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 Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.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,
Two weeks ago we took our first steps towards re-opening our facility by serving ONE family at a time at our Red Carpet Recitals!
Next week we take forward by serving TWO rooms at a time (which is less than we had on opening day 23 years ago:).
I know so many of our students are busting at the seems to get back (and parents might be more than ready to get their kids out of the house!) but we are sticking with our staggered and structured re-opening, one baby step at a time.
And, by baby steps, I mean BABY steps. We are still 50% online for June and of the programs we are offering on-site, we are only opening 28% of our classrooms.
Please see our June Newsletter for additional information regarding our first steps back into the classroom and thank you for your patience as we build our program back one step at a time ♥.
Please check the MDU website before your class for the stop-and-go light indicator in the upper right-hand corner which indicates the status of classes.