Statement from Dance Fremont About Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and Information & Resources
Update Thursday March 12, 2020
After today’s announcement of the regional school closure being extended to April 24, I know that a lot of people have questions about what will be happening at Dance Fremont. Right now, I can not give you definitive answers, but I can tell you what we are working on. The staff, faculty, and board members at Dance Fremont are currently researching and brainstorming different ways to offer dance instruction remotely, and offer other ways for our community to stay engaged in dance and with each other. We are considering both the different offerings we could create to best serve our various levels and populations, and the logistics of how to implement anything that we do.
Our in-person classes remain cancelled, but if the local recommendations on social distancing change, that is a decision we will re-evaluate.
The best possible outcome in our current situation is that a couple weeks or months from now. all the closures look like an overreaction. If that is how we look back at this time, it means we succeeded. I know I am not alone in having several people very close to me who are in high-risk groups, and I hope that I will still have each of them in my life when this is over.
Everyone at Dance Fremont thanks you for your understanding and support, and we hope to be dancing with you soon, one way or another!
Update Wednesday March 11, 2020
We are sorry to announce that effective immediately, we will be closing the studio for all classes for two weeks, in accordance with our policy to close with the Seattle Public School District emergency closures, and in accordance with health agency recommendations to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.
As plans are changing rapidly for all families, the building will be open today, Wednesday March 11 for students to stay who may not have an alternate plan after school. If you are able, please have your child plan to return home after school. For those who are not, we will be available here for them until you can pick them up.
We will announce additional details regarding the closure soon. We are deeply saddened to have to close, and thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation.
March 6, 2020
Because this is an evolving situation, we will be monitoring the guidance issued by Public Health Seattle – King County, the Washington State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will follow the recommendations of our local agencies, and will communicate with you right away if anything in our situation changes. The health of our community is our priority!
One of the best things we can do as a community is to try to relieve strain on the medical system by keeping ourselves as healthy as possible. As we are still in the midst of flu season, we encourage people to stay home if they are feeling sick, especially with a fever, and be diligent about the following precautions:
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing is extremely effective at stopping the spread of diseases like the flu, cold and COVID-19!
-Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available for hand washing
-Cover your cough with a tissue or your elbow, not your hand
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
-Avoid contact with people who are sick
Thank you for your efforts in keeping our community healthy!