Dear MDU Family,

Today was another big day in State and Local news.

Here's the OFFICIAL news:
Today Governor Evers issued Executive Order 82 and Emergency Order 1 "calling on all Wisconsinites to join in the collective effort to stop the devastating impact of COVID-19 by wearing a face covering, not harassing or threatening Wisconsinites who wear a face covering, and showing patience and compassion for those who are unable to wear a face-covering safely."
Parents, according to Gov. Ever's Executive Order 82 and Emergency Order 1, please send your kiddos who are age 5 and older to dance in a cloth face-covering unless you have an exception. If you don't have one and need one, we will provide a blue paper one for you like the kind they have at the local clinics:).

Here's the MDU way:
  • Let's give our best EFFORT to be supporters of this change! Most of us CAN mask up and it's no biggie. Our teachers have been masked up and teaching their hearts out for two months already. The Executive Order EXPECTS this. <3
  • Let's also give our best GRACE to the kiddo who CAN'T wear the mask! A small number of our peers and students cannot mask up a variety of reasons and the Emergency Order PROTECTS this. <3
In a world that is increasingly changing, BEST-EFFORT + GRACE is a winning model for our kids <3. Our youth need the caring adults in their lives to be steady more than ever. Hang in there, parents. You've got this and we support you! We will get through this together!

In partnership,
Misty Lown

PS Please note the Emergency Order still allows for our teachers to drop their masks for a moment to give instructions from an appropriate distance of more than 6 ft. which greatly increases classroom comprehension. <3
PPS Don't forget to join me Saturday, August 1 at 7pm for a MDU Back-to-School Family Chat where I will share more details about what fall will look like. We've got great things going on and I can't wait to share them with you. Join here:

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Dear MDU Families,

As you know, last Wednesday when the Coulee COVID-19 Compass turned red, we voluntarily closed our studio classes to support community health and our teachers have been serving our students enthusiastically online this week. We have also been working in cooperation with the La Crosse County Health Department to create a path forward to support student learning under all circumstances.

This afternoon we had a good discussion with the La Crosse County Health Department about the safety standards that we have in place at the studio. As a result of this discussion, the La Crosse County Health Department is in support of MDU opening for modified live classes at the studio next week, with a Zoom video feed from the studio for those who prefer to, or need to, keep learning at home.

Please note:

  1. We are finishing all classes for this week (6/22 - 6/27) ONLINE as previously announced.
  2. Next week (6/29 - 7/3) we will offer modified live classes at the studio with a zoom feed option from the classroom for those who prefer to, or need to, keep learning at home.
As you may recall when we started our summer term on June 15, assembly guidelines from the country allowed for 15 students in a class. We will be reducing that to 9 students for next week’s classes. Please note, there will be NO changes to the schedules - we will just split any class that has more than 9 students enrolled and add teachers as needed <3. Please refer to our June term re-opening policies for full details.

We will continue to follow the More Than Just Great Dancing!® Safer Studio™ guidelines for operations and the Youth Protection Advocates in Dance® Studio Sanitation guidelines for cleaning. Our teachers will continue to be well checked before attending class and be wearing masks. As always we ask families with any symptoms of illness of any kind to dance at home <3.

In closing, I want to thank our MDU parents for your continued support and to thank the La Crosse County Health Department for their good work. I also want to encourage an environment of grace and empathy as we all navigate these challenging times. Talk to your children about how they are feeling. Their feelings are important. Talk as a family about your comfort attending a class of up to 9 other students that would be sanitized and socially distanced - or your possible preference to learn from home next week. We support your decisions 100% and we look forward to seeing you next whether in person or online. <3

Misty Lown