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 Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.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 Families,
As you know, last Wednesday when the Coulee COVID-19 Compass turned red, we voluntarily closed our studio classes to support community health and our teachers have been serving our students enthusiastically online this week. We have also been working in cooperation with the La Crosse County Health Department to create a path forward to support student learning under all circumstances.
This afternoon we had a good discussion with the La Crosse County Health Department about the safety standards that we have in place at the studio. As a result of this discussion, the La Crosse County Health Department is in support of MDU opening for modified live classes at the studio next week, with a Zoom video feed from the studio for those who prefer to, or need to, keep learning at home.