COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Since the closing of Grand Rapids Ballet School (GRBS) activities in mid-March due to COVID-19, we have focused on the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff as our highest priority. We have created a best practices plan for a phased-in return to classes following the consult of medical experts as well as federal, state, and local officials, and other guidelines researched in our industry.

The following procedures will take place before opening Meijer-Royce Center for Dance and Peter Martin Wege Theatre and continue daily once the buildings are open.


  • • The building will go through a thorough cleaning and disinfecting
  • • Sanitizing stations will be found in the lobby as you enter the building and in all studios
  • • Staff will spray the barres with disinfectant before and after each class
  • • All studios will have hand-sanitizer stations and antibacterial wipes
  • • Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized frequently
  • • A designated bathroom in the lobby of Peter Martin Wege Theatre will be the only one available for use by the students
  • • All touched surfaces and door handles will be wiped down by staff and faculty throughout the day along with the regular cleaning schedule
  • • Floors will be cleaned in each studio at the end of each day
  • • Masks will be required for all students, faculty, and staff
  • • Lobby and dressing rooms will be closed
  • • Water fountains will be closed for common use. Students should bring a water bottle clearly labeled with their name
  • • Six-feet physical distancing will be maintained throughout the day in all common areas
  • • Signage will be displayed at the entrance of all locations with regards to COVID-19, describing sanitation procedures, social-distancing guidelines, and areas with limited or restricted access


  • • Air filters have been cleaned/replaced and will continue to be replaced on an on-going basis
  • • Building ventilation systems have been evaluated and will continue to be monitored for airflow, ventilation, and circulation
  • • Air handlers have been cleaned and filters have been upgraded
  • • Where possible, doors are propped open to reduce touch points on handles
  • • Some doors must be closed except when in use to maintain proper airflow


  • • All parents and guardians will be asked to be on the alert for any symptoms of COVID-19 in the family unit and keep the student at home if showing any signs of illness
  • • Parents and guardians need to conduct a daily self-screen of their children and household members prior to arrival daily, including temperature checks
  • • Follow all arrival and drop-off procedures outlined in the 2020 Fall Semester Student Handbook
  • • Every student should arrive wearing their mask and dance attire and they may also bring a dance bag consisting of their water bottle and ballet or pointe shoes
  • • Only students will be allowed to enter the building
  • • A staff member will greet the students as they arrive
  • • Students’ temperature will be taken upon arrival
  • • The parent/guardian should not leave until after temperature is screened and your student has been admitted
  • • If student’s temperature is above 100°, the student will be sent home immediately
  • • The decision to admit a student to the building rests solely with the assigned staff member
  • • Hand-sanitizing stations will be utilized when students enter and exit the building
  • • Visitors will not be allowed in the building at any time


  • • Wearing a mask will be mandatory for all students while in the building and during class
  • • Students are required to wash their hands after using the bathroom, sneezing, coughing, or nose-blowing
  • • All doors will be propped open before and after class; only the faculty member will touch the door to close it during class
  • • In-person classes will be limited to 10 students maximum
  • • Barre work will be a minimum of 6-feet apart in distance and will be marked with assigned placement
  • • Center work will have 9’ x 9’ squares that will be marked with assigned placement
  • • Students will be assigned a position at the barre and in the center that will not change throughout the class time
  • • There will be no physical contact during class including corrections from faculty
  • • Students leaving barre will sanitize their hands before going to center
  • • Only one student at a time will be allowed in a designated bathroom
  • • All students and faculty will remain 6’ apart in hallways and lobby areas
  • • No combinations will take place traveling across the floor; these steps will be accomplished with a different approach
  • • If needed, students are to bring their own snacks that do not require refrigeration/microwave
  • • Vending machines will not be available for use
  • • Students should not share any food or drink


  • • Everyone is required to bring their own masks and wear inside at all times, including during class
  • • Faculty members will help students acclimate to wearing a mask when exercising
  • • Students are encouraged to bring two additional masks in a Ziploc bag to the studio so they may be switched out when wet from sweat or breathing
  • • Used masks should be stored in a separate Ziploc bag
  • • Masks should be washed frequently


  • • In compliance with the CDC and local health officials, no students who have symptoms of COVID-19—which may include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion, running nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell—should enter the building
  • • If the student or any family member living in the student’s home shows signs of sickness, the student should not come to the studio
  • • If a student or staff member becomes ill during the course of the day, they must contact the School Office immediately and will be isolated in a specified area until they can leave the building
  • • The family must contact their primary care physician for medical advice and guidance
  • • The student or faculty member from that specific class will be dismissed for 2-5 days and the student will study virtually until further notice; this initial short-term dismissal allows time for the individual to get tested
  • • As soon as a negative test result is confirmed, the individual will resume in-person classes
  • • If the individual receives a positive test result, they will not be allowed to return to in-person classes until after they have quarantined for 14 days and are symptom-free
  • • GRBS will notify all individuals from that cohort and the Kent County Health Department of the positive case
  • • All other individuals from the cohort will not be allowed to return to in-person classes until they have tested negative or completed the 14-day quarantine
  • • GRBS will respect the privacy of any student or staff member who reports an illness
  • • GRBS will inform others of an infected individual but will do so without identifying by name
  • • GRBS will coordinate with local health officials to assess the risk and communicate to parents and guardians and staff, which will align with our organization’s emergency operations plan


In this situation, contact is defined as being closer than 6 feet to the symptomatic person for at least 15 minutes or being in direct contact with secretions (being coughed on, sharing food utensils, kissing, etc.) of a symptomatic person. Any student or staff member who learns of a potential exposure should:

  • • stay home and contact the School Office immediately.
  • • seek professional medical advice by contacting their doctor, by using the Spectrum Health COVID-19 free screening found at or by calling the Spectrum Health COVID-19 free hotline at 1-833-559-0659.
  • • submit the results of the completed screening or medical visit to the School Office.
  • • follow the advice of the medical provider.
  • • stay home until the symptomatic person has received a negative COVID-19 test result or until you have received a negative COVID-19 test result.


Parents/guardians are REQUIRED to acknowledge acceptance of these safety guidelines and protocols before their child may enter the program.

Please click below and complete the required information for submission.

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Download a PDF of these safety guidelines and keep them handy and refer to them often, please. Thank you!

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