Dear MDU Family,
I am writing today with a proactive communication regarding the potential state-wide mask mandate repeal going before the Legislature on Thursday.
Regardless of the outcome, our business will continue to support a mask requirement (unless you have an exception) until further notice.
While it is true that we have had a negligible occurrence of COVID-19 in our programs since re-opening in June (.00025%, or 5 reportable cases out of over 20,000 heads in classes, and none for two months) Coulee Region public schools are in the process of welcoming their students back which introduces a new risk variable to our student population. Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.
As a teacher and a dancer, I look forward to the day when this is no longer a talking point, but in the meantime, we will continue all of the Safer Studio™ measures that have brought us such success so far including keeping people home when they don't feel well, well checks for employees, ongoing facility cleaning with our Sparkle Squad, hand sanitation, and face coverings. Our community is turning the corner and we need to stay the course until we get there <3.
As always, we will continue to monitor the situation as we keep our focus on supporting the whole health of our students—including physical, social-emotional and, mental well-being—through dance classes each week.
Thank you for your support!
From ages birth to five, there is an explosion of brain development that sets a child on the course that will become their life. Will they graduate from college? Drop out of high school? Cure cancer? Spend time in jail? As individuals and as a society, we can influence which way that path leads. If we make the most of those early years of brain development, we will be on our way to creating a competitive, healthy and happy workforce and society. But how do we do that at a time when quality childcare is hard to find and difficult to afford?
Great Rivers United Way and the sparks! collaborative are bringing to town an important documentary about early childhood learning and childcare. You are invited to attend and to spread the word to anyone else you think might be interested. Thanks to some community sponsors, No Small Matter is being shown free of charge at three locations in our area. The panel discussion afterward will allow a chance to continue the conversation further.
Three screening dates are available:
Tuesday, August 20 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rivoli in La Crosse,
Wednesday, August 28 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at MDU (Misty’s Dance Unlimited) in Onalaska
Tuesday, September 10 at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library at 6:30 p.m.
To get a sneak peek, check out the trailer for No Small Matter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Shm-KRh4LFg
For questions or more information, contact Julie Nelson at United Way: firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-796-1400.
Reserve your tickets for the show and FREE kids dance class at MDU: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/no-small-matter-tickets-64811838955