Dear Pacific Families & Dancers, 

 

We wanted to reach out to everyone about the steps we're taking to provide a safe and impactful environment for your children.*

 

Federal, state, and county health officials list a number of precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses including coronavirus (COVID-19). The CDC includes a comprehensive prevention and treatment resource and Multnomah County’s website for prevention and reopening guidelines. 

 

What we're doing:

  • We are offering both online classes and in-studio classes to give you options to meet the needs of your family. 

  • Class size is limited to 5 students and the studio floor will be marked in 6-foot areas to give ample space for movement and social distancing. 

  • Teachers will wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before entering the studio. 

  • We have sanitizing gel at the studio entrance. 

  • Teachers, and all people over age 2, are required to wear masks while in the studio.

  • For purposes of contact tracing it is very important we take roll before each class.

  • We've modified lesson plans to eliminate partner work, props, and reduce the need for spotting.  

  • We have increased our awareness of protocol with our staff. In the event that a dancer or staff member is sick, they are to remain home and rest. 

  • Classes start times are spaced so studio can be disinfected after each class. This includes: floor, barres, mats, door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces.

  • Studio door will remain open when weather allow to encourage flow of outside air through the space. 

  • The studio is marked with clear social-distancing dance squares.

 

What we're asking of you:

When Arriving at the Studio-

  • Please wash your hands vigorously with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer provided, before entering the studio.

  • Be mindful of spacing when entering and exiting doors by maintaining 6 foot distance from other dancers and families.

  • Dancers need to pack & use their own full water bottle and mask. No food will be allowed in the studio or lobby at this time. 

  • Upon arrival you will need to sign-in your student in by answering a set of screening questions: 

    • Have you had a new or worsening cough? 

    • Have you had a fever? 

    • Have you had shortness of breath? 

    • 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? 

          If “yes” to any of the screening questions, you will be asked return home and wait to return to the facility until all symptoms, including fever have been resolved for at least 72 hours without medication, or at least 14 days after contact with a person with a cough, fever, or diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • Signing in each class to help keep accurate records of attendance to support contact tracing in the event of a reported illness.

  • Cubbies have been removed. We ask dancers to bring only necessary items to class. They will be given a spot to place their items after check in.  

  • Only students are allowed in the lobby area. No guardians. Guardians are encouraged to enjoy Sellwood park and waterfront, visit local Sellwood establishments, or wait in their car with a book or podcast. Feel free to view class through our front windows. 

 

During Class-

  • Teachers and staff will wear a mask.

  • Face masks are required for all dancers. Please plan to bring an extra covering if your mask becomes wet or damaged during class. 

  • Dancers are encouraged to avoid touching their face.

  • Dancers will engage in activities that do not require close physical contact.

  • Dancers will participate in lesson plans that reduce the need for contact spotting or physical contact, and floorwork unadvised. In the event dancers need assistance, or to avoid injury, teachers will provide spotting. 

  • Class sizes will remain small to allow dancers to warm-up in their 6×6 square and maintain 6 ft distance from others. 

  • Please have a hygiene conversation with your dancer(s) before you drop them off to keep it present in their mind. You may even want to make it a part of your daily routine to talk about how to be safe and maintain good health. Do keep it simple to be effective.   

 

After Class-

  • Dancers are to be picked up promptly at the end of class.

  • Dancers are encouraged to wash or sanitize hands upon leaving the studio.

  • All items brought by dancers must be taken home. 'Lost & Found' will not be stored at this time. 

 

*Guidelines are subject to change based on OHA and CDC recommendations. 

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