BDT 2020-2021 REOPENING GUIDELINES AND CLEANING PROTOCOLS
Class Times and Sizes
All classes will run for 45 minutes to allow extra time for instructors to clean in between classes. A half an hour is allotted for cleaning in between. Floors can take anywhere between 10-20 minutes to dry. There is extra leeway for dancers to enter and exit properly. Class sizes will be reduced significantly, with a hybrid of in-person and Zoom classes being offered and alternating groups every week.
Masks must be worn at all times while dancing. Dancers under the age of 5 are excused from wearing a mask while dancing.
We will be adjusting many things in our classroom to avoid contact. Students will not be permitted to hold hands, high five, or touch each other in any way. We will also ensure that they are not in close proximity to each other by marking the floors with their spots. If you can, please remind them to keep to themselves, they all love to hug each other :)
Sneezes and Coughs
Please teach your dancers to cough and sneeze into their shirt or arms, not in their hands. If your child has any cold symptoms whatsoever, we ask them to stay home.
Dance Belongings All dance bags will be brought into the studio rooms and dancers will have a designated spot for their bag. Please take anything you came in with. We often find many clothing articles, water bottles, bobby pins, and dance shoes lying around the building after class. We please ask that you pay extra attention to leaving items behind.
The office will be closed. Please bring your own water bottles. First aid kits will be placed in each studio room with all essentials. Payments should be made online and we are unable to accept cash at this time.
Only healthy staff members (those without symptoms and properly engaging in temperature checks) will be permitted to teach in the studios.
ENTRY AND EXIT for the Adams studio: Through the back/regular door off the parking lot (Exit will be via the front door by the lawn.)
ENTRY AND EXIT for the Bennington studio: Since there is only one door, students will need to enter and exit staggered. Classes will be let out on time as to not interrupt the flow of traffic and risk students passing one another.
WAITING ROOM IS CLOSED for families: we are asking all parents/guardians to drop off your child, and either wait in your car or drop off and pick up. The waiting room will be used for dancers to stand 6ft apart in between their back to back classes.
All children will have their temperature taken with a touchless laser thermometer when they arrive. Anyone with a temp over 100.3 degrees will not be allowed in.
Once your student is dropped off and has had their temp taken, they will be ushered into the bathroom to wash their hands. After that they will take their place in designated areas with their group until everyone has arrived and washed up.
No street shoes will be allowed past the waiting room area. Only dance shoes will be worn and no bare feet.
If your child has classes back to back, they will be asked to stand in the waiting room in a designated spot while the room is being cleaned.
Pick-up - since the waiting room is closed and we cannot congregate there, we ask that you all make a single file line up to the door where your child will be, maintaining social distance guidelines of 6 feet apart.
Each child will be dismissed individually as each parent comes to the FRONT door (by the elevator in the Adams studio). The line may be long on certain days so please be patient, this is all for the health and safety of your children. As long as everyone is there on time this will move very quickly
Our Cleaning Protocols
Sanitizer: We have hand sanitizer in each room, hallway, and front desk. Students will be asked to use it frequently. If you’d prefer your own, students are permitted to bring it in their dance bag. Our sanitizer does contain at least 70% alcohol.
Floor Cleaning: We will be cleaning the floors in between each class with 70% isopropyl alcohol. Fans will be used to air out the room of the alcohol smell while the floor dries.
Ventilation: Our Adams studio has many windows to help with ventilation. We will place window fans blow out for proper ventilation. We are asking for donations of these fans from families. Our Bennington landlords will be installing HEPA filters for extra ventilation in that studio. All windows and doors will remain open in the warmer months. In the colder months, we will open all windows in between classes to ventilate. Fans will not be used during class to cut back on the circulation of air.
Surface Cleaning: We will be wiping down frequently touched surfaces and equipment with disinfectant every 45 minutes in between classes. We will wipe everything down in the evenings.
Deep Cleaning: BDT will be deep cleaned twice a week.
How You Can Help
Do not bring your child to class if they are coughing, sneezing, have a fever, stomach-ache, body aches, sore throat, chest congestion, diarrhea, vomiting, or any other illness. They may take class on Zoom, as a link to class will always be available.
Do not bring your child to class if a family member is ill with any of the above symptoms.
Don’t bring toys from home.
Don’t break any formal quarantine/government restrictions surrounding social distancing.
Encourage your child to cough and sneeze into their arm, not in their hand and to not touch other children or their teacher.
Alert us if your child does have COVID-19 and has been to the studio within the last 14 days so we can contact their peers and engage in proper contact tracing.
BDT will open with these protocols and restrictions until directed otherwise. Each family is encouraged to make their own decision about coming to the studio; please do what you feel comfortable with and what makes the most sense for you and your family. Your health and safety are most important to us!
We are so looking forward to healthier times and when we can hug all of your dancers again, they are such a bright spot in our day! The well-being of our students and families is a top priority! Please know that we are here to address any concerns or issues and are happy to hear from you on additional ways we can keep our community healthy.