Covid-19 Protocols

The safety of our students and staff continues to be Harper Dance Center's top priority. HDC has established the following safety protocols for the 2020-2021 instruction period. Safety Protocols will be reviewed should CDC or State recommendations change.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR HDC

Table of Contents:

HDC'S COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
FACILITY CLEANLINESS AND SANITATION
HAND SANITIZATION
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS
ENTRANCE / EXIT AND PARKING PROTOCOLS
GUIDELINES FOR TEACHING STAFF


HDC’S COMMITMENT TO SAFETY

HDC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of its dancers, staff, students, and guests and is prepared to efficiently and effectively respond to a multitude of emergency situations.

With regard to the COVID-19 Pandemic, HDC is following the recommendations of the State of MA in addition to the city Mashpee’s recommendations and Executive Orders. HDC is continually monitoring reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mashpee Health Department to stay up to date with the latest information.

The following guidelines should be followed for all dancers, staff, students, and guests within a HDC facility. 

  • Stay home if you are sick. COVID-19 symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell. Follow the CDC recommendations if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Wear a mask. Cloth or approved paper face coverings can slow the spread of the virus. Face covers should fit snugly against the side of the face, include multiple layers of fabric and be able to be laundered and machine dried.
  • Clean and disinfect. Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces, such as keyboards, telephones, light switches, drawers, cabinets, handrails and doorknobs, as well as shared equipment, such as printers and copiers.
  • Keep your distance. Keeping six feet between you and others is one of the best ways to avoid exposure and slow the spread of the virus.
  • Avoid touching your face. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

FACILITY CLEANLINESS AND SANITATION

HDC is taking proactive measures to maintain clean facilities and reduce germs by implementing frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, ballet barres and audio/video equipment. Increased cleaning is being implemented as per CDC guidelines. We have added an approved disinfectant solution to the mopping liquids used to clean the floors and have increased the number of times throughout the day/per week the floors are mopped, along with other sanitization measures throughout the facility.

HAND SANITIZATION

Frequent hand washing and usage of hand sanitizer is recommended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. Hand sanitizer pumps are located at the entrance/exit of all of HDC's studios and in the main lobby area.  There are also washrooms on both floors of the facility as well as inside Studio Gowan.

PROTOCOLS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

Studio Gowan:

  • Students will enter the building from the east entrance (Rear main parking lot and main door, Hwy-28 side)
  • Students will exit the studio through the play room, take a right, and exit the building through the stair wall door, then follow the sidewalk the the pick-up area located in the north parking lot (near Anytime Fitness)
  • Parents will drop off and pick up children at designated places and times and will not have access to the building, except for our youngest classes.
  • Staff will park away from the building to allow parents to drop off and pick up students.
  • Students should arrive no more than 5 minutes before class and must be picked up within 5-10 minutes after class, or exit the lobby/waiting area.
  • Students are asked to come dressed for class and should not use bathrooms as dressing rooms.
  • Access to bathrooms are limited to no more than one students at a time.
  • There will be spaces marked in the play-room for students’ belongings – no bags or street shoes will be permitted in the studios.
  • Unfortunately the play-room will be off limits to "play" until further notice.
  • We recommend that young children come with slip on shoes.
  • Students are asked to bring their own, filled water bottles. Water bubblers will not be available for use.
  • HDC will arrange for a minimum of 6-foot spacing between students in the studio and at the barre.
  • Studios will have "spots" based on 6-foot spacing to allow for distanced dancing.
  • Teachers will work with a “hands off” approach with their students.
  • If a class is cancelled due to quarantine, instruction will continue virtually until quarantine is lifted.
  • All Safety Protocols will be reviewed and revised according to any updated information from the Center for Disease Control and the State Health Department.
  • Staff and students will need to wear a mask while they are in the building (including during class).

 Studio Gowan entrance/exit plan

Studio Merrill:

  • Students will enter and exit the building from the west entrance (upper parking lot, behind the studio)
  • Parents will drop off and pick up children at designated places and times and will not have access to the studio.
  • Staff will park away from the building to allow parents to drop off and pick up students.
  • Students should arrive no more than 5 minutes before class and must be picked up within 5 minutes after class, or exit the lobby/waiting area.
  • Students are asked to come dressed for class and should not use bathrooms as dressing rooms.
  • Access to bathrooms are limited to no more than one students at a time.
  • There will be spaces marked in the studio closest for students’ belongings – no bags or street shoes will be permitted in the studios.
  • Students are asked to bring their own, filled water bottles. Water bubblers will not be available for use.
  • HDC will arrange for a minimum of 6-foot spacing between students in the studio and at the barre.
  • Studios will have 6-foot areas to allow for spacing for center work.
  • Teachers will work with a “hands off” approach with their students.
  • If a class is cancelled due to quarantine, instruction will continue virtually until quarantine is lifted.
  • All Safety Protocols will be reviewed and revised according to any updated information from the Center for Disease Control and the State Health Department.
  • Staff and students will need to wear a mask while they are in the building (Except when dancing).

 Studio Merrill entrance/exit plan

ENTRANCE / EXIT AND PARKING PROTOCOLS

Please follow the new pick-up and drop-off protocols to allow for social distancing during class changes:

Entrance, exit, and parking plan

GUIDELINES FOR TEACHING STAFF

At this time, staff will be able to resume working at HDC according to the following guidelines:

  • Employees are required to wear face masks or cloth face coverings
  • Employees are required to use proper handwashing and hand sanitizing methods
  • Employees are required to regularly clean and sanitize studio spaces with particular attention to high-touch areas
  • Employees should follow social distancing guidelines including maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet between individuals.
  • Employees are discouraged from inviting personal guests to a HDC Facility. At this time, personal guests will not be permitted to enter the facility and employees must meet guests outside.

The following daily procedures will be implemented until further notice:

  • Health Checks prior to arrival to work
  • HealthCheck includes the taking and self-reporting of one’s temperature.
  • Employees must have access to a thermometer at their home.
  • Any employee with a temperature above 100.4°F will not be allowed to enter a HDC facility until they have no fever and no evidence of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Any employee exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home.

 

 


 

Source: Tulsa Ballet (https://tulsaballet.org/covid-19-safety-protocols/)

 

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