NBE Safety Protocols - Fall 2022

With the help of a federal grant administered by the Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis in 2020, New Ballet was able to retrofit our HVAC filtration system with Merve-13 filters and construct operating windows in the smaller studio space. A HEPA filter is in place in addition to the Merve-13 filtration in the medium studio on the west side of the building. Fans operate within the studio spaces throughout classes.

Safety remains our top priority and we continue to practice safety protocols with diligence in order to minimize the risk of the spread of illness. We request and expect that every person who enters our building will adhere to the protocols listed in this document for the safety of the dancers.

We will continue to provide some PPE supplies such as wipes, hand sanitizer and extra masks (when required from time to time). We urge everyone to bring in their own masks if possible. 

Although currently not screening dancers upon entry, we will reimplement the practice per CDC guidelines for K-12 programs and schools if recommended.

To limit close proximity and the risk of the spread of COVID- 19, the dressing room spaces are currently closed. Restrooms both on the lobby and mezzanine levels are available for use by the dancers. Please arrive dressed for class whenever possible. Thank you!


Vaccination Information:

Everyone is strongly encouraged to be vaccinated if eligible. Vaccinations prevent severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. As the virus mutates into new variants, vaccinations continue to be important. 

New Ballet maintains a record of vaccinations for all staff.

All unvaccinated staff members, both full and part-time, are required to test weekly for COVID-19.

Information and Guidelines for Masking at NBE:

Per the most recent directive issued by the Shelby County Health Department and in compliance with CDC guidance and recommendations, masks are no longer required in the building. In the case that they are once again recommneded, masks will be worn by everyone (staff, teachers, students, and guests) while in the building and during class at all times (unless a valid CDC exemption applies).

Dance activity accelerates respiration and dancers are in close proximity at times; therefore, upon notification of a COVID-19 positive result in a class, all dancers in that particular class will be asked to wear a mask until it is clear that the virus has not spread.

For “a person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act”, exceptions can be considered. Legitimate medical or religious situations may also be considered in this context.  If such a situation is the case, the parent or guardian of such a student must inform New Ballet before attending classes and reasonable accommodation will be attempted.

If any staff member certifies that they are unable to wear a mask, reasonable accommodations will be made to the staff members work schedule and duties.  Meetings held on campus also require masks, unless all parties are fully vaccinated and all participants consent to removing their masks.


Testing Positive for COVID-19 and Quarantine Guidelines at NBE:

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must report this information to the Department by calling 901-222-MASK (which is 901-222-6275) or by faxing the information to 901-222-8249. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must notify those who are known to have been in contact with them.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate in accordance with CDC Guidance, and individuals who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 must quarantine if they have not had COVID-19 in the past three months or have not been fully vaccinated.

Quarantine is mandatory if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Students and staff can return to the building after day 7, upon receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later).


Student Supplies Required:

  • Only when implemented, a mask (must be worn at all times, including while dancing). If uncertain, please inquire updon entry to the building.
  • Refillable water bottle
  • **New Ballet will provide sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer in the studio

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 in use in the early childhood (small) studio for fresh air service between and during classes.


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

  • Until recommended otherwise, masks are no longer required (see above).

  • For the safety of all, please wash hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.


  • Only when implemented, we reserve the right to request that dancers arrive at the studio prepared to answer the questions on our symptoms checklist. If a response is "yes" to any of the checklist items, dancers will be asked to return or remain at home until they are no longer exhibiting symptons.

  • Please arrive at the studio dressed and ready to dance. If a change must be made, please do so in the lobby bathrooms. The dressing rooms are currently restricted for use by the Guest and Teaching Artists. 

  • When implemented, dancers should be prepared to have temperature taken upon arrival.

Dance Studios:

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

  • Dancers will bring a personal water bottle to stay hydrated. The fountain has been converted to a bottle filler.

  • Please do not enter the reception office or use it as a means to enter the Green Studio unless requested by a staff member. 

Other First Floor Spaces:

  • The lobby bathrooms are available. We request that one person enter at a time other than parent/child or staff assiting a student.

  • The Break Room is for staff only.

  • The Dressing Rooms will be used for staff only until further notice.

Second Floor Spaces:

The Second floor is reserved for the following studio activities:

  • Use of the Education Resource Center for tutoring, mentoring and Student Board purposes
  • Costume fittings with costume or teaching staff
  • Use of the two restrooms located at the top of the stairs.

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 Shelby County Health Department (SCHD). 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 to 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 in “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. If you get a PCR test after day 5 of perceived exposure and it returns negative, you can return to class upon showing us the negative results.

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

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!