Health, Safety & Wellbeing

 

COVID-19 Update (23/08/21)

 

The wellbeing and health of all people that enter our studio is very important to us and our utmost priority.

 

Be assured, we are taking extra precautions and following Government advice to protect the health of our students, families and staff that enter our studio with creating and implementing an Industry COVID Safe Plan.

 

We have extracted this from the RETURN TO DANCE (Principles & Framework for Restarting Dance Activities) by Ausdance (a Government Industry Body for Dance) and also the Dance and Physical Performing Arts (DPPA) INDUSTRY COVID SAFE PLAN.

 

Communicating this with you is of the highest importance.

 

 

Thankyou for taking the time to read the following:

 

Backstreet Dance's COVID SAFE PLAN as follows:

  • Anyone entering the studio MUST scan the QR Code or enter the code manually which is 317600

 

  • All students, staff and family members must NOT attend the dance studio if they are unwell. A Doctor must make decisions about investigations, treatment, and management. A dance student/staff member with a possible respiratory tract infection should refrain from dancing until they have been cleared to do so by a doctor, given the potential for worsening illness.

 

  • Individuals returning to dance after COVID-19 infection require full medical assessment to resumption of high intensity physical activity to minimise risk.

     

  • Individuals should not return to dance if in the last 14 days they have been unwell or had contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19 or visited hotspots around Australia.

     

  • Any individual with respiratory symptoms (even if mild) should be considered a potential case and must immediately self isolate, have COVID-19 excluded and be medically cleared by a doctor to return to the training environment.

     

  • If an individual is being tested for COVID-19:
    • They must immediately self-isolate and discontinue training/dancing until COVID-19 has been excluded and they have been medically cleared by a doctor to return to the training environment
    • Isolation of close contacts will be a decision for medical staff, based on case specific detail

     

     Backstreet Dance, have where possible, stagger class times so students are entering and leaving the studio at different times - to eliminate crowding at entry/exit points.

     

    We recommend Parents to stop, drop and go, where possible and safe to do so, to eliminate crowding in the studio. Parents are welcome though to come inside, however must be aware of keeping social distancing in mind. If the studio gets crowded, you can either wear a mask or please take the initiative to leave, unless of course you have a younger child (3-5yo).

     

     Implement Good Hygiene as follows:

  • Sanitise hands upon entering and exiting the studio and anytime hands have touched the floor and anytime have had close contact with a dance student in class. (Please note that the INDUSTRY COVID SAFE PLAN outlines that contact is permittable in a dance class)

 

  • Thorough handwashing after eating/attending the toilet

     

  • Covering mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve during coughing/sneezing

     

  • No sharing of drink bottles and towels, etc. Do not congregrate at the drink bottle station when having a drink in class.

     

  • Sanitise your hands after using props.

     

  • Dispose of tissues hygienically

 

  • Avoid touching your face

     

  • Avoid touching the studio mirrors

 

 Implement Social Distancing as follows:

 

  • Maintain distance (1.5 square metres per person) in the waiting areas and viewing areas where possible. If not, you can either use a mask or step out of the waiting area if too crowded.

 

  • Note: INDUSTRY COVID SAFE PLAN outlines that contact is permittable in a dance class for dance activities, however where possible, create distance in between yourself and other students.

 

 

Studio Hygiene and Staff Cleaning Protocols

  • Increased cleaning procedures (following a detailed COVID Safe cleaning checklist) as follows: Wiping down and sanitising all door handles, faucets, audio playback devices, keyboards, water bottle stations, waiting area chairs, stair railings, reception, benches, and anything else the we observe people touching, before and after every class.

 


Safety of Students EXITING the studio

For the safety of students leaving after class we advise the following:

 

- Parents can come into the studio, but if you are dropping and going - please meet your child inside the waiting area in our studio and avoid sending children outside into the carpark by themselves due to many moving cars.

 

- Students that drive (teens/adults): Please avoid sitting in your car by yourself, especially at night time.  Ensure someone walks with you and if no one is available, ask Reception/Manager to have someone walk out with you. ie. Jeff or Deb or a Teacher.


For other safety measures, please read our - OUR POLICIES.

 

Government Updates

For the latest advice and information, please go to www.health.gov.au.


For health enquires, please utilise the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080  or the health direct hotline 1800 022 222.

 

Covid Safe Event Plan for Production Day

The Checklist can be found HERE

 

What happens if there is another Lockdown?

If classes are cancelled due to Government directive, Backstreet Dance will either:

1) move classes to online

or

2) offer extra in-studio classes (to make up for missed classes) when it is safe to do so.   

or

3) offer a discount voucher to be used for future classes/term fees, etc

 

This will all depend on WHEN the lockdown/government directive is given  and will depend on the duration of the lockdown.

 

 

       

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