COVID Safety Announcements & Guidelines

To ensure that the wellness and safety of your children, please read the following updated policies regarding:

A) PRE-SCREENING FORM

B) DROP-OFF/PICKUP PROTOCOL

C) GENERAL STUDIO GUIDELINES.

PRE-ARRIVAL SCREENING MUST BE COMPLETE BEFORE ARRIVING TO CLASS:

  • The CSDS Pre-Screening Form must be complete BEFORE arriving to class (24-48 hours prior).  Fill it out digitally here to save time and trees.  Once you’ve filled it out, it’s good for 2 weeks or until one of your responses changes.

  • *IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO CLASS. *

  • If your child has tested positive for Covid-19, or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, we ask that you follow the CDC-recommended 14-day quarantine period followed by an additional Covid-19 test with a negative result at the end of the quarantine period before returning to CSDS.

  • Help us keep you, our staff, and our families safe by following these important guidelines & keeping us apprised of any changes in your child's health.

SEASON 24 ENTRANCE & EXIT PROTOCOL AT CSDS:

  • To ensure that there is no overcrowding during our hours of operation, we ask that all CSDS members follow these safety measures:

  • CSDS is located at 179 Green St. Melrose.  If any issues arise, please call 781-665-5059.

  • Arrive no more than 5 minutes early for your class.

  • ALL ARRIVALS WILL BE ON THE HILLSIDE ENTRANCE ON FARWELL AVE. 

 

  • Enter the waiting room with your mask on. 

    • Children 5 & under may be escorted by a parent.

 

  • You will be greeted by a CSDS staff member. If more than 4 people are in the waiting room, you will be asked to wait outside in line before being called to enter. 

 

  • Approach the front desk and check-in by stating your name.

  • A CSDS staff member will sign you in and confirm receipt of your Covid Pre-screening form.

  • Please stand while we take your temperature with a contactless thermometer.

  • Children age 5 & under may have one parent wait in the lobby during class if preferred & space safely allows. 

  • Once checked in, students will be asked to remove their shoes and carry all of their belongings into their assigned classroom.

 

  • Your Teacher or Teacher Assistant will escort you to your assigned classroom where individual clothes baskets will be provided for dancers to place all of their belongings during class.

    • Please note that all surfaces, including clothes baskets will be sanitized between classes.

 

  • Once your belongings are placed in a basket, dancers will be instructed to wash their hands before class. Please note that masks remain on for the duration of class.

 

  • Students will take class and then be instructed to sanitize their hands and gather their belongings.  Your Teacher and/or Teacher Assistant will escort students to the Green St. exit for curbside pickup. 

 

  • ALL DISMISSALS WILL BE THROUGH THE GREEN STREET DOOR FOR PICK UP. 

  • Parents of children 5 & under may enter the streetside waiting area to pickup your child.

  • All other parents are asked to wait outside until your child is dismissed.

 

STUDIO SETUP & CHANGES

We are continuing to work hard to make sure that we can keep the spirit and comfort of our in-studio lessons the same while also facilitating social distancing.  As such, we will be requiring all students, parents, and teachers to adhere to the following protocol.

 

Follow CSDS Mask Protocol: Masks must be worn upon entering the building, and kept on for all activities in the waiting room, walking through studios, and using the bathroom. Students may only remove their masks to drink water. Teachers will wear masks for the entire in-person lessons, unless they are in the designated teacher zone to take a short break from mask-wearing to drink water. 

 

Minimal Physical Contact:  We realize that physical corrections of the body are a natural part of dance training. For the time being, we will limit hands-on corrections. No hand-holding, high-fives, or hugging in the classroom.

Physically Distant Dancing: Our studio is setup to indicate physically distant guidelines on the dance floor, both for stationary learning and traveling dance steps.  Spatial awareness is an integral part of dance training, and the transition to physically-distant spacing in the serves as an added precaution to keep students and teachers safe. 

Communicate If there is something related to safety or COVID-19 that you think is missing or has been overlooked, please let us know.  Our studio model has been evolving and adapting for more than 2 decades and we plan to continue that mindset. 

Leaving the Studio We are asking that all students leave immediately after their in-studio lesson. Each student should gather their belongings, stay masked, and wash their hands in the bathroom before leaving. The student lounge is closed for student use at this time. 

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING TO YOUR IN-STUDIO LESSON:

1 - MASKS- For levels 3-7, we ask that students bring two masks. A sweaty or wet mask is ineffective.

2 - A (full) water bottle -  We recommend at least 16 oz for one in-studio class. 

3 - An individual hand sanitizer - Something to start keeping in your dance bag! If you have one, bring it! It’s great to have your own on hand. CSDS has hand sanitizer available for anyone who enters our studio.

4 - A small bag  - to keep your belongings contained and make sure that nothing gets left behind. Please do not bring large dance bags. Keep your water bottles inside your bag when not actively using them.  Bring only what's necessary!

 

Remember that if you don’t feel comfortable coming to in-person classes yet for any reason, you are always welcome to join our Virtual Classrom as an alternative. Please note this on your enrollment forms.

 

If you think we are missing anything or would like to make a suggestion related to safety, please reach out to us at info@centerstagestudio.org. Thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times!

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