We are following the Chicago COVID Safety Guidelines for Health & Fitness Centers.

Our COVID Safety Procedures

as of January 3rd, 2022

Our top priority has always been that we keep everyone dancing while staying safe and healthy.  We are doing everything we can in compliance with the city’s new covid guidelines to keep our doors open.  To help us on this path, we will be implementing new procedures starting this week.  We ask for your understanding and cooperation to ensure this goes as smoothly as possible in hopes that these mandates will be lifted soon and we can return to normal.

VOLTA Performing Arts is following the safety guidelines set forth by the state of Illinois for in-person dance classes. These protocols are based on the safety guidelines set forth by the city of Chicago and can change along with them. Because of this ever-evolving process, the measures set forth are not based on a date-centric timeline.

FOLLOWING CHICAGO COVID GUIDELINES: all students, regardless of vaccination status must wear a mask at all times while in the building.

New guidelines require vaccination (ages 5 and up - including parents entering fo drop-off/pick-up and those partaking in Big & Little classes) to enter these facilities - all students must bring their vaccination card with them to class this week or email it directly to us before coming to class

Please stay up to date with us as new guidelines are passed down from city leadership. We thank you in advance for remaining patient and supportive during this time.

COVID POLICY

PREPARATION FOR CLASSES

  • Cleaning procedures are in-depth and follow safety guidelines.

  • Currently, classes are all in-person at this time.

  • In-person class numbers will be limited and require pre-registration.

  • A maximum number of people in the building and in the classroom will be adhered to at all times.

  • Each classroom is equipped with a cleaning station.

  • Starting June 2021, temperature checks will no longer be taken at the door.

  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available in communal areas.

NEW PROTOCOLS FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

  • Dancers must sanitize their hands immediately when they enter the building and immediately after class ends.

  • For all students: parents or guardians can come into the building as long as they can show proof of vaccination which they can show at the front desk or email it directly to us before coming to class

  • Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to class start time.

  • Dancers are required at all times to wear a mask during class and in the building.

  • Dancers must wear their dance attire upon arrival. The bathrooms are not for changing.

  • Water fountain is closed and we recommend bringing a water bottle

  • Dancers must maintain the social distancing standard of 6 feet from others while in the building.

  • New procedures will be posted on our front door and required to be followed at all times.

  • All changes and additions to safety and reopening procedures will be emailed out and posted.

NEW PROTOCOLS FOR TEACHERS AND STAFF

  • All staff and teachers will be wearing a face covering when inside the building.

  • All staff and teachers will be trained on safety and cleaning procedures.

  • Staff and teachers will clean classrooms and communal spaces after each class concludes.

  • All communal props will be added back into classes and cleaned thoroughly in between teachers.

  • Prop boxes will not be shared to avoid cross contamination and will be disinfected after each use.

  • Ballet barres will be cleaned before and after every class by teachers and staff.

COVID SAFETY

  • If you are feeling sick in any way, you MUST stay home. Makeups will be allowed as long as the class is offered a different day of the week and is not at capacity.  

  • COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease that is spread via droplets to the nose, mouth and eyes. Close proximity to other people raises your risk for exposure. Choosing to attend classes at VOLTA during this time assumes your understanding and acceptance of these risks.

  • If you or your dancer does test positive for COVID-19 and has been within the VOLTA building, you must inform Dovetail staff immediately so we can begin emergency cleaning measures and connect with the CDC on guidelines.

STUDIO SAFETY

  • Cleaning procedures are in-depth and occur multiple times daily  

  • Virtual class options still available for kids, adults and professionals, for those that do not feel comfortable returning in-person yet

  • In-person class numbers will be limited and will require early registration

  • A maximum number of people in the building and in the classroom will be adhered to at all times   

  • Staff entry in the building has been reduced and spread out accordingly     

  • Each classroom will be equipped with a cleaning station

  • Class times will be spread out to alleviate crowding

  • Markings on the studio floor will help clarify social distancing during classes

  • Temperature checks will be required to enter the building

  • Only one bathroom will be open at all times to alleviate contamination and allow thorough cleaning

  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available in communal areas

SAFETY FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES

  • Only dance students will be allowed into the building

  • Dancers must wash their hands IMMEDIATELY when they enter the building and IMMEDIATELY after class ends

  • Dancers must wear dance attire upon arrival - bathrooms may not be used for changing

  • Dancers are required to wear a mask AT ALL TIMES - in the building AND during class

  • The front door will remain LOCKED at all times.  Teachers will welcome dancers within 10 minutes of their class start time

  • Drop-off at the front door - do not congregate at the front door

  • There will be no congregating in communal areas - lobby is closed - you are either in the studio or outside the building

  • Dancers must not being excessive bags or items with them - one (1) small bag per dancer is allowed and must only be placed in allotted area

  • Dancers must maintain social distancing standard of 6 feet from others when in the building

       be on time!  LATE ARRIVALS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED!  Once the teacher has let the class in, the door will be locked again and will not reopen               until after class

  • Water fountain will be closed - bring a water bottle with you to class

  • After class, do not linger - teachers need to be given space to clean the studio thoroughly

  • New procedures and safety protocol will be posted on our front door and required to be followed at all times

  • All changes and additions to safety protocols will be emailed out and posted

  • If you are feeling sick in any way - you MUST STAY HOME

TEACHER & STAFF SAFETY

  • All staff and teachers will be wearing a face covering when inside the building    

  • All staff and teachers will be trained on safety and cleaning procedures            

  • Staff and teachers will clean classrooms and communal spaces after each class concludes.      

  • All communal props will no longer be used during classes, except colored dots for standing on, which teachers will clean before each class. Personal Prop boxes for specific classes will be used and can be rented or purchased at time of registration

  • Ballet barres will be cleaned before and after every class by teachers and staff

COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease that is spread via droplets to the nose, mouth and eyes. Close proximity to other people raises your risk of exposure.  Choosing to attend classes at VOLTA Performing Arts during this time assumes your understanding and acceptance of these risks

If you or your dancer does test positive for COVID-19 and has been within the VOLTA building, you must inform VOLTA staff immediately so we can begin emergency cleaning measures and connect with the CDC on guidelines.