ACADEMY HEALTH INFORMATION

IBA COVid guidelines AS OF SEPTEMBER
 

As we continue our new year, the world is still making the long journey in recovering from COVID-19. Moving forward, we want everyone to know that the safety of our dancers, staff, and faculty is of the utmost importance. 

 

The International Ballet Academy takes all positive COVID-19 cases seriously. We will be monitoring for positive cases within our academy, as well as in schools that our dancers attend. We have also implemented strict cleaning protocols for our studio and office spaces.

Moving forward, we ask the following from our dancers, parents, and staff:

    • Washington State guidelines do not require a face covering while actively playing or training for, coaching, or officiating indoor sports in a K-12, recreational, major junior hockey, part-time professional, collegiate, or professional sports setting. However, we ask that all dancers, parents, and staff wear masks inside the IBA facility regardless of vaccinations, even during class. 

    • At times this may be difficult, but we ask that everyone try their best as we recover from a global pandemic. We want to allow our dancers an opportunity to dance and socialize with their peers, and we believe this is the best approach to avoiding a lockdown or outbreak for the time being.

    • Please adhere to CDC guidelines regarding social distancing of 3 or more feet and hand washing. We ask that parents be diligent in reminding dancers of these specific guidelines. 

    • No parents will be allowed in the facility at this time. Parents with dancers in the Children’s Program will be allowed inside but will be limited to ONE parent at a time. 

    • Parents in the Primary and Preparatory Programs may step into the front foyer at pick-up time so that children are not exiting the building into the parking lot alone. However, we do ask that parents not remain in the foyer to wait. We thank you for your understanding. 

    • Please cover your face when coughing and sneezing. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please do not attend class in person or enter the IBA facility.

    • Dancers or family members who may have contracted COVID, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive should immediately notify the IBA front desk as soon as possible. 

    • We ask that dancers wait 5 - 7 days and be tested OR quarantine for a full 14 days, returning if they have remained symptom-free for those 14 days. 

    • Online classes will be available for those dancers who are unable to come to class. Dancers will need to notify the IBA Front Office manager in these cases and make sure that our faculty is informed that they will be joining classes online for a period of time.

    • Our Academy will notify our dancers and parents of any positive cases within our organization. We will plan to follow the same guidelines that we request of our dancing community in order to keep everyone healthy, happy, and dancing. 

    • Guidelines for IBT Productions will be updated and released in late October. 

As vaccinations become more widespread within our Academy and community, it is our hope that we all have these protections as our 20th Anniversary Season continues. Until then, we will be following the guidelines set forth by IBA and the CDC, as well as our local government.

current cdc guidelines
 

Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. The CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.

  • Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall of 2021 is a priority.

  • Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.

  • Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

  • In addition to universal indoor masking, CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully re-open while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as screening testing.

  • Screening testing, ventilation, handwashing, and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.

  • Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.

  • Many schools serve children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for vaccination at this time. Therefore, this guidance emphasizes implementing layered prevention strategies (e.g., using multiple prevention strategies together consistently) to protect students, teachers, staff, visitors, and other members of their households and support in-person learning.

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.

  • To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

  • You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.

  • If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should quarantine yourself and get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.

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