Dear MDU Family,

Today is a great day! Today, our studio will have a modified opening, an event that our staff and students have been looking forward to for 12 days during our recent voluntary closure to support community health.

We are pleased to share that our Safer Studio™ plans have earned the support of the La Crosse County Health Department which allows us to offer service continuity going forward. What does that mean? It means that means the plans and precautions we have put into place support our ability to hold in-person classes with modifications - even during “red”.

The response to our planning and communication has been overwhelmingly positive and we are pleased to be able to offer you two ways to dance this week:

  1. You can join us for in-person classes, which will be limited to 9 students per class; or
  2. If you are uncomfortable attending in-person classes, you are welcome to learn-at-home with our new live-streamed classes via Zoom. Please check your email for at-home participation zoom links to your classes.
The County has expressed their appreciation for our continued efforts to support community health by offering a variety of ways for students to continue to dance safely. After all, health is not just about avoiding sickness. It’s also about building strong bodies, minds, and hearts - something that happens in each and every class at MDU!

That said, you are probably aware that the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the County has increased significantly in the past few weeks. It probably also goes without saying that we are a school, and schools are going to experience reports of COVID-19 exposure as they welcome back their staff and students. The County has assured me that single reports of exposure risk will not require a studio closure. If the studio receives a report of exposure risk, the reporter will be asked to share with the County, any affected classes will be notified, and exposure-risk level cleaning will be enacted. The County encourages those with exposure risk to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of potential exposure. MDU has the ability to monitor staff self-quarantine but does not have the capacity to monitor student self-quarantine. As such, parents will be asked to use their own discretion as to their comfortability returning to class or if they would rather participate from home. There is absolutely no penalty for absence and classes may be made up in-person (space permitting) or online (anytime). If the studio receives a cluster report of exposure risk, we will work directly with the County on the next steps.

Thank you MDU Family, for working together to minimize risk, keep our staff and students safe, and keep our studio operational. We continue to follow the highest standards of care and ask you to do the same. For a full list of our re-opening procedures please see attached document.

Thank you again for your support! We appreciate our MDU family every day and we can’t wait to see you this week!

Sincerely,

Misty Lown


COVID-19 Message Archive
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • info@mistysdance.com
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • info@mistysdance.com

Update: Covid-19

Dear MDU Family,

With Governor Ever's announcement today that schools will not reconvene for the remainder of the year, we wanted to let you know that we are diligently working on and praying about what this means for our programs. We are also still waiting for the CDC's new guidance about social distancing, which is expected in early May.

So while we do not yet have answers as to what is possible as we seek to reimagine things like our recital, competition and ballet show, here's what we DO know:

Our TEACHERS are going to continue to SHOW UP and SHOW OUT for your kids in our weekly classes and activities (which go until May 16)!

We are still going to HONOR our SENIORS in a special way!

We are going to continue to make PRUDENT decisions that prioritize the SAFETY and HEALTH of our teachers, students, and community-at-large.

We will continue to adapt and we will GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.

Because of your support, our studio will BE HERE FOR THE KIDS today...and we will be here when the day comes that we can see each other again in person.

We will hold a second MDU Family Chat with our updated plan in early May after the CDC releases its next round of recommendations for social distancing. In the meantime, we THANK YOU for your ongoing support for our teachers and our students as we seek to continue to be an anchor of familiarity and community at this time.

In closing, I once read this quote when my best friend was undergoing treatment for cancer. I think there is so much in this that applies to our current pandemic.

And, so we continue FORWARD in love, hope, faith, and friendship; showing courage for our kids, creating new memories and lifting the spirit of our community along the way.

With appreciation, Miss Misty