COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Please read the following safety protocols below. All protocols have been made with the safety of all students and instructors in mind.

1) No-one is permitted to come to dance if they have any cold/flu symptoms even if they are not COVID-19 positive. Including:

• Sore throat, cough, fever/chills, head or chest congestion, diarrhea.

2) Sick? Do not come to dance. Instructors and guests are responsible for assessing themselves daily for symptoms prior to coming to dance. Parents and caregivers are responsible for assessing their children daily before sending them to dance. An absent email notification must be sent to: elementsdanceterrace@gmail.com and all contact tracing will be done via our instructor’s attendance app on their phone/laptop.

3) All dance Instructors, dancers age 9+ must wear masks in all indoor areas of Skeena Middle School.

If a dancer or instructor develops symptoms at dance:

They will be given a mask (if they don’t have one already) and separated from others

Their temperature will be taken

The dancer’s parent or guardian will be contacted, and asked to have their child picked

up as soon as possible

Instructors will be asked to go home as soon as possible

The studio space will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected

Exceptions to the mask policy include:

A person who cannot tolerate wearing a mask for health or behavioural reasons

A person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person

If the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an activity that cannot be performed

while wearing a mask. For example:

Engaging in high-intensity physical activity (dancing)

If a person is eating or drinking

While providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability (for example, a

hearing impairment), where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements

are important

Any dancer with asthma or respiratory issues is not required to wear a mask.

Dancers age 2 – 8 are encouraged to wear a mask indoors, but are not required to do so. Mask

wearing remains a personal or family/caregiver choice for these dancers.

4) Strict physical distancing is no longer required, however, everyone will enter and exit via

designated entrance and exit doors and crowding will be minimized when possible. Please

respect each other’s personal space and use available space to distance yourself.

5) No parents or guardians will be allowed in the studio, only students and teachers.

6) Everyone will remove outdoor footwear and be required to sanitize or wash their hands upon

entering Skeena Middle School / the dance studio space.

7) Dancers will reduce bathroom time by coming to dance in their dance attire. Only 2 dancers

will be allowed in the bathroom at one time. Dancers will sanitize hands before and after using

the bathroom.

8) Windows will be opened to increase fresh air flow. Studio spaces without windows will have

an air-purifying fan running.

9) Detailed attendance will be taken of each class, for instructors and assistants in case of

contact tracing.

10) No sharing of snacks, water/drinks, chapstick etc. Shared exercise equipment will be

cleaned and disinfected and students are encouraged to wash their hands before and after use

11) No phones in the studio. If in need of emergency phones will be sanitized for use and then

hands will be sanitized afterwards.

12) The studio space including all touchable surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized at the

beginning of the dance evening and again at the very end of the night. Free Elements Dance

will use Clorox Bleach Floor cleaner, and Lysol Disinfectant wipes/spray.

13) COVID-19 exposure at dance:

If a dancer or instructor is confirmed to have COVID-19, and were potentially infectious while

they were at dance:

Public health will investigate to determine if there were any potential close contacts within

the studio

If it is determined that there are close contacts within the studio, public health will:

Notify Free Elements Dance and request information to assist with contact tracing

Provide guidance on what steps should be taken

If there is a positive case, the studio will notify the classes potentially affected whether

close contact or not, for transparency. The name of the positive individual will remain


Public health may then:

Recommend a 14-day self-isolation if necessary

Recommend self-monitoring for symptoms if necessary

• Provide follow-up recommendations if necessary

Parents, caregivers and families will be notified by public health if your child was determined to

be a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person.

If a dancer or instructor receives a call during a class notifying of a close contact with


They will be given a mask (if they don’t have one already) and separated from others

The dancer’s parent or guardian will be contacted, and asked to have their child picked

up as soon as possible

Instructors will be asked to go home as soon as possible