Update 07/29/2021: 

In an effort to support our community and keep our dancers safe we will be following guidelines from the CDC and OHA, in alignment with Portland Public Schools, by asking those who enter the dance studio wear a mask in addition to continuing with our practices to maintain a healthy environment for our students. 

Thank you. 

 

Update 06/30/2021: 

Dear Dancers & Families- 

As small business owners and local community members, we are delighted to see the declining rates of Covid-19 cases and the positive outlook for Multnomah county! 

In alignment with Gov. Brown’s executive order lifting state of emergency based statewide restrictions, beginning July 1st we will no longer be enforcing masks in our studio. While all our staff is vaccinated, you may see some choose to continue to wear a mask during class. We welcome dancers to wear masks if they choose to and encourage you to make the choice that is best for you and your family based on CDC recommendations. Additionally, we invite you to dance barefoot when appropriate and based on your personal comfort (such as acro-jazz and hula classes). 

 

For this summer session, we will continue common sense practices to maintain a healthy environment for our dancers, such as a brief screening upon arrival and cleaning the studio space between classes. Additionally, we will continue to keep the classes closed, only allowing dancers and instructors in the studio, because we have found that without guardians and siblings in the lobby the students are more focused throughout the lesson. The last week of classes we will invite all parents to come in to watch and you’re always welcomed to peek through the windows a few minutes before pick-up. The studio door remains locked during class and we’ll let students out at the end of the 45-minute class.

Let us know if you have any questions at all.

As always, these practices are subject to change based on OHA and CDC guidelines and we appreciate all your patience and support as our small business has navigated towards this day.

 

We would not have survived the last year without your flexibility and grace.

Thank you,

Pacific Dance Academy Staff

 

If you would like to read more about Gov. Brown’s recent announcement, you can find it here:

https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=54882

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WJ0W1RrRpAGJvvZNl4TJneql8a7t6B3c/view

Update 02/03/2021:

 

Dear Pacific Families & Dancers, 

 

We wanted to be transparent about the steps we are taking to provide a safe and impactful environment for you and your family. 

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. These guidelines are subject to change based on OHA and CDC recommendations. 

 

Things to know if you come to the studio: 

What we're doing:

  • Teachers will wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before class.  

  • We are providing sanitizing gel at the studio entrance and exit. Please use it upon entering the studio. 

  • All people over the age of 2 years are required to a wear mask while in the studio.

  • We will be screening each student at arrival and, to support contact tracing in the event of a reported illness, taking roll before each class.

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

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

  • Studio doors will remain open between classes, when weather allows, to encourage flow of outside air through the space. 

  • The studio is marked with clear dance squares of 6-ft to give ample space for movement and social distancing. 

  • Cubbies and extra furniture have been removed to decrease contact surfaces. 

  • We have staggered arrival and departure times for individuals to minimize congregating at entrances, exits and restrooms to follow required physical distancing requirements.

  • When needed, we have marked entrances and exits to establish a one-way flow of traffic foot traffic. 

  • 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. 

When Arriving at the Studio

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

  • Masks are required and we recommend packing an extra mask if your mask becomes damp or damaged during practice.

  • All dancers must wait for an instructor to check them in before entering the studio. This includes:

Daily symptom check, including temperature scan:   

  1. Have you, or a member of your household, had a new or worsening cough? 

  2. Have you, or a member of your household, had a fever? 

  3. Have you, or a member of your household, had shortness of breath? 

  4. 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? 

  5. Have you traveled outside of the State? If so, we ask that you do not attend class for 14 days after your return per Oregon travel advisory.

If “yes” to any of the symptom check questions, you will be asked to return home and wait to return to class for 10 days after illness onset, 72 hrs after fever is gone without medication, and Covid-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea) are improving.​​

  • Please wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer provided, as you enter the studio.

  • We ask dancers to bring only necessary items to class (water bottle, mask, clean dance shoes/socks). They will be assigned a spot to place their items after check in. 

  • Dancers need to pack & use their own full water bottle. The water station will be temporarily closed due to state regulations. No other food or other drink will be allowed in the studio or lobby at this time.

  • Dancers will need to wear appropriate clean dance shoes or clean socks for their class. We ask dancers to avoid bare feet at this time. 

  • 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, staff, and students will wear a mask. Please plan to bring an extra covering if your mask becomes damp or damaged during class.

  • Dancers are encouraged to avoid touching their face.

  • Dancers will engage in activities that do not require close physical contact and can maintain 6ft distance.

  • Dancers will participate in lesson plans that reduce the need for contact spotting or physical contact, and floorwork will only be done on a personal mat. In the event a dancer needs 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. 

  • Limit bathroom usage by going before you leave home. Wash hands for 20 seconds after using the bathroom. 

  • 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. 

Thank you, 

Pacific Dance Academy Staff

 

 

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