FDSchool Policies for 2023-2024
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2023 - 2024 SCHOOL YEAR GOING ON NOW!
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Email is FDS’s primary communication source, keeping accounts informed and updated on regular school happenings. Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts list ASAP to ensure you receive essential school information that will be sent via email after registration. FDS Facebook and Instagram Sites also communicate important information to our dance families. Please take a moment to connect with FDS social media accounts, Fantasy Dance School, on Facebook and Instagram.
CREDIT CARD ON ACCOUNT
All accounts must maintain an active credit card on file.
Cards on file will be charged by parents' requests on the first of each month for account balances owed. Cards on file will not be charged if the account balance is paid by cash or check before the first day of the month.
All credit card payments made through Studio Director will be subject to a 3.5% additional merchant fee charge.
A valid credit card must always be on file for every family.
Families also can pay by cash or check made out to Fantasy Dance School by or on the 1st of each month for tuition.
All Registration Fees at the start of enrollment must be paid via credit card (with a 3.5% surcharge) through Studio Director online accounts before a student can begin classes and programs. When families pay online, we offer autopay and one-time payment options.
Families cannot take themselves off autopay. Please contact the office to remove the autopay plan.
Families can pay online any amount of the account balance.
Families can pay with Cash/Check at The Office or credit with the Card on File.
FDS now accepts payments through Zelle. If you are interested in making one-time payments through Zelle, please contact our office.
If you wish to pay a balance in advance, you may log on to your online account anytime.
FEES DUE UPON REGISTRATION
New Family Registration Fee: $80 per student or $135 per family
Returning Family Registration Fee: $65 per student or $105 per family
The registration fee covers the cost of insurance and administrative processing fees. This fee is a NON-REFUNDABLE PAYMENT. If your family would like to take time off, a student's spot in class cannot be held without paid tuition. By stopping tuition, students can lose their spot in class, and that spot becomes available for students on the waiting list. If the class fills up and enrollment is closed, it will not be possible for the student to return with their spot unless tuition is paid during that time off. All Registration is online, and a current CREDIT CARD MUST BE ON FILE.
NOTE: FDS must receive a completed registration form, registration fee, and the first month's tuition before your child's enrollment into any of our programs.
Tuition is due by the 1st of each month and considered past due after the 3rd.
FDS runs on a calendar month, meaning the tuition remains the same whether there are 3, 4, or 5 classes per month.
Tuition is divided into 11 equal payments (Mid-August to June) for your convenience, regardless of the number of weeks in a month, missed lessons, school closings, or school vacations.
10% Discount for additional Siblings/Parents. To apply the tuition discount for an additional Sibling/Parent, the new student must have equal (or fewer classes) per week than the first student.
ADDITIONAL YEARLY FEES FOR ALL DANCE CLASSES
PERFORMANCE FEE: $150 per family is due with October 2023 Tuition and is NON-REFUNDABLE
*All students enrolled in dance classes are automatically opted into our Annual Concert and will be charged our Annual Performance Fee unless our office is notified before the fee is charged.
* 2023 - 2024 Annual Performance Fee will include:
~ All pictures and a digital video of the FDS’s end-of-the-year performance
~ All extra rehearsal times outside of class times which are held at Fantasy Dance School
~ All stage and dress rehearsals are held at the theater
COSTUME FEE: The costume Fee is due January 10, 2024.
* New costumes cost between $75 - $100 per costume
* Used costumes cost between $35 - $75 per costume
* All handmade costumes (folk dance costumes) are returnable and have a usage fee of $45 per costume
ADDITIONAL SCHOOL POLICIES
School Withdrawal: To withdraw a student from a class or enrollment altogether, an email request 25-Day Written: "Drop Class Notice" must be sent to email@example.com by the 25th of the month for tuition not to be charged the following month. Tuition refunds will not be given after tuition is paid. Families may withdraw from classes or the school anytime during the dance year. *Yet, you should be mindful of non-refundable tuition and fees.
Tuition will not be prorated and must be paid in full if a student is sick and misses sessions, regardless of whether a doctor’s note is provided.
If a student will be going on vacation for more than three weeks, a written notice must be provided to Fantasy Dance School 30 days in advance, along with a $200 deposit. The deposit will be applied to future tuition upon returning to the program. If a student is going on vacation for less than three weeks or written notice is given less than 30 days before vacation, the full month’s tuition will be required. Full monthly tuition will be required for months that may include holidays or breaks.
There are no makeup sessions if a student misses a session, regardless of the reason for absence.
Refunds: There are no refunds for registration fees, tuition, costume fees, or performance fees FOR ANY REASON. All payments are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE. There are no tuition reductions for students who go out of town or become ill.
Late Payments: Late accounts will receive a notice via email and a ten-day grace period before being charged a late fee. If the account is not brought to a zero balance after ten days, a $35 late fee or 5% finance charge (whichever is greater) will be assessed, and the service of classes will be discontinued until the account balance is paid in full. Accounts with a balance of 60 days past due will be inactivated and sent to collections.
Non-sufficient funds (NSF) Fee: If there are insufficient funds through the credit card on file or if we receive notice that a check bounces, families must make another form of payment immediately. Students may not be able to participate in activities until another form of payment is provided, and balances are paid. Families will also be charged an additional $35 (NSF) fee on top of our late payment fees.
Make-up Policy: There are NO MAKE-UP classes for missed classes. No refunds will be issued for missed classes for any reason. It is imperative to your child's success that this program is viewed as a serious commitment.
Late Pick-up Fee: If a student is not picked up within 15 minutes of their last class, a $15 late pick-up fee will be assessed, followed by an additional $5 for every 5 minutes after. Since FDS’s lobby will remain closed, it will be critical to uphold this policy to maintain the safety of our dancers.
Privacy and Confidentiality: Each account must list one parent or legal guardian over 18 as the financially responsible party and primary contact for all student communication. The School will not release payment history, attendance records, or other student information to a third party without permission from the responsible party.
Dress Code: Proper hair and dress code a pre-requisite for students to attend dance and gymnastics/TNT class(es) and is expected to be upheld and supported by the account holders.
Rescheduling, Modifying, and Canceling Classes: FDS reserves the right to reschedule, modify, or cancel classes and/or replace the teacher as the school may deem necessary. FDS also reserves the right to deliver classes through an online platform if they cannot be conducted live for any reason, but not limited to teacher absence or COVID–19 government advisory.
ACCIDENT AND LIABILITY RELEASE
I hereby waive, release and discharge Fantasy Dance School and their employees, representatives, and volunteers from all liability that I and/or registered students may suffer through association with Fantasy Dance School. This includes my heirs, who may not act on my behalf. I certify that the enrolled student(s) registered under my account is/ are in good physical condition and able to participate in instruction, recitals, performances, camps, intensives, private instruction, choreography, competitions, conventions, and all other activities/events which may be associated with their year of dance, gymnastics/TNT, art or any FDS program participation.
I indemnify, hold harmless, and promise not to sue the above entities or persons from liabilities or claims made as a result of injuries, sickness, pandemics, accidents, or natural disasters which may incur during my child’s year of participation, whether caused by the negligence of release or otherwise.
I hereby assume all risks of having my child(ren) participate in the activities/events listed above, at Fantasy Dance School, during Covid-19 at all risk levels, with the understanding that Fantasy Dance School, their employees, and representatives will be committed to responsibly follow all current local and state government physical distancing guidelines and mandates.
This accident waiver and release of liability form shall be construed broadly to provide a release and waiver to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law. By printing my name below, I certify that I have read this legal contract, fully understand its content, and agree to its properties under my own free will and choice.
I hereby give permission for my child(ren) to receive medical attention under the direction of a physician, emergency personnel, or at any emergency facility in the event that an accident, sickness, or injury may occur at Fantasy Dance School until the time I may be contacted. Furthermore, as the account holder, I agree to carry my own medical/accident insurance and fully accept responsibility for payment for any or all medical services provided.
I authorize FDS to photograph/video the individual child(ren) registered under my account for using FDS advertising or marketing in print or through FDS social media platforms.
I authorize FDS to use the cell phone number to text important School information, such as class cancellations, with the understanding that it will never be used for FDS advertising or sales.
The average class size (6 years old and up) has 10-12 students, and (3-5 years old) has 8-10 students. We must have a minimum of 8 registered students in order to hold a class!
Class Levels: If your student has experience, but you are unsure of his/her level, please give us a call to schedule a tryout class. If a teacher determines that a student is at an incorrect level at the start of the session, the student may be transferred to the appropriate class at that time.
Our classes run from August-December for the Fall session and January-June for the Spring session. To best support your child's training, CONSISTENT ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED.
If your child has a planned absence, written documentation must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the event.
For their safety, your child will not be able to participate in class if they arrive more than 15 minutes late. They must observe the class and take notes. This will be strictly enforced.
* For all performing classes:
It is your responsibility to be aware of all rehearsals your dancer needs to be. FDS sends out multiple emails regarding scheduling for rehearsals. Your student will be expected to be present at all rehearsals their classes are called for. If you miss 2 or more rehearsals, you risk being taken out of the performance. This decision will be according to Artistic Director/ Teacher discretion. If you know you will be absent for one or more rehearsals, please coordinate with the office as soon as possible.
If you have questions or comments, please call us at any time at (650) 965-4135.
If any parent/student wishes a private conference to discuss student's progress please do not hesitate to ask.
We are happy to work with you to ensure that your school year will be one of pleasure and growth.
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