COVID-19 Safety Protocols & Procedures

COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Procedures

To ensure the health and safety of our students and faculty, we will implement the following policies and procedures to mitigate risks related to COVID-19.  We will follow safety guidelines outlined by the Ontario government and Waterloo Regional Public Health and as such, our policies and procedures are subject to change as provincial and regional guidelines evolve. 


Contemporary School of Dance is proud to be a DANCE SAFE ONTARIO studio and we have implemented the protocols suggested. Contemporary School of Dance has also committed to the POST promise, which signifies a commitment to implement and practice the five key steps to workplace safety, helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Here is a video to show what BACK-TO-DANCE looks like at CSD!

Here is what Contemporary School of Dance Faculty and Staff will do to keep students safe:

  • Faculty/staff will not report to work if, within the last 14 days, they have been unwell or have had contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19.

  • We will post signs with passive screening and safety information as reminders at our entrances and throughout the studio.  Signage will include: hand hygiene, mask by-law, physical distance reminders, self-assessment questions, etc.

  • We will wear face coverings when entering the building and moving throughout common areas, in accordance with the Waterloo Region Face-covering By-Law.

  • We will wash and sanitize our hands often. Hand sanitizing stations will be set up at both entrances, as well as at each studio door for staff and student use. Children will be supervised in the use of hand sanitizer.

  • We will use a government-approved disinfectant daily throughout the studio to ensure that our dancers, faculty and staff are kept safe. In addition, we will disinfect the ballet barres, common touch points, and dance floors between every class as needed. We will keep a logbook for all cleaning tasks.

  • We will supervise the arrival and dismissal of dancers. Class times will be staggered as much as possible to reduce the number of people in the building and to cut down on the  volume of students during drop-off and pick-up.

  • We will take attendance for every class, which may be needed for contact tracing.

  • Class sizes will be limited due to physical distance measures and the size of each dance studio. Other factors that influence class sizes include the style of dance and the age of the dancers in the class.  We will also adhere to the provincial government’s requirements for indoor facilities. A hybrid of in-studio and at-home learning will be used via ZOOM when necessary.

  • No shared props will be used. We will provide students in Toddler & Me, PreSchool, Kindies in Motion and Pre-Primary with a prop kit that they will take home and bring back for each class.

  • There will be no body contact (e.g. hugs, high fives, holding hands, partner work, contact improvisation, etc.).

What Dancers & Parents Can Expect During Drop-Off, Class Time and Pick-up:

  • Anyone coming to Contemporary School of Dance must complete a Health Questionnaire Self-Assessment prior to arrival.  This can be found at the bottom of this page and will also be posted throughout the studio.  Students must not come to class if, within the last 14 days, they have been unwell or have had contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19.

  • Parents are asked to advise the studio via email of any absences from class, whether they be in-studio or at-home classes.

  • Students are encouraged to use the washroom and wash their hands at home, prior to coming to the studio. This will reduce the number of washroom visits during classes.  

  • UPDATE!  We have decided to adopt the same policy as the local school boards, so EVERYONE coming into Contemporary School of Dance must wear a face mask/covering, except children 2 and under.  For now, we will also keep masks on while dancing – this is safer for everyone!  Even though we will be physically distanced, we feel masks will create a safer environment for everyone. If students find they need a ‘mask-break’, they can lower their mask for a minute or so while staying in their dance box or they can sit at the side of the room next to their dance bin/bag.  Once they put their mask back on, the teacher will bring them hand sanitizer.  Dance is mainly an anaerobic activity so wearing masks should not be a problem for most dancers.  Our teachers will also be sure to balance faster and slower paced activities to regulate breathing. 

  • All dancers will ENTER through our FRONT door (King Street side).  All dancers will EXIT through the BACK door into our rear parking lot. Just remember: “In the Front, Out the Back!”

  • Students should remain in their vehicle until approximately 5-10 minutes prior to class. Then, students should line up outside the studio, practicing physical distancing.  Parents may line up with younger dancers but will not be allowed to enter the building at this time (with the exception of Toddler & Me, PreSchool, Kindies in Motion, and Pre-Primary dancers).  

  • Students ages 6+ are asked to come into the building independently. While CSD is normally a comfortable, clean space for all to enjoy, we must ask families to drop off and pick up children from their dance classes for now, so we can keep our gathering numbers low. Our lobby will not be available for parents, so they are welcome to wait in their cars during classes.   

  • Toddler & Me (1.5-3 years) and PreSchool (3-4 years) programs: One parent will be permitted into the studio for children in Toddler & Me and PreSchool classes. Normally our PreSchool dancers would dance on their own, but until dancers are used to our new protocols, we will have parents in the class supporting their learning and our physical distancing measures.  Parents participating in Toddler & Me and PreSchool classes will need to follow all of the policies and procedures and will stay inside the dance box with their child during class.

  • Kindies in Motion (ages 4-5), Pre-Primary (ages 5-6) and Pre-Primary Tap (ages 5-6): One parent is permitted to help their dancer enter the building (including hand sanitization, help getting dance shoes on and lining up physically-distanced), then the dancers will enter the studio room on their own and parents must return to their vehicles. No other family members (including siblings) will be allowed in the studio. Please plan your class choices and trips to the studio accordingly.

  • Everyone entering and exiting Contemporary School of Dance will be required to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizing stations will be set up at both the front and rear entrances.  Children will be supervised. 

  • Students will follow social distance floor decals in the waiting areas to line up for classes. All furniture has been removed from the waiting areas for the time being.  The playroom, kitchen area, and all changerooms will be closed for now.

  • Students should come dressed and ready for class. They should bring a small dance bag and/or plastic bin for their dance shoes and water bottle and also to put their outside clothing in. While the weather permits, all outer wear (sweaters, pants, jackets) are to be left in their vehicle.  Clothing that is worn into the studio must fit into their dance bag/bin.  The dance bag/bin will remain with students while they are at the studio, as all three changerooms are currently closed.  Students and parents are encouraged to wipe all items with sanitizer wipes before & after coming to the studio.  Dancers are also encouraged to have their own small bottle of hand sanitizer, labelled with their name.

  • Our Lost and Found will not be used during this time. Please ensure all personal items are labelled, including dance shoes and outdoor shoes!

  • Dancers who have more than one class in a row and need a snack between class will wash their hands before and after eating. All garbage/containers will be taken home.  As always, all snacks should be nut-free.

  • A hand sanitizing station will be set up at each studio door for dancers to use as they enter.

  • Students will enter the studio, placing their belongings in their assigned spot and then will move to their dance box.

  • Each studio will have 6ft x 6ft boxes outlined in colourful tape to mark each dancer’s dance space. This will help to guide students to keep physically distanced during class. Our faculty are coming up with creative ways to incorporate the boxes into our dance curriculum and classroom management.

  • Students are permitted to use the studio washrooms if needed, and must practice physical distancing and wear a mask when moving from the studio to the washroom (if over the age of 5). They must wash their hands and use the hand sanitizer before re-entering the studio space.

  • Dancers will be reminded to avoid touching their face (eyes/nose/mouth) and to practice respiratory etiquette (coughing/sneezing into a bent elbow, disposing of tissue in the trash and using hand sanitizer).

  • When class is over, students will line up practicing physical distancing. They will use the hand sanitizer as they leave the building. Children will be supervised.

  • Parents are asked to be punctual when picking up their dancers in the back parking lot. Parents of younger students should line up to collect their children – when the teacher sees you, they will call for your dancer. Parents can also text dancers that have phones when they arrive in the parking lot. Our staff will help dancers exit the building!  

At-Home Learning

  • All dance classes will also be broadcast live via ZOOM. This will be necessary for several reasons as we head into our 2020-2021 season.

  • Each studio will be set up with high speed internet, new smart TV’s, chrome books, and webcams in order to make ZOOM an option for everyone moving forward.

  • If our class registration exceeds the number of people permitted in our facility, we will implement a hybrid class rotation system, so that everyone has a chance to dance in-person at the studio. This would mean alternating one week in the studio and one week dancing at home on ZOOM.  So far, none of our classes are hybrid.

  • If a family is more comfortable with ONLY dancing at home, they may choose to take their classes virtually every week. They will login to ZOOM from home and participate in their class via ZOOM, in real time, as the in-person class happens at the studio. If and when they choose to re-join the in-studio classes, the dancer will be at the same point in their training as the rest of the class.

  • If a dancer or anyone in their household is unwell, the dancer will not be permitted to attend class at the studio. In this instance, students will be able to participate in class via ZOOM at home and will limit potential exposure to their classmates.  PLEASE REFER TO THE HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE SELF-ASSESSMENT.

  • Similarly, if a faculty member is not feeling well, but is well enough to teach, we will avoid cancelling classes and teach via ZOOM (either with students supervised at the studio, or at home on ZOOM – communicated on a case by case basis).

  • If one of our teachers needs to self-isolate for any reason, this can be supported by having classes run on ZOOM.

  • No more Snow Days! We will offer ZOOM classes on Snow Days!

  • If Contemporary School of Dance is required to suspend in-studio classes due to an emergency declaration or other required closure, all classes will continue via ZOOM. Refunds and discounts will not be provided for ZOOM classes.  Please refer to our Tuition Fee Policies available at our website for more information.

Feeling Ill?

  • Dancers/family members who become ill or are displaying or feeling symptoms must self-isolate and will not be permitted to participate in dance classes.

  • If a dancer expresses or exhibits COVID-19 related symptoms while at the studio, their family will be notified and the dancer will be sent home immediately. Parents will be asked to contact the local Public Health Unit to advise of their symptoms. 

  • The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other illnesses, including the cold and flu. At this time, it is recommended that any dancer who has any respiratory symptoms or any symptoms of illness will be sent home. Public Health Ontario has provided helpful guidance on self-monitoring and self-isolation. In addition, the dancers’ family should complete the online self-assessment and/or call their family physician or Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000.

Click here to complete the Health Questionnaire Self-Assessment

Thank you for your cooperation!

It will take the efforts of each one of us to keep our dance community safe! 
Thank you for doing your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.