COVID-19 Studio Updates

Virtual Studio

Studio Email 4/4/2020 at 10:00am

Subject: Zoom security and privacy

Hi PCDC Dance Families,

I hope everyone had a great first week of classes! It was so good to see all the smiling faces and I was so impressed with attendance. Great job dancers!

A few parents have reached out with some concerns about Zoom. There have been some news reports of “Zoom bombing” where random people are joining meetings. In a blog post on April 1st, Zoom CEO and founder Eric S. Yuan acknowledged Zoom’s growing pains and pledged that all regular development of the Zoom platform would be put on hold while the company worked to fix security and privacy issues. Nothing is more important than the safety of our students. Here is what our studio is doing to keep kids safe:

-Private Zoom links through our customer portal. Please make sure that you are not sharing these through pictures of social media.

-No one can enter a class before the teacher. This way the teacher is present for the whole meeting.

-PCDC admin are on every class and can “boot” off anyone who is not supposed to be in class.

-Locking classes after all students are present or have been contacted. This prevents anyone from joining classes, even if they have the Zoom ID.

-Only the host (our teacher) can screenshare.

-Parents can choose dancer’s screen name. We recommend only using your dancer’s 1st name.

We’re confident in our additional precautions and are thankful that Zoom is being proactive in their security measures. Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Steph and the PCDC staff

Studio Email 3/30/2020 at 3:20pm

Subject: Online Classes start tonight
Hello Dance Families,
We hope you are doing well. We have been busy planning and coordinating as a team to get everyone ready to start distance-learning through live online Zoom classes. Each of our usual classes will be held at its normal day and time starting tonight, March 30th. While we have been getting ready on our end here are a few things to help you get the most out of your online class.
Before your 1st class:
Start by checking out Ms. Kathryn’s tutorial on Zoom Meetings via PCDC (emailed to families on 3/25). This walks you through how to find your child’s Zoom Dance Class. Things will look a bit different as teachers will be at home for class, but we are looking forward to offering a semblance of normalcy for our children and families.

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Our teachers will be starting each class a few minutes early to make sure everyone is present and give dancers a chance to say hello. Please log in a few minutes early to make sure you are ready to start class right at your usual start time. Teachers will also be ending each class a few minutes early so that students and teachers have time to get set up for concurrent classes.If you have multiple classes in a night we recommend opening each virtual homepage 1st for quicker transitions.
Please also be aware there is oftentimes, with Zoom, a bit of a delay especially in audio. These delays are usually very short and can be cut down if you are directly connected to your internet source instead of using wifi.
We know that this is new to many people and believe you are going to love it! However we ask that everyone exercise patience and understanding with each other as we all learn together. We are so excited to be providing the same level of professionalism, care, and education digitally as we always have in person.
We can’t wait to dance with you this week!
Ms. Stacy and the PCDC Staff

Studio Email 3/23/2020 at 2:00pm

Subject: PCDC Update
Dear PCDC Families,
What a whirlwind the last week has been for families, schools, community leaders and local businesses! I first want to thank everyone who has reached out by way of email, text, direct messages and calls to offer support. Two weeks ago we were making an entirely different set of plans for our season.
I wanted to take the opportunity to be very clear about our commitment and promise to our dancers and their families. I want you to know that the whole PCDC staff is working diligently each day to provide the best dance education and dance experience we can for your dancers. We are committed to giving our dancers a sense of normalcy and keeping things on track after a brief postponement.
  • LAST WEEK:
Due to last week’s closure, we extended our season (concluding June 20th) and will offer make up classes at the end of our season for last week’s closure. In the event that we are not able to return to in-person classes for a period of time, we will continue to send out resources for your dancers to utilize at home but fully intend on making up classes that were missed.
We launched our virtual studio and have added more content since last week. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, we have pre-recorded classes PLUS a whole TON of cool bonuses to keep kids happy, healthy and safe while we wait for things to bounce back in our community.
  • THIS WEEK:
Tonight at 5:30pm we are doing a soft launch of our online zoom classes. Our teachers are working hard on adapting their lesson plans and they can’t wait to see your children’s faces.
  • NEXT WEEK:
We will be launching our new virtual, interactive classes through Zoom. Our class schedule remains the same and teachers will be adding on to their recital choreography. We recommend having your child in dress code to mentally prepare for taking class. Make sure that they have a small, clear space to dance freely. Parents of our preschool/kinder students, we recommend participating with your dancer.
  • WHAT ABOUT TUITION?
We will fulfill our commitment to your dancers and, as such, will proceed with billing for the rest of the season (March 25th, April 25th, and May 25th). If you or your significant other has lost a job due to COVID-19, please contact ASAP. We will try to help as many children as we can.
  • WHAT ABOUT RECITAL?
Our recital is scheduled for June 13th, however, we are working hard on contingency plans. No matter what, we will do some sort of “Recital Reimagined” where the kids will wear their costumes and have the opportunity to perform their dances to finish our 8th season strong! We are a long way from knowing what that will look like right now. Your kids have worked so hard this year and we want to give them the opportunity to celebrate that. We also have 8 graduating seniors that would love to take their final bow. We will continue to keep you updated on recital timing and all other details surrounding it as information becomes available.
PCDC FAMILY, this is a time for ALL of us – teachers, parents and students alike – to work together to FINISH STRONG!
We look forward to connecting with you soon!
Warmly,
Ms. Steph and the PCDC Staff

Studio Email 3/18/2020 at 1:30pm

Subject: PCDC Online is Live!
Dear PCDC Family,
Our online website is live! This site is full of videos, links, and resources to keep your dancer busy at home. It can be accessed any time, day or night! We are so proud and thankful for our hardworking staff in getting this content together. Please check back because we will be adding to the site constantly.
In addition to this website, these events are on the horizon:
  • Join us for a soft launch of online classes on Monday, March 23rd from 5:30-6:30pm. An email invitation will be sent to you shortly.
  • Interactive, online classes through Zoom starting Monday, March 30th. Your child’s class day and time will remain the same as it’s been this season. In addition to an engaging class, our teachers will be adding on to recital choreography.
Now more than ever it’s important for our children to have normalcy and routine. We want them to be active, move, use their mind and still interact socially with their peers. This is exactly what we’ll be providing you with during the suspension of our physical location. We’re so excited for everyone to experience Zoom!
Last, we would like to humbly thank each and every one of you for choosing to be a part of our dance community. You are the reason we are here and able to serve our community.
See you inside our online studio!
Ms. Steph and the Staff of PCDC

Studio Email 3/16/2020 at 11:10am

Subject: Update from PCDC 
Dear Parents & Students of our PCDC Family,
Firstly I want to say a heartfelt thank you for your support over the past days since announcing our
decision to suspend our in person studio at this time. We have a responsibility to do our part in
minimizing the impact of the Coronavirus throughout our community and the safety of our dance
families are our number one priority.
While this will impact our classes inside the studio, we will continue to deliver the dance experience
you know and love at PCDC just in a slightly different way.
Now more than ever it’s important for your child to have normalcy and routine. The last thing we all
want is for our children to play video games and watch television shows and movies all day. We
need them to be active, move, use their mind and still interact socially with their peers.
This is exactly what we’ll be providing you with during the suspension of our physical location.
Thanks to technology, we will be providing you with an online dance experience for your dancer to
keep them moving, learning, interacting with their friends and having fun during this time.
Here are the details you need to know about our online dance experience:
● PCDC will be following SVVSD in using Zoom to deliver interactive classes starting March 30th. We will send more details next week.
We’ll also be adding some bonuses for your dancer during this time:
● PCDC will be providing a google site full of pre-recorded videos and resources launching soon.
We have found ourselves in a new normal for the time being and we are committed to continuing to
offer you the best customer service and dance experience during this time.
We deeply thank you for your support during this time. As a small business owner your continued
dedication to our mission to provide your child with invaluable life skills through dance ensures we
can continue doing the work we do.
If you have any questions please respond to this email otherwise we will be in touch with further
details as they unfold.
See you inside our online studio!
Ms. Steph and the Staff of PCDC

Studio Email 3/12/2020 at 8:20pm

Subject: COVID-19 Suspension Of Classes
Hi Dance Families,
At PCDC the health and safety of our staff and students are our most important priorities.
As COVID-19 continues to spread and affect many parts of the U.S., we have been closely monitoring local conditions. After receiving the message of SVVSD closing, we have determined that it is in the best interest of our staff and families to temporarily suspend all classes.
Effective ​March 13th​, the studio will be closed until March 29th to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Our dance season will be extended by one week to ensure the delivery of all classes. Classes will now end on June 19th. Families are also welcome to make up classes if unavailable for the final week of classes.
In the meantime, our recital date ​(June 13th) remains unchanged. We will continue to monitor the situation, and should emergency directions be issued, we will update you accordingly.
Thank you for taking the appropriate steps with us to lessen the risk to our community as much as possible. We greatly appreciate your support during these challenging times.
In partnership,
Ms. Steph and the PCDC Staff

Studio Email 3/11/2020 at 5:00pm

Subject: COVID-19 Information

Hello Amazing PCDC Families,

As most of you know, the Coronavirus is starting to make its way around the world, and in the last week has hit our state. At PCDC, we take the safety and well-being of our students, families, and employees very seriously. We are monitoring the reports from our local public health officials who are tracking COVID-19 carefully, and making plans should it present a more significant threat to the health of our community. We are also utilizing daily studio disinfecting procedures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. This includes using recommended disinfectants to wipe down common frequent contact areas, such as bathrooms, door knobs, light switches, etc.. We have also asked that our staff, if not feeling well, please stay home. We appreciate the understanding of substitute teachers in the classrooms.

For your part, we are asking that you please arrive ten minutes early to classes to assure that your students have time to thoroughly wash their hands or use disinfectant before entering the classrooms. We will be removing the lobby items for siblings for the time being (blocks, books, chalk). We will be amending our policy for the remainder of our season and will be allowing for makeup classes. If your child is feeling unwell, please err on the side of caution and keep them home. Please call or text the studio to schedule a makeup class.

If anyone in your family has the following symptoms, please stay home.

-Fever – 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember that you should be fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medication before returning.

-Fever with Cough – a fever of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit plus a cough could indicate a virus that needs attention from a medical provider. Please call your healthcare provider.
-Shortness of Breath – difficulty breathing especially if it affects talking or walking, feeling of tightness in the chest, wheezing, blue/dusky color around lips or beds of nails. This could be serious, please call your healthcare provider or 911.
-Eyes – thick with mucus, pus draining, pink eye. With pink eye you may see white or yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain and/or redness.
-Sore throat – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. With Strep throat, the child may return to school after 24 hours on antibiotics.
-Diarrhea – three or more watery stools in a 24 hour period
-Vomiting – two or more times in a 24 hour period
Should the situation or threat of the virus change, we will update you on any changes to our processes or practices. We are currently looking into options for virtual lessons if the Government Health Officials mandate a closure. As a small family run business, we are thankful for your understanding while we navigate this abnormal set of circumstances, and for your continued support of our group of dedicated teachers and staff.
Thank you for your support,
Stephanie