Dancing For Joy Fall 2021
Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols 

The following guidelines apply to the 2021/22 school year at our Bellingham and Lynden locations. 


We are constantly staying up to date on these mandates, as best we can, as they are continually being updated and/or changed, and we will always update our protocols to comply with state guidelines.  

In general, what this means for students:  

  1. Reduced class sizes: maximum of 10 - 12 students in a studio at a time.

  2. Students should show up prepared for class, wearing a mask as you enter the building/in the lobby and social distance from others outside your immediate family where possible.

  3. Masks are required coming into the building, walking through the building, during class and exiting. 

  4. There won’t be access to the water fountain (please bring your own water bottle to class).  The water bottle filling station will be open, since it is hands free.. 

  5. All students/children ages 5 and under or those will underlying health conditions are not required to wear a mask.

  6. Teachers will be following the same protocols as students.

*Some special arrangements may be made for medical conditions, entering studios directly from the outside without masks, and/or special permissions based on a student by student basis.

Safety, Sanitization & Ventilation 

  • Bathrooms, lobby, door knobs, and any other common spaces or frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized regularly. 

  • The lobbies and studio 1 & 5 windows will be open to the outside to increase air flow and fans may be used where needed.  

  • The garage doors and/or side doors of studios 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 will remain open during classes for increased ventilation, as long as weather conditions permit.

  • Personal sanitizing stations will be located at ALL entrances/exits of Dancing For Joy.

  • Safety is our number one priority that drives what we do during this time, and Dancing For Joy is committed to using “Safety First” as our lens/motto for driving our decisions and protocols. 

Building Protocol - For all who enter (students, staff, and family members) 
Please do not enter the building if you have had:

  1. A fever within 24 hours or any other symptoms of Covid-19.  

  2.  If you have knowledge of a possible exposure to anyone who has been tested positive with Covid-19.  If you are considered a close contact of someone who is suspected to have COVID and you are required to quarantine, according to local health department guidelines.

  3. If  you are suspected to have COVID or have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and have not finished your quarantine according to local health department guidelines    

  4. Masks are required, if you do not have a mask with you, one will be available for you. 

  5. Social distancing at >6 feet apart is recommended whenever and wherever possible.  

Lobby and Common Spaces

  • The lobby and coffee shop are open, however, we ask that students and parents wear a mask in the lobby/hallways/common areas. 

  • Masks may be removed for eating or drinking.

  • The office will be open for all customer service questions and purchases.  (Please adhere to social distancing standards when utilizing the office services, Thank You!)

  • Dressing rooms and bathrooms will still be available for use, and sanitized regularly. (However, we recommend using a bathroom at home before coming to Dancing For Joy, and layering dance clothes for other classes to limit the necessity of this use).

Drop-Off and Arrival  - Please use the main doors for all entrances and exits. 

FAQ’s 

What if my student has multiple classes in a row?
Please find a space in the lobby to wait in between classes.  Our upper lobby will be open as well.  We ask that all students waiting in between classes wear a mask in the lobby and common spaces. 

What if I need to change my clothes between classes?
Our changing rooms are open for changing,

What if I miss a class and need to make it up?
We will be offering make up classes again starting Fall of 2021.  See our class make up policy here.

What if I forgot my water bottle, or my water bottle is empty and I need a drink?
We have mini-cups available to fill up and use in the sink.  We are allowed to keep our water bottle filling station open, next to the water fountain, because it is hands free.  The water bottle filling station is located between studio 1 & 2.  If others are filling up water bottles as well, please make sure to maintain social distancing and return to class when you are finished filling your water bottle.

In the event of a rumored Covid-19 exposure?
We will work with local county health department officials and/or medical professionals to identify next steps to take.  

In the event of a confirmed Covid-19 exposure?
We will immediately let all people who have had possible exposure know of this exposure, to the best of our ability and knowledge, so that everyone can quarantine if indicated, including teachers, for the duration of recommended time (currently 2 weeks).  To the best of our ability and knowledge we will protect the identity of the positive Covid individual.  We will also notify the local county health department, who may get involved in notifying families of students who are considered “close contacts” of a positive case, and they can help arrange testing and provide recommendations for symptom monitoring and quarantine.  

In the event of a confirmed Covid-19 positive case?
We will immediately let everyone enrolled at the studio know, and let all people who have had possible exposure to a positive case, to the best of our ability and knowledge, know of this exposure, so that everyone (including teachers) with exposure can quarantine, if indicated, for the duration of recommended time (currently 2 weeks) We will notify the local county health department, who may get involved in notifying families of students who are considered “close contacts” of a positive case, and they can help arrange testing and provide recommendations for symptom monitoring and quarantine.

In the event of an outbreak at the studio?
We will close down the studio for a minimum of 2 weeks, probably longer, depending on the recommendations by the Whatcom County Health Department, and local and state authorities.  We may go to zoom classes during this period of time, but that is TBD.

*Last Updated: Sept 7, 2021