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 the hour and will be using HEPA or MERVE-13 filters in all studios. Additionally, outside air is constantly brought into the main hall and lobby via an Aaon Unit.

  • 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 will be present at the entry/exit ways for assistance and safety

Arrival/Departure:

  • 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.

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.