TDC Covid-19 Information
The Dance Conservatory Daily Health Screening
Each student will be asked the following questions prior to entering the studio.
- Did your child feel feverish or have a measured temperature of 100.0 or greater since leaving the Dance Conservatory yesterday (or in the last 14 days since last at The Dance Conservatory)?
- Has your child had symptoms associated with COVID-19 (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, fatigue/malaise, headaches, body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell) since yesterday (or in the last 14 days since last The Dance Conservatory)?
- Has your child had close, prolonged contact (less than 6 feet for more than a few minutes) with anyone (e.g. household or any other person) known to have COVID-19 or who has symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, headaches, body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell) since yesterday (or in the last 14 days since last at The Dance Conservatory)?
If any of the above statements can be answered positively your child will not be admitted to The Dance Conservatory. Child should quarantine, and if symptomatic the parent should contact the child’s health care provider for further guidance.
Note: Children returning to The Dance Conservatory after having a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 should have a note from their health care provider documenting that they have been released from isolation and may return to care.
TDC Covid-19 Safety Measures
Based on the CDC, Governor Hogan’s Executive Order, and Dance USA: Task Force on Dancer Health recommendations, we are adopting the following practices that we hope will help keep your children safe while they are in the dance studio. These may change as knowledge about the virus changes.
In the General Studio
We are keeping classroom doors open/windows and fans on to increase indoor ventilation.
We will clean and disinfect the classroom floors, barres and any surfaces dancers might touch (light switches, doorways and knobs, tables). After each class, we’ll clean all common area surfaces.
TDC will use the bathrooms closest to the dance studio on the administrative hallway. It is a single use bathroom and will allow students the privacy and safety, these will be our designated bathrooms. When in the Ward Center the bathrooms closest to the Theater will be our designated bathrooms. Bathrooms will be cleaned hourly.
In the Classroom
We have taped the floors to identify each dancer’s dance space with a corresponding number. Dancers must do their best to stay inside their space during class time. There are numbers along the wall taped off that each dancer will put their dance shoes and water bottle. No street shoes or street clothes are allowed in the dance studio.
When in the Ward Center we will identify each student with a seat that has a corresponding number for the student to place dance items underneath.
We will not be using props or equipment.
We will disinfect barres and other surfaces before every class.
Nightly, we will wash and disinfect dance floors in addition to our regular cleaning.
New Practices at the Studio
- Students will check in at the front desk with TDC Staff for classes in Studio 322. Students will check in at the double doors in the main entrance to the Ward Center for classes in the Theater. There will be a marked health screening station with a questionnaire and temperature check before you may enter the studio. Only students will be permitted in the building; parents - please escort your dancer to the side door (or main door), main door of the Ward Center then wait elsewhere.
- Students will need to bring only a small dance bag that will be in their own designated area. Students will not be permitted to place belongings a non-designated area.
- Dancers will be asked to wash their hands (preferable) or use hand sanitizer when arriving at the studio and before leaving. There will be a hand sanitizing station in every studio.
*It is the current law in MD that everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all businesses. 8/19/20
We are observing the Governors face covering mandate. Everyone must wear a face covering to the check in station, in the hallways, and when in dance class. We suggest that teachers stay more than 6 feet away from students so they will not be considered in close contact with the students. We realize that direct interaction with students and faculty is important to learning especially in dance. Faculty will engage where they feel appropriate and distance as often as they can. We want both faculty and the students to feel comfortable in the studio. In an emergency faculty would need to get close to a student.
- Dancers should try not to touch any surfaces outside of the studio and absolutely observe social distancing from the teacher and other students (at least 6-10 feet apart).
- If a student is waiting for another class that does not begin directly after their first class, they will be asked to wait in the lobby on marked designated spacers. Parents are always free to pick their student up and bring them back for their next class.
- Bathrooms will be cleaned nightly.
We have designed a new method of teaching and moving in the 10x10 space and around the room. It is more important than ever to pay attention to the teacher. The teachers are absolutely dedicated to keeping the dancers safe.
What you can do at home to help
Protect yourself by continuing to observe social distancing. Monitor your family for possible exposure to Covid-19. Notify Mrs. Rhodes if your family or circle has been exposed.
Before coming to the studio check for symptoms that could be attributed to Covid-19, especially:
- Fever > 100.0º or chills
- Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Nausea or vomiting
- New loss of taste or smell
If your dancer has any symptoms or is feeling sick, please stay home. Seek care from a physician. Please notify the studio.
What to bring & not to bring to the studio
- Bring your own filled water bottle. There will be no open containers in the studio.
- A face covering
- Wear your dance attire, except your shoes, to the studio. Fix your hair at home. The dressing room is temporarily closed. Keep additional clothing to a minimum and do not bring large bags to the studio.
What is the communication protocol for teachers and families if someone in the community tests positive for COVID-19?
The St. Paul’s Schools and TDC will report any known positive test to the Baltimore County Department of Health, who will then share recommendations for next actions. This could include monitoring for symptoms or quarantining some subset of students or faculty, who then would move to remote teaching and learning. Those deemed in close contact will be notified by the health department. Additional disinfecting and communication will take place as soon as we are made aware of a positive test.
What happens if a faculty/staff member, presents in the nursing suite with symptoms?
If an employee presents with Covid-like symptoms, the nurses will ask that faculty/staff member to go home right away. Their classroom will be immediately shut down for deep cleaning. To return to campus, that faculty/staff member should see their physician, be tested, and then provide a note of either negative Covid-19 test, or positive test for another diagnosis, e.g. flu, strep throat, etc.
Have building ventilation systems been checked for maximum airflow?
One important way to minimize virus exposure is to increase airflow in buildings. St. Paul’s has taken actions to improve airflow and ventilation in all school buildings, in accordance with the recommendations (ASHRAE standards for acceptable indoor air quality) to mitigate exposure to Covid-19. This work includes an air-balancing procedure to maximize airflow without compromising comfort; ensuring humidity is set at the recommended ranges of 40-60%; cleaning all fan coils, which will cleaned on a regular basis; upgrading air filters to remove a higher percentage of airborne contaminants; keeping fans running for constant air flow; and adding air purification where appropriate.
Will water dispensers be available to refill water bottles?
Faculty and students will need to bring their own refillable water bottles that can be used at the filling stations that are installed throughout campus.
What is the protocol for hand sanitizer when entering/exiting spaces?
All students and faculty/staff will sanitize their hands when entering and exiting spaces. Every classroom will be equipped with a hand sanitizer dispenser to facilitate this process. Main entryways will also have dispensers.
If students need to blow their nose, what should be the practice?
Students should go to the bathroom to blow their nose and be sure to wash their hands after with soap and warm water.
Will students, faculty, and staff be required to show proof of a negative Covid test before they can come onto campus at the beginning of the school year?
At this time, we are not requiring proof of a negative Covid test in order to return to campus.
Who is cleaning all of the communal spaces during the day, and when?
The St. Paul’s Schools has contracted with Healthcare Services Group for cleaning and infection control. Healthcare Services has an established history of mitigating the risks associated with MRSA, influenza, C. difficile, tuberculosis, norovirus, fungal infections, and SARS-CoV-2 (Covid- 19). St. Paul’s will have 20 Healthcare Services employees as part of the team responsible for the cleaning and sanitization of school buildings during the day as well as in the evenings and on weekends.
Cleaning, disinfection, and sanitization of bathrooms, common areas, and high-touch surfaces will happen continually throughout the day. All buildings will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected in the evenings. Healthcare Services uses high-efficiency chemicals and state-of-the-art equipment such as electrostatic sprayers.