COVID Policies and Procedures …

 

ARRIVAL/CHECK IN PROCEDURE…

  • All students must have masks on upon exiting their vehicle and entering the mall hallway/emjaez doors/lobby. Dancers are to wear masks in class. emjaez instructors and staff will have masks on at all times. 

  • Please arrive no more than 5 minutes early for class. All students will be dropped off and picked up from the back or front parking lot in a drive through fashion as our lobbies are closed to parents/siblings at this time. We may be utilizing all emjaez doors for entering and exiting that are typically not used normally.

  • An emjaez staff member or assistant will be greeting students and directing them to an X which are placed 6ft apart in the mall hallway and emjaez lobbies for check-in.

  • Once on an X, each student will remove street shoes and put dance shoes on. Street shoes will go in your dance bag. Cell phones must be put into your dance bag at this time and not used until departure of the studio. Students will wait on the X until called for final check-in, which takes place in front of the main office door and throughout the lobby. Specific directions will be sent for each class. 

  • Student’s temperatures will be taken with a non-contact thermometer, symptom assessmentquestions asked and hand sanitizer will be given prior to being let into the studio. Anyone with a temp of 99.5 or higher will be sent home.

  • At this time, dressing rooms are closed, so dancers should arrive dressed and ready for class. For dancers in multiple classes, have your base uniform on and add from there if needed. For any layers of clothing removed, please put them inside the dance bag.

 

THE CLASSROOM…

  • After check-ins, the instructor will call dancers into class one at a time, where they will proceed to a chair/bench or space that is around the perimeter of the studio. This space will be yours for the duration of class. Place your bag under your chair and remain there until class starts. Mask and water breaks will take place here.

  • Folding chairs/benches must stay where they are and are not to be folded up during class. Chairs are spiked for easy placement should they move. 

  • NO cell phone use at any time once checked in. Students must keep their phones in their dance bags. Keeping cell phones in a plastic baggie is recommended.

  • At this time, no bare feet permitted. All dancers must wear shoes for the entire class. Ballet, Tap and Jazz shoes are the only dance shoes permitted. No socks or foot paws at this time. For Hip-Hop classes, please bring a clean pair of tennis shoes to change into. If a student does not have the appropriate dance shoes they will not be permitted to enter the classroom.

  • Our studio floors are tape in a grid with 7x7 squares with an X in the middle. Class sizes are limited and the number is determined by the amount of squares allotted for physical/social distancing per studio. Instructors will enforce physical/social distancing in class. 

  • With instructors and dancers in a mask and physical/social spacing, we are able to remain hands-on for corrections during class. 

  • Please use the restroom before coming to the studio. If a student needs to use the restroom during class, hands will be sanitized before leaving the room. Please wash hands in the restroom with soap and water. Hand sanitizer will be distributed before coming back into the studio. The bathroom will be sanitized multiple times throughout the day.

  • If a student becomes ill or says they don’t feel well while they are in class, the instructor or assistant will take them to the office to give emergency contact information, and will then be taken to the "Quarantina Ballerina Room  " (Maria’s dressing room). Parents will be called for immediate pick up. A staff member will wait with the dancer outside of the quarantine room until the parent arrives at the studio for pick up. 

 

DISMISSAL OF CLASS…

  • At the end of class, dancers will go to their chair/bench/space, change shoes (unless going to another dance class) and collect dance bag/yoga mat. Staying along the perimeter of the room, each student will be called by the instructor one at a time to the door, given hand sanitizer and released to the lobby or exit doors for pick up in the front or back parking lot, 6 ft apart or to their next class. Specific directions will be sent per class.

  • At this time, dancers are not permitted to stay in the lobby or mall hallway between or after classes. If you have a break between classes, please plan accordingly. 

 

DANCE BAGS …

  • Dance bags should have a luggage tag on the outside with first and last name along with an emergency contact number and hand sanitizer- attached if possible.

  • Ballet students should bring a hand towel with them that will be used at the Barre’.

  • Water fountains are closed, so be sure to bring a water bottle with you that is labeled with first and last name and kept inside your bag. We will have water available for $1. If a student does not have cash, your account will be charged for any water purchased.

  • Extra masks for dancers in multiple classes.

  • Cell phones should be kept in a Ziploc baggie in your bag.

 

MISC…

  • Yoga mats should be brought in for dancers in 5-8 and up classes for warm-up/floor work. 

  • Between classes , all barres, chairs, under chairs, handles, knobs and stereo equipment will be wiped down with an approved COVID-19 disinfectant.

  • Acro mats will be sanitized between classes.

  • The lobby area and all bathrooms will be sanitized multiple times throughout the day with an approved COVID-19 disinfectant.

  • Touchless hand sanitizing stations and pump hand sanitizers are placed throughout the studio.

  • All floors and surfaces will be cleaned at the end of every night with an approved COVID-19 cleaner. 

  • If anyone does not have or forgets a mask, you will need to purchase a disposable mask from the office for $2. If a student does not have cash, your account will be charged for any masks purchased.

  • At this time, the dressing rooms are closed.

  • The Lost & Found has been eliminated.

  • Zoom classes will continue to be available for anyone that does not feel comfortable coming to the studio just yet. When possible, please email or call the office 24 hours in advance when possible, to have the Zoom link set up. 

  • If you have been sick in the last 14 days, currently have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days please stay home and help reduce the risk of transmission.

  • Dancers and families should stay home if they are sick and should be fever free for at least 48 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to class. Please do not send your child to class sick.

  • Students should practice social distancing at all times in and outside of the studio.

  • Hugs… we sooooo miss hugging! We will be giving elbow bumps for now. Please make your little one aware of this, because if they come running to us for a hug, our hearts may not be able to turn them away.

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