Site-Specific Protection Plan for East County Performing Arts Center  
Returning to class with small class sizes of 15 or less kids depending on dance room size
Updated 9/18

 

Person responsible for designing, executing and overseeing this plan- Nina Koch, owner

3901 Walnut Blvd Suites B& C
Brentwood, Ca 94513

925-240-5556

 

General Safety and Health Protocols

  • Lobby is closed to viewing for parents of dancers 7 and up
  • Each dance room has its own enter and exit doors
  • There is no food allowed in main lobby
  • Water fountains are closed
  • Dance floors are marked with boundaries to maintain social distancing
  • Lobby is marked with pathways to the restroom and social distancing guides
  • Signage is posted outside and inside to remind dancers and staff of social distancing
  • Social Distancing plan has been shared with all staff, and is posted on the doors, in the dance rooms, and on the website.
  • All people age 2 and over are required to wear masks.  Even in classes.
  • All studio props are cleaned between classes and personal prop bags are available for purchase
  • Dancers and staff members will either wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before they enter the dance room and when they exit the dance room
  • Temperature checks will be done at the entrances for all staff and dancers with a no-touch infrared thermometer.  If anyone has a temperature of over 100 they will not be permitted in the building.

 

Cleaning protocols

  • The studio is cleaned in its entirety daily either before or after classes.  Including disinfection of all surfaces by a professional commercial janitorial company.  
  • Bathrooms are cleaned with a disinfectant approved by the EPA to fight Covid-19 often https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
  • After each class, the floors are sprayed with a disinfectant approved to fight Covid-19 and mopped with a microfiber mop.  All high touch surfaces are wiped down with either an alcohol wipe or disinfectant approved by the EPA to fight Covid-19. The contact time for our disinfectant is 1 min.

 

Drop off and pick up procedures protocols

  • Dancers must wait outside for the teacher to open the door to enter the dance room.
  • Each dance room has its own entry point.  
  • Dancers cannot be dropped off more than 5 min early for class or pick up more than 5 min late
  • There are clearly marked waiting points for dancers to stand while they wait for the teacher to open the door.
  • Before dancers enter the teacher scans the forehead of each dancer with the hands-free infrared thermometer to ensure they do not have a temperature of 100 or higher.
  • The teacher must wipe down the thermometer with an alcohol wipe before placing it in the storage basket
  • Dancers must wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before starting class.  
  • After class dancers will be dismissed from the dance room
  • Dancers should use hand sanitizer when exiting the studio
  • Parents must not exit their cars to drop off or pick up their dancers.

 

Employee Training

  • Review cleaning protocols between classes
  • Review drop off and pick up protocols
  • Self Screening
  • Review Covid-19 general education https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Update-on-California-Pandemic-Roadmap.pdf
    • From https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/School%20Guidance_ADA%20Compliant_FINAL.pdf
      COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel virus that has been spreading worldwide. Community-acquired cases have now been confirmed in California. We are gaining more understanding of COVID-19’s epidemiology, clinical course, immunogenicity, and other factors as time progresses, and the situation is changing daily. CDPH is in the process of monitoring COVID-19, conducting testing with local and federal partners, and providing guidance and resources to prevent, detect and respond to the occurrence of COVID-19 cases in California. At this time, community transmission of COVID-19 has occurred in California. Educational institutions should prepare for possible impacts of COVID-19 and take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as other infectious diseases, including influenza and gastroenteritis.
    • The Ca SIP will not eliminate the disease it will slow the spread so medical teams can prepare and not be overwhelmed by an influx of patients.

 

  • Staff must wash hands or use hand sanitizer when they enter the building and in between classes
  • Staff must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after touching their face or using the restroom.  
  • All teachers and staff must wear masks

 

What happens if a student who has returned back to class, a staff member, or an immediate family member of that population tests positive for Covid-19? 
We will follow reporting protocols set by the county health department and notify the studio population accordingly while maintaining HIPPA regulations.
 

 

This plan is posted on our website www.brentwooddance.com, it has been submitted to the county health department and the Brentwood Police Department, County Supervisor’s Office, Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor’s Office.




5 Things You Should Know When Choosing a Dance Studio

If most dance studios seem to have qualified friendly teachers, who are experienced teaching children and a big show at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which place you decide to enroll? Yes. There are 5 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program.

1

We are the only dance studio in the area to have earned a More Than Just Great Dancing affiliation!

More Than Just Great Dancing (MTJGD) is a licensed affiliation of dance studios that subscribe to a higher standard of instruction and management principals. As part of a dynamic network of 115+ studios, and 35,000 students worldwide, MTJGD transforms staff development and provides leadership training, quality programs and cirricula to its affiliate studios. MTJGD is a commitment to providing more than just great dance training, our dancers go beyond technique to develop important life skills, learning to be respectful, confident and conscientious young people who share their gifts and talents with the community. MTJGD studios are diverse in their specialties, but united in their belief in the power of dance to change lives!

2

Who is teaching your children?

Many dance studios use dancers who have moved up the ranks of the studio to teach entry level classes. Sometimes these teachers are teenagers and even though they may be wonderful dancers and great kids they are too inexperienced to be in charge of children.

At ECPAC all of the teachers are adults. Even our entry level classes are taught by teachers with years of experience. At ECPAC we have teachers who are certified through professional dance associations like Dance Masters of California, teachers who have danced professionally and teachers who are university trained. You can be sure your child will be taught by qualified and experienced teachers.

3

What type of floor is used?

Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional “floating floor”. A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. A high-density foam base is superior to a “sprung” floor, which usually consists of a wood structure built on the regular floor.

At ECPAC your dancer’s health and safety is the highest priority. We have professional floating wood floors in all our dance rooms. Our special floors help reduce the risk of injury and allow students to dance longer without getting tired.

4

Can I watch my child’s classes?

At many studios families are not permitted to watch classes. Parents are left wondering what is happening in the class and if their child is advancing and having a good experience.

At ECPAC we think it is important for parents to be able to see what is happening in the class. We believe it helps the student feel secure and parents feel confident that their children are having a great experience. Because of that our dance rooms have either a large viewing window or a closed circuit TV system so you can view all the classes on TV’s in the lobby.

5

Can I get immediate customer service?

In many studios the teacher or the studio owner conducts classes and does the administration. They are so busy that they can have problems returning phone calls in a timely fashion or at all. To have a good experience it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with customer service issues. We have an customer service team ready to assit you 9:00 am-1:00 pm Tuesday-Friday and 2:30 to 6:30 Monday through Friday. Our knowledgeable customer service team can answer any questions you may have.

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