The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families is our top priority. To help address the challenges posed by COVID, we are continuing to follow many of our established protocols based on guidance from the CDC, State of NJ Executive Orders and the NJ Department of Health. The protocols include comprehensive pre-screening and temperature checks of students and instructors; dedicated class-specific entrances/exits, hand sanitizing stations; requirement that all students, faculty, staff and any visitors wear face masks at all times while on the premises; enhanced daily and interim cleaning; standardized responses to/actions related to any positive cases or reported exposure, and more. Our policy for faculty requires either being fully vaccinated or being tested at least once per week. By working together, we can continue to help keep everyone safe and provide an environment where the children can enjoy dancing. Please review our policies and procedures carefully to ensure that you understand them. We will notify parents whenever significant updates are made to these policies.
To help protect our community, please pre-screen your children before bringing them to the studio. If the answer to any of the following questions is "yes" for your child (or for you if you are a dancer age 18 or over), please do not bring them to the studio and notify the studio office. Use your best judgement regarding keeping them home and/or consulting a physician.
If we learn that a dancer, faculty or staff member has tested positive for the COVID19 virus, we will promptly notify (anonymously) all families with dancers who have been in close contact with such individual over the prior two weeks. Any such individuals will not be permitted back into the studio before fulfilling the then current quarantine period and, if/when appropriate, presenting documented negative tests.
If any children develop symptoms while in the studio, they will be taken to a waiting area; and their parents will be notified to pick them up. That individual should not return to the studio as long as symptoms persist. If symptoms are consistent with COVID, please consult a physician and be tested. If tested positive, please quarantine for the then current quarantine period (you can contact the studio directors for the required timeframe).
If a student attends a school or other organized activity that has taken action, such as a suspension of classes/activities and/or imposing quarantine requirements, such student should respect/follow the same protocol(s) with respect to DANJ classes/activities. For example, if your school suspends classes/closes for 10 days as a result of positive case(s) or exposures, you should notify the studio and not attend classes for the same 10-day period.
Vaccinations have impacted the guidelines regarding quarantining. Any discussions related to a dancers status with respect to testing or close contact should include vaccination status to ensure decisions are based on all of the relevant information.
We ask that parents contact the DANJ studio directors promptly in the event of any situations that might introduce additional risk into our community, including the following: (1) any positive COVID cases in the student's household; (2) any exposure, by anyone in the student's household, to someone having tested positive for COVID or awaiting COVID test results due to COVID symptoms; or (3) a situation in the student's school or other organized activity that has resulted in the organization suspending in-house classes/activities.