Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols
Dancing For Joy Fall 2021- Guidelines for the upcoming school year will be updated by Aug.15th.
Summer 2021 policies are as follows:
- Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests. Non-vaccinated guest much wear a mask. Students do NOT need to wear masks during class.
- Fully vaccinated instructors are not required to wear masks in class.
- Our class sizes are still limited in capacity; 10 students per class.
- The lobby remains closed for waiting but the office and coffee shop will be open for to-go orders and inquiries. (The office/coffee shop is only open for our July dance session: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-7pm.
Policies specific to Moana and Frozen dance camps: Campers will be expected to wear masks when they come and go to camp, and traveling between activities. They will also be required to wear masks during craft time. Once a camper arrives at DFJ and places their belongings in a designated spot, dancers will be allowed to remove their masks. Teachers who are fully vaccinated will also be permitted to remove their masks. Each studio will be fully ventilated, as we have garage doors, and some activities will be done outside. The studios and craft area will be sanitized between each group, and students will be given sanitizer between each activity.
*Students will be expected to stay home if having symptoms of COVID-like illness; currently being tested, treated, or quarantined for COVID; or if they are considered a close contact of someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID. They will be able to return to in-class learning once they meet return-to-activity criteria set forth by the local county health department or their physician.
Our goal at Dancing For Joy is to make all of our staff and students feel as comfortable and safe as possible during this unprecedented situation. If there is anything that makes you or your student feel uncomfortable or unsafe at any time we ask that you please bring this to our attention. We will address any issues you may have on a case by case basis.
Please do not enter the building if you have had:
A fever within 24 hours or any other symptoms of Covid-19.
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.
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
Social distancing at >6 feet apart is required whenever and wherever possible.
Students will not have access to the drinking fountain and should bring their own water. The water bottle filling station will be open, since it is hands free, by permission only.
Because the office staff is heavily involved in Covid-19 supervision, sanitization, and safety - you may experience longer than expected wait times for help, or responses to your inquiries. Please allow for extra time and patience with us during this season of pandemic. 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 - Students can enter and exit through any of the 3 main front doors. There is no longer drop-off behind the building.
What if my student has multiple classes in a row?
Unfortunately, at this time, we are closing all lobbies and common areas inside the building for “waiting” purposes. Students will have to exit the building, or sit in the specifically designated spot for their belongings until 5 minutes before their next class, and then exit the building and wait outside, until their next class. Please prepare for possible inclement weather when appropriate. There will be a staff member monitoring pick up locations. This is a fluid work in progress and may be adapted once the session begins.
What if I need to change my clothes between classes?
Yes, our changing rooms are open for changing, but not for waiting. Please inform your teacher that you need to use the changing room between classes, instead of being escorted to the pickup location. Please use the changing room and then exit the building to go to the appropriate entrance for your next class.
What if I miss a class and need to make it up?
Missed classes can be made up within the 4 week summer session students are enrolled in. No reservation required to make up a class. Just come to the office to pick up a drop-in slip.
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, and can be used by permission. 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. For that period of time teachers’ classes will be on Zoom and not on-site. We recommend that all exposed persons follow the updated guidelines for testing, monitoring of symptoms, and quarantine. 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. We will not be refunding tuition if classes need to meet through Zoom. If you do not wish to participate in the Zoom classes, you may drop before the next 4 week billing session starts. Tuition will not be pro-rated.
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) For that duration of time Teachers’ classes will be on Zoom and not in-person at DFJ. We recommend that all exposed persons follow the updated guidelines for testing, monitoring of symptoms, and quarantine. 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. If you do not wish to participate in the Zoom classes, you may drop before the next 4 week billing session starts. Tuition will not be pro-rated.
In the event of an outbreak at the studio? Will you go to Zoom classes or will you shut down completely.
We will evaluate the situation and decide whether to offer classes through Zoom or shut down completely for the recommended period. The entire on site studio will be closed down for a minimum of 2 weeks, probably longer, depending on the recommendations by the Whatcom County Health Department and state authorities.
If you have to close down - do I get a refund?
If the studio has to be shut down in person, but we are offering Zoom, you will NOT be refunded for the current period. (You may drop before the next 4 week billing period if you don't want to participate in Zoom.) We will not pro-rate refunds if classes go to Zoom instead of in person due to Covid. If the studio is shut down and Zoom is not offered, we will offer refunds for the lost classes.
If the studio is closed down and no classes are being offered, yes, you will be refunded for the classes that have paid for and not participated in. This is if we have to close down because of an outbreak, changing pandemic climate or because of local and/ or state mandates. Should we need to close completely, we will not charge anyone's account for future tuition until things have resolved and there is a plan to resume classes. We would not reopen until we are cleared to safely do so by state or local authorities.