COVID Policy at our studio as of 1/11/2022:

As always, our number one priority at the Academy of the Arts is the safety of our students and staff. At this time, the positive case test percentage is at 30.6%. Per the latest information from the CDC, their recommendation is that everyone needs to be masked--both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals--in areas of high transmission which Johnson County is now an area of high transmission. 

There have been some changes, however, to the quarantine guidelines, so I will post this information here so that you all have this lastest information and will know what to do should you become exposed or are faced with COVID in your household.

To our dance families, we appreciate all of you for always doing what is best for your dancer. We are grateful for you!

 

COVID Policy at our studio as of 12/04/2021:

As always, our number one priority at the Academy of the Arts is the safety of our students and staff. At this time, the positive case test percentage is at 10.7%. Unfortunately, this means masks.  Per the latest information from the CDC, their recommendation is that everyone needs to be masked--both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals--in areas of high transmission. Unfortunately, Johnson County is now an area of high transmission.

Also, as many of our students are preparing for our annual Nutcracker this next week, we are going to take this additional precaution and recommendation of masking all ages. We are hopeful this will help prevent having to pull anyone from the show due to COVID exposure quarantine or contraction this year. That was an awful thing that we had to do last year, and we want everyone to be able to be in the show this year after working so hard.

We are hopeful that this is a temporary increase in transmission rates so we can go back to making masks optional for those over the age of 5.

To our dance families, we appreciate all of you for always doing what is best for your dancer. We are grateful for you!

 

COVID Policy at our studio as of 12/02/2021:

Nothing has changed with our policy except the age due to increased vaccination availability for our dancers ages 5-11. Therefore, this is our updated policy below:

 

We will continue to make masking optional in the dance room for the classes that have all dancers over the age of 5.

 

For those under the age of 5, we will keep masking optional for students while the percentage of positive tests stays under 10%. If this number goes above 10%, we will return to requiring masks for those under 5 at all times and masking in the lobby/common areas by all. If it stays under 10%, we will only ask that those who have not been vaccinated wear masks in the lobby/common areas--unless the county changes this requirement. This percentage can be checked here on the Johnson County Coronovirus Dashboard.

 

At this time, the positive case percentage has been steadily increasing and is now at 9.2%. It is likely that it will reach 10% in a very short time. To clarify, this will mean masks for all in the lobby and all in the classrooms that have dancers under the age of 5. 

 

We want to again let our studio families know that we are forever grateful to you who have followed the CDC and local guidelines so that we have been able to continue to offer dance lessons during this pandemic. You all are very important to us and we appreciate you!

 

COVID Policy at our studio as of 8/03/2021:

Our number one priority at the Academy of the Arts is the safety of our students and staff. 

We will continue with our heightened disinfecting of the dance rooms and provide hand sanitizer in all dance rooms and the lobby.

 

For our fall classes, we have adopted the following plan:

We will continue to make masking optional in the dance room for the classes that have all dancers over the age of 12.

For those under the age of 12, we will keep masking optional for students while the percentage of positive tests stays under 10%. If this number goes above 10%, we will return to requiring masks for those under 12 at all times and masking in the lobby/common areas by all. If it stays under 10%, we will only ask that those who have not been vaccinated wear masks in the lobby/common areas--unless the county changes this requirement. This percentage can be checked here on the Johnson County Coronovirus Dashboard. (Just click on the Testing and Percent Positive Rates Tab and scroll down to the second graph.) 

When we began our summer session, this percentage was down to 1.4% which was fantastic, but unfortunately, has rapidly increased to 8.5%. The Shawnee Civic Centre has just switched to requiring masks now for our classes there. While we are hopeful that this number will start to decrease again soon, it is not currently heading that direction.

We want to let our studio families know that we are forever grateful to you who have followed the CDC and local guidelines so that we have been able to continue to offer dance lessons during this pandemic. You all are very important to us and we appreciate you! 

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