Greetings from Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio,

In light of the recent developments with the concerns as they pertain to the prevention and containment of the COVID-19 virus, we at GDDS are committing to the following to ensure the safest learning environment for our students, dance families and staff, as well as our continued attention to providing the best in dance education.

WHAT WE ARE DOING:

We are implementing a new sanitizing protocol. In addition to the studio being cleaned daily before classes and deep cleaned each weekend, teachers will be wiping down all ballet barres, teaching tools and props and door handles in between classes with Clorox wipes.

We are temporarily not performing any type of partnering activities between our students.

We are going to continue to remind students to wash their hands (with soap for 20 seconds) as they use the restroom, as well as remind them to use the hand sanitizer that is provided in each classroom and at the studio’s front desk.

We are going to encourage students to not share beverages or food of any kind.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Please do not allow your dancer to attend classes if they are showing any outward symptoms, even that of the common cold. Make up classes are available for any dancer unable to attend class.

Please do not come into GDDS yourself or bring siblings or family members into the studio if they are showing any outward symptoms, even that of the common cold.

Please encourage your dancer to thoroughly wash their hands (with soap for 20 seconds) prior to coming to the studio as well as after using the restroom, coughing, sneezing, wiping their nose, etc.

Please encourage your dancer to not share beverages or food of any kind.

Please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for additional information regarding the COVID-19 virus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

WHAT WE WILL DO IF CLASSES MUST BE CANCELLED:

If the Fort Smith Public School system decides to cancel the formal meeting of its classes, Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio will do so as well. We are developing a contingency plan in the event this decision is made.

We will be offering virtual classes via the internet if our formal classes are temporarily cancelled. This will allow the staff of GDDS to continue the progression of our dance education, as well as offer interaction, fun and some normalcy during an uncommon time.

This afternoon, I am participating in both a Zoom call and a webinar with industry leaders with the intent of discussing the most effective way to provide a virtual dance education. Once the method with which we are going to proceed is finalized, another email will be sent out to all of you containing specific details about this decision.

The safety of our dancers, dance families and GDDS staff are of paramount importance to us. Thank you all for your ongoing attention to this matter.

To dance is joy,
Mrs. Rebecca