or dancer that has stayed home sick, been prevented from entering the studio due to signs of illness, or been sent home during camp due to signs of illness shall to not be permitted to attend the studio again until they have either had a negative COVID-19 test or have been fever and fever mediation free for seventy-two (72) hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared;
Placing signage at any entrance to instruct dancers that they cannot enter if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, or had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past fourteen (14) days;
Placing signage at any entrance and throughout the facility to instruct Dancers of the enhanced sanitation procedures, and other instructions and limitations, as applicable, set forth below;
Providing hand sanitizer to dancers as soon as practicable upon drop-off;
Discontinuing studio tours; During class hours. (We can set up private tours for new students)
Prohibiting use of dance facilities and equipment that are not able to be regularly sanitized;
Sanitizing dance equipment after each group use;
Requiring dancers to wash or sanitize their hands during each group restroom break, snack break, and meal break;
For dancers that need to eat a meal, if possible, requiring dancers to bring their own lunch and snacks with them to the studio each day, with all such food items being in a sealed lunch bag marked with the dancers name;
Requiring instructors/staff to clean and sanitize bathrooms and all frequently touched surfaces regularly throughout the opening hours in addition to the regular cleaning schedule. Shared restrooms must be sanitized no less than twice per day;
Providing masks or other Personal Protective Equipment to Instructors as available and appropriate to the function and location of instructors within the facility;
Providing masks or other Personal Protective Equipment to dancers as available and appropriate to the activity and location of dancers within the facility
Prohibiting unnecessary visitors;
Restricting families' access to the front door of the facility.
Surfaces and objects that are frequently touched must be sanitized regularly, including, but not limited to, toys, games, and objects or surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily;
Now that it is all laid out, I will tell you how this actually looks. When you arrive at the studio you will be greeted by either a staff member or one of our wonderful company moms. They will be required to check the temperature of each and every dancer that comes into the studio. At that point they will then sanitize the dancers hands and if requested, we will provide a mask to your dancer, along with a plastic bag. The masks are optional for the dancers, as it can be a challenge to dance in them. The guidance for education and children tell us that if a child wearing a mask decides to take it off it must be placed into a plastic bag and can not go directly on the floor or a trash can (or a dance bag). That is why each person receiving a mask will also get ziplock bag to place the mask in when not in use. If you are wanting your child to wear a mask that you already have or have made, that is completely fine. But keep in mind that heavy cloth masks can be harder to breathe in over a period of time (even though they are super cute), especially while moving like these kids do. Also, per the guidance, no parents or siblings will be allowed into the studio, with the exception of the company parent volunteer that might be helping with checking in.
We will not be giving hugs or hive fives at this time, so please let your little ones know that we love them dearly and this is only temporary!
Any time a dancer enters a dance studio or leaves a dance studio, they will be required to re-sanitize their hands. Dancers should bring dance bags into the classroom with them and they will be spaced out along the walls during the class. . No PBT balls, stretchy bands, etc. will be used.
In between each class, the instructor will sanitize the room to get ready for the next set of dancers.
ALL dressing rooms will be closed, so please come fully dressed and ready to dance.