COVID-19 Updates

The Barriskill Mission and Core Values Continue to Guide Our Work 

We continue to place our  mission and core values at the heart of our decision making. In particular, we are anticipating ways to address the social/emotional needs of our students in order to ensure that Barriskill remains a place where every student and teacher feels safe and cared for. 



  • Social distancing 

  • Mask required indoors

  • Hand sanitization upon entry 

  • Equipment will be wiped down between all classes

  • Only students and Barriskill faculty/staff will be allowed to enter the building.



  • Drop off

    • Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before the start of your class. Please try to come dressed and ready to dance. If you absolutely must get dressed at the studio you may use the appropriate dressing room(s). However, the more students that can come prepared/dressed, the more room we’ll have in those dressing rooms for those that need them. 

    • Parents of younger students may escort their dancer(s) to the door closest to the studio they will be dancing in but will not be allowed in the building. 

  • Pick up

    • Please plan to meet your dancer in your car. For younger dancers, we will have socially distanced marks on the sidewalks outside to meet your dancers. The built in times between classes will also allow teachers to insure that each student gets to their parent safely.



Protocol For a Possible Case Of COVID 

A possible case might result from symptoms and/or exposure (close contact*) to someone with COVID. 

Someone experiencing close contact* with a person who tests positive: 

  • Must stay home and quarantine for 14 days 

  • You may be able to shorten your quarantine:

    • After day 10 if you have no symptoms

    • After day 7 once you have a negative test (test must occur on day 5 or later)

  • In the event of a confirmed case at Barriskill, the administration will contact and work with local health officials to determine who had been in close contact based on information from the teacher(s). Anyone identified as being in close contact will stay home for 14 days. 

Someone experiencing one or more symptoms: 

• Must remain home until: 

◦ Being symptom-free for at least ten days, OR 

◦ Testing negative for COVID and being fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) and symptom-free for 24 hours, OR 

◦ Receiving confirmation of alternate diagnosis from a medical professional that would explain the COVID-like symptoms and being fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) and symptom-free for 24 hours. 

If someone develops one or more symptoms during their time at Barriskill:

  • Students will be moved into an isolation room and wait there, while supervised, until a parent is available to pick them up. 

Protocol for a Confirmed Case of COVID 

In the event of a confirmed positive case within the Barriskill student or faculty/staff community, BDTS will work with local health authorities and follow protocols established by the CDC.* Specifically: 

With positive diagnosis from medical professional and/or positive test result: A person needs to stay home until it has been: 

  • 10 or more days since onset of symptoms, AND 

  • 3 or more days since fever (without use of fever-reducing medicine), AND 

  • 3 or more days since symptoms have improved 


* CDC criteria for close contact (source): 

• You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless you have symptoms.


In the event of a positive test but no symptoms: 

A person needs to stay home until it has been 10 days since the date of the positive test.


Steps taken by Barriskill in the event of a positive case among students or faculty/staff: 

  • The Barriskill staff will notify local health authorities of the confirmed case. 

  • The staff will work with local authorities to immediately notify faculty and families while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with federal laws. As previously stated, the staff/faculty will work with authorities to determine who had been in close contact with the infected person. 

  • The staff will work with local authorities to determine what parts of the studio need to be closed, and for how long. It could be that certain classes would need to transition to Zoom for 1-2 days as areas are cleaned. A determination as to whether an entire class needs to quarantine will be reached in cooperation with health officials.