Policies and Procedures
Our Studio Safety Policies and Procedures 2020/21
As we start the new season here at Bloom, we wanted to share with you the guidelines and safety procedures we have set in place for in-person classes. These guidelines include social distancing, limited capacity in classes, increased sanitary and cleaning measures, mask wearing for our staff and students as per government mandate, hospital grade air purification and more.
We believe that music lessons and dance classes are a vital part of your child’s growth as a person and artist. We are truly grateful that we still have the opportunity to do that. With your help in following these guidelines, we can make dance and music safe and accessible!
Wellness Checks For Staff
All teachers and staff members will receive regular and continuing safety training as it relates to preventing community spread of COVID-19.
All staff members are wellness checked before their shift.
Daily Home Wellness Checks - Parent Responsibility
Parents are required to do a family wellness check before leaving their home to bring their child(ren) to school to ensure that no family members have symptoms related to COVID-19 and do not have a fever.
Student Wellness Check Upon Arrival
Bloom reserves the right to check the temperature of any student that seems to show any symptoms of sickness. For the safety of the entire community, we will go by the results of our thermometer, despite what the child’s temperature may have been before leaving home.
Any child with a temperature of 100.4 or over will not be able to join the class. This also applies to any child exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms such as, but not limited to, a runny nose, cough, fever or chills, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, muscle or body aches.
If you or your child have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has respiratory illness, your child will need to remain home for 14 days from the day of exposure.
Below are the questions everyone must answer no to upon entering our facilities:
Have you had any close contact with a confirmed case of COVID recently?Are you experiencing any shortness of breath, coughing, or sore throat?Have you had a fever in the past 48 hours?Have you experienced any loss of taste or smell within the last 48 hours?Have you recently experienced any vomiting or diarrhea?
Parents are asked to keep their children at home if they, or a member of their household, have a fever or respiratory symptoms. They may still attend class virtually.
Parents are asked not to send their children to class if they, or a member of their household, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days. They may attend class virtually. Same tuition applies.
Employees will wash hands and/or sanitize before and after each lesson and class.
Hand sanitizer will be available directly inside all entrances, outside of every classroom, and inside the classrooms. Students will be required to wash hands and/or sanitize before and after classes.
Hand washing posters are posted within bathrooms.
Enhanced Cleaning Procedures
We have increased our cleaning frequencies and sanitation procedures in high traffic areas and high touch surfaces of the studio such as doors, barres, floors, counters, stereos, pianos, mallets, shakers, sticks etch and bathrooms. Additionally we have invested in fog machines to disinfect with Hypochlorous Acid (HCO1) at least twice a day.
“HCO1 comprises many of the desired effects of the ideal disinfectant: It is easy to use, is inexpensive, has a good safety profile, and can be used to disinfect large areas quickly and with a broad range of bactericidal and virucidal effects.” - Hypochlorous Acid, A review
Enhanced Ventilation And Air Purification Systems
In addition to using fog machines to kill airborne and aerosol virus particles, we have invested extensively in Medical grade air purifiers to increase ventilation and filter out virus particles that may be in the air. “H13 Medical Grade HEPA - Captures 99.9% of particles down to 0.1 microns. Commonly referred to as ‘medical grade filtration’ as it relates to the purity of the air filtered.” - MedifyAir
Minimized Mixing And Mingling
We have made facility, scheduling, and curricular changes to reduce mixing and mingling in support of social distancing recommendations. However, we understand that unlike older children and adults, young children cannot be expected to maintain social distancing at all times.
Facility & Curricular Adjustments
All lobby waiting areas, and hall areas will be closed unless specified.
Please bring clearly labeled water bottles. Our water fountains are closed and no water cups will be provided.
Dancers will bring all dance bags into the studio for changing shoes. Dancers are asked to only bring necessary items, yoga mat, towel and water bottle with them into the studio.
All piano, drums, electric guitar, electric bass students must bring headphones with a 1/8" (3.5mm) jack for private lessons. Doors will remain open during lessons and this will cut down on sound. Both teachers and students will be able to hear each other’s instrument.
No food will be allowed in the school.
Curricular adjustments have been made to eliminate prop use (unless one use only) and hand-holding and to reduce mixing and mingling in the classrooms.
Class sizes have been modified to reflect current county recommendations, and to allow for social distancing.
Students and teachers will refrain from high fives, fist bumps, stickers, and hand stamps.
Classrooms and lessons start times have been offset to reduce traffic. Lessons will end 3 minutes early to allow for students to transition safely.
We encourage all students to use the restroom at home before coming to class.
Bathrooms will be limited for emergencies and will be cleaned frequently. The large bathroom will have its door propped open for hand washing only.
Our employees will be wearing masks per government mandate.
All parents and students over the age of 2 are required (per government mandates on mask wearing while in public places) to wear masks while attending classes and lessons whether inside or outside.
Arrival & Departure
Private Music Lessons
Private music students will enter and exit using the front entrance of the building. The east side will be for arriving students and the west side will be for students exiting the building.
Dance Classes and Group Music Classes
Dance and group music students will enter and exit from the rear of the building. Staff and students will be the only people allowed in the building. Class times have been offset so dance and group music students don’t arrive or finish at the same time. Families can wait in designated distanced spots behind the building or in their car. There will be no vehicles allowed in the parking lot behind the school.
Students will not enter until directed by a staff member. Adults and siblings can wait in their cars or outside during classes to help with social distancing in the building. Parents of little dancers under age 5 are able to escort dancers to their classrooms if necessary for dancers comfort. But then must leave and wait outside or in their vehicles during class time.
Please limit caregiver drop off to one person whenever possible. Sibling visitors cannot be accommodated during this term.
Parents will be asked to wait outside for students to be released. At the end of class, parents must be by the dropoff door to receive their child. Due to safety reasons, students will need to wait at the door from which they entered for adults that are late picking up. Please don’t be late!
Gradual Re-Opening And Readjusting
We are gradually reopening with small class sizes and proper time for cleaning and sanitation. The last 3-5 minutes of private lessons will now be dedicated to transition time and will be used for packing up, making homework notes, cleaning and sanitizing, or checking in with parents if necessary.
We will continue to follow any government mandates and are committed to readjusting to keep our students, staff, and families at home as safe as possible.
In this ever-changing situation, music and dance classes at Bloom will remain consistent! We're ready to teach in-person, in a hybrid, or through full distance learning.
All teaching studios and classes will have Zoom capabilities for those who wish to start or continue online. Group classes whether in-person or live-streamed will have clear video and audio.
Outdoor classes will be live only. If canceled for any reason including weather or air quality, class will be online through Zoom at the regularly scheduled time.
Dancers or Musicians who need to stay home for any reason can stay involved by logging in to class at home! If students need to miss an outdoor class, a Zoom makeup option will be given.
Parents can observe classes from anywhere through Zoom.
Last updated: September 15th 2020