MSF CovidSafe Practises July 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 3 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.


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

  • For people aged 18 years and under, full-contact training and competition may resume.
  • There are no limits on the number of people per group activity or class if all participants are 18 years old or younger.
  • We do need to facilitate social distancing for any adults in our studio (parents, teachers and senior students)

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” – not wait in the premises during class
    • Parents of “Petites” and “Minis” are permitted to stay only if their presence at the studio is essential. (For example, their child needs assistance with going to the toilet). 
    • 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 lower studio 
      • The front foyer will be kept clear for drop-offs and pick-ups
      • Students who need to change shoes before or between class can do so in the classroom 
    • Each class will finish 5 minutes early 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 waiting in the foyer or outside etc

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
        • We will use touch for spotting and tactile corrections where required (with hand hygiene between classes) 
        • We will use the barre and acromat (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
      • If a child needs a hug or comfort, we will give one
      • We will replace our sticker rewards with a cute MSF stamp card for now

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, for example before or after matt work in acro 
  • 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.


We have increased our regular cleaning schedule to include:

  • Teachers will sanitize between each class: Disinfecting the Barre, acro matt, 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 twice 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
  • 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. 


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

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.

By proceeding with your enrollment with Main St Funk and/or participating in any MSF events, you 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.

Thanks and now let’s get dancing! To finalise your enrollment or book in for our FREE school holiday program, click here: