Safety Protocols - Fall 2020

New Ballet will be opening up the studio for Fall classes starting September 8 and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to dance! Safety is our top priority and we need everyone one to join us in practicing our safety protocols with diligence so we can minimize the risk of any one person falling ill. Every person who enters our building must review and adhere to the protocols listed in this document. 

Most of our team is still working from home with only a few teammates coming into the building, as they need to. One extremely important note to keep in mind is that Ms. Glenda Mace, our bookkeeper, has to work in the building and is included in one of the high-risk categories for severe illness due to COVID-19. We must do our part to keep her safe. Please avoid going to the second floor for any reason.

We will not allow any persons to linger anywhere in the building before or after classes. Students should arrive a few minutes before class and leave immediately following class. Rides must be arranged ahead of time to avoid “hanging out” in the building. 

Please keep in mind that PPE supplies are limited and can impact our ability to stay open. We ask that if at any time you can provide your own wipes and hand sanitizer that you do so, AND if you have extra and would like to share with us, we would appreciate it.

One of the major resources we used to develop our safety protocols was the LeBonheur Children’s Hospital/UT Health Science Center’s Back-To-School Task Force Recommendation.

Please review the safety procedures below and implement them. And as we do, we will continue to learn and adjust as needed. If you have any questions or feedback, please let one of our staff members know.  

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Student Supplies Required:

  • Mask (must be worn at all times, including while dancing)

  • Water bottle

  • Sanitary wipes (if you have access to them)**

  • Hand sanitizer (if you have access to it)**

  • **New Ballet will provide sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer in the studio, but you are welcomed and encouraged to bring your own if you have access to these items

Primary Practices at NBE:

  • We've upgraded our HVAC service to pull fresh air into all studios on a regular basis throughout the hour and  MERVE-13 filters in all studios. Additionally, outside air is constantly brought into the main hall and lobby via an Aaon Unit. Operable windows are being added to the small studio for fresh air service between and during classes.

  • STAY HOME if you feel any symptoms (even mildly) or are feeling ill

  • Masks are required at all times (nose and mouth must be covered completely)

  • A physical distance of at least 6ft from others

  • Hands must be washed frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds

  • All surfaces you come in contact with must be cleaned at the end of class

  • Building monitors are present at the entry/exit ways for assistance and safety and escort to cars


  • When you arrive at the studio, please be prepared to answer the questions on our symptoms checklist. If you answer "yes" to any of the checklist items, please remain at home.

  • Arrive at the studio dressed and ready to dance. Please avoid complete wardrobe changes while in the building. If a change must be made, please do so in the lobby bathrooms. The dressing rooms are restricted for use by the Teaching Artists. 

  • Be prepared to have your temperature taken every time you arrive at NBE. We will have safety monitors in each classroom responsible for this process.

  • Each studio will have a separate entrance and exit to reduce traffic in hallways:

    • Green Studio: Enter/Exit through the double doors on the backside of the building, behind the parking lot

    • Red Studio: Enter/Exit the studio from the loading dock door

    • Pink Studio: Enter/Exit the studio from the front lobby doors

  • Parents of small children should bring their students, dressed for class, to the building and come into the lobby. We will have additional personnel/instructors to walk the student to the classroom. You will also need to come to the lobby to pick up your student. Please remember to wear your mask.

  • Late Arrivals: dancers arriving more than 10 minutes late will not be allowed to join the class and will have to leave with their parent or guardian. Please do not be late! Students will not be allowed to wait in the lobby.

Dance Studios:

  • We’ve staggered class start/stop times to allow 30 minutes between each class to sanitize and defog every studio

  • Upon entering the studio, apply hand sanitizer, which can be found near the doors.

  • Wipe down your barre before and after class. Disposable wipes will be located near the doors. 

  • Bring your own water bottle to stay hydrated. If you must use the water fountain, wipe it down before/after use.

  • Do not enter the reception office or use it as a means to enter the Green Studio.  

  • While in the studios, always keep a physical distance of at least 6ft from others, while standing, waiting in line (to go across the floor), and/or dancing.

Other First Floor Spaces:

  • The lobby bathrooms are available but only one person may enter at a time. Please wipe down the areas you touch before you leave. Disposable wipes will be located on the counters. 

  • The Break Room is unavailable and is only being used only for staff.

  • The Dressing Rooms are unavailable to students and will be used for staff only.

Second Floor Spaces:

  • Do not go upstairs for any reason (the ERC is closed until further notice)

  • If you need anything, please reach out to the staff member seated at the reception desk.

What happens if a new “stay-at-home” order is issued?

If the city of Memphis returns to a stay-at-home order during the fall semester, we will comply and continue to provide our curriculum online, and planned adjustments to the curriculum will be implemented.

What happens if a case of COVID-19 is detected at NBE?

COVID cases will be immediately reported to the local Health Department. Families should report cases directly to their local Health Department. Names of COVID cases and contacts will not be released to anyone but the Health Department. Families of students will be informed about the presence of the COVID case(s) in the building, but individuals will not be named. Those deemed to be contacts will also be given information about remaining in isolation at home for 10 days. The Health Department may contact families of cases and contacts as well for contact tracing and to provide them with information on what do.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, please stay at home and do not come to NBE.

  • Let your regular physician know of your test results and physical condition.

  • Fill out an absence request form and submit it.  In addition, notify NBE immediately by phone or a direct email to Kathy Coburn and Mary Golden.

  • You may feel some of the symptoms but not all of them.  The major symptoms are: fever, persistent cough, and diarrhea. 

  • You must remain at home until you have fully recovered from the virus without major symptoms and are therefore no longer contagious.

  • After your recovery, call NBE to determine when you can return to class.

What do I do if I have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Please stay at home and do not come to NBE.

  • Fill out an absence request form and submit it.  In addition, notify NBE immediately by phone or a direct email to Kathy Coburn and Mary Golden.

  • If you have been contacted directly by the SCHD, follow their instructions.

  • If you have been determined to be a “close contact” with that person, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days.

  • You may be required to get tested for COVID-19.  Once you have been tested, notify NBE of the results.

  • If the results are negative AND you are symptom free, you can return to class after 10 days.

What if my sibling has been exposed or quarantined?

  • If anyone in your family has tested positive, been exposed or is in quarantine due to an exposure at school, work, etc., please stay at home and quarantine yourself from that person. 

  • Quarantine for no less than 10 days and be able to show negative test results before setting a return date to the studio with an NBE staff member

What if I am in quarantine from my school, church or another community group?

  • If you have been asked to quarantine by your school, church or another community group, please stay at home until you have been cleared by the group and/or the SCHD.

  • Fill out an absence request form and submit it.  In addition, notify NBE immediately by phone or a direct email to Kathy Coburn and Mary Golden.

  • Before returning to class, please communicate with NBE staff to determine an agreed upon date. 

Once I have recovered from COVID-19, what do I do next?

  • Please stay at home for no less than 12 days after recovery from major symptoms

  • Before returning to class, please communicate with NBE staff to determine an agreed upon date. 

What does “recovery” from COVID-19 mean?

  • Recovery from COVID-19 means you have been no less than 72 hours without the following major symptoms:

    • Fever (has to be free of fever without medications)

    • Persistent Cough

    • Diarrhea