Kansas City Ballet

For Families For Fall 2020 Semester as of 9/30/2020

Health and Safety Protocols

Kansas City Ballet School is committed to creating a safe and healthy training environment for our students, staff and families. The protocols below are created by Kansas City Ballet’s Health & Safety Task Force in accordance with the advice of medical professionals, national, state and local officials as well as other ballet schools across our nation.

*Please note that guidelines and safety protocol may change based on changes to national, state, and/or local recommendations. Updates will be marked with the date they have been added.

Health Check App (8/29/2020)

Kansas City Ballet will incorporate the use of the Stratum HealthCheck App into the day to day operations of the organization. The success of the HealthCheck app requires the accurate answers to the questions posed.  Although there are no guarantees, the use of this app will help to provide an additional layer of protection against the spread of COVID-19 within the organization.  This app will be provided at no cost to all Kansas City Ballet employees and students. Any employee or student who does not have access to a computer or phone app will be required to fill out a form and have temperature checked before admittance to office or class.

Thank you for committing to keep your campus safe by using HealthCheck by Stratum™!

 

To learn more about HealthCheck, please visit https://www.stratumhealth.io/info. HealthCheck is available as an app (for mobile devices) or online with a desktop browser. Students/Parents/Faculty (“users”) answers are protected, and this App follows strict data privacy laws such as HIPAA, PHI and PII. The information is collected and presented in an anonymized dashboard. No one will see the user’s answers. However, if a user has one or more symptoms, the administrator will be emailed and advised of the result of the screening.  Administrators will not know which symptom triggered the alert. This process helps ensure users are safe, can find local health facilities, and can adjust schedules as needed for the safety of everyone.

The process is simple and takes under one minute. Each day the user is scheduled or plans to be in the building, the user will log in to the HealthCheck portal on their mobile device, or any browser, and answer a series of yes/no questions. The user will then input their current temperature. At the end of the screening, the user will receive one of three results.

Green = eligible to come onsite.

Yellow = stay home and contact the school.

Red = stay home and contact the school.

Entering the Building

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS  (8/29/2020)

    • For all students who are scheduled or plan to be in the building during daytime hours (9 am-4 pm), HealthCheck App must be completed by 9 am each day and/or before
    • For all students who are scheduled or plan to be in the building during the late afternoon or evening, HealthCheck App must be completed by 3 pm each day and before entry.
    • All students/parents will need to show their HealthCheck App results to enter the building.
    • Upon completion, if a green light is given they are welcome to enter the building while adhering to the following protocols.
    • Upon completion, if a yellow or red light is given STAY HOME, contact the school at school@kcballet.org and cc Grace Holmes at gholmes@kcballet.org. Please refer to the KCB Return to Building Protocol for more details. (8/29/2020)
  • Students should arrive for class no more than 15 minutes before class start time. Class times are staggered to limit cross-over between classes. Students arriving more than 10 minutes after the start time of their class will not be allowed to enter the building. (8/21/2020)
  • Student/parent will show the HealthCheck App result. (8/28/2020)
  • The decision to allow students into the building rests solely on KCB staff.
  • Parents are not allowed into the building at either campus except in case of an emergency. Parents should wait in the car or drop off area until their student has been admitted into the building. Students may text parents once they are in. Parents of students in Creative Movement, Fundamentals, Pre-Ballet and Level 1 may show their child’s HealthCheck App results from the car. (9/30/2020). You may walk your child to the door, and wait on the sidewalk on the marks designating safe distancing. We ask that parents who are waiting outside to drop off or pick up students wear a mask (this does not apply to those who wait in their car). Please do not leave until you know your child has been admitted into the building. Once you see your child enter wait a few minutes before driving away.
  • All students must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth to enter the Bolender Center and the Johnson County Campus. Neck gators and vented masks are not an acceptable form of mask. (9/30/2020).
  • Students must arrive in their dance clothes under street clothes, with masks on, and their own equipment (e.g. mat). Dressing Rooms will not be available to students. Do not wear ballet shoes outside.
  • Studio assignments will be sent at the start of the semester, and changes will be emailed as needed, so students know which studio they are in. Schedules will not be posted at the base of the stairs. If they have any questions about the schedule, the security guard at Bolender Center or school staff at either campus can assist. Social distancing will be maintained during these interactions.

Bolender Center Campus

  • Students should use hand sanitizer located at the station at the base of the main staircase upon entering the building unless they have contacted KCBS about a skin sensitivity. Students with a skin sensitivity or condition should use their own hand sanitizer.
  • Bolender Center Students will be directed in one of two ways. They will either be asked to line up on designated marks and wait to be escorted to their classroom or they will be asked to go directly up to the chairs outside their assigned studio.
  • When using the stairwell maintain social distance keep to the right and only use the banister as needed. Follow all directional signs for proper path to your designated studio.
  • Once at designated chairs, students should put on their ballet shoes and gather all items they will need to take into the studio (pre-filled water bottles, hand sanitizer, pointe shoes etc.).
  • Do not enter the studio until a teacher or KCBS staff has instructed you to do so

Johnson County Campus

  • At the Johnson County Campus, students will enter the studios from the exterior doors and not the lobby entrance. Studio doors will be labeled appropriately. Students should wait outside of the building for the Teacher to open the studio door. As soon as the teacher has opened the door, students may enter the studio and take their assigned spots.
  • Johnson County Students will keep their dance bags under the barre in their designated spaces.

In the Studio

  • Upon arrival at their classroom, Students will go to the first available numbered chair outside their assigned studio, or designated space at the Johnson County campus, and place their dance bag on the chair, cover-ups in their bag, and street shoes under the chair.
  • During this time, large dance bags are not permitted, only small bags to hold their dance shoes and coverups. Any cell phones must be on silent or off during class and remain inside their small dance bag.
  • Studios are clearly marked in tape to delineate individual spaces in the center and barre spaces.
  • Students should wait at their chairs for the Teacher to open the studio door. As soon as the teacher is in the studio, and has opened the door, students may enter the studio one at a time and take their assigned spots at the barre, correlating to their chair number. The Teacher will tell students where to go for the first class, and students will use their classroom spot throughout the week unless otherwise instructed.
  • Students must stay within their assigned barre and center areas. As studio sizes vary, students will be given at least an 8 ft x 6 ft space minimum in each classroom. Teachers may rotate the students, on a daily basis, in the center of the room, to ensure that every student gets to be in front, keeping safety protocol in mind. Students will remain in their designated square for the entirety of class on one day but may be asked to be in a different center square on another day.

 

  • Masks must be worn at all times within the building, even when dancing. Students should bring multiple masks to change throughout the day as moisture from breathing and perspiring affects the effectiveness of the mask. Extra masks should be kept in a separate bag within the Student’s dance bag to minimize contamination.
  • Dancing with a mask will take some time to adjust to. If a student feels unwell and we think it is due to adjusting to wearing a mask while dancing, we will ask them to sit down for a few minutes and have a drink. Students must go to their designated barre space and face the wall (away from the other students), at which time they can raise their masks, have a drink of water and breathe freely. If they do not feel better after a rest, we will call the parents to come to pick up their child, and the student will be brought down to an isolated holding area until their parents arrive.
  • Students who are at the Bolender Center during lunch will eat at their assigned space in the hall. Older Students may be escorted to eat lunch outside.
  • Teachers will wipe the barres with sanitizing wipes after class.
  • Students should keep their own hand sanitizer with them to augment KCB supplies, and to address any skin allergies to standard products.
  • Students will only be allowed to use the bathroom one at a time and only for emergencies. Teachers will open classroom doors for exit and entry. Students must use hand sanitizer before using the bathrooms at our facilities and must only use the stalls designated for students.
  • Dressing rooms are not available to students.
  • Students should bring pre-filled water bottles. Water fountains will not be in operation. Water bottle filling stations will be installed. Bottled water is available for those who are in the building for longer lengths of time. (8/28/2020) Microwaves are also off-limits.

Exiting the Building

  • At the end of class, the Teacher will open the studio door and excuse Students to their designated chairs or space where their belongings are being kept.
  • After putting on cover-ups and gathering their belongings.
  • Students at the Bolender Center will exit the building by using the main staircase and staying to the right-hand side.
  • Students at the Johnson County Campus will exit the building via the main lobby or external door.

 

  • Students will be escorted by a teacher or KCBS staff to the designated exit.
  • Students should observe physical distancing of 6 ft on their way out of the building and while waiting to be picked up.
  • Students must be picked up at the designated pick-up location within the 15 minutes following their class to avoid cross-over of students.
  • No early dismissals will be permitted. (8/21/2020)

General Guidelines & Safety Protocols

  • FACE COVERINGS: Students must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times within the building even when dancing. Neck gators and vented masks are not an acceptable form of mask. (9/30/2020). Students should bring multiple masks to change throughout the day as moisture from breathing and perspiring affects the effectiveness of the mask. Extra masks should be kept in a separate bag within the Student’s dance bag to minimize contamination.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: 6 feet physical distancing must be maintained through the building. There will be no physical correction given in class. There will be no physical contact between Students.
  • LIMITED CLASS SIZES: Enrollment will be limited based on the maximum number of students that can safely occupy the assigned studio with a goal of 8-15 students at a time in the studio per class (some classes will have 2 sections of students, with half virtual and a half in the studio). All students will be given a minimum space of 8 ft x 6 ft in their assigned studio.
  • DESIGNATED STUDENT SPACES: Students will be assigned a space for their gear, a space at the barre, and a space in the center. Dressing rooms and lockers will not be accessible. Bathrooms can be used one at a time only in cases of emergency.
  • PERSONAL PROTECTION: Students are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and pre-filled water bottles.
  • BUILDING PATHWAYS: Students should only use the main staircase for traveling throughout the building, staying to the right hand side for entrance and exit and avoid using handrails if possible. Please follow signs for correct pathways to studios.
  • ADDITIONAL CLEANING: Faculty will clean/disinfect studio spaces between classes as well as numbered chairs. Studios will be cleaned professionally every evening after classes are finished. Water fountains will be closed, and water bottle filling stations will be available. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available throughout the building. Floors will be wiped down between classes of different levels.
  • Failure to comply with safety protocol may be grounds for dismissal from the program.
  • If the state mandates a total shut-down, we will move to 100% virtual through Zoom.

In case of a COVID-19 Case

If a STUDENT Becomes symptomatic while at Kansas City Ballet:

  • The Student will be promptly isolated in a pre-assigned isolation room by security or a member of KCBS staff.
  • Student’s parent/guardians will be notified to pick up the Student.
  • Student will seek medical help on their own.

 

 

 If a Student tests positive: 

  • The Class (group) will be suspended to virtual classes for 2 weeks, and then will be reinstated into the in-studio schedule.
  • Students who test positive must quarantine for 2 weeks and provide a doctor’s note proving a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to classes.
  • The studio will be deep-cleaned before Students are allowed back into the affected studio. Assigned studios may be modified to accommodate cleaning.
  • All Students and Faculty who have been in ‘close contact’ with the Student will be notified. (8/28/2020)
  • WHAT IS ‘CLOSE CONTACT’  (8-29-2020)
    • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
    • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
    • You had direct physical contact with COVID-19.
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils with someone with COVID-19.
    • A COVID-19 positive person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
  • Students who test positive may take their class schedule virtually if their class has a virtual component. (8/28/2020)
  • Please see the KCB Return to Building Protocol for more details. (8/28/2020)

If a Teacher or Accompanist tests positive: 

  • All of the affected Faculty’s classes will be suspended to virtual classes for 2 weeks, and then will be reinstated into the in-studio schedule.
  • The studio will be deep-cleaned before Students and Faculty are allowed back into the affected studio(s). Assigned studios may be modified to accommodate cleaning.
  • All Students and Faculty who have been in ‘close contact’ with the Faculty who tested positive will be notified.