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Dear ADA Families, Faculty, and Staff:

We are so excited to get back into the studio! While we have appreciated the opportunities FB live gave us to connect with each other through quarantine, we know it is not the same as being in the studio with our fellow dancers and friends.

As the NH government is beginning to set new restrictions and policies for reopening, we have started to formulate plans for the coming dance season. This serves as a reference point for all ADA students, families, faculty, and staff about our current plans and procedures surrounding COVID-19 health and safety measures.

With that said, it is important to note that this document is subject to change as the laws and suggestions of NH change. This is a flexible and adaptable document, and the procedures outlined currently may be modified at any time including before the start of dance in the fall and as the year progresses. We will continue to update our plans based on the rules and regulations of our state and also local, national and international health organizations advise We will continue to inform you through our website as our procedures change. Our priority will always be the health and safety of our students. Our Facebook page and email will be vital means of communication.

As we try to move toward our “new normal” at ADA, we understand that every family has been, and continues to be, affected differently by the pandemic. While we strive to have our policies minimize the interruption of your dance experience while also adhering to state regulations, we understand that these policies may not work for every family situation. Please reach out to us with your questions and concerns, and we will do our best to provide a solution.

To ensure the health and safety of all members of this community, Alton Dance Academy will be enforcing all policies and procedures listed throughout this document as we return to the studio. If a family member, student, faculty member, or staff member is unable or unwilling to cooperate with the policies below, they will be unable to return to ADA until the policies or their decision to cooperate have changed.

We are all responsible for each other!

  • Faculty/Staff: Responsible for executing and overseeing studio policies and adhering to state-set guidelines outside of work
  • Students: Responsible for understanding studio policies, following all directions given by teachers, and supporting other dancers through this new process
  • Families: Responsible for ensuring your family is following all state-set guidelines and following all studio rules with respect and patience for others

Exposure to COVID-19

EXPOSURE DEFINITION: contact with COVID-19 positive person for more than 15 min. and within 6 ft.

COVID-19 can be carried by four different types of people:

  • Type 1: Shows symptoms and tests positive
  • Type 2: Does not show symptoms and tests positive
  • Type 3: Does not ever show symptoms and tests positive
  • Type 4: is diagnosed clinically by a medical provider but no test is done, or test is negative.

All four types of COVID-19 carriers can expose others to the virus through two methods:

  • Respiratory Droplet Exposure: Breathing, Coughing, Sneezing
  • Direct/Indirect Contact: Physical contact, shared door handles, etc.

We have developed a Three-Step Prevention Procedure to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the ADA community.

  1. Exposure Prevention: Limiting exposure to anyone exhibiting symptoms or meeting the high-risk exposure guidelines e.g., certain travel restrictions.
  2. Contact Spread Prevention: Disinfecting facilities, holding contactless classes, limiting number of students and parents in facilities
  3. Respiratory Spread Prevention: Requiring staff and families to wear masks when not dancing

Exposure Prevention Policies:

EXPOSURE DEFINITION: contact with COVID-19 positive person for more than 15 min. and within 6 ft.

Student, Families and Faculty/Staff

  • No one allowed in with a temperature over 100.4
  • No one with respiratory symptoms allowed
    • Cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, chills, severe fatigue, changes in sense of taste or smell.
  • Any person who has been exposed (see above definition) to a known COVID-19 positive person may not come into the studio until they have been self-quarantined for 2 weeks and are symptom free.
  • Any person who has traveled in the prior 14 days outside NH, VT, ME, MA, CT, RI must self-quarantine for 14 days or be tested negative to end quarantine early.

Contact Spread Prevention Policies:

  • Student
    • Must sanitize hands upon entering the studio, in between classes, and when exiting the studio
    • Must bring their own filled water bottle (water will be available for purchase)
    • Will bring a dance bag containing only what they need for class
  • Families
    • Must wait outside at designated pick up and drop off locations
    • Please arrive on time for pickups
  • Faculty/Staff
    • Must sanitize hands upon entering the studio, in between classes, and when exiting the studio
    • Bathrooms will be disinfected every hour
    • Studios will be disinfected at the end of each day. Barres, if used, will be wiped down.

Respiratory Droplet Spread Prevention Policies:

  • Student
    • Must wear face coverings when entering the building.
    • Must do their best to socially distance, crowding in the lobby and hallways is not allowed
  • Families
    • Must wear face coverings when entering the building.
    • Only one family member is allowed for pick up and drop off
  • Faculty/Staff
    • Must wear face coverings in the lobby
    • Must wear face coverings if social distancing during instruction is not able to be maintained

Students who need to wait between classes

  • Dancers who may have a gap of time between classes must wear a mask while waiting.
  • They may remove it to eat or drink. They should come prepared with things to do while waiting.

Students walking from school

  • Please have them practice putting on their leotards and dance shoes, in order to be independent doing so.

Summary of Alton Dance Academy Reopening Policies

Student Policies

  • No one allowed in with a temperature over 100.4
  • No one with respiratory symptoms allowed
    • Cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, chills, severe fatigue, changes in sense of taste or smell.
  • Any person who has been exposed (see above definition) to a known COVID-19 positive person may not come into the studio until they have been self- quarantined for 2 weeks and are symptom free.
  • Any person who has traveled in the prior 14 days outside NH, VT, ME, MA, CT, RI must self quarantine for 14 days or be tested negative to end quarantine early.
  • Must sanitize hands upon entering the studio, in between classes, and when exiting the studio
  • Must bring their own filled water bottle (water will be available for purchase)
  • Will bring a dance bag containing only what they need for class
  • Must wear face coverings when entering the building.
  • Must do their best to socially distance, crowding in the lobby and hallways is not allowed

Family Policies

  • No one allowed in with a temperature over 100.4
  • No one with respiratory symptoms allowed
    • Cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, chills, severe fatigue, changes in sense of taste or smell.
  • Any person who has been exposed (see above definition) to a known COVID-19 positive person may not come into the studio until they have been self- quarantined for 2 weeks and are symptom free.
  • Any person who has traveled in the prior 14 days outside NH, VT, ME, MA, CT, RI must self quarantine for 14 days or be tested negative to end quarantine early.
  • Must wait outside at designated pick up and drop off locations
  • Please arrive on time for pickups
  • Must wear face coverings when entering the building.
  • Only one family member is allowed for pick up and drop off

Class Policies

  • Adherence to our attire policy with special attention to clean garments for class.

Staff/Faculty Policies

  • No one allowed in with a temperature over 100.4
  • No one with respiratory symptoms allowed
    • Cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, chills, severe fatigue, changes in sense of taste or smell.
  • Any person who has been exposed (see above definition) to a known COVID-19 positive person may not come into the studio until they have been self-quarantined for 2 weeks and are symptom free.
  • Any person who has traveled in the prior 14 days outside NH, VT, ME, MA, CT, RI must self quarantine for 14 days or be tested negative to end quarantine early.
  • Must sanitize hands upon entering the studio, in between classes, and when exiting the studio
  • Bathrooms will be disinfected every hour
  • Studios will be disinfected at the end of each day. Barres, if used, will be wiped down.
  • Must wear face coverings in the lobby
  • Must wear face coverings if social distancing during instruction is not able to be maintained