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Continuing to dance through a pandemic....
Update July 30, 2023
Looking ahead to fall: Unless the COVID situation takes a turn for the worse, our plan is not to require masks in any of the fall classes. (It is ALWAYS an option to wear a mask, and no one will ever be questioned about it.) We will continue to have hand sanitizer available in several places throughout the studio, and will continue to use air purifiers in both studios during classes.
Update June 1, 2023
We continue to recommend and encourage mask wearing, but we do not require it for most classes. We do have a couple classes at the beginner levels that are designated as "masks required" classes, for those families who are still being cautious about COVID. Our instructors are also encouraged, but not required (except for "masks required" classes), to wear masks during class. We are discontinuing temperature checks before classes, but remind parents and caregivers to PLEASE keep dancers home if they are sick or have any symptoms of COVID. If a dancer is continually coughing during class, they may be asked to mask up, and if asked, must mask up in order to remain in class. We continue to encourage hand sanitizer use by everyone before classes. Air purifiers are used in both of the studios during classes.
Update January 1, 2023
We continue to recommend and encourage mask wearing, but we do not require it for most classes. However, one class at each of the beginner levels is designated as a "masks required" class, for those families who are still being cautious about COVID. Our instructors are still masking in all classes, and we continue to take temperatures and require everyone to use hand sanitizer before classes. Air purifiers are used in both of the studios during classes.
Update July 26, 2022
Assuming things are at least somewhat better in September, our plan is to recommend and encourage mask wearing, but not require it, starting with the fall session on September 12th. However, one class at each of the beginner levels is designated as a "masks required" class, for those families who are still being cautious about COVID. Our instructors will still be masking in all classes, and we will continue with taking temperatures and requiring everyone to use hand sanitizer, as well as using air purifiers in both of the studios.
Update July 9, 2022
We have made the decision to continue masking through the remaining six weeks of summer session classes and camps. Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding. We always make every effort to do what is best for the safety of our little community.
Update May 22, 2022
We have made the decision to keep masking in place in all of our classes and in the waiting room at least through mid-summer break (June 21 - July 4), at which time we will review the COVID situation again.
Update September 13, 2021
At Rince na Gréine, we are deeply are concerned with the safety and wellbeing of our dancers and their families. It has certainly been a tough couple of years dancing through COVID, but we have kept on going, and our dancers have been amazing. We were completely online (Zoom classes) for the first year, and almost all of our dancers stuck with us!
In June 2021 we moved to our new, bigger studio where we have classes in person, but continue to keep COVID protocols in place:
All of our staff is fully vaccinated and boosted
Dancers, instructors and parents wear masks while in the studio*
Parents wear masks in the waiting room
We take temperatures of all teachers and dancers before starting class
Everyone uses hand sanitizer before class, and during class as necessary
We have commercial-grade air purifiers with HEPA filters running in both studios during classes
We ask that dancers not come to class if they have any symptoms of COVID, or may have been exposed to the virus.
We follow the CDC and Minnesota Department of Heath guidelines for indoor gatherings (and occasionally impose stricter standards as we deem necessary)
*For parents who feel very strongly about their children not wearing masks, we do offer a few classes for younger dancers where masking is optional. Except for dancers wearing masks, the rest of our protocols are adhered to during these classes.
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