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Safer Studio

Our safety efforts go beyond the studio. The health and safety of our staff, students, guests, and communities has always been our highest priority; a commitment that has only been heightened at this time in history. We are a “Safer Studio” following the guidelines provided by More than Just Great Dancing. This accreditation is supported by using local and national guidelines to inform best practices for service continuity and re-opening in-person services.

Safety Measures

Below are our current safety measures. 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 Checks

Before leaving your home, we ask our families to complete a self-wellness check. People with any of these symptoms should stay home:

  • Fever or feeling feverish
  • Chills/muscle aches
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • New loss of smell or taste

COVID Symptoms/Positive Cases

On top of the self-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 (Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset) 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 a 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/direct exposure. 

If a child tests positive, Platinum Dance will be notified through contact tracing & will be guided by the MDH on the next steps. 

Face Coverings

Safety will continue to be our top priority, and we appreciate your trust in the studio to keep our staff, dancers and families safe.  Because the state mask mandate has expired, we are not requiring masks in our building effective Monday, June 14.
We will continue to follow the guidance provided by the CDC and MDH Youth Sports. Their most current information states that masks are still recommended for unvaccinated participants in indoor settings.
Safer Studio Policies (these policies are always fluid & can change at anytime) 
  • Masks are always welcome, but optional.

Lobby

Our lobby is currently open to ONE parent per dancer. However, we recommend dropping your dancer off for class.

Please continue to socially distance in the lobby. 

Drop-Off & Pick-Up

We highly recommend dropping off your dancer & picking them up after class. Even with one parent per dancer, our lobby can get congested and we suggest waiting in your car.

Please respect our parking lot flow and drop-off lane. Since most parents will be dropping off their dancer from their car, we ask that you drop them off in the drop-off lane closest to their entrance. Please do not park/wait in the drop-off lane for any period of time or use this lane to pick your dancer up.  

As always, follow the one-way flow of our parking lot and drive slow and cautiously, as there are young children walking in and out of the lot at all times of the day/night.

Air Circulation

We understand, in most buildings and in most situations, filters may be considerably less effective than other infection control measures including social distancing, isolation of known cases, and hand-washing.

However, we are working with our contractor and building maintenance company to ensure our filters are properly installed and maintained and that we have a well performing HVAC system that introduces clean air and removes contaminated air from enclosed spaces.

We understand cracking doors open can have a significant impact on air exchanges. We are propping doors for outdoor air circulation and optimizing building ventilation.

Hygiene & Cleaning

We encourage all dancers and anyone entering the building to wash hands frequently. Upon entering and exiting the classroom each time, we will sanitize each dancer’s hands. There are many hand sanitizers throughout the studio and new touch less hand sanitizer stations as well.

Platinum Dance uses a commercial cleaning company to professionally clean their facilities. We have worked together to ensure that we are efficiently disinfecting, especially door handles, hand rails and all surfaces. Our cleaning company is up-to-date on new cleaning requirements.

Our teaching staff is trained on how to prepare each studio for class with our cleaning stations in each classroom. Our office staff is trained on how to keep all other areas of the studio (including bathrooms & lobby) clean and sanitized many times a day. Platinum has also implemented curriculum and schedule changes to help eliminate the spread of germs.

MDH

Our local MDH is a resource that Platinum uses to stay up to date with local restrictions and guidelines within our community. As we navigate through this time, we have daily decisions that need to be made to always ensure the safety of our students, families and staff. We will continue to update families with changes via this webpage and through email.

As a Safer Studio, Platinum wants to do their part in Stay Safe MN. We are in constant communication what our local health commissioner, as well as public school colleagues. On top of staying up to date with how schools are maneuvering this school year, we are also following the guidelines for local youth sports, as they are updated, as well as their initial document that outlines practical prevention strategies: Prevention Guidance for Youth Programs. As a place for children’s activities we have followed MDH Sports Guidance .

CDC

Platinum Dance follows the CDC guidelines to make sure we are current with our procedures and the safety measures we are taking each day.

We follow the CDC recommendations regarding cleaning and disinfecting our facilities, youth sports guidelines, and other suggestions for youth programs and camps.

We took a phased approach to re-opening this summer and moving into fall we will follow the CDC trends and adjust our programming/precautions as needed. The CDC’s guidelines and data will always be considered, but our local government restrictions, area schools decisions, and other childcare facilities/children activities will be our guide in our preparedness for health and safety as well.

Click here to read more about the MTJGD Safer Studio Guidelines.