Dear dancers and parents,
As a valued member of the KV Dance family, we appreciate the trust you put in us and our team with your or your child’s dance education. The health and safety of all of our dancers is our top priority. We are writing to address the increasing concerns around transmissions of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).
This week at KV, our operations team is continuing to uphold our high standards for our facilities and well as our long-standing commitment to studio cleanliness and sanitation. Our standard operating procedures take special care to clean and disinfect dance floors, barres, classroom props, door handles, furniture, restrooms, and more. In addition, we’ve directed our staff to disinfect dance barres and classroom props on an even more frequent basis throughout the daily class schedules to ensure an even higher level of cleanliness.
As we wrap up our Winter session and take a week off for March Break, many families have travel plans abroad. Because of the severity of COVID-19, we want to ensure that we are not putting our students and staff at risk by exposing and spreading the virus in our community.
Following the advisement of the Ontario School closures of all publicly funded elementary and secondary schools for two weeks, we have made a decision as a studio of the following:
In order to reduce the spread of the virus through physical contact at KV Dance Studio, our Spring session will move to a virtual platform beginning Monday, March 23.
Our plan is to provide this option for two weeks. We will make a decision to re-open to the public after the provincial government instructs the community on the next steps.
How our online classes will work:
- Starting March 23, you will receive one of two options:
1. An email from your instructor with the link to view your online class the morning of your scheduled class.
2. An email from your instructor inviting you to a “meeting” which will be a live class with your instructor
For dancers ages 8 and under, we encourage some parental supervision to ensure that they are following along to the class.
- Make sure that you/your dancer find a space at home that is free of obstacles, as well as a safe surface
For updates on countries affected, please refer to https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices or canada.ca/coronavirus
If you decide not to participate in our online class option or if your family is participating in a quarantine, we are unable to provide a refund for missed classes. Instead of a refund, we are happy to find make – up class options once classes resume in April.
To families in our competitive dance program, please look out for a separate email in the next day or so.
Just as with cold and flu season, our best defence against sickness is to practice good hygiene and we encourage parents to review these procedures with their children:
- Wash your hands with clean, running water. Lather the front and back of your hands, and between your fingers, with soap. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, then rinse your hand under clean, running water. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry. (If you need help counting to 20, we recommend singing a verse of Hairspray’s You Can’t Stop the Beat!“)
- If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.
- Keep hands out of mouth and nose and avoid touching your face or rubbing your eyes.
KV Dance Studio is well stocked with soap, hand sanitizer and tissues. Teachers will be reminding students to practice everyday preventative measures such as covering their mouth and nose when sneezing, washing hands regularly, and using tissues.
As always, students who are not feeling well should always stay home and makeup class when possible. We want you here when you’re well – but we want you home recovering if you’re sick!
We look forward to seeing all of you in three weeks!