Dear MDU Families, 

We are proud to continue to offer consistent weekly class experiences that support the physical, social-emotional, and mental health of our staff and students. Since reopening in June of 2020 we have made all necessary adaptations to our programs, following local, national, and industry guidance in order to support a Safer Studio™ learning environment.   

As such, we have updated our protocols to match recently updated guidance from the CDC and Wisconsin DHS, which shortens the isolation/quarantine period to 5 days for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The updated process is as follows:

Students or Staff who receive a positive test result should:

  • Report the positive case to MDU via the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form.
  • Isolate at home for 5 days and until symptoms are no longer present.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

Additional information about this change in recommendation from the CDC and WDHS can be found here

MDU continues to see an extremely low incidence of Covid-19 in our programs while experiencing very high positive reports of the benefits of keeping students engaged in activities. Our building continues to maintain enhanced cleaning protocols including state-of-the-art air circulation. We continue our enrollment management with 50% of our student body in the building less than one hour per week. We continue with our current mask policy. 

We continue to do what is necessary. We also continue to plan for spring performances, sharing hope and confidence with our students of brighter days ahead! 

We continue to be here for our staff, our students, our families, and our community <3. 

Thank you for continuing with us!
Miss Misty

Safer Studio Policy Archive
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642

10/26/20 Back to school for many of our students today.

Good Morning!

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