Health & Safety Protocol

Please review and follow all COVID-19 pandemic protocol to ensure everyone's health and safety. We are strictly following all recent guidelines put in place by the Ontario government.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the rapidly evolving state of the pandemic, and our understanding of the available scientific research and best safety practices recommended by health professionals, all COVID-19 protocols are subject to change.

Last Updated: November 4, 2020

Please see recently updated items marked with an asterisk* below

The School of CCDT has signed the Ontario Dance and Performing Arts Schools Workplace Guidelines for COVID-19Please read the full document and the overview below to learn how we are committed to keeping our staff, students, and community safe upon reopening 509 DANCE.


  • Hand washing or sanitizing will be required upon entering the building, before entering the dance studios, partway through classes, and after classes. Students are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer, however it will be available throughout the building. 

  • The schedule has been altered to stagger class times and allow for 15-minute breaks between classes for cleaning. 

  • Ballet barres and other high-touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently/between all classes. 

  • Dance floors will be misted with an environmentally-friendly anti-viral solution prior to classes involving floor work.

  • Our building and studio equipment have recently been treated with AEGIS Microbe Shield®, a lasting, world-class antimicrobial surface treatment which uniquely provides enduring protection against the growth of microbes on high-touch areas.

  • Our HVAC system has been set to allow a maximum amount of fresh air circulation throughout the building.


*What if my child or a member of my household is feeling sick?*

The School of CCDT is following the Toronto District School Board's COVID-19 School Decision Guide. Click below to view the latest guidelines on whether or not your child should attend dance classes based on their symptoms, or the symptoms of another household member.


School Decision Guide

Updated Nov 4, 2020

Added Modified Stage Two Guidelines:

Dance studios are now following modified stage-2 guidelines. Given that gatherings, such as in-person classes, have been limited 10 people indoors, our classes sizes have been reduced. To avoid over-crowding in the lobby, we will be encouraging students to leave the studio promptly. Please ensure that you arrive on time to pick up your child. There may be instances where some students will have to remain in their studio until the lobby is clear. 

Prior to Arrival

  • Parents/guardians must screen the student for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to the studio; students who feel ill will not be permitted to enter the building

  • Students should be dressed for class; change room access will be limited

  • Hair should be up and ready for class; staff will not assist with hairstyles

  • Students should use the washroom before arriving at the studio whenever possible; washroom access will be limited


Arriving at the Studio

  • Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to class

  • Line up on the south side of the building (towards the Pear Tree) to enter

  • Please respect the physical distancing markings while lining up

  • The student and one parent/guardian may enter the building, one family at a time

  • All dancers and parents/guardians must wear masks when entering, and masks are to be worn at all times while inside the building

  • Upon arrival, an administrator will check to make sure the student is registered, screen the student for symptoms and take their temperature with an infrared thermometer.

  • If the student’s temperature is above 38°C, they will be asked to return home

  • Students and staff with any symptoms, or who have come into contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, should refrain from coming to class for 14 days or until after a COVID-19 test comes back negative. Please see the COVID-19 School Decision Guide above for more information.

  • Only registered students will be permitted to enter. Register your child a minimum of 2 business days prior to their first class.

  • The Assistant School Administrators will no longer process registrations. All registrations will be processed between the hours of 9AM-5PM, Monday-Friday, by email, phone, or scheduled appointment only.

  • Parents/guardians of students older than 6 may stay only until the student’s temperature has been checked

  • Parents/guardians of students 6 and under may stay briefly to assist the student if necessary; parents/guardians may not stay in the lobby during class time.

  • Dancers will wash or sanitize their hands before entering the studio.


Personal Belongings

  • Students should have a large enough bag with them for all belongings, including clothing and street shoes.

  • A plastic bag should be brought to keep street shoes separate from other belongings.

  • All personal belongings will be brought into the studio and placed 6 feet apart against the wall, and during ballet classes the student will put their bag next to them at the barre.

  • Dancers may bring a small bag/pouch containing personal items such as hand sanitizer, a sweat towel, puffer, or any other necessary small items

    • This small bag can remain in their square during centre work, along with their water bottle, to help minimize travelling to and from dance bags

    • Dancers taking multiple classes in one day may consider switching to a clean mask partway through the day, making sure to keep your extra mask in a clean plastic bag until it is worn.


During Class

  • Marks on ballet barres and squares on the studio floors will ensure that dancers remain physically distanced during classes

  • Hands will be sanitized partway through class (e.g. when moving from barre to centre, or from floor work to standing)



  • Students are required to wear their mask in common areas and during dance classes to further reduce possible aerosol transmission of COVID-19. Students with a respiratory medical condition should advise staff, and options for more limited mask use will be considered.

  • Students will be permitted to step away from the studio to briefly remove their mask for a short break if and when needed.

  • Class intensity will be monitored and adjusted accordingly to ensure dancer health and safety while wearing masks during physical activity.

  • More Info on Dancing in A Face Mask:

    • Dance Magazine: Here's What Experts Say to Look For in a Mask for Dancing

    • DanceSpirit: How to Dance in a Face Mask


After Class

  • Students must ensure their masks are on, and sanitize their hands immediately after class

  • Students who have no further classes should proceed immediately to the lobby, put on their shoes, and either wait for their parent/guardian to pick them up or – if the student has permission from their parent/guardian – may exit the building on their own


Between Classes

  • If a student has a break between classes, they may remain in the lobby or other designated break area

  • Students may use the washroom one at a time during breaks

  • Students may have a small snack between classes if necessary

  • Students with ballet and modern in the same day should wear convertible tights if possible to avoid the necessity of changing between classes

  • The change room may be used two at a time, for changing or hand washing purposes only (or two parent/child pairs, when assistance is needed to change)

  • During breaks, students must wear their masks, or if eating and drinking must maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet

  • Students are strongly encouraged to avoid talking/socializing on breaks without masks

  • 15-minute breaks have been built into the schedule between all classes to allow for cleaning the studios and for the HVAC system to circulate fresh air into the room

  • Students who leave the building between classes will be required to line up for reentry; students are strongly discouraged from leaving the building on 15-minute breaks



  • Please arrive promptly on time to pick up your child

  • Line up on the south side of the building, respecting physical distancing

  • Parents/guardians may enter one at a time to collect their children

  • Do not attempt to enter the building before the end of your child’s class, you will be asked to return outside

If we are required to shut down again...

Should restrictions require that we cease in-studio classes during the course of the 2020-2021 school year, classes will move online. We have heard your feedback, and the following changes will be made:

  • All classes will be offered in a live online format

  • The classes will remain as close to the regular schedule as possible

  • Teachers who feel comfortable doing so will teach from the studio