August 25, 2021
Dear MDU Families,
Thank you for a great kick-off to our 24th season of “More Than Just Great Dancing!”. We are now a full week into our season and it has been amazing to see kids and families back in the building.
As the leader of our studio community, I have the great joy of seeing the excitement of the kids and teacher returning to class. I also have the great responsibility of navigating a continuously changing situation as it relates to Covid-19.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, MDU has provided clear communication and real-time decision-making. This has allowed us to offer continuous programming with only .0002% incidence of Covid-19 while providing consistent access to the benefits of dance such as physical fitness, social-emotional health, and mental wellness. That’s the joy part!
Now for the responsibility part. At MDU, we make all of our Covid-related decisions based on a variety of inputs, including local and national sources, as well as industry and studio data. I wake up every morning, search the data, and track the trends. I also consult with our county, speak with other community leaders, and pray for wisdom. I’m pleased to say that MDU is still doing extremely well in terms of cases as shared above. That’s why we began our fall season by continuing our summer policy of mask recommendation, not a requirement. Our community, however, is not doing as well. The cases reported yesterday morning were double what they were the week prior and the 7-day average is one we have not seen since February.
In my Welcome Letter from one week ago, I shared that we would escalate our policies if cases continue to rise. As such, beginning today (8/25/21), the following mitigation measures are being implemented:
We will continue monitoring the situation week by week and will make you aware of any changes. If community cases continue to rise, potential escalation of policies may include closing the lobby to reduce traffic, further limiting class sizes, greater physical distancing requirements in classes, and/or masking requirements for all ages.
In closing, I fully understand this message will cause relief for some and disappointment for others. Some will think it’s too much and others may think it’s not enough. This is the nature of the times we live in. But, it’s also in our nature to adapt and to support each other. Our kids are mirrors of our reactions and emotions, so let’s focus on what’s positive! In a time when our community is welcoming Afghan refugees who have lost all, we have much to be thankful for. Thank YOU for your support!
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