AboutJoffrey Ballet School
Updated - March 8, 2022
Academic Year Programming - September 2021 - May 2022
The Joffrey Ballet School studios and residence halls are designed to provide our community with safe in-person instruction as well as clean & healthy boarding. The following information represents an overview of the COVID-19-related safety and sanitation protocols we are following for on-site participation during the 2021 – 2022 academic year. No student is required to participate in any program or environment in which they are not comfortable.
All of our dance studios, restrooms, offices and common areas at Joffrey Ballet School are furnished with a HEPA Air Filtration system that is designed to filter pollution, bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19, out of the air. These advanced systems filter the entire air volume of a room five to seven times an hour. Aside from daily cleanings, we have also scheduled frequent disinfecting procedures that are performed before, during and after classes at the studio and residence hall.
All of our Hybrid / In-Person students have been placed in cohorts that will follow the same schedule.
We are dedicated to promoting safety and have mandated practices at all of our locations that include social distancing in common areas and requirement of masks and PPE (when necessary).
Due to the high risk for spread in group dance activity, Joffrey Ballet School continues to require a minimum of 10-day remote period for any student who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination or symptom status. This policy will be upheld for faculty, staff, and musicians whenever administratively feasible.
For NYC, asymptomatic fully vaccinated and boosted individuals who are close contacts will be not required to isolate. Frequent testing is highly encouraged, especially 5-7 days following exposure. Those fully vaccinated and not yet eligible for a booster dose will also follow the above return criteria as a close contact. Close contacts who are not fully vaccinated and boosted will be required to remain off-site for 10 days and test negative on day 10 or later to return onsite the following day, if asymptomatic.
For Texas, asymptomatic individuals who are close contacts will not be required to isolate. Frequent testing is highly encouraged, especially 5-7 days following exposure.
Our Zero-Tolerance Contagious Illness Policy for onsite participation remains intact for contagious illness that is not COVID-19: All must be fever free for at least 72 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and free of contagious illness symptoms (other than possible lasting loss of taste/smell). After illness or close contact exposure, well-being and test results must be confirmed by 5pm ET on a dancing day to return onsite for the following dancing day. There are no same-day sick clearances.
The safety of our community is always of utmost importance, and we appreciate your support to keep our community safe. Our policies are subject to change as the situation and guidance of best practices evolve. We will continue to follow state and federal requirements, as well as referring to the best practice recommendations of Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health, World Health Organization, and more as we develop and maintain our School safety policies.
The Joffrey Ballet School
Joffrey Ballet School
434 Ave of the Americas
New York, NY 10011