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Ballet Austin Academy

School Year Classes Policies & Procedures

Health & Safety Protocols

Ballet Austin’s current health and safety protocols reflect recommendations from the CDC, federal, state, local health officials and the guidance of Ballet Austin’s medical advisor. With the health and safety of our students and staff as our highest priority, Ballet Austin’s protocols are cautious and evolving. As new recommendations are announced, we will send updates to our protocols, as warranted.

The following protocols are in place:

  • Parents are asked to be on alert for any symptoms of COVID-19 and keep their students at home if showing any cold-like symptoms like coughing, sneezing, or a temperature of 100.4 or higher.
  • Ballet Austin staff, faculty, and accompanists are fully vaccinated.
  • Ballet Austin staff, faculty, and accompanists are required to wear masks while onsite at Ballet Austin.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, unvaccinated students determined to have been in close contact will be required to quarantine for 7 days and receive a negative PCR test, administered after the 5th day, before returning to class.
    • Unvaccinated students may also choose to quarantine for 14 days and return to class without taking a COVID-19 test.
  • Fully vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine and may continue with class. The only exception to this will be if a fully vaccinated student tests positive, in which case that student will need to quarantine.

Young Children’s Division

BUILDING ACCESS

  • One parent (or an accompanying adult) and the Young Children’s Division student will enter and exit the building through the main entrance. Upon arrival, the parent/accompanying adult will sign in at the Welcome desk and will then be directed to the student’s studio.
  • In order to limit the number of people in the building, access beyond the lobby will be limited to one adult per student. Siblings not enrolled in the class will not be permitted in the building at this time.
  • We ask that parents/accompanying adults and the student arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to class.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

  • Ballet Austin staff, faculty, and accompanists are fully vaccinated.
  • Ballet Austin staff, faculty, and accompanists are required to wear masks while onsite at Ballet Austin.
  • All those over 24 months of age, regardless of vaccine status, will be required to wear a mask at all times while onsite at Ballet Austin.
    • Student masks must be provided by the student/student’s family.

Pre-Ballet, Elementary, and Intermediate/Advanced Division

BUILDING ACCESS

  • Parents are asked to be on alert for any symptoms of COVID-19 and keep their student at home if showing any cold-like symptoms like coughing, sneezing, or a temperature of 100.4 or higher.
  • Students will enter and exit the building through the main entrance on the corner of 3rd and San Antonio streets.
  • Access to the building will be limited to staff and students only – Parents/Guardians should plan to drop off/pick up students outside the building.
  • Student access to the building will be limited to 30 minutes prior to class.
  • No early drop-off will be available
  • Prompt pick-up at the conclusion of the student’s day is required.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

  • Ballet Austin staff, faculty, and accompanists are fully vaccinated.
  • Students 12 years of age and older are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • Ballet Austin staff, faculty, and accompanists are required to wear masks while onsite at Ballet Austin.
  • All those over 24 months of age, regardless of vaccine status, will be required to wear a mask at all times while onsite at Ballet Austin.
    • Student masks must be provided by the student/student’s family.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, unvaccinated students determined to have been in close contact will be required to quarantine for 7 days and receive a negative PCR test, administered after the 5th day, before returning to class.
  • Unvaccinated students may also choose to quarantine for 14 days and return to class without taking a COVID-19 test.
  • Fully vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine and may continue with class. The only exception to this will be if a fully vaccinated student tests positive, in which case that student will need to quarantine.

Withdrawal / Refund Policy

Withdrawal notification must be submitted in writing (or email) and received by the Academy Office. A $30 withdrawal fee will be charged to the account.

Tuition for the first month is non-refundable. If withdrawing after the first month of the school year program, the annual tuition will be prorated and refunded accordingly. No refunds or prorates will be issued if withdrawing after March 31 of each year.

Schedule Change Policy

Class Change Requests must be submitted in writing (or email) to the Academy Office before a student can move to another class. Not all class change requests may be accommodated.

General Studio Protocol

Ballet Austin Studio Protocol Includes:

  • The Dress code is specific for each level. Reference each level for Academy uniform requirements.
  • Students are expected to behave respectfully and courteously at all times.
  • Photography/Videography by patrons in the Butler Dance Education Center is prohibited.
  • Students must wear street shoes and cover up clothing before leaving the building.
  • Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet and Elementary Division students should not enter a classroom until the teacher is present.
  • Intermediate and Advanced Division students may stretch in the studio before their class begins if there is not another class in the studio.
  • Parents are asked to remain outside the studio.
  • Chewing gum, food and drinks (except water in closed containers) are not allowed in the studio or dressing rooms.
  • Toe tape, Band-Aids, containers, wrappers, etc. must be disposed of in trash cans.
  • Students are not permitted to sit at or play the pianos.
  • Ballet Austin is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. Labeling personal items with the student’s name is recommended. Personal items should remain with the student or parent at all times. Do not leave personal items unattended.
  • There is a lost and found bin located in the study area next to the upstairs lounge for missing items. At the end of the month, items that have not been retrieved will be discarded or donated to charity.

Attendance Policies

Attendance

  • Attendance will be taken in each Academy class.
  • Students must arrive prepared, properly dressed, and on time for all scheduled classes.

Late Arrival
Students enrolled in the Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Divisions may be asked to sit and watch class if arriving more than 15 minutes late.

Absence
If a student misses a class for any reason, his/her parent or guardian must call 512.501.8703 or email to report the absence.

Class Make-up

  • All Students may make up missed classes by attending another class at or below their current level of study.
  • Intermediate and Advanced Division students are required to make up missed classes whenever possible.

Illness or Injury

  • Students who are ill should not come to class.
  • Extended illness requires a note when returning to class.
  • Injured dancers are encouraged to come observe class so they are familiar with the curriculum and combinations being taught when they return to class.

Watch Week

Watch Weeks allows parents the opportunity to experience the hard work and dedication that their child demonstrates in his/her studies at the Ballet Austin Academy. One Watch Week is scheduled during fall and during spring. Dates are listed on the Academy Calendar.

Reminders

  • Please keep noise and/or distraction to a minimum. This includes:
  • Only two adult family members are allowed to attend. Siblings should remain at home.
  • Keeping cell phones on silent mode during class
  • Arriving on time for class
  • Staying in the studio for the duration of class
  • Photography and/or videography are not allowed during watch week classes.
  • Creative Movement through Elementary Division classes will end a few minutes early to provide time for parents to photograph and/or videotape their child in the studio.

Holidays, Closings & Inclement Weather

Holidays & Closings

  • Since Ballet Austin Academy students come from many different school districts, the Academy does not follow the holiday/closing calendar of any particular school district.
  • Holidays and closings are listed on the Academy Calendar.
  • There may be unforeseen circumstances that require Ballet Austin Academy to cancel or change a class. Students will be given advance notice whenever possible. Refunds are not given for classes not held, but the Class Make-up Policy will apply.

Inclement Weather

  • Ballet Austin does not follow the school closing decision of any particular school district.
  • Decisions to cancel classes due to inclement weather will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Directors of Ballet Austin.
  • Weather can vary greatly from one area to another. If classes are not canceled, but threatening weather conditions in your area make it unsafe for you to drive to Ballet Austin, please use your discretion and stay home. You may make up any missed class during the remainder of the school year.
  • Weather updates will be available by calling 512.501.8704
  • If classes are not held due to inclement weather students may make up any of those classes during the remainder of the school year at any time that is convenient in the same level or a level lower.

Year-end Presentations & Performances

Year-End Presentations and Performances are scheduled in May and allow another opportunity for parents to view their child’s progress. Dates are listed on the Academy Calendar.

Reminders

  • Photography/Videography (no flash please) will be allowed during Creative Movement Division In-studio Presentations.
  • Photography/Videography (no flash please) will be allowed during Pre-Ballet and Elementary Division Year-end Presentations held in the AustinVentures StudioTheater.
  • Intermediate and Advanced Division Performances will be recorded and DVD’s will be made available for sale. Photography/Videography (no flash please) will be allowed.

Liability / Waiver / Photo/Likeness / Release

Please read the Liability/Waiver Release form carefully. This is a release of liability and waiver of certain legal rights. A release is required for enrollment into the Academy. Print a copy of the Liability/Waiver Release.

General Release.  As the enrolled participant and/or the parent/guardian of the enrolled participant, I agree and understand that dance/fitness training is a potentially hazardous activity. I recognize that there are risks inherent in dance training including but not limited to serious physical injury. The participant hereby agrees to participate in activities of the Ballet Austin Academy and hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Ballet Austin, its instructors, officers, directors, agents and employees against any liability resulting from any injury that may occur to the participant while participating in activities of the Ballet Austin Academy. The participant also agrees to indemnify Ballet Austin for any damages incurred arising from any claims, demand, action or course of action by the participant.

Medical Treatment.  The enrolled participant authorizes any representative of Ballet Austin to have the participant treated in any medical emergency during their participation in activities of the Ballet Austin Academy. Further, the participant and/or parent/guardian agrees to pay all costs associated with medical care and transportation for the participant. Any special medical/health problems of which the staff should be aware will be submitted to the Academy Office before participation begins.

COVID-19 Warning.  The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization.  COVID-19 is reported to be extremely contagious.  The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.

Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life threatening illness and even death.  Ballet Austin cannot prevent you or your child(ren) from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while utilizing Ballet Austin’s services or premises.

COVID-19 Release.  I have read and understood the above warning concerning COVID-19. I hereby choose to accept the risk of contracting COVID-19 for myself and/or my children in order to utilize Ballet Austin’s services and enter Ballet Austin’s premises. I release and waive my right to bring suit against Ballet Austin and its officers, directors, managers, officials, agents, employees, or other representatives in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to utilizing Ballet Austin’s services and premises. I understand that this waiver means I give up my right to bring any claims including for personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, including but not limited to claims of negligence and give up any claim I may have to seek damages, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen.

I further agree to perform this checklist daily on the enrolled participant and WILL STAY HOME if the answer is yes to any of the following:

  1. Are you, or anyone in your household, exhibiting flu-like symptoms (coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath)?
  2. Within the past 14 days, have you, or anyone in your household, come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
  3. Within the past 24 hours, have you, or anyone in your household, had a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher?

 

Photograph/Likeness/Videotape Release.
As the enrolled participant and/or the parent/guardian of the enrolled participant, I authorize Ballet Austin, Inc. and/or its representative, agent, or employee to photograph and/or videotape and use any photograph/likeness of me or my minor child for any purpose, including publicity, choreographic archives, promotional materials and/or any other reason deemed appropriate by the Directors.

Ballet Austin Student Inclusion Policy

The Ballet Austin Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin.

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