Reopening Plan and Proposal

In compliance with State and CDC guidelines, DelArts has proposed the following accommodations to ensure the safety and health of our patrons:

For Faculty:

  • Returning to the studio is optional. Any staff who feel uncomfortable returning to the studio can continue to teach via Zoom from home with no loss in pay.

  • Instructors will stay home if they have a cough, fever, or if a member of their household has been sick or shows signs of illness.

  • Instructors will have no physical contact with students (shaking hands, hugs, high 5s, etc.).

  • Instructors will wear a face covering for greeting students at the door, leading into

    classrooms, and teaching. For teachers who physically dance with the students, face masks

    are optional. However, teachers will stay socially distanced by at least 6 feet at all times.

  • Instructors must take temperatures prior to coming to the studio, and show no signs of fever.

  • Instructors will help to sanitize studios between classes, including barres, floors, and teacher

    area (stereo/etc).

  • Instructors will be limited to one classroom for the duration of their teaching hours, aside

    from greeting students at the door and escorting them to the studio.

  • Instructors will have their own masks, but extras will be on hand in the event that one is needed. Plastic gloves are also available for instructors for cleaning the studio between


  • Instructors will provide students with hand sanitizer both upon en tiring and upon exiting the


    Building use and Cleaning:

  • Lobbies will be closed. No parents can be inside the building. Parents may wait in their cars. Please be sure that your cell number is correct in your parent portal in the event that we need to reach you during class time.

  • Classrooms will be disinfected between classes with steam mops as well as with a pH neutral cleaner, specifically Lucasol (hospital grade disinfectant). All surfaces - floors and barres - will be disinfected.

  • Time will be given between each class for these cleanings.

  • Students will enter in the door closest to their classroom, and will be limited to the bathroom

    nearest their classes.

  • Bathrooms will be disinfected regularly, with hospital grade disinfectant. Students will be

    encouraged to use the restrooms at home prior to coming to class so as to minimize the

    need for facility use on site.

  • Bathroom stalls in the ladies’ room will be limited to 2 of the 4 stalls for social distancing.

  • One stall will be available in the men’s room.

  • Bathrooms in the lobby are single stalls and will be dedicated to that side of the building only.

  • Classes will be limited based on 6 to 10 feet of social distancing, by classroom.

  • Office will be closed to students and instructors.

  • Zoom class will be offered for those not comfortable returning to the studio at this time.

  • Students will be given hand sanitizer upon entry to the building, and again upon exiting.

  • Studios will be taped off in social distancing squares to ensure students maintain distance at

    all times.

  • No communal supplies will be used - dancers must provide their own therabands, artists will

    be providing their personal materials, etc.

Student and Parent Expectations:

  • Students must stay home if they are sick or have a fever. They are welcome to Zoom into class.

  • Students must be able to follow distancing procedures.

  • Students must wear a mask to enter and to leave the building. Guidelines for youth mask use

    during class are contradictory as provided by the state and CDC, and were stated to be forthcoming. At this point, we leave it to the discretion of the parent until further guidelines are determined. The state has determined that those doing strenuous exercise, as long as they are at least 6 feet apart from others, may exercise without a mask. Our students will be further separated.

  • Dancers will have their temperature taken at the entry. Should they show a fever, they will be returned to their family’s car.

  • Dancers should not enter the building until their exact class time. They may wait in their cars - in a parking spot, not against the curb - until their class time. Once the teacher opens the door, students may proceed to a line on the sidewalk until they progress inside and are given hand sanitizer. once inside, they will enter the studio and proceed to a personal square.

  • Dancers should arrive in their dance clothes. There will be no changing in the restrooms.

  • Dancers should wear a cover-up into and out of the building.

  • Dancers will only bring in the shoes needed for class, as well as water for the night. Each will

    have a designated space to place their items in the studio, which will be cleaned after each class. ALL SHOES, BAGS, and WATER BOTTLES MUST BE LABELED WITH THE DANCER’s NAME.

  • Dancers will be required to hand sanitize upon entering and exiting the building, as well as after using the restroom.

  • Due to social distancing, dancers will not be allowed to partner, and must maintain distance between them.

  • Ballet Barres will be marked for proper social distancing and will be wiped down between each class.

  • There will be no eating in the lobby or dance studios except for during lunch or snack time as needed for our day camps.Parents may not deliver lunch or have lunch delivered. If food is needed, it must be brought from home in a sealed bag, labeled with your child’s name.

  • Dancers may have a break between classes while the space is being cleaned. If that happens, dancers will need to exit the building. In the event of poor weather, we will allow dancers that were already in the building to wait in the hallway with proper social distancing.

  • Camp numbers shall not exceed 15 per group, and will remain socially distanced with one teacher throughout the day. All standards for cleaning and disinfecting as relate to the studio as a whole will be followed for our camp participants. There will be no sharing of materials, each participant will have an identified square, socially distanced in the classroom, and hand washing and sanitizing will occur throughout the day.

    Further details:

    • The number of students in the building will not exceed 30% of our fire occupancy. Our occupancy is 450, so 30% is 135.

    • The office will be closed outside of answering phone calls and assisting with faculty needs. Payments can be made online or through Venmo @delarts.