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At Elite Academy of Dance, we currently do not require masks for our dancers and staff. However masking is specifically recommended for those are not fully vaccinated, have a weakened immune system, are at an increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.

Anyone who wishes to wear a mask is encouraged to do so and will be fully supported at Elite.

As the pandemic protocols on a state and local level continue to evolve, we have established our current Elite COVID-19 protocols based on the information provided to us from our local Board of Health and government officials as of today to keep everyone in our Elite family safe and dancing.

Please know that these protocols are subject to change and evolve. Updates will be emailed, posted on social media (Instagram & Facebook) as well as updated on our website under COVID Policies.

Know that our priority will always be the safety and health of our dancers and their families as we amend and review these policies throughout the year. Please feel free to reach out to our office if you have any questions after reading through these policies. All policies are mandatory for families, dancers, and staff to follow to attend Elite this season.

General Elite Facility Policies:

  • Dancers upon arrival to the studio will stop at a “sanitation station” to utilize our provided hand sanitizer before entering the studio lobby.
  • Dancers are allowed to bring one small dance bag that includes only what they need for dance class. Please no stuffed animals, toys, “show & tell” items, etc.

Pickup Dropoff Procedures

  • Dancers age 5 and under
  • One parent or guardian (no siblings, friends, etc.) should accompany the dancer into the studio. That parent/guardian should stay in the lobby for the duration of their dancer’s class (in case of things like potty breaks!)
  • Dancers age 6 and over

One parent or guardian (no siblings, friends, etc.) is welcome to enter the studio lobby to drop their dancer off and ensure they are in the appropriate waiting area before their teacher comes to retrieve them to take them back to class. The parent or guardian can return to pick up their dancer at the end of class time. Please try to be prompt as we do not have staff to monitor your dancer outside of class time.

Elite Student & Staff Policies:

  • ​Dancers or staff experiencing any health/wellness symptoms should not attend class and immediately notify the front office. If they begin to experience symptoms once at Elite, even minor, they will immediately be isolated in the facility, a parent will be notified for immediate pick up, and any areas where the dancer or staff member has been present will be emptied and sanitized immediately.
  • If there is a COVID-19 positive exposure at Elite, we will notify all Elite dancers who were in close contact with the positive person as soon as possible.

Additional policies

We will be indefinitely postponing any in-person observation weeks for the 2023/2024 dance season, but in lieu of in person observations we have provided each class with access to a private online Google drive monthly to see your dancer in action!

Additional information regarding Elite COVID protocol update:

While we know COVID symptoms can mimic other non-COVID illnesses, we are adhering to the advice of medical professionals when setting our protocols at Elite. Our priority will always be ensuring everyone’s safety so please be diligent in keeping dancers home and testing when showing any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100 F or higher)
  • New loss of taste/smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle/body aches
  • Cough
  • Nasal/sinus congestion/runny nose
  • Sore throat/scratchy throat
  • Night sweats (new specific to OMICRON)
  • Headache (when combined with 1+ other symptom)
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (when combined with 1+ other symptom)

A “cold” or “allergies” are to be considered a potential COVID infection until testing or isolation is completed. Please help us keep everyone safe by not sending your dancer to the studio if they are showing any of the above-mentioned symptoms!

If there is a potential or known exposure at Elite we will follow all state protocols for contact tracing.

What to do When..............

IF YOU were exposed to COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status - Quarantine and get tested (even if you don’t develop symptoms) 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptoms isolate immediately and get tested again, continue to stay home until you know the results.

IF YOU tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status - Notify the studio of your positive results and date you tested positive. Stay home for 5 days and isolate. Take precautions until day 10 by wearing a well-fitting mask for 10 full days.

Ending isolation

End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving. If you did NOT have symptoms you can end isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.

Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

Calculating Quarantine

The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.