Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner BEST Dance School in RI, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Covid Safety In-Studio Guidelines
CDDS In Studio COVID19 Waiver.pdf
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CDDS Update 7/10/21
  • Masks and distancing are required in-Studio for all classes except for vaccinated students and staff in Level 3, Level 4, Rhythmette, Junior, Senior Companies and adult classes.
  • Vaccinated staff will resume hands on corrections in class.
  • Only staff and students permitted inside the Studio buildings. 
  • Bring printed signed waiver to first class.
  • Parent/Guardian must sign most updated online Required Policies and Agreements.
  • Please notify the Studio immediately if your student tests positive for Covid-19 or is in quarantine.
  • Non-vaccinated students who travel to a state with restrictions need a negative Covid test upon return or quarantine for 10-days (with no test) before attending in-Studio classes or the Showcase. See Covid.RI.Gov travel page.
  • Anyone exhibiting signs of illness or who has been exposed to COVID-19 may not come in-Studio in accordance with CDC and RIDOH guidelines until necessary steps are taken. 
  • Most importantly - Never attend in-Studio class when you are sick. Get tested often, wear a mask, and watch your distance any time you’re near people you don’t live with, both indoors and out.  
  • *The Studio has the right to extend a students return in-Studio from quarantine or testing positive for Covid-19. Each situation is unique and will be addressed on an individual case by case situation.*

CDDS Community Promise
As government guidelines are expanding and vaccines roll out, we ask our dance family to support a CDDS Community Promise to continue upholding safety as priority.  We trust everyone will continue to follow all government and in-Studio guidelines. Please stay up to date on the State social gatherings and travel requirements. https://covid.ri.gov
  • Per state guidelines:  Businesses have the authority to establish and implement policies regarding face masks, distancing or other measures that are more restrictive than the State rules.
  • CDDS protocols have kept the Studio successfully operating in-person since June 2020: passing all inspections, maintaining 6ft distance to avoid close contacts and closing classrooms, etc.
  • All three CDDS locations have passed inspection by the DBR Covid Task Force. We are proud to be able to provide a safe happy place for our dancers. Thank you for your trust and dedication to our CDDS family.
  • CDDS follows all Covid government regulations, with additional safety precautions, in order to remain open and staff are ready to take care of your children's needs and safety while inside the Studio! Class curriculums have been adapted and smaller class sizes created for Covid safety.

Notify the Studio immediately if any of the following related to Covid-19 apply and do not attend class.
We must follow the RIDOH protocol. Email info@CarolynDutraDanceStudio.com immediately if any of the below apply. Because each case is unique, we must wait for RIDOH to assess this situation and provide recommendations on a case-by-case basis. *The Studio has the right to extend a students return in-Studio.*
  • Your child tests positive for Covid-19. 
  • Your child is exposed to someone who tests positive for Covid-19.
  • Your child isn't feeling well. Do not come if have any sick symptoms.
  • Your child travels outside of RI to a state with travel restrictions. See Covid.RI.Gov travel page.
  • Someone in your household is in quarantine or sick and getting tested for Covid-19.
Email Notice of Exposure/Quarantine/Positive:  If your student is not vaccinated and exposed to Covid/in quarantine/Covid positive or someone in your home is sick/in quarantine/Covid + please email us with the below information and keep us updated on any changes.
  • If a student is exposed to Covid they cannot come in-studio for the full recommended 10 day quarantine and receipt of negative test.
  • If someone in the home is sick or in quarantine, students cannot come in-Studio until confirmed not Covid or quarantine ends. 
  • If someone in the household is Covid +, the student cannot come in-Studio for the full recommended 20 day quarantine.
  • *The Studio has the right to extend a students return in-Studio.*
Email info@CarolynDutraDanceStudio.com with as much advance notice as possible.
Subject: Quarantine Dancer
Body of email
    -Student full name:
    -Classes and Studio location you attend (ex. Warwick Wednesday 4pm Preschool).
     -Quarantine end date
    -Covid test results
 Make up classes TBD

Email Notice of Absence
: If you are going to be absent please follow this procedure. Company Dancers follow Company Miss Instructions for absences.
Email info@CarolynDutraDanceStudio.com with as much advance notice as possible.
Subject: Absent Dancer
Body of email
    -Student full name:
    -Classes and Studio location you attend (ex. Warwick Wednesday 4pm Preschool).
    -Date of absence:
    -Reason:
    -Online class(es) you will attend to make up absence:
(In-Studio make up classes are not permitted due to Covid regulations.  See online class schedule for make up classes and codes.
Once confirmed for an online class, you must attend online as we will not be expecting you in-Studio.)
 
Testing Site Information:
See https://health.ri.gov/covid/testing/ and below for testing site information.

If you have ANY questions, do not hesitate to ask. We are here for you! Email is the best way to reach us right now. Info@CarolynDutraDanceStudio.com
CDDS


Know before you go:
  • It is of utmost important that no one enter the Studio if they have any sick symptoms. Students and staff must pass the Screening Tool to enter.
  • Bring signed printed waiver to first class.
  • Only students and Staff are permitted inside the Studio. Bathrooms are available for use by dancers and Staff only. Mommy & Me parents are considered dancers and will stay with their child at all times :)
  • There is no use of waiting room or changing areas. Students must arrive ready for class. 
  • Take your child's temperature and review screening tool before attending each class. 
  • All students, staff and visitors must wear masks and distance at all times inside the Studio, during class, and when lined up outside upon exiting vehicle - except vaccinated students and staff in Level 3, Level 4, Rhy/Jr/Sr Companies and adult classes.
    • Neck gaiters and bandanas not permitted.
  • Always line up outside 5 minutes before your class begins, don't wait to be called in.
  • Due to limited parking, vehicles cannot remain in the Studio parking lot during class. Please drop off your student and promptly exit the parking lot to make room for the next class.
  • Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before class begins for drop off/ends for pickup. It is very important to arrive on time. Late arrivals may not be allowed in, late pickups will challenge flow for other classes.
  • Students cannot arrive late or be dismissed early, they must attend the entire duration of class.
  • Regardless of outside socialization, physical distancing must be maintained at all times at the Studio. Please follow all protocols set up inside and outside the building as we must uphold our COVID-19 Control Plan.
  • Make up classes TBD
  • Preschool/Primary Parents: With social distancing requirements, it is important that in-Studio students can change their own shoes and use the bathroom on their own. Please have your child practice independently putting on and off their own Ballet and Tap shoes, taking their own leotard and tights off and on when using the bathroom, and being comfortable wearing a mask for the duration of class. Parents are not permitted inside the Studio.
Do before you go:
  • Review Screening Tool every time you are coming to the Studio- if you answer Yes to any of the questions, do not come. Notify Studio of absence absence. *It is important this Screening Tool is taken most seriously and honestly. 
  • Take dancer's temperature before leaving home. Temperature of 100.4 F is considered a fever - stay home.
  • Bring student to the bathroom and change into dance clothes at home before coming to the Studio.  We want to limit bathroom usage and crossing paths as much as possible.  The bathroom is available for emergencies, but if we can avoid the "potty parade" we would like to try :)
  • Make sure your online account contact information is up to date incase we need to reach you. Anyone doing drop off/pickup should be in your account.
What to wear:
  • Dress Code - Hair must be securely pulled back and not fixed during class. (Use hair elastics, no scrunchies)
  • Mask for all classes except vaccinated students in Level 3, Level 4, Rhy, Jr, Sr Companies
  • Slides sandals/slippers/crocs to arrive wearing over dance shoes.
  • Correct dance shoes must be worn during class. Students may not be barefoot (except Acro)
  • Arrive in just your dance clothes, hair done, mask on, specified dance shoes on, easy on/off slide sandals, mask. (Do not wear dance shoes on ground outside.)
  • As the weather changes, do wear a warm layer over dance clothes as needed.
  • Arrival dance shoes (inside slides sandals/slippers/crocs) by class:
    • Toddler & Me: Ballet shoes, Parent wear socks
    • Preschool: Ballet shoes
    • Primary: Ballet shoes
    • Primary + Acro Combo: Ballet shoes
    • Level 1-2 Ballet + Jazz/Tap Combo: Ballet shoes
    • Level 3-4 Contemporary + Jazz + Tap Combo: Contemporary
    • Acro: barefoot
    • Hip Hop: Arrive in just slides sandals/slippers/crocs, do not wear Hip Hop sneakers on ground outside
What to bring:
  • By Class:
    • Toddler & Me: Props in a small bag - rhythm sticks (ie. wooden kitchen utensils, Lummi sticks), scarf, small stuffed animal, stickers, shaker toy (ie. percussion egg, rattle).
    • Preschool: Carry Tap shoes in-hand
    • Primary: Carry Tap shoes in-hand
    • Primary/Acro Combo: Tap shoes, extra mask in zip-loc bag, and water bottle in small dance bag. 
    • Level 1-2 Ballet/Jazz/Tap Combo: Tap and Jazz shoes in small dance bag. Black dance shorts/leggings optional for Jazz/Tap
    • Level 3-4 Contemporary/Jazz/Tap Combo: Tap and Jazz shoes in small dance bag. Black dance shorts/leggings optional for Jazz/Tap
    • Acro: nothing
    • Hip Hop: Hip Hop sneakers in-hand.
  • Printed filled out and signed Waiver on your first visit to the Studio. 
  • Do not bring anything else that is not noted above.
ARRIVAL/DROP OFF:
  • Use the bathroom before arriving to the Studio.
  • Arrive 5 minutes before your class start time and immediately line up outside on distance markers. Do not wait for a staff member to come outside.
  • Studio doors open 5 minutes before your scheduled class start time for screening and entrance process. Line up outside on distance markers.
  • Always park in Studio parking lot.
  • Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before class begins for drop off. It is very important to arrive on time. Late arrivals may not be allowed in. Early and late arrivals will challenge flow for other classes.
  • Parents, promptly return to vehicle and exit the parking lot to make room for the next class. Cars cannot remain parked in the Studio parking lot during classes (except for Toddler & Me).
  • Put on specified dance shoes noted above in What To Wear, slide sandals and mask before exiting your car. (Do not wear dance shoes on ground outside.)
  • Studio doors open 5 minutes before your scheduled class start time for screening and entrance process. Line up outside on distance markers.
  • Upon entering the Studio, students remove sandals, sanitize hands, and are guided to designated dancing space with dance shoes in-hand.
Dancer/Parent Line Up By Age/Studio
  • Warwick Studio: Front Room classes - line up at front door.   Back Room classes - line up at back door
    • Students 9 and under-  Parent line up with student 5 minutes before class begins, exit vehicle with mask on and line up with student outside on distance markers until they enter the Studio, and then return to vehicle.
    • Students 10 and up - Just dancer line up outside 5 minutes before class begins. Parents may remain in vehicle.
  • Smithfield & Cranston Studios: All classes enter through front entrance
    • Students 11 and under- Parent line up with student 5 minutes before class begins, exit vehicle with mask on and line up with student outside on distance markers until they enter the Studio, and then return to vehicle.
    • Students 12 and up - Just dancer line up outside 5 minutes before class begins. Parents may remain in vehicle.
  • Closed Class, Preparatory, Pee Wee Company- Students may line up alone. Parents may line up with dancers if preferred.
During Class:
  • Classrooms and curriculum have been redesigned to uphold Covid safety.
  • Students will remain inside the same dance room for the entirety of the class.
  • Bathroom should be used only if absolutely necessary. Student must notify Office Staff after use to sanitize room.
  • Dance shoes must be worn during class, dancers may not dance barefoot (except for Acro on mats)
  • Students cannot arrive late or be dismissed early, they must attend the entire duration of class.
EXIT/PICK UP:
  • Parents arrive 5 minutes before the end of your dancer's class. Staff will dismiss students one at a time.
  • Always park in Studio parking lot.
  • Dancer/Parent Line Up By Age/Studio
    • Warwick Studio: Front Room classes - line up at front door.   Back Room classes - line up at back door
      • Students 9 and under-  Parent line up 2 minutes before class ends, exit vehicle with mask on and line up outside on distance markers for dancer to meet you, and then return to vehicle.
      • Students 10 and up - Parents may remain in vehicle. Students will be dismissed one at a time.
    • Smithfield & Cranston Studios: All classes enter through front entrance
      • Students 11 and under- Parent line up 2 minutes before class ends, exit vehicle with mask on and line up outside on distance markers for dancer to meet you, and then return to vehicle.
      • Students 12 and up - Parents may remain in vehicle. Students will be dismissed 2 minutes before class ends, exit vehicle with mask on and line up outside on distance markers for dancer to meet you, and then return to vehicle.
    • Closed Class, Preparatory, Pee Wee Company- Parent line up on distance markers 5 minutes before end of class. Dancers will be dismissed to you one at a time.  Pickup person must be 16+ (It's nighttime at pickup, we would like parents to exit cars and get young dancers)
    • Please promptly return to your vehicle and exit the parking to make room for the next class.
    • Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before class ends for pickup. It is very important to arrive on time. 
    • Early pickups are not permitted. Early and late pickups will challenge flow for other classes.
Notes:
  • Parents, please do not congregate outside the Studio.  Arrive only 5 minutes before class begins/ends and exit the parking lot promptly to make room for the next class. If you are too early or late, it will interfere with flow of other classes.
  • When purchasing a mask for dance, Athlete and Bloch make one that Miss Carolyn suggests. Block masks available at Competitors Closet in Warwick. See information regarding approved face coverings.
  • Neck gaiters and bandanas not permitted.
  • Toddler & Me: We kindly prefer that dancers ages 18 months - 23 months wear masks. However, we understand this is not required by government guidelines and if it is not possible, it is okay. All students 2+ must wear a mask.

Payments are non-refundable.
CDDS In Studio COVID19 Waiver.pdf
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COVID19 Screening Tool 7.3.20.pdf
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