July 17, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you and your loved ones are doing well and staying safe. As many of you know, the State of California and Orange County are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. Governor Gavin Newsom provided us with an update on Monday and has issued a roll-back to the State of California’s re-opening plans as a means to mitigate the spread of the virus. We have been closely monitoring the news and government mandates.
Additionally, as you may have heard, the Santa Ana Unified School District has officially announced that they will be conducting classes virtually in the fall. Many neighboring districts will likely follow suit in the coming days. With much research and discussion around how to best serve our students in a healthy and safe environment, The Wooden Floor has decided to continue to implement our virtual dance education curriculum and wrap-around services remotely this fall, as well. While this is another difficult decision, we came to this conclusion for the following data-driven reasons:
- Our students and families live in some of the most impacted zip codes in Orange County with the highest number of cases, and we serve nearly 500 children from 18 cities in Orange County. We are concerned for potentially transferring COVID-19 via our students and staff members as they move back and forth from their homes to our campus locations.
- Since March, we tested video on-demand dance education classes, as well as live dance class formats, both virtually. Based upon responses to our dance education survey, the majority of our students prefer live dance education classes via Zoom. Artistic Director Falon Baltzell, and Dance Education and Curriculum Specialist Jenn Bonfil will be working with our faculty and accompanists to share what they have learned about teaching in a virtual environment at our next faculty retreat in September.
- Our academic, college and career readiness, and family services have been implemented virtually since March and we feel that we can continue to provide the same level of high-quality services for our students and families.
We will continue to monitor any changes to local COVID-19 case reports, and will base future decision-making on data, government mandates, and what is best for our students, families, staff, supporters, and community.
In the coming weeks, our Student Support Services team will be reaching out to re-register your child or children for the fall session, and will be happy to answer any of your questions. Additionally, we are finalizing the fall schedule and will provide it to you in August.
I would like to thank all of you for your support and commitment to excellence as we navigate these challenging times. Let’s move our community forward together!
Dawn S. Reese
Chief Executive Officer