Dear MDU Families,
We are proud to continue to offer consistent weekly class experiences that support the physical, social-emotional, and mental health of our staff and students. Since reopening in June of 2020 we have made all necessary adaptations to our programs, following local, national, and industry guidance in order to support a Safer Studio™ learning environment.
As such, we have updated our protocols to match recently updated guidance from the CDC and Wisconsin DHS, which shortens the isolation/quarantine period to 5 days for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The updated process is as follows:
Students or Staff who receive a positive test result should:
Additional information about this change in recommendation from the CDC and WDHS can be found here.
MDU continues to see an extremely low incidence of Covid-19 in our programs while experiencing very high positive reports of the benefits of keeping students engaged in activities. Our building continues to maintain enhanced cleaning protocols including state-of-the-art air circulation. We continue our enrollment management with 50% of our student body in the building less than one hour per week. We continue with our current mask policy.
We continue to do what is necessary. We also continue to plan for spring performances, sharing hope and confidence with our students of brighter days ahead!
We continue to be here for our staff, our students, our families, and our community <3.
Thank you for continuing with us!
Dear MDU family,
At MDU we take care each day to keep faculty and students healthy and safe in our studio including best practices for hygiene and wellness.
While COVID-19 is prominent in the news, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services states that the risk remains low in Wisconsin.
This afternoon State Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm said today her agency recommends the cancellation of all events involving more than 250 people. That recommendation does not extend to K-12 public schools, although schools will have to use different “tools and tactics” to keep student gatherings small.
With our small group instruction format at MDU, and amplified cleaning and disinfecting procedures, we are comfortable continuing to hold classes at this time.
Advice for prevention continues to be the same as an ordinary cold and flu season. Take normal precautions against this and all types of infection by washing hands for 20 seconds, covering coughs into elbows, and staying home when sick.
In addition to education about ordinary prevention, we are also taking above-ordinary precautions by removing toys in the play area, adjusting curriculum to teach without props, and eliminating circle time for littles (which involves holding hands). And, Miss Sandy has taken it on as her personal mission to Clorox everything...even the plants:).
MDU is committed to continuing to play a proactive role to support and encourage community health, especially for our kids and faculty. Yes, viruses are contagious. But so is fear. We believe it's important to take precautions and also to remain centered.
We will update you if anything changes regarding schedules, classes, competitions or performances.
In the meantime, we thank you for your support in keeping things as normal as possible for kids during this challenging time.