Pizazz Protocols, Guidlines and Rules
The following information is based on the current public health, and is subject to adjustments as guidance evolves.
Masks will not be required (with the exception of the MA Department of Public Health guidance regarding isolation and quarantine). The individual choice to wear a mask will be fully supported by Pizazz staff and community. Staff members will wear mask when working with anyone under the age 8.
As per MA Department of Public Health we will not be contact tracing but will contact that class if a dancer/staff member has tested positive. For more information pertaining to possible exposure, please refer to the current MA Department of Public Health guidance.
Symptoms of COVID-19
• Fever (of 100.4 or greater) or chills
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Muscle or body aches
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose (not due to allergies)*
• Nausea or vomiting
Please note that any one of these symptoms (fatigue, headache or runny nose) ALONE is not an automatic reason to keep your child home. However, if your child has one of these symptoms in combination with at least one other symptom, they are considered “symptomatic,” and the following protocols are advised.
Participants who are symptomatic* will be asked to remain home until they receive a negative at-home antigen or PCR test or alternate diagnosis from their physician or healthcare provider. However, please note that even with a negative test, as always, we would ask you to keep your child home if they are actively ill/contagious (ie. experiencing a fever over 100 degrees, vomiting, diarrhea, etc).
Likewise, participants who present with symptom(s)* at camp will receive an antigen test from our healthcare team (with permission from a parent/guardian), OR they will be sent home and must remain at home until they receive either a negative antigen or PCR test or an alternate diagnosis from their physician. As above, dancers/staff that are actively ill/contagious will be sent home.
In either scenario, testing at home is strongly recommended on the 1st, 2nd and 5th days, as well as masking while symptomatic.
Notification about a Positive Case
If a dancer or staff member tests positive for COVID, the class will be notified by email. If your child tests positive individuals should follow the current MA Department of Public Health guidance regarding isolation and quarantine.
If your child is a confirmed close contact with someone who has tested positive
Individuals should follow the current MA Department of Public Health guidance regarding isolation and quarantine. According to the current guidance, “quarantine for asymptomatic exposed children, regardless of where the exposure occurred, is no longer required. Children who [identify] as close contacts may continue to attend [dance] as long as they remain asymptomatic. Those who can mask should do so until Day 10. A test on Days 2 and 5 is recommended.”
Sick/Quarantine Refund Policy
According to public health officials, COVID is now considered a common illness, much like other common illnesses we encounter, and it will likely be around for the foreseeable future. As such, absences due to COVID will be treated like absences from any other illness. As in pre-COVID years, refunds will not be given for any days missed for illness or quarantine.
The families who join us for 2022-2023 are those who feel strongly that the benefits of their children being in a dance program outweigh the potential health risks associated with COVID-19. We continue to review the guidelines published by the MA Department of Public Health and have conferred with the Greenfield Board of Health Department.
Hand washing and Promoting Good Hygiene
Dancers and staff will be instructed in proper hand washing techniques, and will be required to wash their hands regularly throughout the day.
• We will also be encouraging and teaching other healthy habits including covering coughs and sneezes, and proper use of hand sanitizer.
• Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing stations will be set up all around the studio. Hand washing/sanitizing will occur:
• - Before entering the dance room
• - After sneezing, coughing, or nose-blowing
• - After using the restroom
Cleaning and Disinfection of Equipment and Facilities
• Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily by designated maintenance staff.
• High touch surfaces in the studio will be disinfected regularly by Staff.
• High touch activity equipment will be disinfected as needed by Staff.
We also were gifted with rapid testing kits. If any dancer is sent home with symptoms we are more that happy to give you a test for home.
Please go over all these rules with your dancer before classes start
Water bottles should only be filled with water if dancers are taking them into the dance room. Dancers should label all their dance shoes and have everything in a dance bag. We ask for toys and stuffed animals to stay at home. Dancers who are 2-4 need to have at least one adult with them at all times in the studio. Dancers 4.5 and older can be dropped off. We encourage drop of as it is best for dancers and less distractive! If dancers are not able to attend class please contact Caitlin 413.230.0567 Text is fine! Please make sure dancers arrive on time or 5 mins before class starts so classes can begin ASAP!
Posted: to General News on Wed, Aug 10, 2022
Updated: Wed, Aug 10, 2022