Synergy Standards for Health & Safety

Synergy Performing Arts Academy is proud to follow the More than Just Great Dancing Safer Studio Guidelines which prioritize a hierarchy of safety and wellness measures including:

  • Wellness checks for staff
  • Frequent hand hygiene
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures
  • Minimizing mixing and mingling via physical distancing practices
  • Curricular and facility adjustments
  • Gradual re-opening and continuous parent communications.

Please see below for the specific way Synergy is applying these guidelines for the current season.

What We’re Doing

Wellness

  • All staff will receive regular and continuing safety training as it relates to preventing community spread of COVID-19 and any other illnesses.
  • All staff are responsible for temperature checking themselves before their shift. Staff with temperatures of 100 degrees or greater will have a substitute cover their class.
  • Any staff member or student showing signs of sickness will be sent home.
  • Minimized mixing and mingling via physical distancing practices in the classroom and between classes.

Hygiene

  • Increased cleaning frequencies and sanitation procedures in high traffic areas and high touch surfaces of the studio such as doors, floors, stereos, and bathrooms.
  • Daily cleaning, including between classes, will occur on a regular schedule throughout the studio.
  • Professional cleanings by Jan-Pro, a professional cleaning company, will occur multiple times per week to keep the studio sanitized as much as possible.
  • Full-building sanitation spray has been completed.
  • Employees will wash their hands frequently and sanitize before and after each class.
  • Employees will wear masks.

Classrooms

  • We have made facility, scheduling, and curricular changes to reduce mixing and mingling in support of physical distancing recommendations. However, we understand that unlike older children and adults, younger children cannot be expected to maintain physical distancings at all times.
  • Class sizes have been modified to reflect a 6-foot physical distancing pattern and floors will have markers to help students maintain boundaries as much as possible.
  • The use of handheld props will be discontinued. Barres will not be used for this term. Tumble equipment will be used for acro classes and disinfected nightly.
  • Classrooms will refrain from handholding, high fives and hugs.
  • Classrooms will have staggered dismissal (3-5 minutes) to allow for student transitions.
  • Bathrooms will be limited for emergencies and will be cleaned frequently.

Staff Guidelines

  • Staff will arrive no more than 10 minutes early to class and immediately wash hands upon arrival.
  • The office will be closed. Staff will take all their belongings with them to the classroom.
  • Staff will hold the door open for students to enter without needing to touch the door handles.
  • Staff will explain new procedures and keep students from touching as much as possible.
  • Teachers and assistants will not touch any student unless it’s for spotting purposes in acro.
  • Staff will hold open outside doors and make sure they see students connect with their parents.
  • Staff will sanitize all surfaces touched during class at the end of each class, including pens, radio, doorknobs, room, floor, etc.
  • If there are breaks between classes, staff will return to their cars to ease traffic flow.
  • Staff will wear a mask. If forgotten, a mask will be provided from the studio.

What YOU Can Do

Wellness

Please keep your child home if:

  • Your child or someone in your household has a fever or respiratory symptoms.
  • Your child or someone in your immediate household has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Your child or someone in your household has visited an area where there is “widespread sustained community spread” of COVID-19.

Families with high-risk family members should consider participating in class through a virtual platform. Please let us know in writing if you would like this option.

Hygiene

  • Student masks optional and is a personal/parental decision.
  • Parents entering the building must wear a mask.
  • Hand sanitizers are available inside and outside the classrooms. Students are encouraged to wash hands after class and sanitize before classes.

Classrooms

  • Please bring clearly labeled water bottles for your child.
  • Use a small cinch-sac style bag to carry shoes and class materials. Only bring what you need. Bags will be brought into the studios and hallways will be closed.
  • Bathrooms will be available for toileting only, not for changing clothes. Please use the restroom before coming to class.

Drop off and Pick Up

  • Enter using the front entrance. A staff member will greet your students and help them to their classes.
  • Parents should wait in their cars or outside during classes to maintain physical distancing.
  • Pick up students at the rear door of the building. Students will exit through the music room. A staff member will be outside to ensure your student gets back to you safely. Parents must be at the back door to receive their child. Students cannot walk across the parking lot to their parents for safety reasons.
  • Limit parent drop off to one person whenever possible. Sibling visitors cannot be accommodated during this term.
  • Physical distancing (6 feet apart) will be observed throughout the studios, hallways, walkways, parking lots, etc.
  • All lobby waiting areas, kitchen area, student study areas, business offices, etc. will be closed.
  • No food will be allowed in the studio.