COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS PLAN

LAST UPDATED 10 AUGUST 2020

STEPHANIE’S DANCE SHOPPE

Stephanie’s Dance Shoppe (SDS)  is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff, students, and families. We have developed a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to ensure safety for staff and students.. Staff, students and families are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to minimize the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our facilities, and communities through cooperation and compliance of this Preparedness Plan from all staff, students, and families. Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, and federal OSHA standards related to COVID-19, and addresses:

  • Hygiene and Cough/Sneeze Etiquette 
  • Social distancing policies 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Prompt identification and isolation of sick persons 
  • Communications and training that will be provided to staff 
  • Communications and instructions for students and families

Screening Policy:

All persons entering our facility will have an infrared temperature scan, and be asked to use hand sanitizer.  If a temperature of greater than 99.9 is recorded, that individual will be asked to return home.  Staff will be asked a series of screening questions in addition to a temperature check; this staff information will be recorded.

Self-Monitoring:

All persons entering our facility must self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Any staff member, or any student, who shows symptoms of COVID-19, has tested positive for COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 test may not enter the dance studio and must immediately inform the studio via email. Parents are asked to take their child’s temperature at home prior to coming to the studio. Any person with a fever greater than 99.9 should stay home. SDS has implemented policies that workers stay at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, when required by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine themselves, or a member of their household. We have also implemented a policy to inform staff and families if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19. Notification will be sent to all affected persons via email. In addition, a policy has been implemented to protect the privacy of workers’ health status and health information. We will not reveal the name of the individual with the positive COVID-19 test or symptoms.

Hand Washing

Staff and students are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially prior to eating and after using the restroom. All visitors to the studio will be required to wash or sanitize their hands immediately upon entering the facility. Hand-sanitizer is in the studio lobby and each individual dance studio. Hand soap is available in each bathroom.

Cough/Sneeze Etiquette:

Staff, students, and families are instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, especially the mouth, nose and eyes. Tissues should be disposed of in a trash can and hands should be washed or sanitized immediately afterward. https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/prevention.html.

Masks:

Staff, students (older than age 5), and families are required to wear a mask upon entering the studio lobby space.  Staff will wear a mask while teaching until further notice. Wearing a mask while dancing will be up to each student’s preference and comfort level of exercising with a mask on. Students and families will provide their own mask.

Spaces of six feet will be maintained between teachers and dancers in the lobby area of each location. Individual spaces six feet apart will also be marked on the dance studio floors. Current classes are limited to 12 students. Entrance to the dance studios will be limited to students attending classes. Parents should plan to drop their dancer off in the lobby entrance, and then leave the building during class time.

Cleaning & Disinfection:

We will continue with our regular routine of cleaning and disinfecting, including lobby areas, restrooms, dance floors, mirrors, and barres, and all surfaces. Frequency of cleaning and disinfecting will be increased in high-touch areas, including door handles, barres, stereo equipment and any props used. Barres will be cleaned following every class in which they were touched as well as at the beginning and end of each day of classes. Stereo equipment will be sanitized each time a new teacher uses the room. Staff and students are encouraged to use their restroom at home prior to arriving at the studio. Restrooms will be open for use if needed during class, and will be sanitized regularly. SDS has purchased cleaning and disinfectant supplies that are in accordance with CDC guidelines. Please note that some of our cleaning supplies are bleach based.

Miscellaneous Details:

  • Please bring your own water bottle to class
  • Students that have a break longer than 5 minutes between classes are asked to go outside and return for their next class
  • Drop off & Pick up needs to happen within 5 minutes of classes beginning/ending to allow for social distancing in our lobby
  • Students with 3 or more pair of dance shoes may use a dance bag for their shoes
  • Leave unnecessary items at home

This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is being sent by email to all families and staff. Additional communication and training will be ongoing as new information becomes available. This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been certified by SDS, and is posted at the studio. This Preparedness Plan will be updated as necessary.