Re-opening Plans & Protocols
Dear Papermoon Families and Potential New Dancers:
We are so excited to be able to open our doors back up. Everyone, including our studio, is adjusting to a new way of life and we thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
We would like to reassure you that we are adhering to the CDC Guidelines as the health and wellbeing of our students, their families, and our staff are our top priority. We will continue to monitor and implement the local, state, and federal recommendations as they’re announced.
We take pride in our facility and how it operates and would like to highlight the policies we have in place at the studio to help our dance families stay healthy and have a safe reopening on September 14, 2020.
Prevention Steps in the Studio:
- Class sizes have been limited in order to ensure that dancers can remain 12 feet apart while taking lessons. According to local guidelines, dancers can dance without a mask when 12 feet of distance can be maintained. If dancers are more than 6 feet but less than 12 feet apart, they have to keep their masks on. We have therefore decided to cap our classes at very small sizes. Studio A is currently limited to 8 dancers and Studio B is limited to 5 dancers. Dancers will need to wear a mask when entering and exiting the building or using the bathroom but can forgo masks during class if they chose. They can of course keep them on if they feel more comfortable doing so. If you would like your dancer to keep their mask on during class, please let us know.
- All registration will be done online. You can register for classes through our Online Portal HERE.
- We are encouraging the use of our Online Portal to make online payments to ACH (automatic checking withdraw). This is a withdraw that comes directly from your checking account. Our payment software never shares your account information - it is a secure payment processing software. We do not accept credit cards at this time. The front desk is to remain closed for the time being. If you cannot make online payments, please mail a check to Papermoon Performing Arts, 49 Commons Drive #2, Litchfield CT 06759.
- We will not be using the doors we normally use that open into the building's lobby. We will be using the door in the center of our space as our own separate entrance. This ensures that we are able to keep our entrances separate from WZBG so that both WZBG and Papermoon are in control of sanitizing and cleaning their own spaces. If you are facing the building, our new separate entrance door is to the right of the building's lobby doors. The door will be marked.
- At this time, no parents are allowed inside the studio. (3-6 Combo Parents, please note you are an exception to this rule). Our waiting room/lobby is closed.
- Students will not be allowed to enter the studio until it is time for their class to start. Parents, DO NOT drop your dancer(s) off to wait outside. Children waiting outside the building are not the responsibility of our staff.
- When class is over, students will be lead out by the instructor. DO NOT be late. We cannot wait outside with your child as we need time to prepare and clean before the next class arrives.
- Students MUST wear a mask when entering the building. This applies to all ages. They will keep their mask on until all dancers have settled into the dance room and the instructor tells them it is safe to remove masks if they chose to do so. Each dancer will have their own space as we have made grid lines across our entire dance floor.
- Time in-between classes is built into our schedules for staff to clean and disinfect.
- All students will sanitize their hands upon arrival and exit to and from the building.
- Our cubbies are closed to limit shared surfaces. Students need to arrive in only the clothing they will be dancing in and should bring only the shoes the need for class and a water bottle. A plastic bin will be given to each student to put their belongings in. Students will carry these with them into the dance room during class. Bins will be disinfected by staff between all classes.
- Bathrooms will be cleaned between groups/classes. Only one dancer in the bathroom at a time.
- Students and staff who have traveled to a "hot" state or out of the country are asked to remain home for 14 days after their return home.
- Students and staff who have been exposed to covid-19, a covid positive person, or who are showing signs of illness including but not limited to a fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, sneezing, and upset stomach are asked to stay home. Any students displaying signs of illness upon arrival will be asked to return to their parent's car and go home.
IF SOMEONE TESTS POSITIVE
As restrictions continue to be lifted in Litchfield County and in our state, we are hopeful that things continue to move in a positive direction but prepared for the very real possibility of returning to Zoom or adapting our current protocol. Our goal is to take a balanced and thoughtful approach that serves our students, faculty, and business.
Below outlines how we plan to address confirmed cases to protect you and our community.
Should we experience a confirmed case of COVID-19 and the dancer/employee was in the studio within the past 14 days, we will:
• Require the following information:
o Date of first known symptoms (if applicable)
o Date of test taken
*Papermoon Performing Arts will notify any students or staff members who may have been exposed
Notify those dancers/employees from 3 days prior to onset of symptoms or the time of test taken via email within 24 hours
Respect the privacy of the infected individual
Deep clean the entire studio if positive member/employee has been in the studio within the last 7 days
Require the infected individual to refrain from the studio for 14 days, or until cleared by their doctor and are symptom-free. They may take Zoom classes.
A positive COVID-19 reported case in our studio does not warrant an automatic requirement for any team member to be tested. The guidelines and protocols we have in place help protect every individual from being in close contact. “Close contact” as defined by the CDC is being within 6 feet of an infected individual for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick to time the patient was isolated. Being aware of proximity and proper use of PPE is everyone’s responsibility and should be taken seriously.
Note: dancers/employees/family members who are exposed to the virus while properly equipped with PPE (e.g. healthcare workers) are not subject to self-isolation, per the guidelines.