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FDS Covid-19 Policy 2021 – 2022

FDS - Family, Student, and Parent Covid-19 Policy

These policies listed are to be followed by every parent and student of Fantasy Dance School that wants to participate in any classes within the facilities at Fantasy Dance School for the upcoming 2021 - 2022 season. Please note that these policies have been created to ensure the health and safety of the students, families, staff, and teachers at Fantasy Dance School. 

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​HEALTH, SAFETY, AND CLEANING

Fantasy Dance School is committed to continuing to hold classes in person while maintaining the highest standard of safety and cleaning procedures. The following policies will be set for all families and students wanting to participate in classes within the facilities at Fantasy Dance School.

​CHECK IN PROCEDURE 

Only students and staff will be allowed in the dance studios and the gym at this time.

No visitors, guests, or parents will be allowed in the dance studios and gym at all at this time unless discussed with administration.

 

Detailed bookkeeping and attendance will be kept ensuring who is in the studio and the gym, and at what times they are present with others.   

 

Parking is available in front of our double doors near our main entrance. DO NOT PARK IN NEIGHBORING BUSINESSES PAST THE FENCE. Parking in neighboring businesses like RESMO MOTORS, even just for drop off, may result in your vehicle being towed. 

Drop off and pick up for any and all classes will be conducted through our main entrance and lobby / waiting area. Masks will be required in our lobby, regardless of vaccination status. 

Students will be checked in once in our main entrance. A FDS staff member will come to begin the check-in procedure. Temperatures may be checked (with a contactless thermometer) as well as a verbal questionnaire to check for any symptoms.

 

If any symptoms are observed that align with COVID-19, the student will need to go home immediately.  

Recommended Health Screening Questions (Provided by Santa Clara County) that may be asked for each student upon entering the studio and the gym: 

  • Within the last 14 days have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming you have the virus? Yes – STAY HOME and seek medical care. 

  • Do you live in the same household with, or have you had close contact with, someone who in the past 14 days has been in isolation for COVID-19 or had a test confirming they have the virus? Close contact is less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more. Yes – STAY HOME and seek medical care and testing. 

  • Have you had any one or more of the symptoms aligned with COVID-19 today or within the past 24 hours? Are these symptoms new or not explained by another reason? 

Yes – STAY HOME and seek medical care and testing. 

 

If the student does not have a temperature and is not displaying any symptoms related to COVID-19, while answering no to the above questions, the student will be instructed to their classroom and cubby for each student to put their water bottle and dance shoes to change into.

SOCIAL DISTANCING, MASK PROTOCOL, AND COMMUNAL SPACES

Masks will be required when entering, transitioning throughout, during class, and when exiting the studio and gym for all students, staff, and teachers, regardless of vaccination status.

 

*We know that this will be an adjustment. To help prepare your student for class while wearing a mask, it is highly suggested that students get used to wearing masks while exercising and/or dancing at home before attending in-person classes if possible. It will definitely take some getting used to, so any exposure to wearing a mask while exercising for a longer period of time will help with the transition of wearing masks in class.  

 

If using single-use masks (surgical masks), masks should be disposed of daily. If using reusable or cloth masks, masks should be washed regularly (if possible after every time used). Multiple masks may also be needed throughout the day if a student has multiple classes or will sweat more intensely during class with it.  To aid in breathing with a mask on, it is important that the mask fits the student properly.

 

Here are some tips on choosing the right mask for your dancer: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html 

​Students should come in their dance / class attire. Dance shoes should be brought with them inside to change into when they get to the cubby area.

There will be a cubby area designated for students to drop off their shoes and water bottle for class. These areas will also be sanitized daily.

 

Students must come with a bottle of water to class. There will be an area to refill water bottles and get water in the studio at this time. Water bottles must also have a name or easy identification on them. If any water bottles are left at the end of the day, they will be disposed of unless FDS Staff is notified. 

CLEANING AND SANITIZING PROCEDURES

This section does not require any action from the family; however, it gives information on some of the precautions that Fantasy Dance School will be following to ensure the health and safety of all of our students, families, and staff.  

 

If any props are needed for class (ballet barres/gymnastic equipment), props will be thoroughly sanitized at the end of class before the next class begins by the teacher.

 

​At the end of each day, staff will be sanitizing the studio/gym equipment used in that class. This may include but is not limited to: any door handles, light switches, window or door openings, bathrooms, and other equipment.

 

Staff will sanitize and/or wipe down the areas where students placed their belongings.

 

Because of the cleaning procedures that will be implemented, class times may be modified for the time being to ensure that staff have enough time to complete these tasks.

* Please note that this is subject to change based on the current procedures placed during that time as reflected by the County of Santa Clara.  

This section lists actions that are highly encouraged for families to sanitize any belongings that may have been inside the studio or gym during their class time upon returning home.  

 

For electronics, such as phones, tablets, or computers: Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics. Follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and disinfecting.

If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.

 

Laundry: For clothing, re-usable masks, towels, and other items. Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.

 

Any other belongings such as water bottles should also be cleaned after each day at the studio if a reusable water bottle is brought.  

ENROLLMENT AND PAYMENTS 

If attending in-person classes, students must be able to follow all safety and health procedures put in place for inside dance and gymnastic classes.    

 

​If a student is enrolled in a hybrid class, the student can switch from attending in-person to zoom classes if they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, test positive to COVID-19, are feeling sick, and/or do not feel comfortable attending classes in person.  

 

At any point, an in-person class may switch to an online format if necessary, to ensure the health and safety of all of our students, families, and staff.  

 

In order to ensure that all guidelines are being followed and implemented by the County of Santa Clara, classes may occur either inside or outside of the dance studio and gym. 

 

Students will NOT be allowed any make-ups, in any format: in-person, hybrid, and/or online classes, during this time under any circumstances; whether it be requested online or in-person. For example, a student cannot miss an in-person class and request to attend another class offered at a different time, in any format. A student also cannot miss an online class and request to attend another class offered at a different time.  

All payments made to Fantasy Dance Studio must be completed online through

The Studio Director. 

 

All communication with staff will be conducted either via email or over the phone if there are any questions or concerns regarding anything with Fantasy Dance School.  

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AND TESTING 

Below lists the requirements for quarantines if a student has experienced a known exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please follow the questions below to determine the student's required quarantine:

 

MODIFIED QUARANTINE = Can continue coming to the studio while continuing to test at least two times per week within the first ten days of exposure and monitoring closely for symptoms.

SHORTENED QUARANTINE = Cannot come into the studio; however, testing on day 5 from exposure. If the test is negative, the student can return on day 8 from exposure if not experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19. ​

1. Is the close contact vaccinated? 

 

  • YES - Modified Quarantine

  • NO - Continue to Question #2

2.  Were both people wearing masks for the entirety of exposure?

  • YES - Modified Quarantine

  • NO - Shortened Quarantine  

Close contacts are defined as being more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet from one another.

When student can return to the studio after testing positive for COVID-19:

If you have symptoms, you can be with others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared, AND

  • 24 hours with no fever (without fever-reducing medication), AND

  • Improvements of other symptoms

If you have no symptoms, you can be with others after:

  • 10 days have passed since your first positive test was collected

If you have COVID-19, anyone who continues to be in close contact with you when you are in isolation will need to extend their quarantine until 10 days from the day you finish isolating. This may last about 20 days.

Home isolation and quarantine guidance:

https://covid19.sccgov.org/contact-tracing#close-contact

Testing guidance can be found at: 

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Updated-COVID-19-Testing-Guidance.aspx

Diagnostic testing may be performed using either molecular testing or antigen testing. For symptomatic individuals who test negative on an initial antigen, repeat molecular testing should be performed within 1 day of the initial test and individuals should remain in isolation until confirmatory molecular test results are available.

 

It is important to note that even if a student isn’t experiencing any symptoms, they may be an asymptotic carrier if they have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19.  Please note that for the same reasons, a substitute teacher or a teacher may be replaced for classes for some time without warning if needed. Teachers may also have to teach via Zoom from their homes with the students in the studio if needed as well.

* While our staff is closely monitoring all guidelines and recommendations set by the County of Santa Clara, our website policies may not reflect the latest guidelines dependent on when they were announced. Please always check in with our office administration via phone or email if you and your family need to quarantine based on the above or have any questions. 

Sources Used in this Document:  

Santa Clara County Public Health – Mandatory Directive for Programs Serving Children or Youth 

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/K-12-Guidance-2021-22-School-Year.aspx 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Cleaning and Disinfecting your Facility 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html 

The health and well-being of our students and our community are our top priorities. Therefore, we are planning to implement new measures upon the reopening of the FDS to minimize the spread of  COVID-19, protect our faculty and staff and provide a safe space for our community. If you have any questions on our path to reopening, please contact us.