Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner PROJO Best RI Dance School 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Covid Safety In-Studio Guidelines
CDDS In Studio COVID19 Waiver.pdf
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Updated 11/9/21

Thank you for helping to keep CDDS a safe place!

Mask/Distance Policy: 
  • Masks and distancing are required in-Studio at all times for everyone ages 2+ except for: 
    • Jr/Sr students are all vaccinated and are not masked/distanced. Proof of vaccination was submitted.
    • Rhythmettes have a high percentage of vaccinated dancers. Masked but not distanced. Proof of vaccination was submitted.
    • Warwick Studio Level 3/4 dancers have a high percentage of vaccinated dancers. Masked but not distanced. Proof of vaccination was submitted.
    • Smithfield Level 3/4 dancers are masked and distanced at this time.
    • Adult classes require proof of vaccination and masks are optional. No distancing.
  • When purchasing a mask for dance, Athleta and Bloch make ones that Miss Carolyn suggests. Block masks available at Competitors Closet in Warwick.
  • Neck gaiters and bandanas not permitted.
  • Toddler & Me: All students 2+ and adult must wear a mask (regardless of vaccination).
  • Our mask and distancing policies have helped to prevent DOH from deeming students or full classes as close contacts and having to quarantine or close down classes/the Studio.
  • Per state guidelines:  Businesses have the authority to establish and implement policies regarding face masks, distancing or other measures that are more restrictive than the State rules. See RIDOH Masking FAQ.
In-Studio Protocols + Safety
  1. Do not send a dancer if the below apply. Always notify us via email info@carolyndutradancestudio.com - See below Absent Notice format.
    • They have any sick symptoms. Dancer can return in-studio when they have 24 hours of no sick symptoms and are not contagious. See CDC website for symptoms , which includes even just a runny stuffy nose.
    • They are a close contact.
    • They test positive for Covid. *Email us all details right away (date of symptoms/positive test, is the positive person in the home able to isolate, brief descriptions of exposure, etc.)
      • Per RIDOH adapted for CDDS: If a student is positive for COVID-19, they can return in-studio after these 3 things have happened:
        • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
        • They have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and
        • Their other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (a loss of taste or smell may take longer to improve so should not delay the end of isolation
    • Someone in the home is sick, in quarantine, has Covid or waiting for Covid test results due to being a close contact or symptoms
    • See below Travel Policy. Email us dates absent, travel location and when your dancer is eligible to return.
    • *CDDS has the right to extend a students return in-Studio from quarantine, travel or testing positive for Covid-19. Each situation is unique and will be addressed on an individual case by case situation.*
  2. Only students and staff are permitted inside the buildings. Make sure your online account contact information is up to date incase we need to reach you. Anyone doing drop off/pickup should be in your account.
  3. There is no use of waiting room or changing areas. Students must arrive ready for class. Bring student to the bathroom and change into dance clothes at home before coming to the Studio.
  4. New students bring printed signed waiver to first class. Parent/Guardian must sign most updated online Required Policies and Agreements upon enrollment.
  5. Studio sanitizing protocols are still in place. Everyone sanitizes hands upon entrance and exit. All props, equipment, ballet bars, high touch points are sanitized between classes.
  6. Warwick and Smithfield Studios have Phenomenal Aire Ionization Generator Technology HVAC system. "Lab verified and certified deactivates Covid-19 with a 99.4% reduction." An ionization generator technology unit that kills viruses, mold and bacteria, and eliminates allergens and odors.
  7. Classrooms and curriculum have been redesigned to uphold Covid safety.
  8. Students will remain inside the same dance room for the entirety of the class.
  9. Students cannot arrive late or be dismissed early, they must attend the entire duration of class.
  10. Most importantly - Never attend in-Studio class when you are sick.  Get tested often, wear a mask, and watch your distance any time you’re near people you don’t live with, both indoors and out.  
Testing Site Information: https://health.ri.gov/covid/testing/

Absent Notice Format:
Email info@CarolynDutraDanceStudio.com with as much advance notice as possible.
Subject: Absent Dancer
Include in Email all that apply:
    -Student full name:
    -Classes and Studio location you attend (ex. Warwick Wednesday 4pm Preschool).
    -Date of absence:
    -Reason:
    - If Covid related, include as much detail as possible (ex. close contact date and details, quarantine end date, date of first symptom, Covid test date and results, if a household member is positive can they isolate? .)

Online classes available for make-up: Tuesday 4pm Primary + Tuesday 7pm Hip Hop Ages 7-11 online classes available for make-up classes. In-Studio make up classes are not available at this time.

Travel Policy @ CDDS:
See Covid.RI.Gov travel page for their recommendation.

Domestic Travel
  • Vaccinated students can resume in-studio upon return. No test or quarantine required.
  • Unvaccinated students who travel out of state to a largely populated event require a PCR test 3-5 days upon return and can resume in-studio after 7 days of travel. (Ex. Disney, Wedding)
  • Some situations of unvaccinated students who briefly travel out of state nearby and are only with their family or other vaccinated people they know in small settings may be exempt - use your best judgement. If you are unsure please ask us. (Example: Visiting with your family in MA.) 
  • *The Studio has the right to extend a students return in-Studio.*
International Travel
  • Vaccinated students must get a PCR test 3-5 days after international travel before resuming in-studio. 
  • Unvaccinated students must get a PCR test 3-5 days after international travel and can resume in-studio after a full 7 days after travel.
  • *The Studio has the right to extend a students return in-Studio.*
Staff/Faculty:
  1. All staff are vaccinated and do not distance from students.
  2. Employees have been trained on all Covid Safety Protocols.
  3. Staff wear masks in classes that require students to wear masks.
What to Bring:
  • Toddler & Me bring your own props in a small bag - rhythm sticks (ie. wooden kitchen utensils, Lummi sticks), scarf, small stuffed animal, stickers, shaker toy (ie. percussion egg, rattle).
  • Preschool/Primary: Carry Tap shoes in-hand. No water bottle or dance bag needed.
  • Primary/Acro Combo: Tap shoes in hand, extra mask in zip-loc bag and small water bottle in small dance bag.
  • Level 1-2 Ballet/Jazz/Tap Combo: Tap and Jazz shoes, small water in small dance bag. Black dance shorts/leggings optional for Jazz/Tap
  • Level 3-4 Contemporary/Jazz/Tap Combo: Tap and Jazz shoes, small water in small dance bag. Black dance shorts/leggings optional for Jazz/Tap
  • Acro: nothing
  • Hip Hop: Hip Hop sneakers in-hand. *Do not wear sneakers worn outside into class.
  • New students bring printed filled out and signed Waiver on your first visit to the Studio. 
  • Do not bring anything else that is not noted above. If inhaler/medication required notify Studio via email.

Arrival:
  • See website for dress code. All dancers arrive wearing Ballet shoes inside slide sandals or easy on/off slip ons. Do not wear dance shoes on ground outside. (Level 3/4 wear contemporary shoes, Acro barefoot - socks when cold.)
  • Dancers must already be dressed in dance clothes. 
  • As the weather changes, do wear easy on/off warm layer over dance clothes as needed, and  when raining.
  • Hair securely and neatly pulled back. Always a bun for ballet.
  • Have dancer use the bathroom before arriving to the Studio.
  • Arrive 5 minutes before your class start time line up outside on distance markers.
  • Always park in Studio parking lot. Do not park or wait for dancers in neighboring businesses.
  • Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before class begins for drop off. It is very important to arrive on time. Late arrivals may not be allowed in. Early and late arrivals will challenge flow for other classes.
  • Parents, promptly return to vehicle and exit the parking lot to make room for the next class. Cars cannot remain parked in the Studio parking lot during classes (except for Toddler & Me)
  • Line Up By Age/Studio
    • Warwick Studio: Front Room classes - line up at front door.   Back Room classes - line up at back door
      • Students 9 and under-  Parent line up with student 5 minutes before class begins, exit vehicle with mask on and line up with student outside on distance markers until they enter the Studio, and then return to vehicle.
      • Students 10 and up - Just dancer line up outside 5 minutes before class begins. Parents may remain in vehicle.
    • Smithfield & Cranston Studios: All classes enter through front entrance
      • Students 11 and under- Parent line up with student 5 minutes before class begins, exit vehicle with mask on and line up with student outside on distance markers until they enter the Studio, and then return to vehicle.
      • Students 12 and up - Just dancer line up outside 5 minutes before class begins. Parents may remain in vehicle.
    • Closed Class, Preparatory, Pee Wee Company- Students may line up alone. Parents may line up with dancers if preferred.
Pick-Up After Class:
  • Parents arrive 5 minutes before the end of your dancer's class. Staff will dismiss students one at a time.
  • Always park in Studio parking lot.
  • Dancer/Parent Line Up By Age/Studio
    • Warwick Studio: Front Room classes - line up at front door.   Back Room classes - line up at back door
      • Students 9 and under-  Parent line up 2 minutes before class ends, exit vehicle with mask on and line up outside on distance markers for dancer to meet you, and then return to vehicle.
      • Students 10 and up - Parents may remain in vehicle. Students will be dismissed one at a time.
    • Smithfield & Cranston Studios: All classes enter through front entrance
      • Students 11 and under- Parent line up 2 minutes before class ends, exit vehicle with mask on and line up outside on distance markers for dancer to meet you, and then return to vehicle.
      • Students 12 and up - Parents may remain in vehicle. Students will be dismissed 2 minutes before class ends, exit vehicle with mask on and line up outside on distance markers for dancer to meet you, and then return to vehicle.
    • Closed Class, Preparatory, Pee Wee Company- Parent line up on distance markers 5 minutes before end of class. Dancers will be dismissed to you one at a time.  Pickup person must be 16+ (It's nighttime at pickup, we would like parents to exit cars and get young dancers)
    • Please promptly return to your vehicle and exit the parking to make room for the next class.
    • Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before class ends for pickup. It is very important to arrive on time. 
    • Early pickups are not permitted. Early and late pickups will challenge flow for other classes.
  • Notes:
    • Parents, please do not congregate outside the Studio.  Arrive only 5 minutes before class begins/ends and exit the parking lot promptly to make room for the next class. If you are too early or late, it will interfere with flow of other classes.
    • Payments are non-refundable.
CDDS Community Promise
As government guidelines are expanding and vaccines roll out, we ask our dance family to support a CDDS Community Promise to continue upholding safety as priority.  We trust everyone will continue to follow all government and in-Studio guidelines. Please stay up to date on the State Covid reccomendations and requirements. https://covid.ri.gov
  • Per state guidelines:  Businesses have the authority to establish and implement policies regarding face masks, distancing or other measures that are more restrictive than the State rules.
  • CDDS protocols have kept the Studio successfully operating in-person since June 2020: passing all inspections, maintaining 6ft distance to avoid close contacts and closing classrooms, etc.
  • All three CDDS locations have passed inspection by the DBR Covid Task Force. We are proud to be able to provide a safe happy place for our dancers. Thank you for your trust and dedication to our CDDS family.
  • CDDS follows all Covid government regulations, with additional safety precautions, in order to remain open and staff are ready to take care of your children's needs and safety while inside the Studio! Class curriculums have been adapted and smaller class sizes created for Covid safety.