February 11, 2022
Dear MDU Families,
Today the Onalaska and Holmen School Districts announced that due to a sharp decline in cases, they will no longer require the wearing of masks in their facilities as of Monday, February 14. We have noted the same sharp decline in cases in our programs and will be following suit. The updated policy for MDU will be effective Monday, February 21 as our studio is closed for Intersessional Break next week.
Every day that we can get where children can fully express themselves in the classroom and teachers can have full communication, including facial cues, we will celebrate! And, if there are days ahead where cases rise to a point where we have to revisit our mask policy, we will do so.
In meantime, all other risk-mitigating factors remain in place and parents are asked to keep their children home if they do not feel well and to keep up with other healthy habits such as good hand hygiene, hydration, nutrition, and sleep. Anyone who would still like to wear a mask to class for comfort is welcome to do so and plenty of masks will still be available at the front desk.
I want to thank our faculty, families, and students for their support over the past two years. Working together, we have kept our classrooms open continuously since June of 2020 and we are working on our return to the stage for Spring Recital! Now that’s some awesome teamwork!
Thank you for your support! With appreciation,
Dear MDU Family,
As many of you are aware, the CDC released new guidance yesterday regarding the use of face masks and face coverings, which states “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
While many of our dance parents are now fully vaccinated, I am also aware that there are members of our community who are not yet eligible, and the CDC continues to state that “the wearing of facial coverings is an effective means of preventing the transmission of COVID-19, particularly when worn indoors.”
MDU has taken a safety-focused approach to in-person activities through our Safer Studio™ practices which have resulted in a .0002% occurrence of positive Covid reports since re-opening in June of 2020.
For this reason, and in cooperation with the Weber Center's ongoing policy, MDU will continue to expect dancers, parents, and staff to comply with our current Safer Studio™ guidelines while at the studio or at the Weber Center for MDU Fest next week. This includes practicing social distancing, following good hand hygiene, and wearing masks for age 2 and up.
In light of the new CDC guidance, we will be re-evaluating our mask and COVID safety practices for the summer and fall classes, and as always families will be informed of any updates.
Thank you for your continued support, and for helping us fulfill our promise to make this season as safe as it is fun for our students and their families! Please see below for a statement from the Executive Director of the Weber Center.
"With new CDC guidelines on mask-wearing for fully vaccinated individuals being released in the past 24 hours, the Weber Center for the Performing Arts will be maintaining its current masking policies at this time. You can view Weber Center policies at webercenterarts.org and click on "Current Business Operations". The Weber Center will be assessing the new CDC guidelines and how they impact our operations moving forward, and will adjust our policies accordingly. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we navigate this ever-changing environment." - Dillon McArdle, Executive Director