COVID-19 Protocols for MAGMA Summer Dance Weeks and Fall 2020

Dear parents and caregivers,

This document is to supply a detailed account of what protocols will be in place during the Summer Dance Weeks to ensure the safety of all children and staff during our time at MAGMA. We have taken in consideration all of the State of Massachusetts guidelines, and either meet or exceed criteria for safe operation. Please read below for how we will handle all aspects of the day.


Parents can bring children into the building, up the marble staircase. Masks must be worn into the building. There will be a greeter at the landing on the fourth floor to check in your child. A brief verbal health screening will take place here. Parents will not be allowed beyond this point. Children will be led upstairs where they will take off their shoes, wash their hands, and drop off their belongings in a personal space assigned to them before going into their assigned spot in the studio. Students will be assigned paper lunch bags to store masks in their assigned personal space at appropriate times (further details below).

At the end of the class, children will gather their belongings one-by-one, wash their hands, and head down to the floor below MAGMA to wait with staff for pick-up by parents or designated adult. Masks must be worn at all times during these transitions, by all parties.

If your child is showing any signs of illness, including a temperature, congestion, coughing, or body aches/chills, it is essential that you do not bring your child to camp. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms during camp time, parents will be called, they will be dismissed from camp, go through the end-of-camp procedures, and wait for pick-up with the greeter downstairs.


The studio will be marked with tape, designating proper distancing. Instructors will wear masks at all times.

Mask policies for students have been determined by rules in compliance with indoor fitness facilities and current understanding of mask’s effectiveness against transmission and safety during exercise.

Children will be required to wear masks during class, with 6 feet of social distance maintained at all times.  For other parts of class when 14 feet of distance can be safely maintained, they will be able remove their masks during periods of high intensity dancing. There is a 6 student maximum to ensure these standards can be met.


The bathroom, door handles, tables, and dance floor will be cleaned and disinfected daily before students arrive.


We will be taking a snack and drink break during the camp. Students will put on masks, go to the bathroom one-by-one to wash hands (before and after snacks), then go to their designated spot to have a snack. Please send children with a snack item that is easy to open, healthy, and does not require refrigeration. Teachers will have paper plates, paper towels, and paper napkins available if needed. No shared food or drinks are permitted. Please send children with a water bottle. Paper cups will be available to fill from the sink if a water bottle is forgotten at home.


There are no other activities at MAGMA directly before or after the program, making for a minimum foot traffic and an easily controlled flow of movement through smaller spaces. Hand sanitizer will be available in several locations at MAGMA. All teachers will be trained to execute and enforce all regulations and protocols. All teachers are working very hard on curriculum ideas to maintain safety standards AND create a joyful, fun-filled dance program for your children. We will do our utmost to make adherence to the rules a pleasure and not a burden, with positive reinforcement and a cheerful disposition.