Our Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Conservatory community is paramount to us!  We follow strict health and safety protocols based on current science and Health Unit recommendations.  Our practices reflect the highest standard of care. Together, we are all stronger.

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PROGRAM PLANNING AND DELIVERY

  • Classes are scheduled avoid cohort overlap, and waiting room use is staggered.

  • Families are asked not to wait in-studio.

  • Young Dancers/First Steps students will attend with a single, trusted adult who can assist with entrance/exit, clothing, masks washrooms and distancing.  Adults are not required to participate in class.

  • Class sizes are limited to reflect dancers' developmental stages and ensure distancing.

  • Livestream classes can be arranged for those unable to attend in-studio.

COVID-19 SCREENING

  • Dancers must complete a passive symptom/risk-factor screening prior to class.

  • Dancers with symptoms or risk factors will NOT be permitted in-studio.  Dancers who are unwell in any way are asked to stay home.

CONTACT TRACING

  • Dancers are REQUIRED to notify The Conservatory if they (or any member of their household) have tested positive for COVID-19 or are reasonably suspected of being positive. The Conservatory will immediately notify any community members who have been in contact with positive/suspected individuals utilizing the Contract Tracing feature in our Classroom Manager attendance software.

HAND SANITIZING

  • Dancers will be required to sanitize hands at studio entrance/exit, as well as after washroom use or any activity where contamination might reasonably occur.

MASKING

  • Mask use is at the discretion of the dancer, unless directed by Public Health. Masks will continue to be available on the premises.

DISTANCING

  • Distancing will be maintained where possible, or under the direction of Public Health.

  • Dance spaces will be staggered where possible for maximum distancing and safe movement.

  • Programs will be taught with minimal contact, and contact may occur only with the explicit consent of the dancer.

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SURFACE SAFETY

  • Dancers should arrive in their dance clothes with a minimum of personal items.

  • Dancers should eat well before class.

  • Please bring a personal water bottle.  Loaning or sharing water bottles will not be permitted.

  • Barres and other equipment will be disinfected after use.

  • Dancers will be provided with gloves and/or a clean microfibre cloth upon entry, for use as a barrier when holding disinfectant spray, cleaning their barre, etc.  When exiting, dancers will deposit their cloths into a clean wet/dry bag for removal and disinfecting.

DISINFECTION​​

  • All hard surfaces (coat hooks, boot trays, benches railings, washroom fixtures, etc.) will be disinfected after use with Dr. Thyme (DIN:  02498669), a sustainable, biodegrable, non-toxic, non-irritating, food grade disinfectant approved by Health Canada.   

  • Floors will be disinfected after every day using 70% isopropyl alcohol.

AIR PURIFICATION

  • Three, HEPA filter, Energy Star-certified air purifiers will run continuously in-studio, purifying the studio space in under 30 minutes.