Health and Safety Plan
Last Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
The safety of our students and staff at Ashley Ballet Arts Academy is always our primary concern.
When classes are able to take place onsite, all individuals on the premises will abide by the following plan. This plan will remain fluid in order to adjust to changing circumstances and information available.
ABAA is providing its best effort to create a safe environment for its students. This Health and Safety Plan does not express any guarantee, promise, or assurance, or represent 100% effectiveness against the spread of disease. It is meant to augment the guidelines set forth by the CDC, state, and federal authorities, and can only be as effective as official guidance in combination with the public’s willingness to follow them.
We want to thank all of our patrons for helping us maintain a strong track record of zero COVID-19 outbreaks associated with our school over the course of the pandemic. Your care and caution have helped us create a safe and enjoyable space to share our love for dance!
ABAA staff and patrons will follow best practices for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious disease, including:
- Continuing to use good hand-washing hygiene.
- The studio will be cleaned regularly.
Inside the Studio
- Masks are optional while present at our facilities.
- Parents of dancers aged 8 and under may wait in the lobby.
Continued Studio-Wide Precautions
- Curbside drop-off will continue to minimize exposure in the lobby. Parents of dancers aged 8 and under are welcome to wait in the lobby during their child's class. Pre-Ballet dancers must have one parent or guardian wait in the lobby for the duration of their class.
- Dancers and parents should stay home if they feel sick.
- The dressing room remains closed at this time.
- Dancers will leave their shoes in designated areas at each studio entrance.
- Dancers will bring their other belongings, packed neatly into their dance bag, into the studio and will place them in a designated area at their teacher's instruction.
- ABAA will continue to follow general best practices including but not limited to:
- Sanitizing high-touch surfaces, including ballet barres
- Weather permitting, propping open studio doors and windows to increase ventilation
- Encouraging students and staff to frequently wash and sanitize hands with reminders and by providing hand sanitizer at key locations throughout the facility
- Maintaining similar ‘pods’ of people as much as possible, while still prioritizing top-quality education opportunities for all ABAA students.
- Students and teachers wearing ballet, pointe, jazz, or other dance shoes must NEVER wear these shoes outside. They must use the sanitizing wipes provided to clean their shoe bottoms before entering a classroom.
- Maximum class sizes and building capacity will be determined and adjusted according to state and local requirements.
- ABAA will continue to maintain 6-foot distance generally in classes where all individuals are not vaccinated to help protect unvaccinated individuals
- As studio availability allows, private lessons will be made available to those dancers who wish to continue in-studio study with minimized exposure. Private lessons may also be conducted virtually (e.g. via Google Meet or Zoom) for those dancers who wish to continue their study from home.
- Mind/Body students and Pre-Pointe or Pointe Prep students should bring their own mat and resistance band until further notice.
Personal Protective Items
- Any ABAA patron may choose to wear a mask, provided they can wear them properly.
- ABAA defines an acceptable mask as one which will:
- Cover the entire nose and mouth at the same time with minimal gapping,
- Attach to the head securely, often with elastics around the ears or around the back of the head (incidentally, a ballet bun may be very helpful here), and
- Include at least one, but ideally two, layers of fabric.
Mask Removal and Disposal Protocol
- If wearing masks, students should make every effort not to remove their masks during class or rehearsal.
- Should a student need to remove a mask, whether single-use or reusable, they will follow the appropriate mask disposal protocol outlined below, immediately wash their hands and/or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer (letting it dry for 30 seconds), and then put on a clean mask.
- If a student needs to remove a single-use mask, they will dispose of it in the trash can provided inside the studio.
- If a student needs to remove a reusable mask, they will place it into its own sealable bag and return home with their mask.
- ABAA does not provide sealable bags for this purpose. Students must ensure that they have brought their own.
- Whether their mask is single-use or reusable, dancers will not leave behind masks anywhere inside the facility unless it is inside a trash can.
- ABAA is not responsible for lost or missing masks.
- Dancers may require multiple masks to get through their class/es. If a student's mask becomes saturated with moisture from breathing or sweat, they will be required to change into a dry mask.
- Masks should only be worn once and then replaced with a fresh mask.
- All reusable masks should be cleaned between uses.
- Reusable masks should be cleaned in a washer with hot water and soap, and then dried in a dryer prior to next use.
- Ironing on the highest setting can also disinfect after washing and drying.
Virtual Classes and Withdrawals
Contingency Plans in the Face of Force Majeure
ABAA recognizes that although no one can predict the future, our school may be affected by force majeure events. Though uncommon, these events do happen. ABAA's definition of force majeure includes but is not limited to: natural disasters sometimes described legally as "acts of God," such as tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes; major biological events, such as epidemics or pandemics; and other disruptions, such as wars, riots, labor disputes, terrorist activities, or interruption or failure of electricity or communications systems.
In the event that force majeure affect ABAA's ability to deliver regular services, we are committed to the following:
- Virtual Classes — if ABAA is unable to provide in-person classes, Junior and Senior division students will receive virtual instruction in place of a refund. Pre-Ballet students will not receive virtual classes, and will instead receive a refund.
- Refunds — if ABAA provides neither in-person classes nor virtual instruction, students will receive a refund.
- Notifications and Deadlines — should a force majeure event take place prior to the commencement of the session, ABAA will notify students of our plan to provide virtual classes to our Junior and Senior divisions as detailed above.
- Once notified, Junior and Senior division students may opt out of virtual classes in exchange for a refund before the session begins.
- If, however, a force majeure event happens mid-session, and ABAA offers virtual classes to Junior and Senior division students, no refunds will be issued.
- ABAA follows a no-refund policy.
- Phone withdrawals are not permitted. Withdrawals must be submitted in writing to Administrative Director Pat Wertwijn at firstname.lastname@example.org.