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Keeping Our Families & Students Safe

Alaska Dance Theatre staff and Board of Directors would like to make sure that we offer the safest possible environment to our families, students, and employees during these uncertain times. We implemented the following measures towards this goal.


Studio Safety Standards (Updated November 10, 2020)


Following federal, state, and municipal guidance, ADT has implemented health and operational procedures that will mitigate risk and ensure the safety of our students, staff, teachers, families, and dancers:


  • Limited Class Capacity. Classes are capped according to the studio size to permit students at least 10 feet of personal space to adhere to social distancing requirements. Enrollment and space are limited. We will do our best to offer additional classes/make changes to the schedule to ensure that we have enough students' spots. Please enquire with the front desk about availability and consider being placed on a waiting list.

  • Performances. We will hold virtual, audience-free performances as long as we can meet the Municipal and State safety guidelines. We want all students and families to stay flexible and be ready to change plans on short notice.

  • Virtual Meetings. Until further notice, all orientations, observations, and parent meetings will be held virtually.

  • Symptom-Free. ADT is screening students, staff, and faculty for symptoms (checklist or verbal), including temperature checks when feasible. Please do not send your student to class if they have symptoms associated with an active illness, as the student will be prevented from participating (e.g., fever, infection, sore throat, headache, stomach pain, lethargy, nausea, cough). If you have a sick family member in your household, you will not be permitted to join the class until after 72 hours the student and/or family members are symptom-free. Families will be required to follow government quarantine and testing guidelines about travel and potential exposure.

  • Face Covering. Everyone entering ADT facilities is required to wear a face covering. Students are required to wear face coverings during class. However, there are exceptions. Students under the age of 5 are not required to wear face coverings. Face coverings should not be placed on students under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

  • Hand Washing & Hygiene. All individuals must sanitize their hands upon arrival at the school and throughout the day during pre-designated breaks. Students are also required to wash their clothing daily, including face coverings.

  • Drinks & Snacks. The water fountain is turned off. All students are expected to bring a water bottle to class for hydration. Students may pack snacks and secure those snacks in a personal bag, not to be shared.

  • Contact Tracing Log. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors who enter the school must sign in on a contact tracking sheet as soon as they enter.

  • Changing Rooms. All changing rooms are off-limits. Students are expected to be fully prepared for class before arriving with all personal items in a bag adequately labeled. Outdoor shoes are not permitted in the studio and must be changed before entering. All personal bags will be maintained in the student's assigned studio.

  • Common Areas. The lobby, changing rooms, and common areas are restricted to provide 6-feet social distancing and limited to people who are actively engaging in business (e.g., tuition payment, registration, etc.). Students and families are not permitted to wait inside for classes to begin and must not congregate outside.

  • Curbside Drop Off & Pick Up. Parents are asked to drop off students at the curb if no business is needed inside of ADT. For Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Beginning Level, and Level ½ classes, parents will be allowed to drop off and pick up their dancer but are asked to leave ADT during class time. One volunteer for the younger classes will help assist students in the building and using the restroom. At the end of each session, classes will be dismissed in a staggered manner.

  • Curriculum Modifications. Instructors are not allowed to provide corrections through physical touch [1]. Instructors have modified instruction to eliminate partnering. The use of standard props, tools, and equipment in all studios is prohibited unless approved by ADT leadership. Approved equipment is sterilized. Students are encouraged to bring their equipment.

  • Reporting Notifications. Any student or faculty member exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be immediately quarantined and sent home for a period of time that complies with Municipal, and State guidelines governing quarantine periods.

  • Health Requirements. A parent or legal guardian are required to assist their students with any medical needs. Students categorized as high-risk or with an existing autoimmune deficiency will be prevented from enrolling in a program unless permitted by a physician, approved by the ADT Artistic Director, and a medical waiver is endorsed.

  • Enhanced Studio Cleaning Procedures. All studios are frequently disinfected, including door handles, railings, bathrooms, barres, and floors. The class schedule will include the time between lessons for the studios to be disinfected throughout the day.

  • Zoom & In-person classes. ADT will follow the municipal emergency orders applicable to the closure requirements and capacity limits for daycare centers and camps in order to determine whether to offer in-person classes or switch to online Zoom classes. The Zoom option is always available to our students and families. We know from experience that the Municipality of Anchorage, SOA, can issue emergency orders at any time and with little warning due to the nature of the pandemic. We ask that students and families remain flexible and prepared for abrupt changes to class delivery.

  • Staff and Student Exposure: Should a staff member or a student become exposed to person(s) diagnosed with COVID-19, ADT requires that those individuals immediately self-quarantine and take a COVID-19 test. After seven days, they should take a second COVID-19 test. They should demonstrate the negative COVID-19 test results to ED or AD before returning to in-person work or in-person classes. Alternatively, these individuals can self-quarantine for 14 days. In the absence of symptoms, students may take Zoom classes during the self-quarantine. In the absence of symptoms, staff may be asked to work from home during the self-quarantine. Should the exposure occur at ADT, the school may require that an individual or a group of students/staff self-quarantine. ADT will conduct a deep cleaning of the facilities.

These safety guidelines and ADT programs' status may change contingent upon environmental factors and subsequent governmental directives that increase or decrease requirements. These guidelines will be strictly enforced without exception. If instructors, staff, visitors, parents, guardians, or students do not comply with the health guidelines, ADT will issue warnings as appropriate and may proceed with the dismissal from the program. If you have additional questions, please send an email to Niki Maple, Artistic Director, nmaple@alaskadancetheatre.org, or call (907) 277-9591.


*For students in Acro classes, parents and students may choose to have instructors spot students during class, which would require physical contact. Instructors will work with parents and students first to receive permission if a student wishes to be spotted.

Spare masks are available at the front desk free of charge. We also have fun ADT-branded masks available for sale at the front desk.


Should you feel uncomfortable being in our facility at any time, front desk staff are here to assist you via phone. Please give us a call (907) 277-9591, and we are more than happy to help.


We want to make sure that our staff and students remain healthy and productive. If you have further suggestions on how we can improve our policies, please email your suggestions to Niki Maple, Artistic Director, nmaple@alaskadancetheatre.org; or, Andrei Chakine, Interim Executive Director, ed@alaskadancetheatre.org.


Sincerely,

ADT Team


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