Company Health & Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic

At Aerial Dance your safety has always been our priority, never has that been more important than now during the global COVID-19 Pandemic. We know there is a lot of fear and uncertainty about where you should or shouldn’t be going as the state reopens. We cannot promise a 100% virus-free environment, but what we can do is tell you all the steps we’ve taken as a company, the products we are using, and the procedures in place to limit the chances. Details below offer full transparency to the Aerial Dance policy so you can make your own educated decision on whether to attend classes.

These policies have been crafted with the recommendations from: Badger Bounce Back Plan; CDC & WHO guidelines; “General Guidance for All Businesses” and “Gym Fitness Facilities” guidelines by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; Outagamie & Brown County Health Department suggestions; and extensive research for our specific types of activities.

This webpage will be updated as we go through the phases of our comprehensive plan, we are currently in Phase 1. Everything listed below is Phase 1 information.

General Changes:

  • All class times will be 50 minutes to allow one group of students to leave the building and another group to arrive to limit student contact.
  • There will not be communal pens around the studio.
  • We will not be using “cards” to track moves during phase 1.
  • Gold Star Girl is suspended during phase 1.
  • Comments & Suggestions boxes will not be out during phase 1, please email us your comments.
  • There will be no spotting in classes or practices during phase 1.
  • Students will be asked to keep on socks except when they are in the teaching studio and around their apparatus for the class
  • Students will be wearing masks when entering and exiting the facility.
  • Showering at the studio will not be available during phase 1.
  • Bathrooms are available but we are requesting students change before coming to the studio if at all possible.
  • The Fitness studios will not be used for classes during this time.
  • If taking a fitness class that uses a yoga mat students will be asked to bring their own mat or a large clean towel to cover one of our mats. If not possible, students can rent a clean towel for $5. This does not apply to pole or aerial classes, which will cease doing on floor conditioning during this time. This applies to Aerial Conditioning, Bendy Babe, etc. 

Entry Changes:

To maximize social distance, Aerial Dance will be using external doors for every teaching space for students to gain entry. This will mean only students in a class will have contact in the same room. Students will wear masks when entering and exiting the facility and in hallways where we cannot control social distance.

All entry doors will be propped open when it is time to enter so students do not need to touch common surfaces

At each entrance, Aerial Dance has installed coat/purse hooks. There is also a rug or shoe rack.

All entries have a “sanitizing station” where subtends will have the option of hand sanitizing gel or a wipe. Students are asked to use one before departing the entry area and going into the teaching space.

Appleton Entrances:

  • Front Pole – normal entrance
  • Aerial Studio – park in back and use the door into the hallway
  • Dance Studio – park in back and use the glass door
  • Back Pole Studio – drive around the side of the building and enter directly in that studio

Green Bay Entrances:

  • Pole Studio – normal entrance
  • Aerial Studio – walk around side of building and enter directly into that studio

General Cleaning Procedures:

  • While students were away, we deep cleaned both facilities
  • Our studios are professionally disinfected twice weekly by Clean Image Janitorial
    • Appleton is cleaned on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings
    • Green Bay is cleaned on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday Evenings
  • All microfiber towels are washed on hot with bleach after each use.
  • Aerial Fabrics (silks & hammocks) are sprayed with disinfectant spray after use. During phase 1, fabrics will be sprayed 3 separate times with disinfectant and allowed 1 day to dry before the next student use.
  • Aerial Fabrics (silks & hammocks) are laundered after 5 uses (this usually is 10).
  • Hoops, Poles, the floor, and crash mats are cleaned with 70% isopropyl alcohol after each use. And multiple times during class too.
  • At the end of each night, the floor around the poles will be disinfected with Clorox Scentiva mop wipes.
  • All common surfaces are cleaned between classes using 70% isopropyl alcohol or a sanitizing wipe.

Pole Program Changes:

  • There will be NO sharing of any apparatus during this time.
  • Doubles pole is not allowed during phase 1.
  • All Pole Classes will be limited to 8 students and 1 instructor.
  • Every pole will have a bottle of alcohol to use (no sharing alcohol bottles).
  • When entering the building, all pole students will pick up two
    microfiber towels;
    1. will be used to wipe down the floor and pole with 70% isopropyl
      alcohol before and after class
    2. will be for personal use during class
  • During phase 1 we will not be spotting students.
  • The curriculums have been modified to be fun and appropriately challenging for students; we will be helping students resume in a safe manner, grow their skills, and increase strength.

Aerial Program Changes:

  • There will be NO sharing of any apparatus during this time.
  • Doubles tricks will not be allowed during phase 1.
  • All Aerial Classes will be limited to 6 students and 1 instructor.
  • Only one class at a time will be in the aerial studio.
  • When entering the building all aerial students will pick up two
    microfiber towels;
    1. will be use to wipe down the crash mat (and hoop) with 70% isopropyl
      alcohol before and after class
    2. will be for personal use during class
  • Every aerial apparatus will have a bottle of alcohol to use next to the crash mat (no sharing alcohol bottles).
  • Rosin will available by asking the instructor to spray your hands.
  • Hammock & Silks classes will alternate days so we have ample time to disinfect fabric and have them hanging from an attachment point before the next class.
  • Aerial Fabrics will be sprayed 3 times with disinfectant and hung to rest for a minimum of 1 day before being used by another student.
  • During phase 1 we will not be spotting students.
  • The curriculums have been modified to be fun and appropriately challenging for students; we will be helping students resume in a safe manner, grow their skills, and increase strength.
  • Students will need to choose ONE apparatus for use during Aerial Practices.
  • Aerial Practices will also not be scheduled on days when there are Aerial Silks classes as we cannot guarantee silks will be available for practice use if the class was full.

Air Quality & HVAC systems:

One of the top CDC concerns for COVID-19 transmission is droplets in the air. Having a lot of fresh air in enclosed spaces greatly reduces the risk. Therefore, we have met with HVAC specialists to increase the amount of external air coming into all studios. The fans will be running during all classes to bring in fresh air.

Between classes, external doors will be propped open to bring in fresh air. Depending on outside temperature doors may also be open during class.

  • All air filters have been replaced
  • All filters will be cleaned and/or replaced weekly (normally every three months)

PRODUCTS USED:

Aerial Dance is extremely lucky to have a formulation scientist on staff! She’s
smart and knows about chemicals and what works for killing viruses. With her
guidance and the help of our professional cleaning company, Clean Image
Janitorial, we have sourced the following products for cleaning the studio.
Ingredient lists and safety data are linked below.

Aerial Dance reserve the right to modify and update these procedures as more information becomes available about the virus. If a specified product is not available, it can be swapped out with a similar product with no notice.

 

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Appleton Studio

1871 N. Silver Spring Drive
Appleton, WI 54913

Green Bay Studio

1601 Lawrence Drive
De Pere, WI 54115