TDA COVID-19 Update

It is likely that we will face an exposure case, so we ask that in that situation, we all remember to be kind with our words, stay calm, slow to judgement and reaction. And please talk with your child about doing the same. They mimic our words and actions. We are all doing the best we can through these challenging times. The health and safety of our TDA family is most important. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Click here for COVID parent release form.

TDA PROTOCOLS:

  • We will continue to offer in person classes as well as virtual for those that have some concerns on coming in. (more information below)
  • Temperatures will be taken as students enter the studio.
  • There will be hourly cleaning, including wiping down doorknobs, bathrooms, etc.
  • Each dance room will have their own bathroom.
  • All dressing rooms, lobby and dancewear will remain closed.
  • Classes will also be dismissed and coming in separately. We ask students to wear masks during transition times. (more information below)
  • Students will be supervised outside during drop-off and pick-up but not escorted to cars. Please be on time to help with the flow of traffic. (more information below)
  • We will be utilizing UV lights and purifying systems.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available, and we ask all dancers to use as they enter the studio.
  • Masks may be required. We have ordered nude-colored athletic masks for all dancers that will be required for purchase. Week one will be a mandatory mask week for students and staff! This excludes our 1:00pm classes.
  • There will be no cubbies in the dance rooms. We will have red X’s that will be 6ft apart around the perimeter of each dance room. This is where each student will keep their water bottle and mask. Our water fountain will be closed.
  • If you have two classes in one day, you will stay in the same studio room and teachers will rotate.
  • All hour ballet classes will be from center, we will not be using the barres and will not require ballet dress code to eliminate changing.
  • We will be social distancing the dancers as much as possible.

DROP OFF AND PICK-UP:

  • All rooms will have their own door for entering and exiting. Room 1 will use the door on the right side of the building. Room 2 will use the main lobby door. Room 3 will use the front door of room 3. Room 4 will use our second lobby door. Please park close to your dance room. We will have signs up!
  • We will have a staff member at each door. When you see your staff member raise their hand you may get out of your cars to come in for temperature and survey check.
  • Classes will be dismissed 5 to 10 mins before the hour is up, so parents please make sure you are already in the parking lot waiting for them. Room 1 will be released first and room 4 last. Again please make sure you are parked close to your child’s dance room.
  • Parents with young children please walk up to your child’s dance room door to pick them up. You always must be wearing a mask.

VIRTUAL AND IN PERSON CLASSES:

  • In person classes will follow all of the listed protocols and rules.
  • If you choose to take virtually in one of our recreational classes you are more than welcome to do so for you entire year and still be a part of our recital in May if you wish.
  • If you are a competitive student and choose to take virtually you can only do so through October 15th. After that you will need to switch to our in person classes. If you do not think you will be comfortable with this, please contact us ASAP. (This date is set unless things change for the worse)

SURVEY TO ENTER BUILDING:

We ask that before you come into the building, you can answer “NO” to all the following:

  • Do you or have you had a fever in the last 72 hours (temperature equal to or greater than 100.0 without taking fever reducing medication)?
  • Are you experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Do you have the chills?
  • Have you lost your sense of smell or taste?
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Do you have muscle aches?
  • Have you experienced any GI symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite in the last 72 hours?
  • Do you have a bacterial infection such as pink eye or strep throat that you have not been on an antibiotic for the last 24 hours?
  • Have you been asked to self-isolate or instructed to quarantine by a medical professional or local health department official?
  • Have you been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or been placed in quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19?
We will be asking at temperature check: “Do you answer no to all our survey questions?” We will not be able to ask all these individually at the time of drop of. Parents it is very important that you review this in the car with your child before dance each day.

TDA RESPONSE TO SUSPECTED OR KNOWN COVID-19 CASE:

Please contact Lindsey or Melinda ASAP if you are being tested for COVID-19 due to symptoms or exposure to a positive case. Families will be notified via text/email or BAND app of any known COVID-19 exposure in the studio, along with our next steps.

Please take personal responsibility:

  • We ask that if you, or someone in your household, friend or classmate exhibits symptoms and/or tests positive for COVID-19, quarantine from studio for at least 14 days.
  • If there has been potential exposure, or you are awaiting test results, you take virtual classes for 2 weeks or until your results are back with a negative test.
  • Please utilize the virtual class option. If your student feels like they may be struggling or may be “missing out”, reach out to TDA and we will figure out a way to work with your child to help them.

The CDC recommends 14 days of quarantine after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness if infected. TDA will follow all CDC and Health Department protocols to sanitize or temporarily close any at-risk areas of the studio.

TESTING INFORMATION:

How long does it take for an infected person to show symptoms? 2-14 days

Can someone test negative and later test positive? Yes- it is possible to test negative if sample was collected early in your infection.

There are private providers that offer rapid testing. They range in cost of $100-175. Sometimes it is required to be a current patient of that primary care physician but feel free to call to confirm.

Capital Health Plan - you can go online and request an “at-home” testing kit. They Fedex to you and you Fedex back at their cost. Reliable results within 2-4 days.

Patients First Drive-Through Testing at Northwood Center - Rapid test- you can schedule appointment through. The cost is $175 (private pay only). It takes about 20-30 minutes.

Free Testing Sites in Leon County – results in approx. 2-5 days:

https://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/covid-19/Health/Frequently-Asked-Questions-COVID-19

OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES:

CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Leon County Health Department:

https://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/covid-19/Health/Frequently-Asked-Questions-COVID-19