​​​​COVID-19: The Dance Centre (TDC) - Outdoors COVID-19 Safety Plan & Guidance

Safety Plan - Outdoors


This plan provides an update for outdoor training. All previous Covid-19 protocols issued remain in place with some specific adjustments that outline outdoor training only. The Dance Centre studio may not be used at this stage and an outdoor training area is being provided for training.

This document does not take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or legal advice. In the event of any conflict between this document and any orders or directives issued by the Minister of Health or the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the order or directive prevails.

The Dance Centre (TDC) will operate in accordance with the Government of Ontario and the Emergency Order.  TDC will abide and reference the COVID-19 Ontario the Ministry of Health (MOH) COVID-19 website for updates to this document, Reference Document for Symptoms, mental health resources, and other information. TDC will check the Directives, Memorandums, and Provincial/Regional Health resources page regularly for the most up to date directives.

Overview

During the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, we all need to do our part to keep workers, participants and the public safe and healthy so.  TDC and dance instructors have certain duties and rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations. TDC staff have been provided training and an additional guidance ensuring public health standards for Covid. TDC will review and follow any applicable directives and guidance coming from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Health.

Outdoor Safety Plan and Rules

Participant Awareness:  Dancers, families and staff will be notified and kept informed through of protocols by the TDC website, email, and signage.

Screening

Dancers (done by their parents/guardians if the dancer is not age of majority) and staff are required to complete a self-assessment each day before entering the studio. Here is the link to the TDC self assessment form on google.doc



An Assumption of Risk agreement relating to COVID-19 must be completed by each family prior to commencing dance lessons. (See Appendix B).

A Declaration of Compliance form stating an understanding of COVID-19, as well as responsibilities to self-regulate, must also be completed by each family, adult dancer, and anyone else attending/ participating at TDC (See Appendix C).

Participants and their families may not enter the studio as indoor programs are not permitted at this stage. No patrons are permitted to be in the indoor areas of the facility, except as may be necessary to access a washroom, or as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety

If anyone in a student or staff’s household has travelled out of province, student/staff member cannot attend for 14 days after their return. (Under review as per recent vaccination policies please check with staff as individual who have been fully vaccinated may be accommodated- this changes July 6, 2021)

Confidentiality of any person confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 will be maintained, and TDC will co-operate with Public Health to assist with contact tracing.

Hand washing and physical distancing rules set out by the Government of Ontario will be posted at the main entrance and bathrooms.

Anyone feeling unwell MUST STAY HOME.

Physical Distancing

All staff, dance participants and visitors must always remain two metres apart upon entering and exiting the outdoor designated area and three metres part during dance training.

Markers are in place in designated the outdoor training area.

At this time, dance instructors are not permitted to spot dancers due to physical distancing rules and our programming has been developed to reflect these safety measures. An exception, on occasion, may be Acro if necessary for safety, in which case, instructor will wear a face shield as well as a mask.

Dance Class Size

Currently, TDC is allowing a maximum of 10 dancers in outdoor training area at a time. Safe participation numbers will be determined for other dance areas when and if they are reopened.

Mandatory Hand Washing/Sanitizing

Everyone entering the outdoor training space must sanitize their hands upon arrival.

Hand sanitizing stations will be set-up. Dancers and Instructors must wash or sanitize hands before participation, directly after participation and frequently, including after touching surfaces or items.

Dancers should also keep a personal hand sanitizer in their bag.

Personal Dancer Items and Medication

Please only send essential items to dance. Items should be clearly labelled and packed in a bag or backpack (not oversized) including a refillable water bottle with a flip, or easily sealable top.

Please do not send electronic devices, phones, or any other valuables to dance lessons.

Staff cannot be responsible for holding or administering any prescribed medications to dancers (except for an Epi-pen).

Parents must notify us of any medical issues before attending dance. Epi-pens must be left in bag/backpack in a clear sealable bag with name.

Dancers Spacing

As per current government mandates, outdoor capacity is restricted for the allowance prescribed by social distancing requirements of three metres.

Equipment and training will be set so physical distancing can be practiced and physical contact is limited.


Dance Clothing

Change rooms are closed.  Dancers must come to dance already dressed in their dance clothes. Washrooms can not to be used as change rooms.

Dancers bring or wear their dance shoes. Bare feet for dancing is not allowed (with a few exceptions such as Acro).  For children who cannot do up or put on their own shoes, parents must bring them to the studio with their dance shoes already on. 

 
Dance Staff Work Standards (An Additional Handout will be issued to Staff)

Prior to coming to work (daily), staff are required to self screen and report to management if either they or a household member had had onset of illness with symptoms compatible with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the prior 14 days.

Staff with follow guidelines for wearing a mask in common areas and when physical distancing cannot be followed.

Staff are required to sanitize/wash hands upon entering the studio and between rotations.

Staff will monitor physical distancing guidelines to ensure they are followed by all dancers

Staff with monitor dancers and participants to ensure hands are being washed/sanitized and proper respiratory etiquette is being followed (cough, sneeze or yawn into one’s arm or a tissue).

Staff will avoid physical contact with one another and dancers (e.g. no hugs, high fives...).

Staff will avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth, especially with unwashed hands, and will monitor dancers ensure they follow the same protocol.

Staff will wear appropriate PPE for cleaning equipment.

Confidentiality of any person confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 must be maintained by all staff and they will cooperate with Public Health to assist with contact tracing.

In case of accident or injury, staff will use personal protective equipment to administer first aid.


General Reminders

Dancers and staff will complete a self-assessment each day before entering the studio.

Participants and their families may not enter the studio as indoor programs are not permitted at this stage. No patrons are permitted to be in the indoor areas of the facility, except as may be necessary to access a washroom, or as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety

If anyone in a student or staff’s household has travelled out of province, student/staff member cannot attend for 14 days after their return. (This changes July 6,2021 for fully vaccinated individuals)

Confidentiality of any person confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 will be maintained, and we will co-operate with Public Health to assist with contact tracing

In the Event a Child Becomes Sick at the Studio

If a child becomes ill at the studio the following actions will be taken. The child will be isolated in a separate area with a staff supervision and provided with a mask.

Physical distancing from other participants will be ensured.

Staff will be mindful of hand washing and avoiding contact with the child’s respiratory secretions.

Staff must wear PPE as in gloves, masks, and face shields when attending a sick child.

Parents will be notified to come pick up their child immediately.

All areas used by the dancer should be immediately removed from use and cleaned immediately.

If a dancers or staff member becomes symptomatic, Waterloo Public Health will be notified for further direction on what to share with other parents of dance participants

Masks

All dancers, staff and visitors must wear a mask or face covering upon entry and exit of the outdoor straining area.  Each dancer must bring a personal mask from home.  Please check that the mask fits well.

All dancers and staff must wear a mask during warmup and non-strenuous activities.  Masks may only be removed during activity that is strenuous. A dancer may choose to wear their mask throughout the entire class and does not have to remove it for more strenuous activities.

All dancers, staff and visitors must wear a mask when leaving the dance area or to go to the washroom or another non-dance activity.

Entering and Exiting the Outdoor Training Area

Dancers enter the outdoor training area will enter and exit as directed to maintain two metre distance (three metre during dance training).  Parents and guardians supervise their dancer until the start of the class or session. Do not simply drop off your dancer.  Be waiting for them when at the end of the classroom session. Practice physical distancing.   


The Dance Centre Plans and Protocols for Reopening  (Sept 2020)


Below is a summary of our Protocols for Reopening. You may find our entire Reopening Safely Plan along with our Waiver and Declaration of Compliance by clicking HERE. 

We are so excited to be opening again! We take everyone’s health and safely seriously and want to provide a fun and positive atmosphere while maintaining social distancing protocols. Please read below and email us any questions you may have. Everyone signing up for August classes must fill out our waiver before the start of classes. The Waiver and Declaration of Compliance will be emailed to registered August students.
 

Safety Plan
The Dance Centre (TDC) has created a safety plan for reopening. Our safety plan will be posted on our website. Many of the items are summarized below. 


Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability
We have updated our participation waiver including Coronavirus/Covid-19. Parents/guardians of dancers, and adult dancers, must sign the waiver before studio participation.


Declaration of Compliance Concerning Covid-19
We are taking Covid-19 seriously at TDC. We want to ensure we are all on the same page when it comes to compliance to agreements, guidelines and rules concerning Covid-19, and participation in studio events/classes. All parents/guardians of dancers, and adult dancers, must sign the declaration of compliance upon registration and before studio participation.


Self-assessment 
A self-assessment for Covid-19 must be done before a dancer, staff member or visitor enter the studio for any reason. Administering the self-assessment tool (see Appendix A in our Safety Plan) is the responsibility of the child’s parent/caregiver or each adult dancer before the dancer comes to dance. 


A dancer showing any signs or symptoms of illness, or answering Yes to any of the questions in the assessment tool, must not attend dance class. A dancer’s entrance into the studio indicates this monitoring has been done for that day. The same requirements apply to all staff members and visitors.


Any dancer who feels ill during dance class must inform the instructor or a staff member. Any dancer who exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 during dance class will be isolated, and the parent contacted for pickup. Parents must ensure they are readily and easily available, and cell phone numbers are up-to-date at the studio. 


Come Dressed for Dance
Change rooms are closed. Dancers must come to dance already dressed in their dance clothes. Washrooms are not to be used as change rooms. 


Dancers bring or wear dance shoes. Bare feet for classes is not allowed (with a few exceptions such as Acro). For children who cannot do up or put on their own shoes, parents must bring them to the studio with their dance shoes already on. 

Masks
All dancers, staff and visitors must wear a mask or face covering upon entry and exit of the studio. Each dancer must bring a personal mask from home. Please check that the mask fits well. A disposable mask may be available at the studio for use if you have forgotten yours; however, these are limited.


All dancers and staff must wear a mask during stretching and non-strenuous activities. Masks may only be removed during activity that is strenuous. A dancer may choose to wear their mask throughout the entire class, and does not have to remove it for more strenuous activities.


All dancers, staff and visitors must wear a mask when leaving the dance area to go to the washroom or another non-dance activity.


Physical Distancing
All dancers, instructors, staff and visitors must practice physical distancing outside and inside the studio, while entering and exiting, and during all dance instruction. 
Physical distancing requirements apply to all participants, even among those who are friends and have close contact with each other outside of dance.


Physical distancing is a studio requirement, even when you are wearing a mask.


Waiting Areas
The lobby and other gathering spaces are closed to parents and other visitors. Wait for your dancer in the parking lot. 
Park away from the garage doors, and watch for children and others in the parking lot. Drive slowly, safely and carefully. 


Dancer Entry and Exit
Each dancer must wear a face covering during entry and exit.
Hand sanitizer is available for dancers upon entry and exit. Please ensure your dancer hand-sanitizes before entry.
Dancers enter the studio through one side of the garage doors and exit through the other side as indicated at the studio.


Supervise your dancer until the garage door is opened for the start of the class or session. Do not simply drop off your dancer. Be waiting for them when the garage door is opened at the end of the classroom session. Practice physical distancing.


There is a 15 minute break during switch over of classes for studio areas to be cleaned. 


Designated dance spaces inside the studio 
The studio floor has been marked with large squares using pink tape.Each square is an individual dance space that accommodates social distancing. 


Upon entry, dancers go to their individual square along designated pathways. Each square is numbered. Dancers fill up the squares in order starting with #1. Dancers stay/dance in their individual square until instructed otherwise by their teacher.


Instructors (for the most part) will teach from a platform at the front of the studio so dancers may see them, and they can see all dancers.


There is no physical contact between dancers and instructors, and physical distancing will be maintained except in the case of an emergency that demands otherwise. The exception may be acro when spotting is required, and in which case, instructors will wear masks.


Other dance pathways
Dancers may at times do travelling steps from one end of the studio to the other. In such cases, the dancer pathways and directions are marked with white tape. Physical distancing will be maintained.


Dance bags
Only send essentials to dance class with your dancer. Keep items coming into the studio to a minimum.All items must fit inside a single (and not oversized) bag, including your dancer’s filled-up water bottle. It is also recommended your dancer bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer for personal use to keep in their dance bag.
A dancer’s bag will stay near the dancer’s individual square for the duration of the dance class. 


Washrooms
Our washrooms are open to dancers and staff only. 


Please ensure your dancers uses the washroom at home before coming to the studio so we can lessen the amount of trips to the washroom, and help keep the studio clean and germ free. Explain to them washrooms must only be used if necessary. 


Ensure your child knows how to properly wash their hands after washroom use. 


Zoom classes

In the event of a change in the ability of the studio to remain open (i.e, another lockdown or a movement back to phase 1 or 2), all in-studio classes will shift to Zoom or another live video platform. There will be no reimbursement of dance fees. All remaining classes will continued online for the duration of the session.


Parent/Child Review
Review the new rules with your dancer concerning reopening of TDC, and participation and behaviour in dance class. Talk about entry and exit, the need for physical distancing applying to everyone, wearing a mask, staying in our marked-off dance squares until instructed by our teachers, minimal use of the washroom, etc. That will help make our reopening smoother and safer — thank you.


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