COVIDSAFE PLAN

MSF CovidSafe Practises – Updated November 2020.

We are excited to get back to class and the fun, energy and friendly faces you remember from MSF haven’t changed. However, there are some things that you will need to commit to doing differently in and around the studio, so it’s important that you understand what these mean for you and talk to your child about it before returning to class.

This document outlines the practises Main St Funk will implement as we return to in-studio classes for Term 4 2020. 

These practices ensure we comply with the current Victorian Government Restricted Activity Directions. We have also implemented additional measures to ensure we are doing everything we practically can to protect the health and peace of mind of our community.  These align with recommendations from industry bodies relevant to our business. We will update this plan from time to time in line with DHHS requirements and industry advice.

Context

A key distinction has been made in the requirements for adult vs children’s activities:

  • For people aged 18 years and under, non-contact, indoor sport can resume with a limit of 20 participants per venue.
  • Social distancing is not enforced but will be implemented into our studio for best practice.
  • For people aged 18 years and over, our classes are limited to 10 participants.
  • For classes that include students over 18, social distancing must be formally practiced.

Around the studio before and after class (the purpose of this is to facilitate as much distance as practical in our foyer space)

  • Our foyer/waiting area must adhere to the 4sqm rule (15 people) and facilitate social distancing for adults. To comply with this:
    • Parents are asked to “drop and go” – and are not permitted in the premises during class
    • Parents of students who are in “Minis” or “Petites” who are Kinder aged or younger,  are permitted to stay only if their presence at the studio is essential. (For example, their child needs assistance with going to the toilet).
    • Strictly one parent per child. 
    • Please don’t bring anyone other than students to the studio unless you really need to, especially if you need to stay to assist your child.
    • Students are asked to arrive on time (rather than early), dressed for class 
      • Students who are 5 min early can wait in the rear lounge or upper studio 
      • The front foyer will be kept clear to avoid traffic at the front door
      • Students who need to change shoes before or between class can do so in the classroom 
    • Temperature checks will occur at arrival.
    • Each class will finish 5 minutes early and start 5 minutes late to allow for cleaning and changeover. For example, if your class usually finishes at 5.00 pm, we ask that you arrive to pick up your child at 4.55 pm
    • Our teaching team will facilitate hand over of young students to parents
    • Students will enter the studio via the front door.
    • Students will exit class via the roller door.
    • Parents are asked to meet at the roller door for end of class pick up, wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Masks:

  • Non-dancers, over the age of 12, are required to wear a fitted face mask at all times when attending Main St Funk. Including outdoor pick up.
  • Students above the age of 12 are required to wear a mask to and from the studio, immediately before and after class. They do not need to wear a mask whilst dancing.
  • Teachers do not need to wear a mask whilst teaching as they need to project their voice and exert high levels of energy. They will keep their mask close and put it on if they need to come in close contact with a child whilst teaching.
  • Teachers will wear their mask to and from the studio, immediately before and after class and any time they are at the studio but not teaching or dancing. For example, when talking to parents or facilitating pick up and drop off of students.

During Class:

    • Our senior classes are treated as adult activities. This means:
      • Senior classes are capped at 10 participants
      • We are required to practise social distancing in class by remaining 1.5 m apart
      • Use the markings on the floor to guide you.
      • We can still move around the room! If you’re roughly on a marker then you’re distanced.

For all other classes

      • We are encouraging social distancing as much as practical 
        • We will adapt our classes to encourage the children to stay spread out
          • We will use floor markings as a guide
          • This includes changing how we start class, line up for activities etc
        • While indoor, contact sport is still restricted, we will avoid tactile corrections and making physical contact where practical.
        • We will use the barre, with disinfecting between classes
        • We will avoid hand props for now
        • We will avoid partner work for now

Specifically for younger classes (petite, mini, tiny):

    • Incidental touch is inevitable and often necessary to run an effective class for young children.
      • We will try to keep physical contact to a minimum 
      • We will make a special effort to avoid hand and face contact 
      • We will encourage foot taps or elbow bumps instead of high fives

Personal Hygiene:

  • Students are asked to clean their hands
    • Before and after class
    • After using the toilet, sneezing or using a tissue
    • Teachers may request your child clean their hands during class where appropriate.
  • We will ensure hand sanitiser and hand soap is readily available

Please do not attend the studio if:

  • You are unwell in any way
  • You’ve been identified as a close contact of COVID-19
  • You’ve been advised to self-isolate
  • You or anyone in your household is waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test
  • This applies to ANYONE attending the studio for any reason: Students, parents, siblings, and staff.
  • If your child becomes visibly unwell during class we will ask them to separate from the rest of the group and call you to collect them.

Cleaning

We have increased our regular cleaning schedule to include:

  • Teachers will sanitize between each class: Disinfecting the Barre, door handle and stair bannister (if used)
  • MSF team will thoroughly clean the whole facility daily before classes commence each day and additionally as needed.
  • The studio will be professionally cleaned weekly, including professional disinfectant cleaning.

Contact Tracing

  • MSF teachers will be vigilant about role marking to ensure we always know exactly who has attended the studio
  • Parents staying at the studio will need to sign in and sign out.
  • Please call ahead if you wish to visit the studio outside your enrolled class times
  • In the event that a case of COVID-19 is identified at Main St Funk we will comply with any and all directions given to us by the Department of Health and Human Services. This may include providing your contact details for contact tracing purposes. 

PARKING REMINDER!
At Main St Funk we have a strict “street parking only” rule. This is even more important now that parents will be waiting at the roller door to pick up their children. Just prior to lockdown, we had many complaints from our neighbours because MSF patrons were parking in their spots and blocking their doors. Under no circumstance should your car enter the gates on Lydia Court. It is not safe for our children walking to and from the studio and you do not have permission to park there. Please park in the street and walk your child down the driveway to the studio, thank you.

KEY POINTS TO TAKE AWAY

Minimise contact around the studio:
Drop off ON TIME, dressed  for class
Don’t stay on-premise, unless your child needs you for toileting
Don’t bring anyone extra to the studio, if you can avoid it
Pick up 5 MIN EARLY, being mindful of social distancing and patient with our team
Wear a mask at all times, unless you are in dance class.
Park in the street

Clean hands:
Before and After class
After the toilet, sneezing or using a tissue
Whenever asked by your teacher

Stay home if:
Unwell at all
Tested for, or in contact with, COVID-19
Advised to self-isolate

During class:
Spread out
Keep your distance
Hands to yourself

We thank you for taking the time to read and cooperate with our new safety and hygiene standards. We understand that for some parents and children, these will be a big adjustment. We will, as always, do our best to ensure you and your children feel safe and comfortable whilst in our facility.

Please sign electronically below to acknowledge that you have read and understood the Main St Funk CovidSafe plan and you agree to comply with all relevant requirements for the safety of you, your family and our community.

 

  • I/We understand and agree to comply with Main St Funk’s COVIDSafe procedures when attending the dance studio, classes or any Main St Funk event.
  • I/We understand that these plans and procedures may change along side government advice and I/we will continue to comply to the best of our knowledge and ability.
  • I/We agree not to park within the complex and understand that driving down the driveway is strictly prohibited. I understand that my car must not pass the gate under any circumstance.
  • I/We assume all risk when attending dance classes at Main St Funk and understand MSF will not be held responsible should we become unwell or contract Covid-19 while at the premise.