Kansas City Ballet

2021-2022 School Year

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.

 

 

When to stay home

If your student is exhibiting any one of the following symptoms they should stay home:

Fever

Cough

Shortness of Breath

New Loss of Taste or Smell

Fatigue

Body Aches

Headache

Sore Throat

Congestion

Runny Nose (exception-seasonal allergies)

Nausea

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Your student should stay home if they have been in ‘close contact’ with someone with COVID-19.

Your student should stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

 

If any of these apply to your student they should STAY HOME, contact the school at school@kcballet.org and cc Grace Holmes at gholmes@kcballet.org.

WHAT IS ‘CLOSE CONTACT’  

    • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period without a mask.

Please refer to the KCB RETURN TO BUILDING PROTOCOL below for more details.

 

Entering the Building

  • 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.
  • 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. You may walk your child to the door, and wait on the sidewalk. 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.
  • 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.
  • Schedules will be posted near the entry. 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 to the designated area 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 area, 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 

  • All students will enter the building from the main entrance.
  • Students should use hand sanitizer located at the station 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.
  • Johnson County students will be directed to go to the chairs associated with their assigned 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.

In the Studio

  • Upon arrival at their classroom, Students will go to the first available chair or designated space outside their assigned studio, to place their dance bag, cover-ups, and street shoes.
  • 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.
  • Students should wait 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 spots at the barre.
  • Students should practice social distancing at all times during class.
  • 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 should bring pre-filled water bottles. Water bottle filling stations are available. Microwaves and water fountains are  off-limits.

 

  • 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 will only be allowed to use the bathroom one at a time. 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.

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.

 

  • Students will be escorted by a teacher or KCBS staff to the designated exit.
  • Students should observe physical distancing 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.

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. 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: Physical distancing must be maintained through the building. 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.
  • DESIGNATED STUDENT SPACES: Students will be assigned a space for their gear, and a space at the barre. Dressing rooms and lockers will not be accessible. Bathrooms can be used one at a time.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 studio will be deep-cleaned before Students are allowed back into the affected studio. Assigned studios may be modified to accommodate cleaning.
  • All Students in the class will de notified of a low risk exposure. They will be asked to monitor themselves for symptoms.
  • Students who test positive may contact the school to see if a virtual class is available.
  • Please see the KCB RETURN TO BUILDING PROTOCOL below for more details.

 

If a Teacher or Accompanist tests positive: 

  • 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 in the class will be notified of a low risk exposure. They will be asked to monitor themselves for symptoms.
  • Affected classes will continue with a substitute Teacher or Accompanist.

 

KCB RETURN TO BUILDING PROTOCOL

EXHIBITING ONE OR MORE SYMPTOMS

  • Consult healthcare provider for recommendations
  • Can return after 72 hours with NO fever (no meds) and symptom free

CLOSE CONTACT TO A POSITIVE CASE NO SYMPTOMS

  • Consult healthcare provider for recommendations
  • Unvaccinated Students can return after a 10 day quarantine from exposure date or after day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)
  • Vaccinated Students do not need to quarantine but should monitor for symptoms

 

CLOSE CONTACT TO A POSITIVE CASE SYMPTOMS DEVELOP

  • Consult healthcare provider for recommendations
  • Can return after 10 days from symptoms first appearance and 24 hours with no fever (no meds) and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

 

WHAT IS ‘CLOSE CONTACT’  

    • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period without a mask.

TESTED POSITIVE NO SYMPTOMS

  • Consult healthcare provider for recommendations
  • Can return 10 days after the result of the test

 

TESTED POSITIVE WITH SYMPTOMS

  • Consult healthcare provider for recommendations
  • Can return after 10 days from symptoms first appearance and 24 hours with no fever (no meds) and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving