Safer Studio Guidelines
UDA's Safer Studio Guidelines and Information
A Message from Brooke Maxwell, UDA Owner
Re: Studio Safety
Dear Current and Potential UDA Families,
As we prepare to reopen the studio on UDA on Monday, August 17th, the health and safety of our students, staff and extended UDA family members remains our highest priority! We have spent a lot of time in thoughtful preparation to 1) orient ourselves with the rules and guidelines set forth by Utah’s local and state government and Department of Health and 2) using this information to execute the highest standard of care by putting plans and systems in place to minimize risk, keep our UDA family safe and healthy and keep our studio operational during this continued COVID-19 circumstance.
Most of you are aware that the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Utah have significantly increased over the past several weeks. It probably also goes without saying that we are a school, and as schools welcome back their staff and students this fall, they are going to experience reports of COVID-19 exposure. This consideration caused me to reach out to the Utah Department of Health, inquiring our responsibility as a business if a student or staff member (or their immediate family) contracts COVID-19 and potentially exposes a risk to other members of our UDA family.
The Utah Department of Health advised that single reports of COVID exposure does not require studio closure, nor is it recommended. Under these conditions’ businesses (dance studios) are encouraged to continue conducting business responsibly by doing the following:
- If a dancer or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, or was in contact with someone who has, they must notify studio administration and report an exposure risk.
- If UDA receives a report of exposure risk, we will 1st contact the Utah Department of Health to report and aid in tracing efforts and 2nd notify the parents of dancers who were in class and potentially exposed (while keeping individual names confidential during reporting).
- UDA will conduct an exposure-risk level cleaning at the studio ASAP.
- The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 or was in contact with someone who has, will be asked to self-quarantine for two weeks and attend dance classes through live broadcast from home.
- UDA can monitor employee self-quarantine but not students. As such, parents of dancers potentially exposed should monitor their child closely over the next several days - weeks and pay careful attention to the possible development of COVID-19 symptoms.
- Parents of dancers potentially exposed will have the choice for their child to continue taking class at the at the studio or temporarily participate through live broadcast in the safety of their home.
- If UDA were to receive cluster reports of exposure risk, we would work directly with the Utah Department of Health and take the necessary steps to maximize the health and safety of our UDA family members
Knowing COVID rules and regulations can change daily or even drastically, UDA is prepared to pivot our decision making, planning and execution at any given time. For now, I hope this letter will offer proof of our thoughtful consideration during this pandemic and provide the confidence needed to trust our organization during continued times of uncertainty. This year, our mission is to provide excellent service while maintaining a comfortable and safe experience for all UDA dancers and families.
Our teachers and staff are excited to welcome you back to the studio in August! Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer break😊