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 Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.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!
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.