Safely Returning to Normal Operations Together

We are excited to welcome our students back to Skyra for the upcoming 2020-2021 season.

In accordance with the government guidelines for safely operating during this time we have a new set of procedures to ensure the safety of both our students and staff. As more details are being finalized, it is important to remember that the pandemic itself and preparations to best return to normal operations are constantly evolving. We will continue to investigate, learn, and adapt “best practices” in order to provide your child and our employees with the safest environment possible.

  • We will be flexible and responsive to new information as it becomes available.
  • Will will revise and adapt depending on the level of viral transmission in the school and throughout the community.
  • We will focus on supporting the overall health and well-being of all children, adolescents, families, and communities.
  • COVID-19 policies, in particular, are intended to mitigate, not eliminate, risk. No single action or set of actions will completely eliminate the risk of COVID transmission, but the implementation of several coordinated interventions can significantly reduce that risk.


Cleaning & Sanitizing

In accordance with the government recommendations for safely operating during COVID-19 we have increased the frequency of cleaning and the availability of sanitization products to our faculty and students. Our sanitization efforts include:

  • All touch surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized after every class. These items include but are not limited to floors, doors, light switches, ballet barres, countertops, chairs, fitness equipment.
  • Detailed cleaning and disinfecting of the entire facility will occur nightly.
  • Students and faculty will be required to consistently wash their hands and wipe down frequently touched areas such as the barre and equipment.
  • All students are required to bring their own Skyrafit equipment and should disinfect nightly.
  • Hand sanitizing dispensers are fully stocked and are located at the entry of each room.
  • No street shoes are allowed into the dance rooms. Students must bring clean shoes that have not been worn outside of our facility.
  • Our facility has four, rather new (3 years old), AC units, and coordinating ductwork that limits the cross-flow from studio to studio. Each unit has outdoor fresh air intakes. We have always monitored the temperature and humidity very closely as it affects the traction of our dance floors.
    • Studio 1 and the Lobby are on one unit with their own ducts.
    • Studio 2 and the recording studio are on one unit with their own ducts.
    • Studio 3 and Studio 4 are on one unit with their own ducts.
    • The entire back of the facility is on one unit with its own ducts.
  • We have installed medical-grade (non-ionizing) air purifiers in every room of our facility. (Even the bathrooms.)

Health Protocols

In accordance with the government recommendations for safely operating during COVID-19 we have increased the frequency of cleaning and the availability of sanitization products to our faculty and students. Our sanitization efforts include:

  • The lobbies will remain closed.
  • All students will be dropped off and picked up from the parking lot.
  • No parents, siblings, or guests are allowed in the building. Only enrolled students and teaching faculty.
  • All teachers will be required to wear a mask the entire time.
  • All students are required to wear masks at all times, except during designated breaks.
  • Each student will need clean shoes for Skyrafit, no street shoes are allowed in the studios.
  • We have installed new cubbies for dancers to store their bags. They should limit the amount of items they bring to the studio to keep their bags tidy and in their cubby. All items must be taken home nightly.
  • The Dressing Room will be used for changing only, no bags will be stored in this room.
  • Students will have a designated spot in the studio where they will wait until the class begins. This spot will be the student’s home base to change shoes, where to report for across the floor, etc.
  • Teachers have a designated area in each studio where students are not permitted, so that teachers can breathe, direct, drink water, change music, etc, without students within 10 ft.  – Students should not approach teachers in their area.
  • Center floor work: each student will stretch and do center work in their designated area.
  • Across the floor:  each dancer will report to their chair and go across the floor when called. Teachers know to randomly stagger those who are called, so no one follows another and possibly breathes in their exhaled droplets.
  • During breaks and lunch, students are to keep at least 6 feet apart at all times!
  • Cell phones should be cleaned and remain in a ziplock and placed in their bag. Cell phones are a breeding ground for both spreading bacteria and viruses.
  • As a safety precaution, each student’s temperature will be checked upon arrival. During the course of the day, if a child exhibits any symptoms, we will have no choice but to have them picked up. Students with symptoms will be isolated in the lobby away from other dancers and staff. We, of course, will walk them out.
  • Parents must keep any child home if they are sick or if anyone in the family is sick or has had a fever in the last 48 hours. We ask that every family respect the safety of others and strictly adhere to these guidelines. If the student comes into contact with anyone who is diagnosed with COVID they must remain home for 14 days before returning to Skyra.
  • Each class will be going over the new rules until this becomes our new normal. But our kids adapt quickly and I truly feel that come cold and flu season we will be in a much better place to deal with germs.


Q: Will you take student’s temperatures at school?

A: We are asking parents to take their child’s temperature each morning before coming to school, in addition to completing the daily health screening at home. We hope this will prevent ill children from coming to campus. Additionally, teachers will be equipped with thermometers and students will be “double-checked” daily. If a child is sent home with a fever and COVID-related symptoms, we will follow the directions of the child’s physician and the Department of Health. Children manifest fevers for many reasons. If a child has a fever for something unrelated to COVID, we will follow the normal 24-hour policy and will require a doctor’s note to return to school.

Q: What happens if one child in any classroom tests positive for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19?

A: The student will be required to stay home for at least 14 days from when the symptoms started. After 14 days at home and 72 hours of being fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication, the student may return to school. The school is required to notify the Health Department of positive tests in our school community and will follow the Health Department’s protocols, which includes determining if any contacts in the setting need to self-isolate at home for 14 days and if additional contact testing is recommended.

Q: What is the health screening process for faculty and staff?

A: All faculty and staff members are required to perform daily health screenings at home before coming to campus. Employees will also be required to complete video training regarding health procedures at school.

Q: Will faculty and staff be required to wear face coverings?

A: Until further notice, all faculty and staff will wear face coverings when indoors and physical distancing is not possible. If outdoors (unless exercising or involved in heavy physical activity), face coverings are also required at this point in time.

Q: Will students be required to wear face coverings?

A: Until further notice, students will be required to wear face coverings. When students are working in their classrooms, a face covering will be encouraged, but not required if students are physically distanced from each other and not working with others in a group. Face coverings must be school appropriate and should be worn in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Q: How will the school enforce physical distancing and face coverings?

A: We have taped out our facility to show where 6 and 10 feet marks are. Each student will have their own “box” taped on the floor. Faculty will enforce physical distancing through a combination of visual reminders (signage and friendly reminders posted about the campus), self-discipline, and reminders from faculty and staff members.

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