COVID 19 Response
Dear Pro Arte Centre Families,
Pro Arte Centre is continuing to manage through this crisis, while supporting our community and our faculty who have been working extremely hard to keep classes running during these extraordinary changes to the arts industry. The measures we have taken are to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the Pro Arte Centre dancers and faculty.
We closed our doors on March 14th 2020 and worked closely with BC Health Ministry, IADMS and WHO guidelines to develop a safe and strategic reopening plan. We are pleased to share that as of June 1st 2020 we opened with in-class instruction. We will still be continuing to place our classes online to accommodate our community that are still not comfortable with in-class instruction.
We are continue to roll out a On-Demand program for dancers that want to re-take a class, or if they are unable to make a class, it will still be available to them so there are no gaps in training. On-Demand comes with a FREE resource for Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop.
Working with recommendations from BC Ministry of Health, IADMS and the WHO, we have introduced enhanced, preventative health and safety measures to ensure all feel safe to teach and dance. You can see the preventative measures on our social media.
The issues that we have been presented with this crisis is new to all of the performing arts community. Each step of the way back into training, we have done our best to take care of our clients and support our community – and we will continue to do so.
Pro Arte Faculty
When entering our studio
First — if you are not well — stay home!
If you live with a family member who is in quarantine, please wait to attend class in person until after the quarantine period has ended.
Arrive 5 minutes before class begins with your hair done and in dance wear. Please bring a wrap that covers your arms so you can cough or sneeze into your elbow.
With apologies to parents, there are no waiting rooms available and guests/visitors to the building are prohibited. Please advise the office should this be problematic if there is a long commute to navigate.
Please wash your hands on entering and exiting the building.
Please do not touch any locker other than your own.
Enter and exit the studios singly allowing for social distancing room between yourself and others.
Sanitizing stations have been set up around the building for use.
Studios are disinfected between classes (with a change of students) using the child-safe (and green product) hypochlorous acid. This product is approved by the EPA for use around children who are vulnerable to the toxic effect of chemicals. This is a potent oxidizer that kills all air-born and surface viruses, has no odor and is 100% all-natural. Application of this disinfectant is managed through an electric fogger atomizer.
Classes for each level are linked back to back with staggered start and end times to reduce the number of individuals in the hallways. No breaks are planned however students will be allowed to stagger washroom breaks during classes and are encouraged to bring a water bottle (filled at home). There is no kitchen access at this time. Each dancer will have a minimum of an 8’x8′ dancing space marked with an additional 2′ between boxes. Barres will not be shared. Faculty will have their own space and will not be moving around the studio but remain in their teaching space.
Understanding the Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
Many of us are confused, or sometimes we mean the same thing when we talk about cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. In the midst of COVID-19, parents and teachers need to make sure they clearly understand the differences between these terms for the safety and welfare of our children.
- Cleaning means the removal of dirt and impurities on a surface or an object. It works by applying soap or detergent with water. It would be best if you used friction to remove the dirt and germs on the surfaces physically.
- Sanitizing is the lowering of the number of germs on surfaces to a safe threshold level according to health standards. The process works by applying sanitizing solutions during cleaning.
- Disinfecting is the total killing of germs and pathogens. It works by applying chemical solutions. It does not necessarily need the surface to be clean when you disinfect. The complete elimination of viruses can either lower or prevent the spread of infectious diseases.