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 Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.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!
Studio Closed Wednesday, June 18 - Sunday, June 22
MDU has been working closely with La Crosse County Health Department leaders and adhering to their guidelines since the beginning of the COVID-19 situation. This week, I had another call with them to make sure our opening and operational plans were above and beyond community health expectations (which they were<3).
Today, Wednesday, June 17, the La Crosse County Health Department changed the status of our county on the Coulee COVID-19 Compass from “orange” to “red”. While the associated changes are recommendations and NOT mandates, we would rather be “safe than sorry” as my dad always used to say. To that end, the programming for summer classes that were set to start today and tomorrow will begin next week instead and be extended accordingly by one week.
Our website and social media will be updated regarding the status of classes on Monday, June 22nd at 12pm. If our county is still “red” according to the Compass, we will host our classes via online distance learning until we return to “orange”.
My appreciation goes to our management team who built a flexible schedule to adapt to any circumstance. Our hope is that our community will work together over the rest of the week and weekend to stay home when possible and help our county to “return to orange” so our kids can return to in-person classes next week. They’ve waited so long, please help by staying home when possible. <3
Thank you AGAIN for your support. Our staff, our students, and families thank you!