The Policies and Procedures of The Pennington Studio for Dance and Creative Arts is designed to maintain the decorum required to excel in the art of dance while observing maximum safety for your student and their peers.
2021-2022 TPS COVID-19 POLICIES & PROCEDURES The following precautions and policies are constantly amended based upon updated guidance from the CDC, ACA, and state Health Departments. Some information may change over time as recommendations/guidance change or are updated.
TPS will be following guidelines as recommended by the CDC, ACA, and the Government in order to run programs in a safe and secure manner. In all circumstances, TPS will take every care to ensure the safety of participants. TPS adapts classes to meet protocol to ensure that dancers can safely participate in the programs. Please find below some further information on how TPS will move forward with live programming.
This information represents our policies as of 8/24/21.Please read all sections of the new TPS COVID Policies and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Drop Off/Pickup: Faculty, Staff, and Dancers must arrive at the front entrance.
Parents are encouraged to stay outside the building. Parents of younger dancers may walk them up to the lobby if needed. Staff will escort students to and from the front door of the K building.
Please arrive no more than five minutes prior to the class start time.
Masks: Are required for Faculty, Staff, and Dancers all times in the building and during class.
Attire: Dancers must arrive fully dressed and prepared to take class.
Belongings: Dancer will store their belongings in marked spaces in the lobby. Water bottles and pointe shoes are permitted in the studios.
Medical Bag: Bring a clearly marked medical bag if required (ex. EpiPen/Inhaler).
Do not show up if you are experiencing symptoms (i.e. cough, fever, body aches, breathing difficulties, extreme fatigue).
MOVEMENT THROUGH THE BUILDING:
Breaks: Classes will end approximately 5 minutes early to allow for transition between classes and ability to wash hands. Dancers are encouraged to go to the restroom before arriving at TPS.
Water Breaks: Please be attentive to 6 feet apart when taking a water break.
Restrooms: Before exiting the restroom, wash your hands with soapy water.
Signage: Protocol signage has been placed on all building areas.
When exiting from the studios, refrain from wandering and removing your mask fully.
There are no water fountains on site.
Any dancer who feels ill or is experiencing symptoms is encouraged to stay home.
Parents must email email@example.com to notify TPS Staff that a dancer will not be attending class that day. Zoom are available to dancers for each class; dancers will be able to take the class or observe virtually at home by Zoom.
If a dancer exhibits signs of illness during class, a TPS Staff member will call the dancer’s parent to be picked up.
It is our expectation that you will notify us if any member of your household tests positive for COVID-19. If a family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, self-quarantine for 14 days before attending classes.
In the event that there is a COVID-19 diagnosis or contact during the TPS dance season, TPS will maintain the confidentiality of the individual at all times while mitigating the situation. We will follow the guidelines set by the Department of Health for contact tracing.
Hand Sanitizer: Available in the studio, lobby, and office for dancers and teachers at all times.
Disinfecting: The studio and high-touch areas throughout the building are sanitized with Lysol Wipes and Disinfectant Spray at the beginning and end of each day.
Hand Washing Required: Dancers must wash their hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds: before class and between classes. If you have to cough/sneeze, do so into your arm and excuse yourself from class to wash your hands.
Attendance and Tardiness Good attendance is imperative to the growth and success of your student. If more than 20% of classes are missed, your student may not be eligible to be promoted into a new level for the next year. Please make every effort to attend every class. Missed classes may not be deducted from tuition payments. Make-Up classes should be attended.
Holidays Yom Kippur: Mon. 9/16/21 Fall Break: Mon.-Sat. 11/22-27/21 Winter Break: Mon.-Sat. 12/20/21-1/1/22 Wildcard Wednesday: Wed. 1/26/22 Presidents' Day: Mon.-Wed. 2/21-23/22 Hopewell Valley Night Off: Thurs. 2/224/22 Spring Break: Mon.-Sat. 3/28/22-4/2/22 Easter Weekend: Fri.-Sat. 4/15-16/22
Make-Up Classes If a student misses a class, they are encouraged to attend a make-up class within the month. For make-up classes, students may attend class with the level immediately below their own. For example, if your student in Ballet 3 has missed a class, they may take class with Ballet 2. Alternatively, students may take class in the same level in another discipline. For example, if your student in Ballet 1 misses a class, they may take a Jazz 1 class. When making up a class, please fill out a make-up slip at the front desk.
Inclement Weather Procedures The Pennington Studio will post updates on our website, www.thepenningtonstudio.com, regarding closings for snow and other inclement weather. The Pennington Studio reserves the right to close classes at our discretion. We will not put any student or family in danger due to weather. Any classes cancelled or missed may be made up according to our Make-Up Class Procedures listed above.
Lobby Area The Lobby Area is a shared by all families and patrons of The Pennington Studio. Please be courteous and mindful of conversation topics in the lobby area. All dance bags and personal items are to be left in the lobby area when a student goes in to take class. Observation windows may be used to see what your student is learning in class, please keep distractions to a minimum.
Payment and Late Fees The Pennington Studio is based on a 32-week year (9/8/21 - 5/26/22). There is a one-time registration fee of $40 per family. If you withdraw from The Pennington Studio for any reason, it is your responsibility to contact the studio immediately. A notice of 30 days is required to drop a class as well as a fee of $25. May tuition will be collected with September tuition on September 1st. Commitment to program participation and and tuition payments is enacted after attending two weeks of classes consecutively or by October 1, whichever comes first. Recital tickets will not be sold to delinquent accounts. A class with less than 5 students may be cancelled at the discretion of the owner. There are three different payment plans available. (1) Payment paid in full upon registration. (2) Payment in two installments: first installment due at registration and the second installment due on January 1st. (3) Payment in nine installments: first 2 installments due at registration; the remaining installments due on the 1st of each month. Regardless of payment plan option, a $25 late fee will be charged 5 days after payment is past-due.
Dress Code Proper uniform is required for all classes. The students are expected to provide, at their own expense, proper attire and footwear for all classes. This includes but is not limited to, leotard, tights, dance shoes, dance pants, and hair accessories. Students must abide by the designated hair requirements for the class they will be attending, as listed below.
The dress code uniform per level is as follows:
ABC Pre-School Dance Light pink cap sleeved leotard with attached skirt. Pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair worn up in a tight bun.
Kinderdance Cerise leotard. Pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair worn up in a tight bun.
Recreational Ballet 1 Purple leotard. Pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair worn up in a tight bun.
Recreational Ballet 2 Juniper leotard. Pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair worn up in a tight bun.
Recreational Ballet 3/4 Black Cherry leotard. Pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair worn up in a tight bun.
Junior CORE Ballet Navy blue leotard. Pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair worn up in a tight bun.
Intermediate CORE Ballet Mulberry leotard. Pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair worn up in a tight bun.
Senior CORE Ballet Eggplant leotard. Pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair worn up in a tight bun.
Tap Classes The designated leotard for your ballet level. (see above) Black jazz pants, black bike shorts or caramel tights. Hair worn up in a tight bun or ponytail. Black tap shoes: full sole lacing Oxford. The Bloch Respect is great for younger kids. The Chloe and Maudes are recommended for more advanced students. No split sole "jazz" style, please. A lacing Oxford is also acceptable.
Jazz Classes The designated leotard for your ballet level. (see above) Black jazz pants, black bike shorts or caramel tights. Caramel jazz shoes. Hair worn up in a tight bun or ponytail.
Hip-Hop Classes The designated leotard for your ballet level. (see above) Black jazz pants, black bike shorts or caramel tights. Caramel jazz shoes. Hair worn up out of the face in a ponytail. A T-Shirt can be worn over the leotard, if desired.
Boys’ Classes White or black fitted T-Shirt. Black bike shorts, tights, or leggings. Black ballet shoes. Hair worn out of the face and eyes.
Students may wear a ballet skirt during class, if desired.
All students are REQUIRED to wear proper cover up attire to and from the dance studio. (This is simply for safety.) Students must also refrain from walking outside in their dance shoes.
There is to be no jewelry worn during any dance class. (Exceptions include stud earrings.) There should be no chewing gum in classes.
the pennington studio
114 Straube Center Blvd. Suite K-2 Pennington, NJ 08534