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!