Covid-19 Safety Protocols

Welcome back to our 2020/21 season!

The health and safety of our students, teachers and families is our top priority. Please read our Covid-19 Safety Protocols below so we can continue attending classes while keeping each other healthy and safe.

Do not come to the studio if you are feeling unwell.

Stay home if you have:

  • A fever, gastrointestinal illness, loss of taste or smell, trouble breathing, cold, sniffles, sore throat, dry cough, flu-like symptoms;
  • Had any close contact with someone who is suspected of having these symptoms; or
  • Recently traveled outside of Canada.

Health status and temperatures will be checked upon arrival. Parents must wait for their child to be checked in before leaving.

Students must come dressed for class.

Avoid changing clothes at the studio. When taking classes in multiple styles, hip hop clothes may be worn over leotards and tights for a quick change.

Arrival and sign in.

After temperature and health status checks, students will be directed to enter from either the front or the back doors to limit crowding. Students may be picked up from where they entered.

Visitors with prearranged appointments must sign in and follow these safety protocols.

Only clean, indoor shoes permitted inside.

Help us maintain a clean and safe environment for our students. All outdoor shoes must be removed prior to coming into Boogaloo Academy. Shoes should be placed in a bag and stored in the area provided. Dirt from shoes makes our anti-viral cleaning solution less effective.

Minimal personal items will be allowed in the studio.

Storage space within each studio is limited. Please consider what you can leave with your family in your car. All necessary personal items must be stored carefully in the limited storage areas.

Masks and physical distancing are mandatory while inside. 

Use of masks in common areas and restrooms help keep everyone healthy. Always wait until doors and passageways are clear before entering. Physical distancing decals throughout the studio help everyone follow distancing guidelines.

 

Physical distancing in the studio.

Physical distancing decals are placed 2 meters apart throughout the studio. Class sizes are limited to ensure appropriate distancing can be maintained. All classes will have staggered arrival/ departure times and students will have two entry points to reduce traffic.

Waiting rooms are closed. Please wait outside for your child. 

As we must limit the number of people inside Boogaloo Academy, children will be greeted by their teacher at the door and escorted into class. Only parents who are attending the Early Childhood classes can enter the studio. Appointments can be made to allow parents of newly enrolled young children to come in to settle their child.

Disinfection protocols.

Sanitize your hands. Prior to entering your class, it’s mandatory to sanitize your hands at the contactless station provided. Boogaloo Academy provides enhanced cleaning throughout the studio. All spaces are sterilized using an anti-viral solution between classes. Students are encouraged bring their own sanitizers and wipes. Please limit contact with high touch surfaces like door knobs and locks, light switches, sound systems, faucets and flush handles, etc. and make sure to use your wipes if it is necessary to touch anything.

Washroom use is limited.

Please use the washroom at home prior to class to limit studio restroom use. When absolutely necessary, students may use the student allocated washroom. Staff allocated washrooms are for staff only, no exceptions.

Eating and drinking guidelines.

Eating in the studio is not permitted unless students are in the studio for more than two hours at a time. Those students may have a small snack under the teacher’s supervision. Each student should bring a clean water bottle filled at home. Do not share snacks or water.

Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe. 

 

NOVEMBER 9TH, 2020 UPDATE

Dear Boogaloo families,

We are hoping that this time away from the studio will be very short as we have already spoken to Vancouver Coastal Health and are waiting to hear when we are able to return to in studio classes. In the meantime, our Boogaloo Academy teachers are ready to welcome each student and prepared to offer exciting online classes: continuing to build on the foundation that has been set during in class instruction. Let’s join together to keep them engaged and connected with their teachers and friends during this time.

Classes will be held in our Virtual Studio online using ZOOM.
Your dancer’s classes will be held at their regular times with their classmates and teachers.

ON THE DAY OF YOUR CLASS:

5 minutes before class time, please  login to the link sent to you via email.

Important information for Parents: 

Parent involvement is mandatory for all dancers to participate:

Parents must ensure adequate space for their dancer to participate in class.  That space must be free of tripping hazards and other obstacles. 

Dancers in Preschool classes:  A parent will be required to participate in the class and be on screen for safety reasons. Parents cannot leave preschoolers alone and will need to be present during the entire class. 

Dancers age 6 years to 11 years: A parent/guardian must be in the home while the dancer takes class. 

Dancers age 12 and up: Please make sure your dancer is in a safe place for taking class.

Out of courtesy and for safety, a student leaving their online class early should notify the instructor before doing so.

At the end of class, the instructor will close the class and students will not be supervised “remotely” any longer. 

Getting started with Zoom for students:

Zoom is a free app/online download. If you’d like to use your phone or tablet you can download the app through your Google Play Store or Apple App Store. If you are using your computer, you can download here: https://zoom.us/signup. This allows everyone to see each other and the teacher to answer any questions you have while also ensuring you are dancing safely and correctly.  For families with more than one dancer at home, we suggest creating separate accounts for each student in the case they have class at the same time.

What to wear:  Dancers can wear whatever is comfortable to move in. For ballet classes, students should wear a bodysuit and tights and proper footwear.

What you need: 

  • A computer, phone or tablet and internet connection.
  • Ballet classes: find something to use as a barre such as a wall, counter, or chair. 
  • Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary & Hip Hop class: Find a space that you can stretch on the ground comfortably and move around without too much around you.

We are excited to begin online classes today and are looking forward to connecting with you all!

Boogaloo Academy

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NOVEMBER 8TH, 2020 UPDATE

Dear Boogaloo families,

I am sure that you have heard Dr. Bonnie Henry’s announcement and we wanted to let you know how we will be moving forward in light of the recent news.

First we would like to thank you all for adhering to our Covid-19 Safety rules:

1. Not coming to the studio if you are unwell or have sniffles, or if there has been an exposure at your school or among your contacts.

2. Wearing masks in the hallways at all times so as not to be exposed to students in other cohorts and wearing masks during class time if preferred.

3. Sanitizing and washing your hands, limiting bathroom use and clothing changes.

4. Not entering the studio to see your child unless prior arrangements have been made.

5. Mandatory temperature checks and changing to indoor shoes before entering the building.

We are hoping that our diligence with our other Covid safety measures such as: capping numbers of students ensuring safe physical distancing in each classroom; staggering class exit times so only few students are in the hallway; no physical contact choreographies; meticulous and conscientious cleaning of high touch surfaces and floors between classes; and our large spaces with 20′ high ceilings will help us get back to our classes as soon as possible.

We will be calling Vancouver Coastal Health when they reopen on Monday morning to review our Covid-19 safety plan that has been in place for the last few months.

Indoor group physical activities can only resume when the business has updated their COVID-19 safety plan and received plan approval from their local Medical Health Officer”.

We will then know how long it will be to get approval so we can reopen.

Also,

“Any indoor sports where participants cannot safely social distance must close for 2 weeks.”

We will see if there is a possibility that we won’t have to close for 2 weeks as we do implement safe social distancing.

The safety of our dancers, their families, and our staff remains our number one priority.  We continue to follow all Provincial orders.

We will be closed on Monday, November 9th while we have our Covid-19 safety plans approved and we will send out an email right away to advise you about whether we can continue to operate this week. Stay tuned for updates!

We will also let you know our plan for Zoom classes if we must stay closed until November 23rd.

All the best to you for staying safe and healthy,

Boogaloo Academy faculty and staff.