Latest COVID Updates


In response to the latest St. Louis County Requirement - Updated August 24, 2020


DaySpring will comply with requirements for face coverings for everyone beginning at Kindergarten age. 


"We recognize that the Covid-19 restrictions may affect your child’s ability to take in-person classes. While these restrictions are in effect, most Fall arts classes are able to be live-streamed upon request as well as a hybrid option for full-time students in the academy (Kindergarten - 4th grade). Please contact each department for more information.


Dance Department:

Fine Arts Department:

Performing Arts Department:

Music Department:


Please see the appropriate documents for more details about specific requirements for the various disciplines.

We're going to get through this, friends!!!

Nancy Schaaf, 

Executive Director



DaySpring Arts & Enrichment Classes - Fall 2020 Return to Classes - Updated August 24, 2020

Dear DaySpring Arts Families,


We look forward to welcoming everyone back for the 2020-2021 school year! Our goal is to make sure everyone is safe in our building and feels comfortable returning to school.  We will be adjusting our protocols as the need and the local authorities require.  The following measures have been implemented for the safety of everyone.


General Policies

  • Health screenings: DaySpring will be screening the health of everyone who enters the building through a questionnaire and temperature check immediately upon entering the building. Please complete the Health Screening Form before arriving at DaySpring. Health Screening Form.

  • Face Coverings: We ask that All adults wear a face covering (mask or shield) when in the building.

    • Please bring your own face coverings.  We have a limited supply of disposable masks if you forget yours.

    • Students Kindergarten & up must wear a face covering while in the building IF not socially distanced. 

  • Cleaning: Classrooms and public spaces will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.

  • Social/Physical distancing

    • Plexiglass barriers have been placed at the front desk and reception area to minimize exposure.

    • Directional markings will be put in all public areas and hallways to facilitate one way traffic.

    • Class sizes will be adjusted to accommodate  requirements set forth by the county.

  • Personal Hygiene 

    • Avoid physical touch: Teachers and Staff will avoid physical touch with anyone and wash hands immediately afterward if touch is necessary. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

    • Cover coughs and sneezes. Practice good respiratory etiquette.

    • Avoid close contact at all times with people who are sick.

    • Students will wash their hands before and after lunch with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

    • When use of soap and running water is impractical, they will use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer which will be in every room. 


Going Virtual 

  • If a classroom is shut down for an outbreak of COVID

    • Virtual classes will be offered, no changes in tuition​

  • If the government mandates a closing for a period of time

    • Virtual as above

    • 1-4 consecutive weeks (First Month) at time: no changes

    • 5-8 consecutive weeks (Second Month) at a time: 10% tuition reduction for the time we are virtual

    • Third consecutive month and beyond: 10% tuition reduction or the option to freeze your registration and not participate in virtual learning, but jump back in when in person classes resume​

  • As soon as we are again allowed to have classes

    • We will return to in person classes


  • Drop off

    • Students should not arrive any earlier than 10 minutes before the class time and must be accompanied by a parent until the classroom is open.

    • Enter and exit the building through the front doors

      • Parents must wear a face covering. 

      • Everyone who enters the building must complete the Health Screening form before they enter.

    • Directional markings will be put in certain areas and hallways to reduce contact.

  • Lobby Use

    • Only parents waiting with students may remain in the building, parents must otherwise exit the building


  • Pick up 

    • If not already done that same day, complete Health Screening, wear a face covering and go directly to the students classroom to pick them up and exit the building through the front door. 

    • Preschool through 6th grade parents must pick up their students at the classroom door.

    • 7th grade and up may wait in the lobby and exit the building themselves after notifying the front desk or their teacher that their parent is waiting in the parking lot. 



  • Students Kindergarten & up must wear a face covering, while in the building IF not socially distanced. 

  • Belongings: Students may bring one bag for all of their belongings. 

    • All students must bring their own water bottle. 

    • Students should not bring extra items to classes. 


  • In the classroom:

    • Follow each class’s rules for safe learning in the classroom.

    • Teachers will be encouraging physical distancing throughout classes when appropriate. 

Department Notes

  • Art

    • Masks are preferred for all arts classes. If a child is unable to wear a mask due to sensory issues, a shield is appropriate.

    • Art supplies will be dispensed in clear plastic bags or plastic containers with students’ names on them. Sharing of art supplies will be kept to a minimum, and sanitizing will take place after every use.

    • Students will wash hands after every class.

    • Students will have a designated spot for backpack, coat, and personal belongings.

    • Students will be limited to 2 at a table.

  • Dance

    • The Dressing Room will be closed indefinitely to all students. Students may bring one bag for all of their belongings and should bring it into the studio with them. 

    • Students must wear dance shoes into the studio.

    • Each student will have a designated chair or marked spot for their belongings. 

    • 6-foot squares will be taped on the floor and barre to ensure distancing. 

    • We may make small changes to the spaces throughout the classes to ensure the best possible air flow (such as closing or opening doors)

    • Face Coverings: 

      • Students taking multiple classes in a day should bring extra masks as it is recommended that masks be changed every hour.

      • Face shields should be secured in some way to prevent it from slipping or falling off while dancing. 

      • Students will be taught (and reminded at the start of every class) what to do if they feel their breathing is being restricted by their mask.

  • Performing Arts

    • For performance based classes, face shields will be utilized to allow for the physical nature and emotional connection of performing arts.  Feel free to explore the best style face shield for your child and contact the Performing Arts Department Head if you have any concerns.

    • During Circus classes, students can choose to wear a face covering during classes except when actively tumbling and on the aerial equipment.

    • Each student will have a designated chair for their belongings with space in between other chairs. 

    • We may make changes to the spaces during classes to ensure the best possible air flow.

    • Any shared items used will be disinfected between uses.

  • Music

    • Masks are preferred for all music classes. If a child is unable to wear a mask due to sensory issues, a shield is appropriate.

    • Lessons for certain instruments will have other accommodations to keep students & teachers safe. Please contact your teacher ahead of time if you have questions.

    • Private lesson studios will be cleaned in between lessons.

    • Some lessons will be adjusted to take place in larger rooms to accommodate lessons including singing which need more space for safety.

  • Enrichment

    • Lunch - Enrichment

      • Please prepare your students to be able to open their own containers or use containers your child will be successful in opening.

      • Teachers will wear gloves to help with lunch

      • Students will help sanitize the table and chairs they use after lunch

      • Students will wash hands before and after lunch.

    • Changing Clothes- Enrichment -In order to eliminate the need for students to change clothes between classes, the following allowances will be made for dance classe​s

      • Creative Movement, PreBallet & Tap, Dance Discoverers - Students may choose to wear solid leggings or above-knee shorts, a solid top, and thin socks (optional) instead of leotard/dance dress and tights. Ballet shoe drawstrings should be knotted and trimmed to about 1” before the first classs

      • Ballet 2 - Solid leggings (full or knee length) and thin socks (optional) may be worn instead of tights. 

      • Circus - Solid leggings or above-knee shorts, leotard (girls only), a solid top, and acro shoes. Students may choose to wear a sleeveless cotton tank top tightly tucked in instead of leotard under their top."

      • Beginning Ballet, Ballet 1, Beginning Tap & Jazz, Beginning Contemporary Modern - Solid leggings or athletic pants (full or knee length), a solid fitted tank or tee shirt, and thin socks (optional) may be worn instead of leotards and tights. Ballet shoe drawstrings should be knotted and trimmed to about 1” before the first class. 


Teachers and Staff Guidelines for your information

  • Avoid physical touch with students or wash hands immediately afterward if touch is necessary.

  • Wear a face covering when with students

  • Maintain social/physical distance from other teachers and staff while at DaySpring

  • Wash hands before and after each class with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Practice good respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Staff will wear face covering when not in their offices working alone.

  • A cleaning crew member will be in the building each day.



  • If you are sick:

    • If your student is exhibiting any cold or flu symptoms or fever, please stay home.

    • If a parent/guardian is exhibiting cold or flu symptoms or fever do not enter the building.  

  • If you know you have been exposed to COVID-19:

    • Please quarantine yourself until you are tested and are shown to be negative. 

  • If you or anyone in your Immediate family tests positive, please report to the Executive Director immediately. Your name will be kept private. 

  • In the case of a positive case reported within DaySpring, the Executive Director will notify the St. Louis County Department of Public Health;  we will then follow the recommendations for the safety of everyone at DaySpring. 

Thanks so much for being here at DaySpring. We’re committed to keeping DaySpring a safe, clean, and healthy place for everyone, and we will be adjusting our protocols as needed as time goes on.