1: We ask that you pre-screen your dancer or vocalist using the questions in our COVID-19 screening questionnaire before coming to the studio to ensure they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. If your dancer or vocalist has been asked to quarantine or stay/sent home from school, we ask that you follow these guidelines for the studio. If you are unsure about sending your child to the studio, please call us before sending them.
2: Dancers and vocalists should arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before their classes begin.
3: Any dancer, vocalist, parent or guardian must wear a face covering to enter the studio until they are in class and have been instructed by their teacher to remove it unless your child is not comfortable wearing a face covering (ex. ages 2 and 3) or has a medical condition that prevents them from doing so.
4: We ask that you drop off your dancer or vocalist using the main entrance or side entrance between the church and the studio only. The entrance with the ramp will only be used as an emergency exit and for those who need to use the ramp for accessibility. Please call ahead if you need to have access to the entry point.
5: Once inside, dancers and vocalists can put their outside shoes on the boot rack in the entrance. At the top of the stairs of the main entrance, dancers and vocalists must sanitize their hands before heading to their class.
6: Parents or guardians will be expected to sign in, sanitize their hands, wear a face covering while in the building, maintain a 6-foot distance from others and sign out when they leave.
7: Due to social distancing measures and to limit the amount of people in our building, we can only allow one parent or guardian per dancer aged 5 and under at this time. No other non-dancing sibling will be allowed to enter the building. Parents of dancers in all other classes will not be allowed to view classes at this time. Special circumstances may be arranged with the front desk.
1: Class sizes are limited in order to respect the social distancing protocols.
2: Dancers can bring a small bag for their shoes and a water bottle in class. There will be designated spots on the ledge at the back of the room for their bag. The ledge will be disinfected at the end of each class. We ask that all items (water bottles, shoes, sweaters, jackets, bags, etc.) have names/labels on them to prevent dancers from using each other’s belongings. It will also make it easier to know who the owner is if the item is lost or left behind.
3: The dance class will be structured to adhere to the social distancing guideline. When it is safe to do so, the instructors will let the dancers know when it is appropriate to remove their mask if they wish. The instructors and assistants will be wearing a proper face covering at all times. Sanitization will happen throughout the class.
4: Vocalists will be separated from the teacher with a plexi glass barrier. Piano and Guitar students will be required to wear a mask during their private session unless they have a medical condition that prevents them from doing so.
1: We ask that you arrive on time to pick up your dancer or vocalist. Dancers will be sent outside for pick up after class. If your dancer is too young to meet you outside at your vehicle on their own, we ask that you meet them in the entrance. Please ensure that you are wearing a face covering.
2: If there are no parking spots available in the front of the studio, please do not park along the road in front of any homes. Please respect our neighbors on Dollard Street. This will allow for proper and safe traffic flow during busy times. Additional parking is available in the back of the studio. Please utilize the entrance between the church and the studio. We also ask parents to not conglomerate in front of the studio in big groups.
Enhanced Cleaning Procedures: High touch surfaces will be cleaned between each class (barres, equipment, stereo, ledges, light switches & door handles) with a government approved cleaner. Each studio will be cleaned and disinfected every night with a fog disinfector machine using Vital Oxide solution to ensure that our dancers, staff and families are kept safe. Hand sanitizer will be available in each studio and entrances. We have scheduled regular maintenance of our HVAC units to ensure clean ventilation.
What happens when staff and/or students exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 at the studio?: If a student or staff member becomes symptomatic, they will be provided with a mask and isolated away from everyone. A parent or guardian will be contacted to come pick them up. Another staff member will monitor that student in full PPE until their ride home arrives to pick them up. All other participants in their class will be advised to wash hands immediately. A thorough cleaning will follow in the spaces the symptomatic individual was in. The parent/guardian will be recommended to contact the Sudbury and District Public Health Unit for further guidance. The individual won’t be allowed to return to the studio until they are symptom free or have followed all necessary steps outlined by the Sudbury and District Public Health Unit. Because parents are not able to view classes at this time, ongoing communication will take place by email if someone in a class exhibits symptoms under direction from the Sudbury Public District Health Unit. It will be important at that time for parents of this class to monitor their dancers as well.
Mandated Studio Closure: If HID is required to suspend in-studio classes due to an provincial emergency declaration or other required closure(s), all dance classes will continue online via Zoom until it is safe to return to the studio in person. We will complete classes in that month of the stoppage via Zoom. Once the month is complete, if we are still required to conduct classes via Zoom and you do not wish to continue with Zoom classes, please notify us (email preferred) and we won’t process the following month’s payment. Your dancer may return to class once in-studio classes resume even if they didn’t participate on Zoom. There will be no refunds, discounts or credits offered for Zoom classes.
Washrooms: If a dancer or vocalist has to go to the washroom during class, they will be required to put on a face covering to leave the classroom. Dancers must hand wash before leaving the washroom. All washrooms will be disinfected regularly while the studio is open.
Change Rooms: There will be limited access to the change rooms for the Full-Time and Part-Time Competitive this season. There will be no use of lockers. Change rooms will only be available for quick changes between classes. Dancers are required to wear a face covering and social distance while in the change room by following the provided markers. We ask that all Recreational dancers come dressed and ready for class in order to limit the amount of traffic in the change rooms.
Kitchen: The kitchen will be off limits this season except for Competitive dancers who are here for lengthy periods of time. Dancers are required to wear a face covering and social distance while in the kitchen by following the provided markers. Disinfectant and wipes will be provided for dancers to clean the area they have used in the kitchen.
Recitals/Costumes: HID intends to produce a year-end recital which includes one costume per routine. However, HID reserves the right to plan a recital based on the safety guidelines outlined by the province and municipalities in coordination with the Sudbury & District Public Health Unit. Details will be released as they are available.
*All of these health and safety protocols and procedures may change based on what is recommended by our local public health unit and provincial government. Please make sure to check your emails and follow our social media as we will update you with any changes as they happen.