COVID-19 Safety Plan

The Deirdre O’ Mara School of Irish Dance COVID-19 Safety Plan

Students

Students must not enter the building if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat). A teacher will take everyone’s temperature before entering the building. Everyone must use the hand sanitizer near the door upon entering or rentering the building. Masks must be worn at all times except when dancing solo or with your “bubble buddy.” A “bubble buddy” is the designated partner that each dancer can dance with without a mask with parents’ permission. Students must arrive in their dance clothes; changing rooms will not be in use. A student must not enter a studio without permission from a teacher. All students must bring their belongings in a personal bag that will remain on a hook during class time. Cubbies will not be in use. Avoid touching face and cough/sneeze in your mask and into your arm. Students must be picked up from the studio promptly at the end time of their class so that the students from the next class can enter.

Studio

Students must enter the studio their class is in through the designated door. Classes in the first studio will enter through the main door. Classes in the second and third studio will enter through the second door in the driveway. All surfaces will be sanitized between classes. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the studio. Parents/guardians & siblings will not be permitted to enter the building at this time. Social distancing will be enforced inside the studio when masks are not worn. Dancers must stay in their taped square while warming up and practicing drills. Only 15 students are permitted at a time in the first studio, 8 students at a time in the second studio, and 9 students at a time in the third studio. Classes will be offered simultaneously through Zoom for those who elect not to attend in-person classes. Only one pair of “bubble buddies” will perform a traveling step at a time while others wait in their designated spots with their masks on. No fitness equipment will be used in the studio at this time.

Restrooms

Please use the restroom before coming to the studio to reduce the use of the studio restrooms. Only one person will be allowed to leave class to use the restroom at a time. Students must go to the restroom designated for the studio their class is in. Restrooms are strictly for dancer and teacher use. Everyone must sanitize their hands before returning to their studio.

Instructors

Teachers will not enter the building if they, or anyone in their household, are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, painful swallowing, fatigue, light headed). Must take their temperature and sanitize their hands upon entering the building. Teachers will wear masks at all times inside the building and practice social distancing as much as possible. Make sure students stay in their designated spots, wear masks properly, and enforce the buddy system when students are doing traveling steps. Disinfect high-contact surfaces before, between, and after classes. Do not leave the studio unless absolutely necessary. Notify Deirdre if you or a member of your household is experiencing symptoms, or has recently travelled outside of the country in order to make necessary changes for your lessons.

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