Message from the director ~
As a responsible dance educator I must assess the levels of risk associated with our children’s activities. While at relatively low risk, there are some inherent hazards when participating in and teaching dance classes. These risks include physical injuries to knees, ankles, and muscles from exertion, strain, and improper preparation. All instructors at Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet are fully qualified to teach, prepare, and correct students to alleviate the potential for injuries. I am very proud of the care and attention I give to each and every dancer, enabling them to express themselves creatively, dynamically, and safely. I and my guest teachers will continue this practice of ensuring the dancers are ready to proceed before motivating them beyond their abilities.
However, other risks at a dance studio are less obvious and require a different type of care and protocol. As we have seen in our community since March 2020, some bacteria, organisms, and viruses can be crippling and deadly, affecting many people through innocuous contact. This is why we are implementing our Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet Corona Virus Mitigation Plan. Despite the intense name, this plan will serve to enhance the health and safety of the NCB family by limiting the transmission of bacteria and viruses that cause illness. Outlined below are the mandates, expectations, and guidelines from the BC Government, WorkSafe BC, and Health Canada. These form the basis for implementing and maintaining our mitigating plan to assure the safety and health of our students, parents, and guest teachers. It is important to remember that a plan is only as effective as each of us who implements it. This document will outline the steps that I will take to ensure a safe and healthy dance space, as well as describe the expectations and protocols of each dancer upon arrival to class, during sessions, and after class.
The risk level is affected by the level of COVID-19 activity in the local community. If there is known Corona Virus activity in our community, the likelihood that it could be introduced into our studio is higher. The risk of COVID-19 introduction and spread is also presumed to be greater if a higher proportion of individuals visit the workplace/business from outside of your community. A crowded setting is presumed to have greater risk. COVID-19 can also be spread through touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands. COVID-19 spread can occur when personal preventive practices are not consistently followed.
NCB recommends students have only the following CLEARLY LABELLED items as their personal belongings at each rehearsal as dance bags are not allowed in the studio ~
- Dance clothes worn to class. Limit baggy clothing or anything that needs to be removed during rehearsal.
- Dance footwear.
- Hair supplies (in a sealed container)
- Water Bottle clearly labeled with dancer’s name.
- Dance journal or Notebook clearly labeled with dancer’s name.
- Only enter the premises 10 minutes before rehearsal, socially distanced.
- Wash hands upon entry.
- No food is to be consumed at rehearsal unless due to a medical condition.
- One washroom is open for use.
- No lobby or change room access.
NCB IS RESPONSIBLE FOR :
- Enforced policy that ensures dancers who are ill do not enter the studio, and require guests and the director stay home if ill with flu like symptoms.
- Report to parents/guardians any symptoms such as coughing, headache, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing noticed in the studio, and ensure the dancer in question is sent home immediately.
- Allow for fresh air flow in the dance space when weather permits.
- Ensure dancers/director hands are washed and disinfected regularly.
- Ensure each dancer has a temperature check upon entry to studio/venue.
- Ensure surfaces are washed and disinfected regularly.
- Promote social distancing by limiting close contact with classmates, teachers and guest artists.
- Not allow dancers to consume food or leave beverage containers behind while in the studio.
- Only consume water from a personal water bottle, clearly labeled for identification.
- Limit company class size.
- No cellular devices in the rehearsal room except 3 chosen Advanced members for purpose of filming material, and emergency. Phones will need to be sanitized before entry into the studio.
- Use visual cues posted on floors and walls to maintain 2m distance.
DANCERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR :
- Communicating any flu-like symptoms to the director via email, and commit to staying at home when feeling unwell.
- Ensure hands are washed regularly.
- Respect social distancing at all times.
- Not consume food or leave beverage containers behind.
- Attend rehearsal with only the required items.
- Follow the no touching cell phone policy.
- Wearing a mask during rehearsals, practices, and in all public areas of studios.