At Performing Arts Connection and Education (PACE) the health and safety of our members’ staff, students, guests, and communities have always been our highest priority;
a commitment that has only been heightened at this time in history. That’s why we have used local and national guidelines to inform our best practices for service continuity and re-opening.
Because dance meets imperative student needs for physical, social, and emotional well being, we are committed to helping our staff and students navigate reopening. We follow the Safer Studio™ standards put forth by our national association, More Than Just Great Dancing!® along with the utmost care and consultation of our local health departments and locally available information.
Governmental Regulations as of July 7
PACE follows the Governor’s Executive Order, which requires all West Virginians age 9 and older to wear a face covering at all indoor public places where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.
The requirement does not apply to anyone who has trouble breathing or anyone who is otherwise unable to remove their own face covering without assistance. For children ages 2 years old through 8 years old, face coverings are not required. However, it is recommended that parents or guardians use their best judgment as to when to assist their children, ages 2 through 8, with wearing a face covering.
PACE staff, parents, and dancers are informed about the symptoms of COVID-19 including, fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea (watery), sore throat/congestion, headache, chills, muscle and joint pain (multiple), nausea or vomiting and, loss of sense of smell.
Dancers and staff should STAY HOME if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. They should also notify the studio owners/administrators and contact healthcare providers if they develop symptoms. If in doubt, sit them out.
Return to Training
PACE follows a phased approach to reopening physical services.
PACE’s reopening plan:
Reinforces an attendance policy that does not allow employees to work when sick or students to attend classes when sick.
Reinforces proper hygiene and health standards with all staff members and students, including frequent hand washing and/or sanitizing, not touching the face, and sneezing and/or coughing into elbows.
Increases frequency of sanitation in high traffic areas and high touch surfaces of the studio such as barres, floors, counters, stereos, and bathrooms.
Adjusts studio operations based on public health guidelines and recommendations regarding PPE, assembly/gathering/occupancy size, and offer social distancing dance space for every dancer in every studio and where possible and practical in hallways and lobbys.
Adjusts curriculum and teacher training to reduce or eliminate hand-holding, equipment-sharing, and mingling where possible and practical.
Communicates a clear policy for each phase of opening regarding student drop-off and pick-up, lobby availability, and amenity use.
PACE has a variety of service options available including private instruction, small group instruction, traditional classes, and online instruction where possible and practical, to meet the needs of students and staff as well as for the ability to maintain service continuity in any situation.
PACE will follow the WVSSAC and a clear system of communicating the status of classes, such as a “green, yellow, orange, red” protocol. Green indicates it is safe to attend with social distancing and no mask when distanced. Yellow, Gold and Orange indicate a phased and cautionary change with use of masks and possibly service delivery. Red indicates clients have additional online options.
PACE understands that unlike older children and adults, young children cannot be expected to maintain social distancing at all times. Therefore, we focus on a hierarchy of measures beginning with avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms, frequent hand cleaning and good hygiene practices, amplified cleaning, and minimizing contact and mingling.
If PACE receives a report of exposure risk, any affected classes will be notified, and exposure-risk level cleaning will be enacted. There is absolutely no penalty for absence and classes may be made up in-person (space permitting) or online (anytime).
As PACE we are proud of the work our team has done since 2006 to create the highest quality experiences and environments for our staff, students, and guests. Because of this groundwork, and the strength of our network, we believe our studio is in a strong position for a gradual and responsibly phased reopening. We are honored to continue to serve our community in this time.
Your PACE Staff & Faculty
💞 We will send an update on the guidelines below as they change.
Current guidelines as of 9-15-20 include:
- Separate entrance for each studio will be emailed before the first class.
- Daily mobile check in questionnaire with touchless temperature for everyone who enters the building.
- Social Distance by waiting outside until faculty brings students in one at a time 6 feet apart. (A Smile will bring us closer together)
- Wash or sanitize hands on entry and dismissal.
- Parents are asked to wait outside the studio.
- Preschool parents with a mask can observe the class next to their child's belongings.
- Dancers will have their own 6-10ft space to dance.
- Masks are recommended but not required during aerobic activity where social distance is maintained.
- Masks are required in the lobby, break rooms, restroom and dressing room. We will provide a lanyard so dancers can keep it with them at all times
- Bring a personal water bottle. The water fountain will be closed.
- No food in the studio or break rooms.
- Bring a hand towel for ballet barre work.
- Keep dance bags in your assigned space.
- Take shoes off in the Lobby before entering the studio, including preschool parents who observe.
- Dancers will be dismissed from class one at a time while we start sanitizing between each age groups.