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 Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.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!
MANY of our students are heading back to school today for the first time. Some are excited, some are nervous. Parents and teachers included.
I wanted to offer a bit of ENCOURAGEMENT from someone who has been leading a school that has been open continuously since late June. We have had over 9,000 client contacts through our building since that time and only 3 Covid cases (none from our studio and none for 6 weeks). That's less than 1/100th of 1% occurrence.
Miss Shayna Stellflue has been implementing our Safer Studio™ standards to a T, Miss Sandy Averill doesn't let anyone by without hitting the Purell, we have a near-to-full time cleaning routine, all of our teachers are in face coverings and they are providing regular reminders to kids to practice safety. It's been a lot, but it has been critical to keeping our services as a CONSTANT for kids in a hard time.
It IS possible to step back into classroom settings if solid safety measures are in place and well maintained. But, it takes keeping SAFETY in first place. As our kids start going back to school this week, please join us in giving them the CONFIDENCE to navigate their new school-flows and LOVING REMINDERS of the simple things we can all do to help keep each other healthy such as staying home if we aren't well, keeping our hands clean and wearing our face coverings if we are able.
Together, we can.
Love, Miss Misty W. Lown