COVID-19 Policies and Procedures
2020-21 Dance Season
Updated September 3, 2020
Dear Dance Families,
As we prepare to welcome our 200 students and our staff back to dance, we have been working on strategies to keep our dancers, instructors and families safe. We realize this dance year will be unlike any before. However, we remain committed to high-quality dance training in a welcoming community. To keep everyone as safe as possible, we have made a number of changes. As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, so will our approach and strategies. We look forward to connecting with students in September to welcome them back and help them adjust to the new changes.
Safety First Approach
The changes we are making are based on provincial requirements and direction to reduce the spread
of COVID-19. These changes include:
- requiring staff and students to conduct daily health checks prior to coming to dance
- stay-at-home protocols for those who are feeling unwell
- enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in the studios and atrium
- encouraging physical distancing where possible
- creating cohorts of students
- mandatory masks for students and for all staff in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained, as outlined in provincial guidelines and the City of Edmonton’s face covering by-law
- hand hygiene requirements for students and staff
We recognize that returning to in-person classes may not be the best option for all dancers and families. To meet the needs of all dancers, we are offering hybrid classes using Zoom and Google classroom for this year. Our goal is to ensure all dancers receive well-rounded dance training with options for exams, performances, festivals (where applicable) and of course social interaction with friends. More information about hybrid classes will be outlined in upcoming emails before the season begins. We know that students may move between in-person and online classes as the need presents itself, so this will
help to keep students on track if they need to miss class due to illness or to self-isolate.
As our Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, has said: safety is our collective responsibility. Together, we must all take measures to protect one another—we must maintain high levels of hygiene and we must all follow the provincial health guidance to the best of our ability. The safety of our dance family is very important to us.
Dawn L. Moss
Director, Celtic Ceilidh Academy Inc.