At Organic Movement Atelier (OMA) the health and safety of our staff, students, families, & guests is one of our highest priorities.That’s why we have used local and national guidelines to form our best practices for service continuity and re-opening. Below are our current safety measures for the season. These are subject to change and will be updated accordingly as new guidance becomes available or local mandates are put into place. Please check back often for new policies and updates.
SELF-WELLNESS & TEMPERATURE CHECKS
Before leaving home, we ask our families to complete a self-wellness check. People with any of these symptoms should stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, sore throat/congestion, headache, chills, muscle/ joint paint (multiple), nausea, vomiting, & new loss of taste or smell. If in doubt, please sit out.
Staff will also be checking your dancer’s temperature upon entering the classroom. Any temperatures above 100 F will be re-checked after a few minutes of “settling”. If the temperature is still above 100 after a recheck, the dancer will be sent home. We ask that dancers go to the bathroom and wash their hands at home before coming to dance. Dancers’ hands will be sanitized before class, between classes, and after each class.
COVID SYMPTOMS/ CONTACT WITH A POSITIVE CASE
On top of our students’ wellness checks, we ask that before entering the building, no one in your household has been recently diagnosed with or has come in close contact (less than 6 ft for more than 15 minutes with a positive case of COVID-19) in the past 2 weeks.
Should your dancer or anyone in your household test positive for COVID-19, we ask for prompt notification. Your dancer should discontinue participation until cleared by a doctor to resume or if your dancer meets the current CDC guidelines for being around people after a COVID-19 diagnosis/exposure.
If a child has tested positive and we are notified, we will also notify their class via email (please make sure we have an email on file that is checked often). Our faculty is also following strict guidelines/precautions on when to call in to work and get a sub for a short period of time if needed. Therefore, you may notice a different teacher in your dancer’s classroom at times.
Despite the July 1st lifting of the mask mandate, OMA will continue to require the use of filtered, 3-ply mask face coverings by all occupants over age two while in the studio, regardless of vaccination status.
During high levels of energetic exertion dancers may remove their mask briefly to catch their breath. We call this a mask break. Teachers may also drop their masks from time to time to give instructions from an appropriate distance of 6 feet or greater. This can greatly increase classroom comprehension.
Caregivers who cannot wear a mask, please remain outside at all times. We will open our studio curtains whenever possible to allow for classroom observation
Dancers will be given specific place markings for barre work and stretching.
If you are in the building, please practice social distancing with other families. Please practice social distancing while waiting outside as well.
After a parent has assisted their Baby Sprout student to the bathroom we ask that Baby Sprouts parents leave the lobby area to minimize traffic. Our lobby will be open to only ONE parent per Baby Sprout dancer. If a parent must stay, there should be no more than four Baby Sprouts parents in the waiting room at a time.
All other dancers should be dropped off and picked up at the designated entrances and exits and parents should not enter the building. We know that this is inconvenient but it is the only way to allow for proper traffic flow in our hallways and it will allow space for kids to wait if they have a small space between classes. We do understand that special circumstances may arise (children with special needs, etc) and will deal with these on a case by case basis.
To keep our lobby safe and within capacity, we ask that there are no siblings (unless they can be held/stay on a lap) in the waiting area.
DROP-OFF & PICK UP
Dancers can be dropped off and will enter through the front entrance – they will immediately have their temperature checked (we recommend waiting a few minutes after drop off to assure your dancer is cleared unless you’ve pre-checked at home). Dancers should NOT ARRIVE MORE THAN 5 MIN LATE. If late please arrive at the BACK DOOR.
Parents may wait in the parking lot or leave and come back for pick-up.
Parents may park and meet their dancer at the BACK exit door or wait outside their car if parked close. Please meet young children so they are not walking through a busy parking lot along. As always, please take care when driving in our parking lot as young children will be walking through at all times.
OMA uses fans and opens doors to increase airflow when possible.
We encourage all dancers and anyone entering the building to wash hands frequently- especially after dance and before eating. We will sanitize each dancer’s hands upon entering and exiting a classroom and sanitizer is available to each dancer during class as well. All our hard/frequently touched surfaces are cleaned with a commercial grade sanitizing cleaner often including but not limited to doors & door handles, bathrooms, radios, handrails, counters, stools, chairs etc. Ballet Barres and acro mats are cleaned/sanitized between every class. Pre-school props will be used by one child per day and sanitized between. Items that cannot be sanitized will not be reused.
OMA is following the Youth Sports guidelines set up by the CDC to keep athletes safer. We understand that dance meets imperative student needs for physical, social, and emotional well being and are committed to doing it safely to serve your children.
Any dancer who wishes to, may take any class we offer virtually from home. Cost of the class is the same as in studio. Also, any dancer registered for a class who is unable to attend that class in person (illness, vacation, etc) may also take class virtually, but must give advanced notice.
OMA will be continually communicating with our families to keep you updated on any changes to this policy or any important information that may affect your children’s classes. Along with emails, we will be utilizing an ALERT system on our website much like we do for weather closings right on our home-page. A COVID ALERT level of GREEN means that classes & procedures are running as usual. YELLOW means that there is a change to either our procedures or to some of our classes. Please check your emails for directions. RED means that classes have been suspended. Please check your emails for more directions.