COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for KMC Dance Albertville
KMC Dance Albertville is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our employees and dancers. To ensure that, we have developed the following Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our studio, and that requires full cooperation among employees, dancers and their parents. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our employees and students.
Our employees are our most important assets. We are serious about safety and health and keeping our employees working at KMC Dance Albertville. Employee involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We have involved our employees in this process by having a meeting and discussing all our Covid-19 procedures and given instruction on our new policies. Our Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines and federal OSHA standards related to COVID-19 and addresses:
hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
engineering and administrative controls for social distancing;
housekeeping – cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination;
prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
communications and training that will be provided to managers and workers; and
management and supervision necessary to ensure effective implementation of the plan.
Screening and policies for employees exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19
Staﬀ have been informed of and encouraged to SELF-MONITOR for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following scenarios are agreed among employees to assess staﬀ health status prior to entering the workplace and for staﬀ to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms.
Scenario 1: The staﬀ member has been clinically evaluated for COVID-19 and lab testing confirms COVID-19. In this case, Minnesota Department of Health will provide instructions to the individual and household contacts about when it is safe to return to the dance studio.
Scenario 2: The staﬀ member has been clinically evaluated for COVID-19 and is clinically diagnosed COVID-19. In this case, the staﬀ will stay at home at least 7 days or for 72 hours with no fever and improvement of respiratory symptoms - whichever is longer.
Scenario 3: The staﬀ member has been evaluated and an alternative clinical or laboratory confirmed condition exists. In this case, the staﬀ will follow provider directions and recommended treatment and return guidance to the dance studio.
Scenario 4: The staﬀ member has not been clinically evaluated and has monitored symptoms at home. While self-monitoring, the staﬀ member observes one or more of the following symptoms: fever, new onset or worsening cough; or shortness of breath. In this case, the staﬀ member will stay home for at least 7 days or for 72 hours with no fever and improvement of respiratory symptoms before returning to the dance studio - whichever is longer.
To support this scenario, all employees will self-monitor themselves before entering the studio. “Yes” answers to any of the following questions will deny entry to the dance studio. The staﬀ member will be advised to stay home for at least 7 days or for 72 hours with no fever and improvement of respiratory symptoms before returning to the dance studio - whichever is longer:
In the past 72 hours, have you had a fever above 100.4 Fahrenheit?
In the past 72 hours, have you had a cough, or a worsening in your cough?
In the past 72 hours, have you had shortness of breath in conjunction with a cough or a worsening in your cough?
In the past week, have you knowingly been exposed to a person with COVID-19?
Scenario 5: The staﬀ member has not been clinically evaluated and has monitored symptoms at home. While self-monitoring, the staﬀ member observes other symptoms not consistent with COVID-19. In this case, the staﬀ member will follow the individual sick leave policy of the dance studio.
We have implemented policies and processes that promotes our staﬀ to stay at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by the Minnesota Department of Health and/or health care provider to isolate themselves or a member of their household.
KMC Dance Albertville has also implemented a policy for informing staﬀ if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at their workplace and thus requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time. They will call owner, Christine Cliff, if they fit into any of the scenarios previously listed.
In addition, The Minnesota Studio Owners Group has also implemented a policy to protect the privacy of staﬀ’s health status and health information should they test positive for COVID-19 or be clinically diagnosed as positive for COVID-19. The method by which KMC Dance Albertville will communicate with those exposed include, but are not limited to:
Sending a written communication to those exposed to COVID-19 via text message;
Providing a written communication to those exposed to COVID-19 via email; and/or
Communicating to those exposed to COVID-19 utilizing app-based solutions, among others.
Basic infection prevention measures are always being implemented at our studio . Employees are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially in between each class session and if it was necessary to come in contact with a student. All visitors to the studio will be required to wash their hands prior to or immediately upon entering the facility. We will have hand-sanitizer dispensers (that use sanitizers of greater than 60% alcohol) that can be used for hand hygiene in place of soap and water, as long as hands are not visibly soiled.
Employees will routinely monitor the bathroom sinks and the stations where there is hand sanitizer bottles to make sure they are always stocked appropriately. Employees will monitor the handwashing of all dancers when they enter the building to assure that they are washing for the appropriate length of time and wiping down the sink/soap dispenser in between each dancer using the sink to wash.
Cover your cough or sneeze
Employees and dancers are being instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Respiratory etiquette will be demonstrated on posters and supported by making tissues and trash receptacles available to all workers and visitors. Instructors will continually remind younger dancers about these practices.
Social distancing is being implemented in the studio through the following engineering and administrative controls: The spots where the dancers should stand at the floor and ballet barre will be clearly marked with spaces 6 feet apart. The barre work may be staggered as not an entire class will fit at the barre at once. Instructors will only be allowed to be close to a dancer id they need immediate help due to an injury. The dressing room will be closed until further notice as it is a small, confined area. The chairs have been removed from the studio, so they do not have to be cleaned in between any dancer sitting upon them in between classes. We will continually remind dancers to social distance when they are taking water breaks and waiting for classes to begin. Until further notice, the studio will operate at a minimum capacity. That means we will not allow any parents in the studio for classes to keep the numbers in our space at a minimum. Dancers that are age 8 and under will be escorted in and out of the studio by an employee to ensure their safety. The exception to this amendment to our policy is for our Free Sample classes and our “Dance With Me “sessions. Parents will be allowed into the studio for these sessions as they are an integral part of these type of classes. Participants will be limited to accommodate for the extra people this will allow into the studio.
Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, and areas in the work environment, including restrooms and the dance floor. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas, such as phones, keyboards, touch screens, controls, door handles, railings, ballet barre, etc. Surfaces will be cleaned in between each class session, if the barre is used that will be cleaned as well. If props with a plastic surface are used during a class, they will be wiped down immediately following their use. The use of props made from any cloth will be discouraged from being used. However, if they are used, they will be disinfected and appropriately cleaned before they will be allowed to be used again. The studio floor will be sprayed down with an anti-bacterial cleaner and cleaned at the close of each night.
Communications and training
This Preparedness Plan was communicated in a meeting to all employees and necessary training was provided. Additional communication and training will be ongoing through meetings and one-on-one communication between owner, Christine Cliff, and employees of KMC Dance Albertville. Senior teachers will be responsible for making sure that the policies, procedures are being implemented during their shift among the employees and dancers. Management and employees are to work through this new program together and update the training as necessary. This Preparedness Plan has been certified by Christine Cliff and was posted throughout the workplace, listed on the KMC Dance Albertville’s website and sent in an email attachment to all current dance families registered with KMC Dance Albertville. It will be updated as necessary.
Owner of KMC Dance Albertville